Here’s a look at three interesting stories currently in the news with ramifications for your team’s productivity.
1. The traits of leaders who do things fast and well
Is it possible to work both fast and well? While many people naturally tend toward quality over quantity or tend to the reverse, researchers studied one group of leaders who scored in the top percentile on both measures. While trying to figure out what this group was doing differently from others, they identified seven factors that help people move quickly without sacrificing quality, including being absolutely clear about the vision and direction of their organization (and effectively sharing that perspective with others); setting stretch goals and keeping high standards; being champions of change when needed; being skilled at considering external perspectives; continually looking for faster, more efficient ways to operate; and more. The whole piece at Harvard Business Review is worth a read.
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2. Five wrong moves new managers make – and how to fix them
Being a new manager is tough – in large part because managing a team of people requires a whole different skill set than whatever you were doing before you started managing. Things are almost certainly going to go wrong, but you can avoid some of the most common if you know what they are. The Muse tackles five of the most common mistakes new managers make: trying to be friends with the people you manage, not being clear enough about your team’s goals and priorities, softening directives so that people think you’re making suggestions when you’re really talking about requirements, trying to do everything yourself rather than delegating enough, and not giving enough feedback. This is a good piece to read over yourself if you’re a new-ish manager – or, if you manage new-ish managers, it could be a good piece to share with them and even spend some time talking over.
3. Not getting enough sleep is making us less productive
How awake are you right now? Not getting enough sleep is costing U.S. employers up to $411 billion in productivity every year, says a new study from RAND. In total, 1.2 million working days are lost each year due to insufficient sleep. Wondering if you’re part of the problem? Well, on average, if you get only six to seven hours of sleep a night, you lose nearly four days worth of work productivity a year, compared to colleagues who sleep seven to nine hours a night. And work itself may be part of the problem: Working irregular hours, commuting a long distance to work, and dealing with unrealistic time pressures on the job can all contribute to lack of sleep. Eeeek.