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Do colleagues kill your productivity?
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Mom Corps, a job placement firm that focuses on flexible professional work, just released a survey of more than 1,000 employed adults. The survey finds that more than half (53 percent) of workers thought they'd get more work done if they had the ability to work from home occasionally. A few days before that, FlexJobs, another placement firm with a focus on telecommuting, asked job seekers why they wanted remote employment. The key reason among more than 800 respondents was having fewer interruptions from colleagues — 82 percent just wanted to work without interruption. More

Kick time management to the curb; focus on attention management
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"Time management" is a 20th-century term that has outlived its usefulness. The longer people continue to frame their productivity in terms of time management, the less efficient they will be. The problem isn't having enough time to do everything. Instead, it's being able to focus attention at a specific time in order to achieve a desired outcome. More

Introverts and learning
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While the learning mantra increasingly includes the word "social," there is a percentage of the workforce who are introverts. How do we develop and evolve learning approaches that work for introverts as well as extroverts? Susan Cain, author of "Quiet: The Power of Introverts," offers her perspective in advance of her keynote presentation at Learning 2012. More

Navy's augmented-reality training project progresses
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The Office of Naval Research recently demonstrated the next phase of an augmented-reality project that will change the way soldiers view operational environments — literally. ONR says it has completed the first year of a multiyear augmented-reality effort, developing a system that allow trainees to view simulated images superimposed on real-world landscapes. One example of augmented reality technology can be seen in sports broadcasts, which use it to highlight first-down lines on football fields and animate hockey pucks to help TV viewers with interpreting plays. More

Sparking adaptability through systematic leadership rotations
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Let's examine a simple but slightly revolutionary idea: leadership rotations. Instituting systematic rotations for managers in a particular role would effectively set term limits for upper and middle management (say two to three years at a time). Term limits would increase diversity and regularly add fresh perspectives to decisions, which in turn would improve the ability of an organization to adapt. More

What keeps employees on the job?
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Despite uncertainty in the job market, the top reasons working Americans say they stay with their current employers are work-life fit and enjoying what they do, according to a recent survey by the American Psychological Association. Fewer employees cited concrete reasons for remaining on the job, such as benefits, pay and a lack of other job opportunities. The Workforce Retention Survey, which was conducted among employed adults age 18 and older, examined the factors that contribute to employee retention. Although 60 percent of working Americans said they remain with their current employers because of benefits and 59 percent reported staying because of the pay, more than two-thirds (67 percent) said they choose to stay because their jobs fit well with the other aspects of their lives. More

Achieving high-performance BPO with an end-to-end approach
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In high-performing business process outsourcing relationships, client and provider collaborate effectively to deliver business services. They manage end-to-end performance, resolving service issues first before worrying about the commercial implications. They improve services continually and seek new opportunities to execute corporate strategy and impact business results. A comprehensive research initiative explored the characteristics of high-performing BPO relationships. High-performing relationships were found to take a more holistic, end-to-end approach and expansive view of the services, processes and functions being outsourced. More

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