Does Music Increase Productivity?

music at work can increase productivity

When asked the question, does music increase productivity?, my immediate response is to shout yes, yes, yes from the rooftops…I might even be seen shaking a tambourine for emphasis, haha.   As a lifelong musician, hit songwriter and veteran of bringing music to the corporate world, the idea that music increases productivity is pretty well proven for me personally.  But perhaps you’re a leader of a biotech company or the head of HR at a law firm. Maybe you’re a financial analyst or an insurance underwriter. The idea that music may have real value in your work environment might seem a bit strange to you. So I realize that you may need some science and cold hard facts to be… Read more »

Does Employee Engagement Matter?

Without employee engagement you may feel like this person

As a leader in your organization, you have some big decisions to make for the coming year. Should you invest some of your available budget and precious time into events and activities that boost employee engagement? Or should you just throw in the towel and buy those new standing desks everyone is talking about?  It seems like buying some desks might be easier than really tackling your workforce challenges. And maybe you’re not 100% sure if engagement is all that important.  Does employee engagement matter? I have three answers for you; yes, yes, yes. To help you better understand, I’d like you hit the rewind button on your life. Let’s go all the way back to high school. I know… Read more »

5 Great Team Building Activities For A Small Group

music performing at team building activities for a small group

Your group of employees is small but mighty. Each team member is an integral piece in a tightly knit system of communication, collaboration, and creativity. When this small but mighty community is ready to reinforce connection and revitalize work flow, what are the best team building activities for a small group? Maybe you’re traveling away from home base for your corporate retreat, or you’re setting aside time right in your own office. Either way, the trust falls and feelings circles of yesteryear’s cringe worthy team building activities should be left behind in favor of something more worthy of your team’s precious time.  As a leader of your organization, you have a big decision to make. What activities will be an… Read more »

Should I Let My Team Work From Home?

The reality is, in this day and age, employees are aware that their work doesn’t need to be tied to a desk in an office from 9 to 5. If their job can be done online, there are serious advantages to allowing them to work from home, even for just one day per week. There are clear benefits but also unique challenges when employees work from home. Here are some thoughts and suggestions on how you can manage and optimize remote teams.