Limit your to-do lists to a set number of items and try to break down big projects into smaller tasks in order to be more productive, writes Anisa Purbasari Horton. If those strategies aren't working for you, it could be better to try blocking off certain parts of the day to focus on whichever tasks are most important.
Professionals with children should try to have a plan in place for unexpected illnesses in order to minimize stress and the impact on co-workers and others, writes Daisy Wademan Dowling. If staying home is necessary, try to stay connected to co-workers and be available for help if needed.
Google has unveiled a hiring app that helps small and midsize businesses manage job candidates. Google Hire lets managers schedule interviews, chat with applicants and share feedback with recruiters, among other functions.
Making connections in the workplace can put you in a difficult position at times, such as when a work friend becomes a liability due to poor performance. If you risk being affected by your friend's performance, use a natural opening to ask how he assesses his own performance and offer an objective critique along with an offer to help, writes Sue Shellenbarger.
If you use your tablet or smartphone in bed before going to sleep, be aware that the screen's blue light can trick your brain into thinking it's daytime and prevent you from sleeping well. Apple device users can use the Night Shift setting to filter out blue light, while Android users should check out one of the third-party applications that can do the trick, writes Lance Whitney.
The first images taken by the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency's JEM Internal Ball zero-gravity drone have been revealed. The Int-Ball drone arrived on the International Space Station last month and will provide a link between ground-based crew and those in space.
HR will play a pivotal role as more job duties become automated and employees work together with machines, says Tom Davenport, co-founder of the International Institute for Analytics. HR will have to teach new skills and come up with management strategies to show workers the value of technology.
Choose background-screening vendors that can prove their value by showing statistics on turnaround time and customer-service requests, CEOs and HR executives say. "More organizations are employing contingent, contract or temporary workers to meet hiring demands -- and screening this population is becoming commonplace," says Mary O'Loughlin, managing director of health care for HireRight.
Google's new job search and hiring apps look like a good deal for companies, as there's currently no charge for Google for Jobs listings. Small businesses can use Google Hire to chat with candidates, schedule interviews and share feedback from recruiters.
Companies should investigate the best use of gamification for them, even if not every environment is right for the tactic, writes Mark Robinson, a co-founder of Kimble Applications. Some uses include friendly competitions, training programs and scheduling, he writes.
- Page 1