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My 7 day single-tasking challenge

Last week, I volunteered to take on a single tasking challenge. Inspired by Geri Hirsch’s blog, I recognised that, like her, I have become very much a full time multi-tasker and perhaps it was time to start doing things in a more focused and mindful way. I was curious about science suggesting that single-tasking is better for your brain, that multi-tasking is a myth, so I wanted to see what the results would be. Here’s what I learnt. Day 1  - Friday So, here I am, committed to 7 days of…

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The Risks of Flexible Working and How to Manage Them

As British employees now have the right to request flexible working, at Robertson Cooper we’ve been having lots of conversations about the best ways to manage work-life integration recently, from hosting roundtables to conducting research with our partners, Bank Workers Charity. Data that we’ve collected from employees at an international governmental organisation gives us some telling statistics on working from home – a type of flexible working. 1 in 3 of the organisation’s employees are able…

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Did You Leave Work Early On National Leave Work Early Day?

Tuesday 2nd June was National Leave Work Early Day. Employee productivity specialist Laura Stack launched this national almost-holiday in America in 2004 when she became concerned that employees in the US worked about 49 hours a week on average. In the spirit of highlighting the importance of better work-life balance for employees and employers, we are encouraged to finish all our tasks and, with the necessary permission, leave the office earlier than normal. A laudable aim that, 11…

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Leaveism – can your boss spot the signs?

There is a well-established relationship between an employee’s psychological wellbeing and organisational performance. The subject of wellbeing has become ever more topical as organisations look to respond to increasing economic pressures. In many cases these responses result in downsizing, pay and progression freezes; and an increased workload for remaining staff.  Clearly for organisations, the cost of employees being anything other than fully productive can have an enormous impact on…