By Hazel

15 Ways to Revolutionize Your Workplace

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Some people thought I had taken a few steps backward when, at 27, I left the stability of a great job and tremendous responsibility to join the team of a startup nonprofit that had no building and a small following. But over the next 15 years, we saw that little startup grow to reach thousands.

As that growth occurred and the organization grew more complex, my leadership had to bend and morph with it. But the results were more than satisfying: Our little “startup,” Granger Community Church, in Granger, Indiana, was eventually noted in a national poll as the second most innovative church in America. And, when I left my position as pastor in 2014, the church had more than 100 employees, multiple buildings, spin-off organizations, a restaurant and a preschool.

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By Hazel

Eating Lunch At Your Desk Isn’t Doing You Any Favors

A crumb-free keyboard isn’t the only benefit of eating lunch away from the computer.

Taking the time to step away for lunch could greatly enhance one’s work ethic, according to Kimberly Elsbach, a professor of organizational behavior at the University of California, Davis.

“My research is really on the effects of taking breaks from routine work on your productivity, on your sense of self-worth and, most importantly, on your creativity,” Elsbach told HuffPost Live on Wednesday. “For me, lunch isn’t just an opportunity to nourish your body; it’s an opportunity to nourish your mental state, your mind, and that has much more to do with taking a break from a routine surrounding.”

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By Hazel

Can’t Focus? Your Office Paint Color Might Be To Blame

It’s 3 p.m. Though you’ve had plenty of coffee, your energy is on a decidedly downward trend. You try to struggle on the task at hand, but there’s something that’s just keeping you from concentrating. The answer might be right in front of you — literally. That is, if that wall is the wrong paint color.

When it comes to workplace environments, bold might not be better. “Colors that are very saturated and not very bright — like emerald green and sapphire blue — generally promote an energy level that puts people into overdrive if they’re trying to do thoughtful work alone or to collaborate with others. They just can’t concentrate well,” says Sally Augustin, PhD, an environmental psychologist and principal at Design With Science, via email. Augustin also cited a study by Andrew Elliot, a psychology professor at the University of Rochester, which found that exposure to the color redlead to distraction, worry and a reduced ability to focus on mental tasks.

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15 Ways to Revolutionize Your Workplace
Eating Lunch At Your Desk Isn’t Doing You Any Favors
Can’t Focus? Your Office Paint Color Might Be To Blame