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How Not to Be a Bad Boss That Makes Good Employees Quit

How Not to Be a Bad Boss That Makes Good Employees Quit

It seems obvious that employees will feel more motivated at work when there is a healthy environment where everybody is treated equal regardless of gender, race, ethnicity and religion. Good leaders will work to make sure that all this is in place and develop this further through team building activities, corporate events, and field trips. If implemented in the right way, these activities can help create high performing people and teams.

For those looking for some simple, yet less well-known activities in which workplace productivity can be improved, take a look at the 3 practices below and see how they can help.

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Apply different creative ways to solve problems.

While theory-based management tactics have their own place, there is no need to become too rigid with these practices. Encourage employees to be more creative and use their imagination for developing methods and tools that would help them succeed.

Every person has a different approach to problem-solving and therefore employees should be expected to achieve their goals at a reasonable pace, using their own skill set and other tools they need for success. This requires assigning each employee the kind of tasks they are best capable of doing and working on their strengths.

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Understand the difference among people

Maintaining workplace productivity is not always easy especially when there are people from many different cultures and ethnicities working together as a team. But once you know how to incorporate some basic concepts into your overall strategy, nothing is impossible. These may include polishing your employees’ skills and talents instead of focusing on their weaknesses.

Keep everyone hydrated.

It may sound very simple but it’s absolutely true. Keeping employees well hydrated in the workplace is probably the best and most inexpensive way to improve workplace productivity. You don’t need any kind of training or expensive equipment to make this happen. Waterlogic has created in infographic providing some tips on how you can drink more in the workplace and the benefits of doing so.

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All you need is water

Research shows that proper hydration helps to make people happier and healthier. The natural consequence of happiness is being more productive. Water is highly beneficial and has a number of health benefits ranging from improved complexion to better functioning vital organs. You feel more confident and hence work more dedicatedly.

Drinking water throughout the day is only one way to remain hydrated. There are many other ways to consume water though such as eating a juicy fruit or using a few water-infused recipes. You may introduce these drinks in your office kitchen and offer them totally free of cost to your employees. After all, it’s going to pay off hugely in the long run if your workers are more productive and able to work for extra hours if there is a need to. So, instead of worrying about the cost now think of all the benefits this step is going to bring your organization in the long run.

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Mind your languages and gestures.

Written and verbal communication is a vital part of every organization’s ordinary operations. However, what is not being promoted or even explored in some businesses is the importance of non-verbal communication. This is something we call “body language” in common lingo. Body language effectively explains what the other person is thinking, whether he or she is on a good mood, if they’re comfortable with a particular thing, and so on and so forth.

Try new systems

In addition, organizations must strive to bring in the latest technology to make effective communication simpler and more efficient. There are now dozens of cloud-based suites available that help employees share files quickly and get help from fellow colleagues who might be better at doing a certain task. At Waterlogic for instance we use a Project Management tool called Asana that allows us to quickly manage and collaborate tasks and projects away from email. As everyone knows email, although important every day, can be very inefficient when communicating about projects.

It’s all about making your team members enjoy their everyday work.

The best workplace is one where employees enjoy working, communicate with one another frequently, give and take feedback, and are overall happy and healthy. Once these goals are achieved, the employees would naturally become more productive and resourceful for the organization.

The tips discussed in this article may sound straight forward but it has been seen that most organizations do not develop written policies for any of these steps and as a result suffer greatly in the area of productivity. Once these steps are implemented in a professional manner, workplace productivity would naturally improve, helping organizations achieve their objectives and be successful.

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Last Updated on August 21, 2018

8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

You go to the gym to train your muscles. You run outside or go for hikes to train your endurance. Or, maybe you do neither of those, but still wish you exercised more.

Well, here is how to train one of the most important parts of your body: your brain.

When you train your brain, you will:

  • Avoid embarrassing situations. You remember his face, but what was his name?
  • Be a faster learner in all sorts of different skills. Hello promotion, here I come!
  • Avoid diseases that hit as you get older. No, thanks Alzheimer’s; you and I are just not a good fit.

So how to train your brain to learn faster and remember more?

1. Work your memory

Twyla Tharp, a NYC-based renowned choreographer has come up with the following memory workout:

When she watches one of her performances, she tries to remember the first twelve to fourteen corrections she wants to discuss with her cast without writing them down.

If you think this is anything less than a feat, then think again. In her book The Creative Habit she says that most people cannot remember more than three.

The practice of both remembering events or things and then discussing them with others has actually been supported by brain fitness studies.

