Multitasking? Hardly! This is the real key to success in the digital era

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Succeeding in the digital era requires an ability to adapt and a willingness to be in lifelong learning mode. Really, you have no choice in an economy where the job you might have in 20 years doesn’t yet exist. Other traits will come in handy in the digital economy: The ability to communicate and collaborate, […]

Is the U.S. driving in the internet slow lane?

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How’s the internet speed where you’re working? There can be multiple answers, since people can work in an office, their own homes, or in a public space such as a coffee shop or hotel. But by far the most common response to that question is, “Not fast enough!” Sure, maybe it’s never fast enough for […]

Don’t trap your workers in an “open office”

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I’ve been working from my home for the past 20 years, a situation for which I am extremely grateful. It has all the advantages you could imagine. There’s no stressful, time-wasting commute. I control of my environment and have the flexibility to set my own schedule and take breaks without raising eyebrows. Plus I’m always […]

Wireless charging is about convenience and productivity

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If you had to list the top five workplace technology trends for the coming year, you’d probably pretty quickly come up with connected devices, voice-activated technologies, augmented reality (AR), and artificial intelligence (AI). What would be the fifth item? According to 2,000 U.K. office workers surveyed recently by Workthere, a global consultant to organizations looking […]

Four-day workweeks may be in your future. Is that good or bad?

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The five-day, 40-hour workweek is not written in stone, as those of us who work more than 40 hours and on weekends can attest. But it is, for lack of a better term, the “standard” workweek in modern times, and certainly an improvement over the 12 hours a day, six days a week that workers […]

Workplace productivity: AI, music, and mood control

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Recent research suggests that music can affect a worker’s productivity and creativity. Awesome! Enterprise leaders merely have to pipe some music into that office and watch the transformational magic ensue! The problem with doing that is not everyone is motivated or inspired by the same music. The hip hop lover’s rapture may be the classic […]

Your job may be killing you

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I got my first “real” job in my early 20s, working as a reporter at a small newspaper. The editor was a combustible tyrant, going off on rants daily, muttering loudly about one staffer or another, and generally making the lives of everyone in the newsroom as miserable as his probably was. (Funny how that […]

Splendid isolation or lonely hell? The dual reality of working remotely

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I’ve been working from home for almost 20 years as a technology and healthcare writer/editor. While it’s second nature to me now, at first I struggled with the isolation. Granted, you can isolate yourself in many workplaces, at least if you have headphones or an office with a door. But you still can walk down […]

Having the right digital mindset

“Digital” is used as a title to cover the current business and computing era. Being “digital” is about having the right mindset. There is no magic course or exam that you can take that will pronounce you as being “digital.” It’s how you apply yourself against the changing landscape of business and technology. There are many […]

2018: The quantified enterprise — Stop guessing and start measuring

Predictions for 2018: Companies will use the data from digital systems to quantify the business and become more productive The desire to quantify the business will emerge as a primary driver of digital transformation Companies, forced to rethink big data, will turn to advanced machine-learning techniques (like deep learning) to make high-quality decisions Last year we […]