Staying Productive After 3 P.M., Quiet In The Office, Company Culture Through Physical Exercise And Creating A Leadership Circle #FridayFinds

Hello and welcome to a new edition of #FridayFinds –  this week’s most popular articles on workplace, HR and employee engagement.

Although many stories and news were eclipsed by Brexit, we’re making sure that you’re up to date with the world of work, here, in this weekly round-up you’ve grown accustomed to.

Six Ways To Stay Productive After 3 P.M.

This is a particular great Friday read; although most productivity-related articles focus on how to organize your morning and define your tasks for the day, there is that dangerous timeframe after lunch, when time stands still and digestion takes over.

One effective piece of advice to make the most out of the afternoon and regain your productivity?  Hosting check-ins and meetings at 3 p.m. on Tuesdays may help you get the most participation.

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10 Design Ideas For The Perk Workers Actually Want: Quiet

In a recent study, it seems that Millennial workers were the most vocal about noise complaints: 74% of people surveyed worked in open offices—a once-popular design strategy that’s seeing more and more backlash. Quiet in the office, it seems, is a much more attractive working perk for these people than cafeterias and game rooms.

Since the rising cost of real estate makes it difficult to create separate working spaces for everyone, FastCoDesign came up with 10 design ideas to solve this noise problem and bring about productive quiet in the office.

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How This Tech Startup Built a Company Culture Through Physical Exercise

A great story about how Benjamin du Haÿs, CEO of mobile payments startup Mobeewave, managed to build a “company culture around helping each other and suffering together”.

Before meetings, the Mobeewave team does pushups together, 10 for every person attending the meeting. There are also daily stretching sessions and a personal trainer who visits the office twice a week. Curious to see how that relates to company culture and building trust in a team?

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To Seize the Future, Create a Leadership Circle

It’s hard to go a whole week without an enticing article from Harvard Business Review.

Communication between different parts of organizations is as important as ever, as well as it is challenging. When strategic decisions bring the entire leadership of a company in the same room, it’s imperative that fruitful discussions take place and that effective actions are implemented afterwards, in collaboration.

Creating a leadership circle is about bringing people together to focus explicitly on a future opportunity that is central to the long-term viability of the company. The participants have to think differently about the future, to be aspirational while intentionally challenging the status quo.

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Join us next week as we share more of our favorite articles. We’d also love to know what articles made your week and what topics you’d like us to talk about next week so comment away.

Happy weekend!

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