Archive for July, 2016

How Where You Sit In Your Office Impacts Your Productivity

Posted on July 29th, 2016 by The Learning Factor


We may be more satisfied with our jobs than we were a decade ago—at least according to Gallup’s research. But employee engagement and retention continue to be among the top challenge companies face around the world, per a report from Deloitte on global human resource trends. That’s because disengaged workers come with a hefty price tag. Gallup estimates that the U.S. economy loses up to $550 billion per year when productivity flags as a result of unhappy employees.


In what they describe as the first study of “spatial management,” the researchers analyzed data from the more than 2,000 workers at a large technology company with several locations across the U.S. and Europe over two years.


They discovered that seating the right types of workers together led to increased productivity and profits. The proper proximity, they write, “has been shown to generate up to a 15% increase in organizational performance. For an organization of 2,000 workers, strategic seating planning could add an estimated $1 million per annum to profit.”

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Bad behavior in the workplace is contagious. But a new study suggests that pairing workers together can boost productivity and profits.

Aligning the Organization for Its Digital Future

Posted on July 27th, 2016 by The Learning Factor

Many companies are responding to an increasingly digital market environment by adding roles with a digital focus or changing traditional roles to have a digital orientation. The list of “digital” business roles and functions is extensive and growing. There are now digital strategists, chief digital officers, digital engagement managers, digital finance managers, digital marketing managers, and digital supply chain managers, among other positions.


Despite the proliferation of digital roles and responsibilities, most executives recognize that their companies are not adequately preparing for the industry disruptions they expect to emerge from digital trends. Nearly 90% of respondents to a 2015 global survey of managers and executives conducted by MIT Sloan Management Review and Deloitte1 anticipate that their industries will be disrupted by digital trends to a great or moderate extent, but only 44% say their organizations are adequately preparing for the disruptions to come

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Digitally savvy executives are already aligning their people, processes, and culture to achieve their organizations’ long-term digital success.

Five Creative Ways To Power Through The Afternoon Slump

Posted on July 27th, 2016 by The Learning Factor

 If your mind starts to wander and you could really use a nap or a candy bar around 2 p.m., you’re not alone. The afternoon slump is real, and it’s your body’s response to a drop in your blood-sugar levels as well as its natural circadian rhythm. In fact, one of our strongest biological urges to sleep comes between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., according to the National Sleep Foundation.

Taking the afternoon off isn’t usually an option, but some companies have found some fun and effective hacks for tackling the afternoon slump.



Employees at the mortgage lender United Shore look forward to 10-minute dance parties held every Thursday afternoon at 3 p.m. The idea began as a small gathering of five or six people and became so popular that the company installed a dance floor on the second floor to accommodate a crowd of more than 100.


“We have a lot of team members at United Shore who work from their desks and are focused on hitting their daily goals,” says CEO Mat Ishbia. “The dance parties give them a little break to get up, reenergize themselves and get back to their day. That energy helps us stay focused.”

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These companies have found a way to keep their employees engaged instead of dragging in the afternoons, and it doesn’t involve caffeine.