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Twofer Tuesday: On Improving Productivity & Increasing Creativity

Forward-thinking firms understand the value of having productive, efficient workers. They also prize creative thinkers and innovators. This week’s Twofers explore some of the factors at play in getting people to deliver their best work and drum up fresh, exciting ideas.

May I Have This Seat? The Key to Worker Productivity

Want to know a simple, low-cost, highly effective way to increase worker productivity? It all comes down to seating arrangements.

This Harvard Business Review article presents findings on the impact that workplace neighbours have on our on-the-job performance, and highlights what “spatial management” choices you can make to enhance both individual and team output.

Read: Want to Be More Productive? Sit Next to Someone Who Is

Forced Creativity? How to Think Outside the Box

You’ve probably heard the expression “Necessity is the mother of invention.” In a nod to that apt adage, this piece by Rice University management professor Scott Sonenshein illustrates how people actually become more creative when they’re up against constraining circumstances.

With fewer resources at their disposal, people look outside the lines, devising innovative, unconventional solutions to challenges. As it turns out, when it comes to resource abundance, there really can be too much of a good thing.

Read: How Constraints Force Your Brain to Be More Creative

Psst: Have you joined our Tools for the Time-Crunched Manager LinkedIn group? It’s designed to inspire and help you conquer the day-to-day challenges of your workday.

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