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Study: 70% of Americans don’t like their jobs — what about you?

A majority of U.S. workers are not engaged at their jobs and it’s costing the country $450 billion to $550 billion each year in lost productivity. Those are the latest findings from Gallup’s State of the American Workplace Report, which found that 70 percent of American workers are “not engaged” or “actively disengaged” and are emotionally disconnected… Read More

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Ask the Productivity Geek: 6 questions, 6 answers

Editor’s Note: This is the first installment in a periodic column where we’ve asked Matt Heinz, who has been writing an occasional column on productivity for GeekWire, to answer questions on topics related to productivity, work/life balance and time management practices.  If you have questions, email Matt directly or leave them in the comments below. When taking… Read More

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7 ways to get other people to read for you

Want to read more, but just don’t have the time? Let someone else read for you! It’s not crazy. There are a number of tools, most online and many for free, where someone else does the “heavy lifting” of reading everything, summarizing what’s most important and prescient for you. In just a few minutes, you… Read More

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Startup Spotlight: Mobile app developer Faqden Labs

It’s a good thing that Faqden Labs’ latest iPad application is designed to help groups of employees manage and collaborate on projects in Basecamp. After all, the 18-person company is distributed across the globe, from Seattle to Silicon Valley to India. Co-founder and CTO Sridhar Nallani, who is based in the Seattle area, thinks that… Read More

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11 productivity tools that your startup ought to use

If you’ve ever been part of a startup, then you know how much hard work it involves. And you usually don’t have enough people to get all the work done! That’s why entrepreneurs are always looking for ways to cut down on distractions and work faster and smarter. The following is a list of eleven… Read More