ISPI Performance Digest
Jul. 29, 2014

8 ways to handle summer productivity problems
American Express OPEN Forum
Does productivity at your small business drop off during the summer months? If your business is like many other small businesses out there, you need your team to keep up a "business-as-usual" pace all summer long. These eight tips can help.More

Balancing learning systems vs. informal training
TLNT
Many organizations have sophisticated training departments with complex Learning Management Systems. But does this matter as much as it used to? Are millennials' habits of turning to the Internet, often YouTube, to find out how to do something beginning to impact corporate training?More

Make way for the freelancers: Human capital is about to be transformed
Work Market
Work Market has released a new white paper, A Snapshot of the Onsite Freelance & Contractor Workforce, detailing how companies can build and leverage their own on-demand staff as part of a comprehensive human capital management study.More

Leading virtual teams: An investigation of leadership and structural supports
I/O at Work
Due to increasingly sophisticated technologies, organizational globalization and flexible work structures, virtual teams are steadily growing in popularity. Researchers behind a new study on leading virtual teams wanted to understand how leadership and structural factors lead to better performance as virtuality increases.More

Say 'no' to interruptions and 'yes' to better work
Human Factors
Modern office workers are expected to multitask regularly, often juggling multiple projects and priorities over the course of a day. Studies have shown that the typical employee in an office environment is interrupted up to six times per hour, but how does that impact the finished product? New research published in Human Factors evaluates how ongoing interruptions can negatively affect the quality of work. More

Signs of things to come
The Economist
Looking back, it is clear that American productivity growth has been pretty disappointing over the past 40 years, with the exception of an IT boomlet lasting from about 1996 to 2004. But past performance need not imply continued disappointment in future. More