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8 Things Only People Who Work In A Fun And Productive Culture Do

8 Things Only People Who Work In A Fun And Productive Culture Do

Everyone wants to work in a fun and productive culture but what are the characteristics of such a place? What do the people who work in these places do that’s different?

Here are 8 pointers to what makes for a fun and productive culture

1. They start with enthusiasm

People who work in fun and productive places are excited about the role and the company. According to start-up CEO Jenna Fernandes, leaders have a responsibility to make this attitude a key part of hiring after ensuring new recruits have the technical capability. Having people who are excited at the start makes a whole lot more sense than trying to build it later.

2. They know what they’re working for

Great organisations have really clear visions and shared gaols that make it easy for people to understand and engage in. A great example is Amazon’s:

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Our vision is to be earth’s most customer centric company; to build a place where people can come to find and discover anything they might want to buy online.

If people hare confused by a wordy and unclear set of goals then it will act against them taking action. Clear vision and goals direct action and productivity and help create a good work culture.

3. They communicate with their bosses

Fun places are where the bosses are genuinely approachable. Sometimes you need to put fun back into workplaces – which will be harder than building it in from the clean slate of start-up – and a first step is making sure communication is two way.

Communication with leaders needs to be informal. Too often bosses rely on the set piece town hall type meetings. Two way communication works better in smaller informal and fun settings where staff will be less afraid of asking questions or offering an opinion.

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4. They get to know their bosses

It’s no fun working for an anonymous person who hides in their office. As well as great communication, leaders need to be open about who they are and what they are doing. They need to be themselves – real, authentic and productive as well.

This is extremely important for leaders, particularly entrepreneurs in the midst of starting up, as they can set a pattern of leading by example and embed it in their work culture.

5. They work flexibly

One of Jayson Demer’s strategies to encourage fun and productivity is not to focus on schedules but to enable staff to work in the way that best suits their productivity whether that’s some days at home, flexitime or just odd shifts. This has to be underpinned by trust between co-workers and managers. Old school managers who don’t understand what they’re staff are doing will manage on people’s presence not their productivity regardless of whether they’ve a team of night owls or larks.

Flexible working helps individuals balance other demands in their lives particularly family responsibilities. It’s more common in European countries like Germany where worker productivity is high where a more rounded view of the worker is taken.

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6. They don’t distract themselves with social media

Productive people don’t spend all day distracting themselves with social media updates. Cyber-loafing for is the disengaged and unproductive.

This was well illustrated in a BBC documentary on Germany where the reporter was rebuked for using his smart-phone in the workplace. Interruptions, even those we create ourselves, have been shown to take huge amounts of time as restarting whatever was being done takes time and is therefore a drain productivity as well as showing a lack of engagement.

A fun work culture is a sure way to mitigate against social media distraction.

7. They play together

Great offices are not just well decorated and beautifully design they have spaces where staff can take a break and play together. Here decompressing from the intensity of work can happen by for instance a simple game of table soccer. It’s opportunity to build bonds and well as get a healthy mental break.

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Humans aren’t machines and so well organized downtime activities that inject fun into routine breaks is a good way to balance stress and pressure.

Play can extend outside office hours whether that’s forming a sports team with colleagues or holding exciting off-site social events.

8. They do stuff outside work

Whether as a team or as individuals people from fun and productive places get involved in activities outside work. That could be volunteering in a local community project such as decorating an older people’s home or creative personal projects such as photography or writing.

Those with wide interests are likely to be fun and more inspiring to others. If all you ever see are the same walls of the same office you’ll not have a lot of fresh ideas to keep the place exciting.

And that is the key difference – fun and productivity begin and end with excitement and you won’t find it in other work cultures.

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Last Updated on November 5, 2019

How to Use Visual Learning to Work More Effectively

How to Use Visual Learning to Work More Effectively

Knowledge is essential to become successful in life, your career and your business. Without learning new concepts and becoming proficient in our craft, we cannot excel in our chosen careers or archive knowledge to pass down to the next generation.

But content comes in various forms, and because how we learn influences how much we know, we need to talk about learning styles. This article will focus on how to utilize visual learning to boost your career or business.

The Importance of Knowing Your Learning Style

Knowing your learning style enables you to process new information to the best of your ability. Not only does it reduce your learning curve, you’re able to communicate these same concepts to others effectively.

But it all starts when you’re able to first identify the best way you learn.

As a college student, I soon figured out that taking online courses without visual aids or having an instructor in front of me led to poor retention of concepts.

Sure, I got good grades and performed excellently in my online exams. However. I discovered that I couldn’t maintain this performance level because I forgot 80 percent of the course content by the end of the semester.

There are several types of learning styles known to mankind. To give an idea of how visual learning stacks up against other learning styles, here’s a brief mention of some of the different types of learning styles we have.

