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The Productivity Myth

Nice piece by Tony Schwartz over at Harvard Business Review:

So here’s the paradox: Americans are working 10 percent fewer total hours than they did before the recession, due to layoffs and shortened workdays, but we’re producing nearly as many goods and services as we did back in the full employment days of 2007.

Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke called these gains in productivity “extraordinary” and unforeseen at a recent Senate hearing.

There’s a simple, visceral reason for the gains, Mr. Chairman, and it’s called fear.

Use Microblogging to Increase Productivity

From Jeanne C Meister and Karie Willyerd, guest blogging at HBR.

“Ubiquity First, Revenue Later. Build an audience first and then uncover how it can lead to increased employee productivity or faster time to competence. Since microblogging is a modest expense, (often as low as $1.00 per user per month) there need not be elaborate ROl studies prior to piloting the service. However, you do need to identify key business goals you want to measure as microblogging rolls out across the company, such as increased brainstorming or greater ease in seeking feedback from employees. Then follow the impact on revenue.”

Use Better Tools to Be a Better Student in 2010

A wonderful list of shortcuts and techniques to help out with common tasks.

Working less

Nicely said by Mark Shead:

We can be much more productive by focusing on doing the right things instead of focusing on doing more things.  What this means, exactly, is very dependent on your particular set of circumstances, your personality, and what you are trying to accomplish, but many people will benefit by trying to spend less time doing and more time thinking.

[Via Michael Sampson]

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