Allowing employees to use their time off may result in happy, more productive employees who put forth more discretionary effort. And a final word on one of my personal pet peeves: if someone takes half a day off - don't send them off with a sarcastic comment like "You must've had a rough day today."
Managers often mistakenly think that putting pressure on employees will increase performance. What it does increase is stress -- and research has shown that high levels of stress carry a number of costs to employers and employees alike.
It wasn't until Harvard Business School professor Leslie Perlow approached us with an interesting proposal eight years ago that we really grasped what was driving top talent away -- and began a radical experiment to improve our work-life balance.
Sure, I put away my own cellphone while leading the sessions, but did I really buy into the concept of being off the grid for more than a few hours at a time? Recently, I was put to the test.
By structuring your work day so that you are clocking in and out, you are opening yourself up to a more productive lifestyle and, ultimately, more free time to spend the way you wish.
Hi, my name is Kelley, and I'm a social media addict. Have you ever felt this way? Unplugging wasn't easy at first, but these five tips helped me get there.
I gave myself an "A" for having gotten really good at working really hard. And then took the weekend off. Do you want to know the coolest thing? My work was still patiently waiting for me this morning when I came back to it!
Is this how we're going to remember our lives? Instead of enjoying concerts that we paid big bucks for, we're spending the time looking through the tiny screens of our phones to capture blurry photographs that we'll later slap a Hefe filter on.
Life is more than surviving drama and guarding against the latest virus invading our personal domain of what innocence is left. Life is about nurturing, bringing our unique talent, our gifts into the world.
If there is a narcissist in your workplace, the costs and benefits may need to be teased out. This process may need to take place as people and projects realign.
When I go for walks outside or a drive in the mountains, I almost always return with new ideas, divine downloads in the form of blogs, poetry and talks, and inspiration to create something amazing.
The fact that we are surrounded by high speed everything -- living, eating, driving, breathing and of course technology -- is taking its toll on our sense of inner peace. Perhaps we can't change our entire life, but we can certainly make small steps towards healthy choices that in fact will make us happier.
Our goal is to make our nervous systems more resilient by inducing more positive emotions throughout each day. With that in mind, here are 10 suggestions for your personal Happy List.
Once I drop my 4-year-old daughter off at preschool and return home, I've started to put my phone back in the master bedroom from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. This enables me to fully be present with my toddler.
To be honest, it was never my intention to be so off the grid for so long but I found myself becoming so refueled and enjoying life so much that it just turned out that way.
Even as my kids have grown older, I protect this sacred "set apart" time, these rituals with them. It nourishes us all. And the sacrifices are worth it.
Where many of your peers find success is through their unbending unwillingness to let the word no become a setback.
The corporate world -- as part of orientation 101 -- needs to ensure that young employees understand that building an amazing career will only worth if they are healthy -- and with a good heart --- to enjoy it!
Yes, you've read this title correctly and yes, you're still in the 'Post 50' column in HuffPost. Bullying isn't just for kids. Although we have no estimates on its prevalence in the adult population, we do know that being teased or poked fun at by co-workers, family members, neighbors, or acquaintances is a highly stressful experience.