How Office Lighting Affects Productivity

There are certain factors that everyone knows affect workplace productivity, but there is one important factor often overlooked by most employers across the globe: lighting. Sure, it’s common knowledge that reading in the dark can harm your eyes, but lighting has effects well beyond that, and an employer’s choice of lighting can have a significant […]

Developing a Policy for Employee Texting at Work

Years ago, employers’ biggest concern about communication during work hours involved employees using the business’s phone line to make expensive long distance phone calls on company time and with company money. However, the days of paying for long distance phone service have mostly gone the way of dial up internet connections and Facebook as solely […]

How Does Workplace Attire Affect Productivity?

Across America, company dress codes for employees are as diverse as the employees themselves. From being so strict that hemlines are measured, to telling employees, “You can wear anything, as long as you wear something,” companies certainly seem to be in disagreement over how workplace attire affects productivity. Some contend that allowing casual attire implies […]

Tips for Overcoming the Winter Blues at Work

Winter time can be a challenging season for the office manager who has a vision to increase employee performance and overall productivity. Not only does winter seem to increase employee sick days through the colds, flu, and viruses which have perfected the cubicle hop, but winter’s coldness and decreased daylight result in an increase in […]

Understanding Performance-Based Pay

Performance-based pay is a great way to encourage motivation among employees. The compensation variations come in many forms, and each form will present a variety of benefits and challenges, depending on the structure of your company. Therefore, it may take some experimenting to determine which form of performance-based pay works most effectively for your business. […]

Organizing Your Computer for Increased Productivity

We’ve all heard about the importance of getting organized. If everything is put properly in its own place, it’s much easier to locate items when you need them, which helps you to waste less time and maximize your productivity. But, while you’ve probably been taught how to properly organize your desk, you might still be […]

Which Absenteeism Policy is Right for Your Company?

There is no business owner who enjoys seeing chronic absenteeism patterning among his employees. Excessive employee absences are not only an inconvenience, but can also cost your company money in terms of lost labor or the need to hire a temp to cover the now vacant shift. While employee absences can never be completely eliminated, […]

theOS: Saving Companies Money Through Computer Monitoring Tactics

The Office Software (also abbreviated as theOS) is a computer program designed to help employers monitor employees’ internet usage in an attempt to increase productivity and put an end to the many potential dangers of internet misuse. The Office Software’s official website ( cites a number of statistics outlining the disadvantages of internet use at […]

How Do Cellphones, Facebook, and Personal Email Affect Productivity at Work?

There’s no denying that technology has become an integral part of our lives, and the implications for businesses are numerous. On one hand, cellphones and the internet have revolutionized the way companies across the globe do business, and employees are more accessible (and therefore more productive) than ever before – at least in theory. The […]

Addressing Uncomfortable Personal Issues in the Workplace

There are certain personal issues you will probably never feel comfortable discussing with your employees. Whether the discussion involves problems with attitude, inappropriate dress, inadequate hygiene, or cultural misunderstandings, your first instinct may be to avoid the situation altogether. However, these issues can – and often do – have a real effect on the productivity […]