Hackers Digest #21: Wear Sweatpants to Work


Welcome to this week’s installment of the Hackers Digest, a weekly feature that explores some of the most innovative ideas about work productivity that were published over the past several days. We explore every nook and cranny of the Internet to find the six best hacks and productivity stories of the week so you don’t have to.

Here’s what we read this week:

1. These four benefits will make your team more productive.

Business owners are constantly grappling with ways to improve their team’s productivity. Some folks are perfectly fine with throwing a ton of money at productivity initiatives. Others don’t have that much flexibility in their budgets. Good news for those in the latter category: There are a number of ways you can make your team more productive without opening up your wallet at all (or at least that much). For example, rather than having your weekly meetings in that same boring conference room, you can host walking meetings instead—when the weather’s nice. You can also let your employees build their own flexible schedules to make their lives easier. Read more on The Huffington Post.

2. The link between dress codes and productivity.

There are many business owners who simply go by the book. They like things to be a certain way: orderly. It’s 2016, but they still insist on forcing their employees to dress a certain way. There’s nothing wrong with that; decision makers can do as they see fit. But there’s a growing body of research that suggests casual dress codes make workers more productive. This makes sense: When you get to wear what you want to wear to work (within reason), you’re much more likely to be comfortable. With one less thing to worry about, you’re freed to be more productive. The New York Post has the scoop.

3. Slowing down is your ticket to increased productivity.

In today’s always-on world, workers are pressured to become increasingly productive. It’s true that certain technologies and changes in habits can enhance our effectiveness. But there is a limit to your productivity. After working a certain number of hours each week, for example, you’ll burn out. When you’re burned out, you can’t live up to your full potential. Instead of trying to constantly accelerate your pace, it might be time for you to take a step back and exhale. Slow down, and work more effectively. You may very well see an uptick in productivity. The case is made over on The American Genius.

4. Will time blocking make you a more effective worker?

Meetings, phone calls, and emails all creep into our workdays. You might show up on a Wednesday with a relatively open schedule only to find yourself drowning in email with five appointments an hour later. You can still hang because you’re a professional. But when your attention is pulled in a million different directions every hour all week, it’s that much harder to accomplish all your goals. If this sounds familiar, you might benefit from a technique called time blocking, which essentially entails setting aside blocks of hours throughout the week where you’ll turn on your proverbial “do not disturb” setting and focus solely on your work. Forbes has the story.

5. Passion + Purpose = Productivity.

What if the productivity equation were really that easy? According to Dave Conrad, it is. This equation more or less relies on finding the right people for the right jobs. But with the right people aboard, anything is possible. Just make sure those folks are guided by rock-star managers. Build a great culture, be supportive of your staff’s needs, and reward them for their success. Altogether, that’s the recipe for productivity. The story comes courtesy of the Post-Bulletin.

6. Here’s how you become a productivity beast while working at home.

Anyone who works at home full-time will tell you the same thing: It can be extremely difficult to get in the right mood to work. You get up to grab another cup of coffee, and you start doing the dishes. You clean the kitchen. All of a sudden, it’s 20 minutes later, and your work is nowhere closer to done. While it can be hard to work from home, it’s not impossible. Millions of people do it. Like anything else, working at home is easier for some people than it is for others. Luckily, the folks who work at home don’t hesitate to share their tips on how they approach their jobs. Your remote productivity may benefit if you designate specific office space, set a firm schedule, and minimize your distractions. Read more about these and other tips at Business2Community.

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