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Book review of “Work Smart Now” by Richard Polak. Polak is a thirty-five-year HR veteran, congressional advisor, and a world leader in creating compassionate strategies to increase employee productivity.

Polak discusses real life examples and explanations throughout chapters such as:

  • Compassionate Productivity Versus Traditional Performance Incentives
  • What Defines a Great Workplace?
  • Culture in a Box
  • The Five Buckets of Productivity
  • About Remote Work
  • Do Not Fight Change
  • Working from Home Boosts Job Satisfaction and Employee Retention
  • Productivity and Engagement Tips
  • Absenteeism
  • Presenteeism
  • Clear Communication About Leave Options
  • Find the Right Balance

A couple of takeaways I found of interest

  • Compassionate productivity means a company recognizes employees are humans with their own struggles, triumphs, goals, and motivations that results in better work.
  • If you can maximize productivity, your company will increase revenues.
  • Stop wasting time and stressing to improve your quality of life.

DBA colleagues, stop working harder and WORK SMART NOW!! I give the book “Work Smart Now” by Richard Polak, a thumbs up. Right?

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