Memory activities that engage all levels of brain operation—receiving, remembering and thinking—help to improve the function of the brain.

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Now, you may not have dancers to correct, but you may be required to give feedback on a presentation, or your friends may ask you what interesting things you saw at the museum. These are great opportunities to practically train your brain by flexing your memory muscles.

What is the simplest way to help yourself remember what you see? Repetition.

For example, say you just met someone new.

“Hi, my name is George”

Don’t just respond with, “Nice to meet you”. Instead, say, “Nice to meet you George.” Got it? Good.

2. Do something different repeatedly

By actually doing something new over and over again, your brain wires new pathways that help you do this new thing better and faster.

Think back to when you were three years old. You surely were strong enough to hold a knife and a fork just fine. Yet, when you were eating all by yourself, you were creating a mess.

It was not a matter of strength, you see. It was a matter of cultivating more and better neural pathways that would help you eat by yourself just like an adult does.

And guess what? With enough repetition you made that happen!

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But how does this apply to your life right now?

Say you are a procrastinator. The more you don’t procrastinate, the more you teach your brain not to wait for the last minute to make things happen.

Now, you might be thinking “Duh, if only not procrastinating could be that easy!”

Well, it can be. By doing something really small, that you wouldn’t normally do, but is in the direction of getting that task done, you will start creating those new precious neural pathways.

So if you have been postponing organizing your desk, just take one paper and put in its right place. Or, you can go even smaller. Look at one piece of paper and decide where to put it: Trash? Right cabinet? Another room? Give it to someone?

You don’t actually need to clean up that paper; you only need to decide what you need to do with it.

That’s how small you can start. And yet, those neural pathways are still being built. Gradually, you will transform yourself from a procrastinator to an in-the-moment action taker.

3. Learn something new

It might sound obvious, but the more you use your brain, the better its going to perform for you.

For example, learning a new instrument improves your skill of translating something you see (sheet music) to something you actually do (playing the instrument).

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Learning a new language exposes your brain to a different way of thinking, a different way of expressing yourself.

You can even literally take it a step further, and learn how to dance. Studies indicate that learning to dance helps seniors avoid Alzheimer’s. Not bad, huh?

4. Follow a brain training program

The Internet world can help you improve your brain function while lazily sitting on your couch. A clinically proven program like BrainHQ can help you improve your memory, or think faster, by just following their brain training exercises.

5. Work your body

You knew this one was coming didn’t you? Yes indeed, exercise does not just work your body; it also improves the fitness of your brain.

Even briefly exercising for 20 minutes facilitates information processing and memory functions. But it’s not just that–exercise actually helps your brain create those new neural connections faster. You will learn faster, your alertness level will increase, and you get all that by moving your body.

Now, if you are not already a regular exerciser, and already feel guilty that you are not helping your brain by exercising more, try a brain training exercise program like Exercise Bliss.

Remember, just like we discussed in #2, by training your brain to do something new repeatedly, you are actually changing yourself permanently.

6. Spend time with your loved ones

If you want optimal cognitive abilities, then you’ve got to have meaningful relationships in your life.  Talking with others and engaging with your loved ones helps you think more clearly, and it can also lift your mood.

If you are an extrovert, this holds even more weight for you. At a class at Stanford University, I learned that extroverts actually use talking to other people as a way to understand and process their own thoughts.

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I remember that the teacher told us that after a personality test said she was an extrovert, she was surprised. She had always thought of herself as an introvert. But then, she realized how much talking to others helped her frame her own thoughts, so she accepted her new-found status as an extrovert.

7. Avoid crossword puzzles

Many of us, when we think of brain fitness, think of crossword puzzles. And it’s true–crossword puzzles do improve our fluency, yet studies show they are not enough by themselves.

Are they fun? Yes. Do they sharpen your brain? Not really.

Of course, if you are doing this for fun, then by all means go ahead. If you are doing it for brain fitness, then you might want to choose another activity

8. Eat right – and make sure dark chocolate is included

Foods like fish, fruits, and vegetables help your brain perform optimally. Yet, you might not know that dark chocolate gives your brain a good boost as well.

When you eat chocolate, your brain produces dopamine. And dopamine helps you learn faster and remember better. Not to mention, chocolate contains flavonols, antioxidants, which also improve your brain functions.

So next time you have something difficult to do, make sure you grab a bite or two of dark chocolate!

Now that you know how to train your brain, it’s actually time to start doing.

Don’t just consume this content and then go on with your life as if nothing has changed. Put this knowledge into action and become smarter than ever!

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