It's no surprise that technology has changed the way we work. From taking notes and researching to shopping and video chatting with your pet while you're away, our way of life is nearly 100% reliant on the web.
So when Marissa Mayer infamously banned Yahoo employees from working from home in 2013, the working world was all asking the same question: are employees more or less productive when they work remotely?
In a study conducted by Nicholas Bloom and James Liang, comparing at-hom...
Program manager vs. project manager — to understand how these two similar roles differ, you must first know the difference between programs and projects.
When a large project is made up of several other projects that are dependent on each other, it becomes something bigger — a program. Programs can become overwhelming and stressful for one person to manage, so delegating individual projects is often recommended. Outlining objectives, planning execution, managing operations, and reportin...
Chances are, the idea of attending a virtual meeting is not foreign to you. You find a room (ideally a quiet one), with decent internet connectivity, and fire up that virtual meeting software only to find out that not even half of the attendees have arrived, the main speaker's mic is going in and out, and who's making that horribly annoying swishing sound?
Let's face it: virtual meetings are rarely a breeze. People are distracted, no one likes to turn on their video, and presentat...
There are a few concrete business elements that remain consistent across all organizations, regardless of industry. Emails and meetings generally fall in that category.
One element that is often overlooked but almost always takes up time is the approval process. Documents, deliverables, content, purchasing requests, etc. all need to go through an approval process to make sure they adhere to the expectations and quality guidelines the company upholds for their staff and customers.
You're busy staying on top of the latest and greatest marketing technology, generating content, building out campaigns, identifying buyer personas, or being a resource for your team (the list goes on and on). All of this activity makes it difficult to worry about how work is getting done, as long as it gets done.
Not getting tasks done in the most efficient way possible eats into your team's productivity. Instead of automating workflows, you may be doing everything manually,...
After all the time, research, and money you put into finding the right work management solution, you and your team should feel a sense of relief — and, after a few months, start seeing some improvements from your new tool. Communications should be smoother, data should be easy to find, and people should be actually using the tool. Life should be good!
But what happens when the tool you adopted to improve work management is failing to do so?
In our Work Management Survey, 34% of workers...
Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. - George Bernard Shaw
Picture this: you need to find a new solution for running online meetings so you can collaborate with your global team spread out across different time zones. You pull up your handy search engine and start researching with your top three priorities in mind: cost, quality, and ease of use.
After a week of calls with vendors and free demos galore, y...
We've all had unproductive days. Sometimes it's because we're preoccupied with a big project, sometimes it's from trying to multitask — which (shocker) doesn't actually make you more productive. And then there's the most common culprit of productivity loss: meetings.
Meetings on meetings are a sure-fire way to kill the productivity across your team. Why?
Although it may seem necessary to check in and inform everyone about ongoing projects, let's be honest; meetings are...
Brainstorming. It's been something ingrained as necessary in order to generate new ideas since we were kids. "Time to brainstorm your next science project." "Let's get together and brainstorm some ideas on why Elizabeth can't stand Mr. Darcy."
Brainstorming has been done to death. So much so, that managers have forgotten why we even brainstorm in the first place. Most managers believe it's just the first step to generating the next great idea. And if that great idea doesn't...
There are countless marketing campaigns running all over the world at the same time (chances are, there's a few in your inbox as we speak). It's no wonder why people have become so immune to those "eye-catching" subject lines.
With ad campaigns, email campaigns, trade show campaigns, print campaigns, etc... it's sometimes overwhelming, and due to their frequency, it can be difficult to decipher why you're even running them in the first place.
Campaign management requires diligent p...