The four most popular types of learning styles are:

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  • Visual learning style (what this article talks about).
  • Aural or auditory learning style (learning by listening to information presented).
  • Verbal or linguistic learning style (learning that involves speech and writing).
  • Tactile learning style (learning by touching and doing)

But for the purposes of this article, we will be focusing on using visual learning to boost your career or business.

How to Know If You’re a Visual Learner?

When it comes to boosting your career, business (or education), a visual learner is one who would most definitely choose shapes, images, symbols, or reading over auditory messages.

I’m talking about preferring to read an actual map when navigating to a new place over listening to verbal directions. I’m talking about discovering that you actually have trouble remembering what your manager said at the meeting because there were no graphs or illustrations to support the points raised.

Most people who struggle with learning probably aren’t leveraging their best learning styles. The earlier you identify how your learning style can boost your success, the less struggle you will encounter with processing new information throughout your career.

However, visual learning in particular CAN 10x your career or business whether it is your preferred learning style or not. And here’s why:

Several studies have arrived at the conclusion that the brain retains more information with the help of visual aids. In other words, images are directly processed by our long-term memory which helps us store information for longer periods of time.[1]

While some lessons can be performed orally, several concepts can only make sense if you have an image with an explanation of sequences (i.e learning about the human DNA).

Visual learning does use a different part of the brain and visual cues are processed by the part of the brain known as the occipital lobe.

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By engaging more parts of the brain during learning, you’re able to have a fuller understanding of concepts and facilitate better interaction with your immediate environment.

How to Use Visual Learning for Success

Here’re 4 ways to use visual learning to boost your career or business:

1. Bring back the to-do list. Then add shapes and colors to boost productivity.

We live in an age where computers have taken over virtually every aspect of productivity and most human functions. But written lists are making a comeback, and with an endless number of important tasks to complete, having a to-do list of tasks in order of importance can improve your productivity.

While coming up with a list is initially challenging, adding colors and shapes to written lists that you personally write and manage gives you an extra layer of assurance and boosts aids recall so that you actually get stuff done.

I have tried this technique in my work as a registered nurse and discovered that adding shapes and colors to to-do lists helps me delegate tasks, recognize where more work is needed, and makes it easy to cross off completed tasks at the end of the day.

2. Add graphs, charts and symbols to your reports.

Yes, it seems like more work cut out for you. However, graphs enable you monitor the heartbeat of your business.

Graphs and charts help you trend your finances, budget, and pretty much any data overtime. With the help of free and premium software available on the market, it has become easier to take plain data and in a matter of seconds, have relevant information displayed in different shapes and images.

As an entrepreneur, you can make predictions and allocate funds wisely when you’re able to see whether your efforts are rewarded. You can use colors and charts to delegate actions to members of your team and track performance at the same time.

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And when broken down into monthly, quarterly, bi-annual or annual goals, graphs and charts communicate what ordinary text cannot.

3. Effectively brainstorm with mind-mapping.

Mind-mapping is not new but I don’t think it’s been talked about as often as we do to-do lists.

With mind mapping, you’re organizing information accurately and drawing relationships between concepts and pieces from a whole.

Think of a mind map as a tree with several branches. For example, the tree can symbolize healthcare while each branch stands for nursing, medicine, laboratory science, and so on. When you look at nursing, you can further branch out into types of nursing; pediatric, women’s health, critical care, and so on.

It’s an interesting relationship; the more ideas you’re able to come up with for your chosen subject, the deeper you get and the stronger the association.

Mind maps really show you relationships between subjects and topics, and simplifies processes that might seem complicated at first glance. In a way, it is like a graphical representation of facts presented in a simple, visual format.

Mind mapping isn’t only limited to career professionals; business owners can benefit from mind mapping by organizing their online learning activities and breaking down complex tasks into simple actions so that you can accurately measure productivity.

4. Add video streaming to meetings.

What if you could double the productivity of your team members by video streaming your meetings or adding flash animation to your presentation at the same time?

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When you offer video as an alternative method of processing information to colleagues, there is a greater chance of retaining information because we recreate these stories into images in our minds.

For organizations that hold virtual meetings, it can also be an effective way to enhance performance during if people can see their colleagues in addition to flash animation or whatever form of video is provided during the meeting.

Is Visual Learning Better Than Other Learning Styles?

No, that is not the point. The goal here is to supplement your existing dominant learning style with visual learning so that you can experience a significant boost in how you process and use everyday information.

You might discover that understanding scientific concepts are much easier after incorporating visual learning or that you’re able to understand your organization’s value when projected on a visual screen with charts and graphs.

The overall goal is to always be learning and to continue to leverage visual learning style in your career and business.

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