Nearly 90% of people waste time at work. Here’s how to stop. You’re probably wasting way more time at work than you think. A 2015 Forbes article by Cheryl Snapp Conner highlights the epidemic of time-wasting at work, citing a Salary.com survey where 89% of respondents said they waste time every single day. That’s a 20% increase from the previous year’s survey. According to the survey, 31% of employees waste 30 minutes daily, and another 31% percent waste a whole hour. The other 38% spend even more staggering amounts of time off-task: between two and five or more hours a day! Using cell phones, conversations with coworkers, browsing the internet, and snack breaks are among the top time-sucking culprits.
More than half of the global population uses the internet and owns smartphones. That’s a good thing, right? Not entirely. Cal Newport, author of Deep Work, warns against the negative effects of living overconnected lives on his blog. In the knowledge economy, the ability to do deep work is a superpower, and digital clutter makes that kind of focused, uninterrupted work next to impossible. Just look at the some of the superheroes of the Information Age. J.K Rowling, Steve Jobs, Adam Grant, and even Mark Zuckerberg practice some form of deep work. If you’ve been following us, you probably know by now that we love deep work and follow Cal’s blog. Recently, he’s been writing about a practice he uses to eliminate distraction: digital minimalism.
Crossover’s brand ambassador program connects remote workers through regional meet-ups When you have a remote workforce of more than 2,000 partners spread across 100+ countries, meeting teammates in person can be tough. Crossover’s brand ambassador program aims to change that. Launched in January 2017, the initiative is picking up steam in Romania, Poland, Brazil, and China, the countries that our first cohort of brand ambassadors call home. Ambassadors are tasked with the mission of building strong relationships with Crossover partners in their country, as well as identifying potential business partners and local talent who might be interested in a position with Crossover. In other words, they’re spreading the news about Crossover’s mission to shape the future of work.
Practical tips for optimizing your space to work from home Working from home is great — no commute, no dress code, no noisy co-workers—but remote work has its own challenges. Namely, staying productive. Working on the couch in your pajamas is great until you realize it’s lunchtime and you’ve barely accomplished anything on your to-do list. To help you put your nose to the grindstone and keep it there, it’s important to create a space that will allow you to do your best work. We’ve put together some tips and tricks on how to design your home office space for productivity.
It can be tough to stay focused on the job—whether you’re working in an office or from home. We’ve rounded up seven of our best tips to help you get in the flow and do your best work:
Inspiration for finding that elusive work-life balance, boosting productivity, and reaching your goals Today’s networked world continues to transform the modern workplace every day. As company budgets squeeze and global connectivity grows, we see workers breaking out of the office. We’re seeing technology radically transform where, how, and when we work. Work doesn’t necessarily happen in an office, or from 9 to 5. The digital nomad lifestyle is now a viable career option rather than just a pipe dream. Today’s workforce works smarter, not harder.
Snap your mind into gear, get on task, and accomplish your best work 1. Tell your mind it’s time to work Commuters have an advantage with this mental practice. Stepping off the subway or pulling into a parking lot in the morning signals to your brain that it’s time to gear up and get ready to work. If you work from home, the few steps from your bed to your desk just doesn’t cut it. Whatever your morning routine is—brewing a cup of coffee or tea, walking the dog, reading the news—engage in it fully, let your brain wake up, and then use that action as a signal to yourself that it’s time to transition into focused work time.
Compete. Win. Get Your Remote Job! Why do we need a hiring tournament? Can’t we review your resume, conduct an interview, and make a decision that way, like most companies do? Resumes are nearly 600 years old. Leonardo Da Vinci had one. Seriously, look it up. We’re creating the workplace of the future, not the workplace of 1452. Inc. suggests that “job auditions” are the future. We should know; Crossover has been conducting job simulations since day one. In fact, it’s the foundation of our talent evaluation process. And now, we’re going local. Here’s why it makes sense: You get to preview the type of work you’ll be doing, and we get to see your skills in action.