Productivity Archives - Julie Desk
Productivity

Happiness at work, the key to productivity?

According to a study from the University of Warwick in England, the productivity of employees who feel “happy at work” is 12% superior to that of their colleagues.

But, what does it mean for an employee to be happy at work? And how can companies cater to that sentiment of happiness?

Before going further, let’s define “happiness at work”.

“Happiness at work involves safety and health in an organization run by competent leaders as well as a community of workers who feel that their work is meaningful and useful, and represent it as a factor in supporting the management of their lifestyle” - Definition from the European Working Conditions Observatory (EWCO).

Value and implicate employees

Before even thinking about introducing services such as daycare, organic canteen and yoga classes, it is, therefore, necessary to cultivate a corporate culture that implicates and values each employee, no matter their hierarchic level. This recognition can be formal or informal: sending a simple email or a thank you card to an efficient employee, granting additional days off, celebrating a birthday or sending congratulations following a wedding or the birth of a child… There are plenty of ideas.

ProductivityTime Management

Work Overload: Managing time with the Eisenhower Matrix

Most companies experience periods of increased activity, either punctually or recurrently. Even though the expression "work overload" is often associated with a negative connotation, it should be acknowledged that periods of work overload are an integral part of the natural work cycle. What matters the most is learning how to cope efficiently by optimizing time-management and productivity. The Eisenhower matrix appears to be an unavoidable tool to achieve this!

Work overload: first cause of stress

Although work overload can be the consequence of an increase in the company’s activity (each team member must redouble their efforts to effectively carry out the tasks attributed to them), it can also be a direct consequence of a decline in activity (the company is in crisis and all of its players have to work more with fewer resources).

These periods of work overload, often unavoidable, have a direct effect on the stress levels and, therefore, managers and employees' time management system. Studies have shown that work overload is one of the main sources of stress in the workplace.

ProductivityTime Management

Procrastination: Harmful or necessary?

“Question: What is a procrastinator’s busiest day? Answer: Tomorrow.” 

At one point or another in life, despite our good intentions, we all face procrastination. This voluntary act of constantly postponing a task has been around since the beginning of civilization and most people know the feeling of pulling an all-nighter to finish a piece of work due the next day.

Maybe you are even procrastinating right now while reading this article (but that’s okay, we are happy to have your attention ;-) ).

The reasons behind procrastination

To understand the science behind procrastination, it helps to think about the self. Reality is, when a person procrastinates, they think about their present self and their future self. The present self is the one faced with the task but a procrastinator attributes the said task to the future self because of its non-urgency.

Case StudyProductivity

No more running after time: Kima Ventures’s case study!

Jean de la Rochebrochard is a key player in the startup ecosystem. Since 2015, he has been a Partner at Kima Ventures, an "investment vehicle", founded by Xavier Niel and which specializes in the investment of startups. To this date, Kima Ventures has more than 500 startups in its portfolio and invests in about 100 startups every year.

Meetings form an important process for VCs and Jean used to spend a lot of time arranging meetings and attending them. It was very time-consuming.

"I used to spent a lot of time organizing my agenda, suggesting availabilities, answering and confirming them. That was a useless noise that I wanted to eliminate."

Productivity

5 Quotes for focus and productivity

No matter what walk of life you are from, whether successful or not, every now and then, everyone needs some inspiration to keep pushing forward and stay on top of their goals. Sometimes, reading the right words at the right time can provide the necessary motivation to remain focused on what needs to be done. Isn't that the recipe for productivity, and therefore success?

Because quotes can be powerful teachers, let's take a look at 5 quotes from some of our favorite experts on what productivity means to them and their secrets to achieving it.

ProductivityTime Management

Conquer your time with the Pomodoro technique! [Infographic]

“Investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” —Benjamin Franklin

When it comes to productivity and time-management, the Pomodoro technique has been around for quite a while. Several years ago, it was even named the most popular productive technique by the weblog Lifehacker.

What is the Pomodoro technique, you ask? Let’s break it down.

Pomodoro

In Italian, Pomodoro means tomato. But in reality, this technique has nothing to do with food. In fact, the Pomodoro technique is described as a time-management approach, used to help people focus on a single task, and it promises to increase productivity. Created by Italian developer and entrepreneur Francesco Cirillo in the 1980s, this approach came to life because, during his studies, he was having a hard time staying focused on a single task and managing distractions productively. So, he decided to challenge himself and try to focus on tasks for short periods of time, thus avoiding giving into procrastination.