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I’ve read countless articles about what successful people do on their weekends. Do you want to know the secret? It’s the same thing that they do every other day. As Aristotle said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”

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Some mistakes are easy to recognize – you usually know if you flubbed a presentation or upset a client. But others fly beneath the radar, and those are often more dangerous, since you don’t know that you’re making them. Here are three bad mistakes you might be making at work – and they’re common enough that chances are good that you’re guilty of at least one of these!

Our first Alpha Cares initiative for 2019 is…

Maintaining a Healthy You!

We will be focusing our efforts from January through March on the importance of keeping yourself healthy. Maintaining a healthy body, mind, and workplace are of the utmost importance, and will positively affect other aspects of your life.

What you might see in the coming months from Alpha Cares:
Physical Health:       Did you know that there are no visibly clear symptoms of high blood pressure?
Mental Health:          Did you know that about one in five adults experienced a mental health issue in 2014? You are not alone.
Workplace Health:   Did you know that workplace health programs that offer an integrated approach to employee health can lead to better productivity, fewer absences, and improvements in employee retention?

Don’t forget to follow us on our Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn pages as we share more information throughout Q1 of 2019!

Can and should you ban cell phones at work?
An employer can prohibit its employees from accessing devices while working, unless that denial infringes on their right to engage in protected concerted activity under the National Labor Relations Act.

Let a tough problem marinate overnight.

Write it down before you go to bed. Let your mind turn it over, and then write more in the morning.

Who used this method? Thomas Edison. He once said: “Never go to sleep without a request to your subconscious.”

— Adapted from “10 Things the Most Successful People Do Every Day,” Eric Barker, Time.

There’s that project you’ve left on the backburner – the one with the deadline that’s growing uncomfortably near.  And there’s the client whose phone call you really should return – the one that does nothing but complain and eat up your valuable time.  Wait, weren’t you going to try to go to the gym more often this year?

It just may be the crime of the century. Our minds, thoughts and chief productivity tool--attention--are being stolen by a thief operating with absolute impunity: incessant, unbounded interruptions. An ever-growing volume of intruders--e-mail, texts, apps, phone calls, social media alerts--combined with assaults from increasingly time-panicked humans, are leaving few places safe.

Overwork is creating a vicious cycle that results in net losses.

During the recession organizations laid off a ton of employees. Many of them didn’t replace these people, but the amount of work remained. Nearly seven years since the recession began, individual American professionals are feeling the fatigue of doing the jobs of two or three former colleagues.

No matter how efficient you are, the fact is that we all waste time, at some point or another. This infographic from Office Time examines the top 10 ways we kill time every day. Follow the flow chart and see how you can change the way you work.

Written by David Wallace


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