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A Leadership Handbook for Anyone Who Aspires to Be a Great Leader

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A Leadership Handbook for Anyone Who Aspires to Be a Great Leader

Every day you hear about it: Why some leaders are better than others? Why some are bosses while others are leaders? How to become a good leader? What are the qualities of a leader? From world leaders to team leaders at work, leadership seems to be something that can’t be detached from our lives. But why is that and what really makes up an incredible leader?

The Necessity of Leadership

If We’re All Talented People, Why Do We Still Need a Leader?

From ancient times to in the information age these days, to survive, human beings needed an organized way to settle and grow. Such organization was necessary to maintain control and protect our settlements.

True Leadership Enables People to Work Toward the Same Goal Together.

With a good leader, people are motivated to grow and will perform their best to reach the goal.

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The Impact of Leadership

How Becoming a Manager Is Different From Becoming a Leader

Managing and leading is different. With a great leadership, people are happier and more productive. Yet with a poor leadership, people have low morale and are likely to fail to achieve their goals.

Why It Is Wrong to Glorify a Leader and Belittle a Follower

It is not correct to have the pervasive notion that being good at following others is a negative trait. Even though it is important to have a leader, it doesn’t make it less important to have followers. Simply put, leaders don’t exist without followers.

How to Become a Truly Great Leader

What Separates a Leader from a Boss

10 Differences Between A Boss And A Real Leader

It takes more than just bossing people around to be a leader.

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Why Everyone Loves the Leader Instead of the Boss

A happy and motivated team comes from their leader’s positive attitude. Even in the worst situations such as experiencing low team morale or facing a failure, a great leader stays positive and figure out ways to keep the team motivated to solve the problems together.

10 Signs of A Charismatic Leader

It’s imperative for a leader to have a sense of humor, particularly when things go wrong. Being approachable is an important quality for a leader because no one wants to work with an arrogant person who is not opened for communication.

How Leadership is Related to Personality Types

No Matter What Your Personality Is, You Have the Potential to Lead

When it comes to leadership, it really doesn’t matter what personality type you are. Whether you’re an introvert, extrovert or ambivert, becoming a leader is more about the skills and attitude.

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This is Why Introverts Can Be Good Leaders

In the past, extroverted people seemed to have a higher chance to become a leader. But obviously these days, we witness success achieved by many introverted leaders such as Bill Gates, Warren Buffett and Larry Page.

How to Develop a Unique Leading Style

What Is Your Leadership Style And How To Become A Charismatic Leader

All great leaders excel a unique leading style. They are all charismatic for a different reason. While each leading style has its strengths and weaknesses, great leaders can strike a balance when leading the team in different situations.

Why Faking Another Leadership Style Is Doomed to Fail

Great leaders stay true to themselves without faking another leading style because they understand that no leadership is perfect. What they can control to make things better is amplifying their strengths.

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Good Reads to Consider on Leadership

15 Best Leadership Books Every Young Leader Needs To Read

This list of the 15 best leadership books will inform and inspire all aspiring leaders.

10 Books You Must Read to Strengthen Your Leadership Skills

If you are determined to better your leadership skills, add these 10 books to your reading list.

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Published on September 21, 2021

How Remote Work Affects Your Productivity And Wellbeing (Backed By Data)

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How Remote Work Affects Your Productivity And Wellbeing (Backed By Data)

The internet is flooded with articles about remote work and its benefits or drawbacks. But in reality, the remote work experience is so subjective that it’s impossible to draw general conclusions and issue one-size-fits-all advice about it. However, one thing that’s universal and rock-solid is data. Data-backed findings and research about remote work productivity give us a clear picture of how our workdays have changed and how work from home affects us—because data doesn’t lie.

In this article, we’ll look at three decisive findings from a recent data study and two survey reports concerning remote work productivity and worker well-being.

1. We Take Less Frequent Breaks

Your home can be a peaceful or a distracting place depending on your living and family conditions. While some of us might find it hard to focus amidst the sounds of our everyday life, other people will tell you that the peace and quiet while working from home (WFH) is a major productivity booster. Then there are those who find it hard to take proper breaks at home and switch off at the end of the workday.

But what does data say about remote work productivity? Do we work more or less in a remote setting?

