Making a bed was never this easy

Making a bed was never this easy

BY GARY JAMES Backed by software and automation, equipment suppliers reveal new machines and entire production lines designed to take much of the hard labor out of manufacturing mattresses Always on the lookout for ways to improve the efficiency, safety, productivity and ergonomics of today’s mattress- and pillow-making operations, machinery makers introduced a range of […]

5 phrases employees love to hear

5 phrases employees love to hear

Good leaders want to bring out the best in their employees. Saying a few simple words can create a positive atmosphere and lead to greater productivity. John Brandon, in a Feb. 26 article on Inc.com, suggests using the following five phrases to encourage staff. 1. “I’m happy you’re on my team.” “We all need that encouragement, […]

Why younger employees need training to stay engaged and productive

Why younger employees need training to stay engaged and productive

BY EVAN HACKEL When baby boomers took their first “real” jobs in the workforce, their demands and expectations were ridiculously low by today’s standards. On their first day on the job they got an employee handbook that they took home and scanned while eating dinner or watching TV. Company training, if there were any, was […]

Boost productivity with 20-second rule

Boost productivity with 20-second rule

As little as 20 seconds can make the difference between doing something or not doing something. Shawn Achor, author of “The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work,” discovered that the 20 seconds it took to get his guitar ready to play deterred him from playing it, […]

All-Nighters and Catch-up Sleep Spoil Creativity

All-Nighters and Catch-up Sleep Spoil Creativity

College students are known for pulling all-nighters to study for exams or finish major projects before the deadline. But at what cost? A study by researchers at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, looked at the creativity and attention of interior design students after sleep marathons, where students sleep long periods of time to catch up […]

Americans Understand Link Between Rest and Performance

Americans Understand Link Between Rest and Performance

According to a national study, 97% of Americans think a good night’s sleep improves their quality of life and is important to help them perform at their best. The study, conducted online by Harris Poll among more than 3,000 U.S. adults ages 18 and older, was commissioned by Herobed, a hybrid boxed bed launched in […]

How-to Have More Productive Meetings

How-to Have More Productive Meetings

Ever been in a long, unproductive meeting? We all have at some time or another. Here’s how to avoid them: Gretchen Rubin, author of “The Happiness Project” and other books on happiness and habit formation, recommends these strategies for making the most out of meetings. Start on time and end on time. It may be […]