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Pink's Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose Framework – Encouraging Self-Motivation

[ad_1] © GettyImagesfranckreporterGive your people the freedom to build and share their expertise. Why do you work? What's your motivation? Is it the prospect of that end-of-year bonus? The promotion that you've been promised? Or do you just, quite simply, love what you do? Many people work in environments that are dominated by "stick and carrot" motivation: do well and you'll get a reward, but do badly and you'll be punished. However, with this approach, the satisfaction of doing a job well can often get lost in the drive for praise and promotion. Research on employee engagement suggests that people perform better when they are motivated. But there's still widespread debate about whether traditional motivational strategies, like "stick and carrot," really work....

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Lean Manufacturing – Working More Efficiently by Tackling Waste

[ad_1] © GettyImagesantos777Adopt lean manufacturing to streamline your operation. Have you ever had to wait for someone to finish a task before you could start your own work? Or maybe your team has too many meetings, which are taking up valuable production time. It is unproductive and a poor use of resources to waste time and effort like this. It can affect the quality of your product, which may ultimately result in customer dissatisfaction. So, how can you tackle waste, be more efficient, and keep your clients happy? Adopting "lean manufacturing" is one possible solution. It is a practical framework that focuses on the elimination of waste and the continuous improvement of production. In this article, we'll explore the five-step lean...

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Newsletter 497: Dust off That Job Description!

[ad_1] Dust off That Job Description! When was the last time that you looked at your or your team members' job descriptions? Chances are, they've sat untouched in a drawer since the day they were agreed.But they should be "live," meaningful tools that provide you and your people with a sense of purpose and value. You can find out how to achieve this with our article, How to Use Job Descriptions.To create that sense of purpose, you can write job descriptions that tie in with your organization's Mission Statements and Vision Statements. Also, you can look at your own job description using Job Analysis, to identify your key objectives and...

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How to Use Job Descriptions – Being Clear about Roles and Goals

[ad_1] © GettyImagesoatawaShow your people how important their roles are to your organization. When did you last look through your job description? In fact, do you know where your copy is? Maybe you're not sure that you've got one at all! Overlooked, inaccurate, and outdated job descriptions can have a negative effect on working environments. For example, a Gallup survey found that 20 percent of workers left their jobs because they felt there was a lack of "fit" between them and their roles. Job descriptions need to be "live documents," subject to regular review. It's not just a case of keeping the standard text spruced up ready for the next hire. Instead, they should be consulted frequently, and used to...

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Managing a Team of Experts – Getting the Best From Specialists

[ad_1] © GettyImagescyano66Inspire your team of experts to work in harmony. An intelligent man is one who knows how to be smart enough to hire people smarter than him. – John F. Kennedy Denzel was delighted when his bosses chose him for the role of research chief. His hard work had paid off and he was leading a smart, talented team. But, a few months down the line, two of his "experts" have already left, and there's dissent among those who remain. Team members say they feel stifled, are not given due respect, and that they lack support. The situation that Denzel faces is not uncommon when managing specialists. In this article we'll look at how to get the most...

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Newsletter 496: How to Be Healthy at Work

[ad_1] How to Be Healthy at Work A healthy team is often an energetic, productive one. But how can you create an environment that supports your people's physical well-being?You can explore practical tools for encouraging healthier personal and organizational behaviors with our article, Improving Physical Health and Well-Being at Work.If you're wondering how to be more active during a busy working day, you'll find tips in our article, Getting More Exercise. And, as a manager, find out how to boost your team's well-being with our article, The JD-R Model.Enjoy this newsletter! Featured Resources at Mind Tools Improving...

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Improving Physical Health and Well-Being at Work – Avoiding the Dangers of Sitting Down

[ad_1] © GettyImagesPeopleImagesGear up for a journey toward better health and well-being. Seph imagines that his body is a temple. But the reality is that he sits all day at a computer. He works late, feels stressed, eats junk food, and spends his evenings on the couch watching TV. He knows that his physical health and well-being are suffering. Seph wants to make changes, but he's struggling with the "practicalities." He's finding it tricky to break his sedentary and stressful work routine. In this article, we'll look at ways to tackle situations like Seph's – by building activity into your working day. We'll also show that, by focusing on fitness and health, you can boost your own productivity, performance and...

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Authenticity – How to Be True to Yourself

[ad_1] © iStockphotoJayKay57Don't try to be someone you're not. Do you ever feel as if you're wearing a mask? Perhaps you feel that you have to act in a certain way around your boss, or say certain things to your colleagues, so that you'll be accepted. Instead of being yourself, you're constantly playing a role to fit in, or to impress others. Most of us have gone through times like this, at some stage or another. Instead of behaving in a genuine way, we tell people what we think they want to hear, and act in ways that go against our true nature. In short, we're living inauthentically. Living and working this way is tiring, dispiriting, and confining. It can also...

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Newsletter 495: Declare War on Procrastination!

[ad_1] Declare War on Procrastination! Procrastination is one of the most common ways that you can sabotage your working day, and it's a hard habit to break.You may not think that procrastination is something you are guilty of, or perhaps you struggle to focus on what's most important. You can identify the warning signs, and explore tips and techniques for overcoming it, in our article, How Can I Stop Procrastinating?Beating procrastination is a powerful strategy in the battle against poor time management, and you can arm yourself with two more weapons, Effective Scheduling and To-Do Lists.Enjoy this newsletter! Featured Resources at...

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Understanding Your Locus of Control – Taking Responsibility for Your Own Success

[ad_1] © GettyImagesdiephosiDo think that your successes and failures are down to luck, or to your own choices and actions? You and your colleague, Josh, are late for your morning meeting. You blame yourself. You should have set an earlier morning alarm, taken a different route to the office to avoid the roadwork, and skipped your usual latte when you saw the long line at the counter. "But these things happen," says Josh. "They always fix the road at the worst times. The guy at the coffee shop said they were short-staffed. How were we to know? Don't worry about it." You and Josh are friends, but you disagree about who's responsible for your lateness. Why? Because you have a...

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