Productivity Articles

Little Things Can Make a Big Difference in Productivity

David Wallace of SearchRankSearchRank Founder and CEO David Wallace is a very busy guy. He has to have a schedule. At the SMX West session on Productivity Tips for the Busy Search Marketer, he says that when you’re busy you have to have a routine.

Gmail Gets New Tasks Feature
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Google has introduced a new feature in Gmail Labs. The "Tasks" feature provides a window in Gmail similar to that of chat, and lets you add tasks by simply clicking in the empty area and start typing.

More Fuel for the Social-Media-At-Work Debate
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Not long after we discussed the stats, pros, cons, and variables for social media use in the workplace, here at WebProNews, UK firm Demos has been talking about a study that suggests that social media is in fact good for businesses. I’m still sticking with the "it depends on a number of variables" theory, but the Demos info is worth taking a look at either way.

Is Social Media Good or Bad For Business?
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Business owners often struggle with the question of whether or not their employees should be using social media in the workplace. There are obvious reasons why they shouldn’t, but there are certainly potential benefits as well, and unfortunately not a lot of clarity to the matter. So let’s look at this from several different angles.


How Much of a Distraction is Social Media?

In Friday’s post, I admitted the social media can be a waste of time.  I talked about doing some unproductive things online and how, despite that (or even because of that), marketers should be paying a LOT of attention to social media marketing.  But as many of you have commented in the first post, social media is really not a waste o

Microsoft’s Creepy Brain Scan Patent App
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I think before the robots take over everything and use us for batteries, it will appear that humans have hyper-evolved into mechanically enhanced super-sapiens. But that’s really just to build false confidence in us. A recent Microsoft patent application is perhaps the next step toward that digitally created human battery soup dream.

US Spends $130 Million Daily On Spam

If the CEO wants to know how to save some money from being wasted each day, tell her the best people she can pressure aren’t the employees, but the company’s federal Congressmen.

Forget about gathering all the staff in one room and telling them how they are money-sucking time wasters. The problem may not be their fault. Spam could be to blame.

Using Content to Drive Productivity and Make Sales

Most organizations do not properly understand or manage content. They fail to realize that quality content is now key to productivity, cost effectiveness, sales, and customer satisfaction.

Intranets Not Realizing Productivity Gains

The intranet is still in its infancy. It has not yet exploited its potential for creating value for the organization, according to the 2006 Global Intranet Strategies Survey.

SCM Savings: People, Process, and Productivity

Okay, yes, I know…this is going to sound like a broken record…

Nielsen Calls Shenanigans On Apple Study

Web usability guru Jakob Nielsen held his tongue when an Apple-sponsored study correlating high productivity with larger computer screens was released. But when Computer World published an article about it (seven months after we did), Nielsen felt he needed to put a stop to it.

Automated Scripts to Improve Site Productivity

There are two types of web sites on the Internet. The die hard SEO managers still favor static pages, because they are easier to crawl and more visible to search engines, and it is fairly easy to add a few hundred pages to a website by copying and pasting or creating a template.

ApplTop 11i Productivity and Compliance Solutions

In a recent announcement, productivity and compliance software developer ApplTop Solutions Limited stated they are making their entire product suite, as well as a majority of the source code, available under their new ApplTop Free & Open Software License:

Another Test of ‘is Microsoft listening?’

Rod Boothby, a manager with Ernst & Young, has an awesome post about what he wants from a Web Office, among other things.

Principles of Productivity and Operations Management for Small and Mid-size Business

For this article, I selected a sector that has not been covered by authors and could hardly be found in books for Operations Management. I find this topic’s importance and significance to the global economy, and the Western, in particular, very high.

Managing Internet Access for the Enterprise

It’s 10:00 a.m. – Do You Know Where Your Staff Is?

Why Human Resources Training Is Essential For Your Business
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In today’s business world proper training in human resources is imperative.

B2B portal: A Business Platform to Ultimate Productivity Improvement
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If somebody tells you that your present corporate website can be converted to a B2B portal which will help you significantly improve your company’s productivity in both of the two primary factors: Revenue Growth and Cost Saving, and that the portal can be launched in a matter of months with a very reasonable investment, what will be your reaction?

Zany Ideas That Increase Writing Productivity And Quality

Welcome to the zany ideas of a productive writer. My students keep reminding me of my unusual tools and how helpful they have been for them. I also thank my students for their concept testing and refinement. Now, I feel much more confidant about sending them out into the world.

An Inside Look At Yahoo! Messenger

I attended a pre-launch briefing for the new Yahoo Messenger. I have to hand it to the folks at Yahoo for having people like me …

Star Wars Debut May Force Productivity Loss

Businesses around the country, especially those tied to high-tech industries, will see workplace efforts supplanted by Darth Vader.