Let’s take a step back to pre-pandemic times (2014, to be exact) when a time tracking application called DeskTime discovered that 10% of most productive people work for 52 minutes and then take a break for 17 minutes.

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Recently, the same time tracking app repeated that study to reveal working and breaking patterns during the pandemic. They found that remote work has caused an increase in time worked, with the most productive people now working for 112 minutes and breaking for 26 minutes.[1]

Now, this may seem rather innocent at first—so what if we work for extended periods of time as long as we also take longer breaks? But let’s take a closer look at this proportion.

While breaks have become only nine minutes longer, work sprints have more than doubled. That’s nearly two hours of work, meaning that the most hard-working people only take three to four breaks per 8-hour workday. This discovery makes us question if working from home (WFH) really is as good a thing for our well-being as we thought it was. In addition, in the WFH format, breaks are no longer a treat but rather a time to squeeze in a chore or help children with schoolwork.

Online meetings are among the main reasons for less frequent breaks. Pre-pandemic meetings meant going to another room, stretching your legs, and giving your eyes a rest from the computer. In a remote setting, all meetings happen on screen, sometimes back-to-back, which could be one of the main factors explaining the longer work hours recorded.

2. We Face a Higher Risk of Burnout

At first, many were optimistic about remote work’s benefits in terms of work-life balance as we save time on commuting and have more time to spend with family—at least in theory. But for many people, this was quickly counterbalanced by a struggle to separate their work and personal lives. Buffer’s 2021 survey for the State of Remote Work report found that the biggest struggle of remote workers is not being able to unplug, with collaboration difficulties and loneliness sharing second place.[2]

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Buffer’s respondents were also asked if they are working more or less since their shift to remote work, and 45 percent admitted to working more. Forty-two percent said they are working the same amount, while 13 percent responded that they are working less.

Longer work hours and fewer quality breaks can dramatically affect our health, as long-term sitting and computer use can cause eye strain, mental fatigue, and other issues. These, in turn, can lead to more severe consequences, such as burnout and heart disease.

Let’s have a closer look at the connection between burnout and remote work.

McKinsey’s report about the Future of work states that 49% of people say they’re feeling some symptoms of burnout.[3] And that may be an understatement since employees experiencing burnout are less likely to respond to survey requests and may have even left the workforce.

From the viewpoint of the employer, remote workers may seem like they are more productive and working longer hours. However, managers must be aware of the risks associated with increased employee anxiety. Otherwise, the productivity gains won’t be long-lasting. It’s no secret that prolonged anxiety can reduce job satisfaction, decrease work performance, and negatively affect interpersonal relationships with colleagues.[4]

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3. Despite everything, We Love Remote Work

An overwhelming majority—97 percent—of Buffer report’s survey respondents say they would like to continue working remotely to some extent. The two main benefits mentioned by the respondents are the ability to have a flexible schedule and the flexibility to work from anywhere.

McKinsey’s report found that more than half of employees would like their workplace to adopt a more flexible hybrid virtual-working model, with some days of work on-premises and some days working remotely. To be more exact, more than half of employees report that they would like at least three work-from-home days a week once the pandemic is over.

Companies will increasingly be forced to find ways to satisfy these workforce demands while implementing policies to minimize the risks associated with overworking and burnout. Smart companies will embrace this new trend and realize that adopting hybrid models can also be a win for them—for example, for accessing talent in different locations and at a lower cost.

Remote Work: Blessing or Plight?

Understandably, workers worldwide are tempted to keep the good work-life aspects that have come out of the pandemic—professional flexibility, fewer commutes, and extra time with family. But with the once strict boundaries between work and life fading, we must remain cautious. We try to squeeze in house chores during breaks. We do online meetings from the kitchen or the same couch we watch TV shows from, and many of us report difficulties switching off after work.

So, how do we keep our private and professional lives from hopelessly blending together?

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The answer is that we try to replicate the physical and virtual boundaries that come naturally in an office setting. This doesn’t only mean having a dedicated workspace but also tracking your work time and stopping when your working hours are finished. In addition, it means working breaks into your schedule because watercooler chats don’t just naturally happen at home.

If necessary, we need to introduce new rituals that resemble a normal office day—for example, going for a walk around the block in the morning to simulate “arriving at work.” Remote work is here to stay. If we want to enjoy the advantages it offers, then we need to learn how to cope with the personal challenges that come with it.

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