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6 Designs from Our Local Influencers

6 Designs from Our Local Influencers

Indie Home + Hinkley Lighting

It’s been a hot minute since our first local influencer round up, and since then we’ve gotten the opportunity to work with so many more amazing NS based bloggers and decorators. There is so much talent here, and it’s been so much fun getting to collab with these amazing creators.

Today we’re recapping just a few of the influencers, projects, and products we’ve gotten to collab on over the last year. There were too many to fit into one post, so stay tuned for Part II!

Looking for any of the products we mention in today’s post? Check out our Where to Buy page for all the details.

THE WILD DECOELIS

Katie-Rose and her family recently reno-ed their kitchen, and they wanted the perfect wall plates to go with their new look.

We set them up with the white wall plates and outlets from Legrand’s adorne collection, and we think they look simply stunning against their new subway tile.

DIY MOM

We’ve had the chance to work with Rebekah, of DIY Mom, on a few different projects, and in our latest collab we helped to supply light fixtures and wall plates for her new Air Bnb in Halifax’s North End.

Among our favourites were the cute Angela pendants from Mitzi that she used over the kitchen island.

INDIE HOME

We’ve been able to work with Kimi, of Indie Home, on a few fun projects this year, most notably on her front door makeover giveaway!

Kimi chose the Sag Harbour fixtures from Hinkley Lighting for her front door, and we just love how it came together.

KATE JERRYY

We’ve been a fan of Katelyn’s art for a long time know, so we jumped at the opportunity to work with her! Kate and her husband Jerry have spent the last year completely renovating a new A-Frame, and set them up with two of the Asime pendants from Mitzi.

The reno is still underway, and you can follow along at @aframe.on.fletcher

PETE AND SELENA

We collabed with Selena on a number of different projects with light fixtures from both Hinkley Lighting and Hudson Valley Lighting. It wasn’t easy to choose from all of her amazing designs, but one of our favourites was the Fulton Pendant from Hinkley Lighting that she used in her gorgeous kitchen.

SWEET PEA BOUTIQUE

We had so much fun teaming up with Sweet Pea Boutique on a giveaway this spring. We outfitted all of the shops outlets and switches with plates from Legrand’s adorne collection, including the antique bronze plates by their entry way.

To shop any of these fixtures, head to our Where to Buy page!

And for more gorgeous fixtures and lighting inspo, make sure you’re following us on Instagram and Facebook!

Understanding Nova Scotia Power’s New Service Provider Program

Understanding Nova Scotia Power’s New Service Provider Program

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This year, Nova Scotia Power re-launched their Service Provider Program, which is a training program that allows Certified Electrical Contractors to become NS Power Service providers. The program offers a number of great benefits and is a win for electrical contractors (more autonomy, flexibility, and business), distributors (new sales opportunities), and homeowners (faster service for their home).

In this post, we’re covering everything you need to know to get the most out of the program. We’re primarily aiming this at distributors to provide them with the information they need to assist electrical contractors in purchasing the equipment they require, but it’s also useful for contractors themselves and anyone else affected by the program.

What does the program offer?
As we said above, the program allows Certified Electrical Contractors to become NS Power Service providers. This means that rather than needing NS Power to disconnect and remove meters, contractors can be trained to do this themselves.

This not only provides a more streamlined experience for homeowners, but it allows contractors to have more autonomy in their business and increase sales. Contractors are able to set their own pricing for the service with no service fees.

Who is eligible?
The training program is available to any Red Seal Certified Journeyperson electrician

What equipment is required?
The following equipment is required:

  • Meter Removal Tool (purchased from NS Power during training session)
  • Meter Storage Box (purchased from NS Power during Training session)
  • Arc Flash Face Shield
  • Arc Flash Gloves
  • Arc Flash Coveralls

Arc Flash Kit
We offer a complete Arc Flash Kit, which includes the Face Shield, Gloves, and Coveralls. You can find the kit of page 10 of PMMI’s catalogue.

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The following specifications are required for the program (and included in the kit)

  • Arc Flash Face Shield: 8 cal rating
  • Arc Flash Gloves: Class 0 with protective covering
  • Arc Flash Coveralls: 8 cal rating

Arc Flash Gloves Re-certification process
The Arc Flash gloves need to be re-certified every 6 months. Contractors simply need to return their gloves to their distributor, and they will send them to PMMI in Ontario to be re-certified.

To ensure that contractors are never without a pair, it’s recommended that they purchase a pair a month before their other ones need to be re-certified and offset the dates.

Sizing
Distributors will need to understand how sizing works to help their customers purchase the proper sized equipment.

The following charts and diagrams explain the sizing requirements.

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Equipment FAQ

Does the kit come with everything I need?
Yes, our kit comes with class 0 (1000 V) glove kit/coveralls/balaclava/hardhat-face-shield with protective bag and carrying bag.

How often do I need to wash the coveralls?
Only when soiled.

How long do the coveralls last?
The coveralls wear much like denim so quite a while, will be different depending on use. Garments are guaranteed to the flame resistant for the life of the garment

How do I wash?
Regular detergent, NO BLEACH, NO FABRIC SOFTENER, tumble dry low.

Can I purchase a glove kit separate?
Yes.

Can I purchase just the rubber voltage gloves?
Yes.

Can I get coveralls with my company logo?
Yes, just ask for a quote.

Can I get coveralls with CSA striping?
Yes, just ask for a quote. We have inventory in Ontario.

Who do I send my glove to for re-certification?
Your gloves go back to the distributor who sold you the kit. They will look after all the details.

How long does it take to get the gloves re-certified?
2 weeks not including shipping to Nova Scotia

For any questions about the products we rep, give us a call at 902.452.3899 or email us at lierin@catalystsales.ca

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Win a Custom Side Table with Furniture Power from DC Woodworks (worth $425!)

Win a Custom Side Table with Furniture Power from DC Woodworks (worth $425!)

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Hey guys, hope everyone has been having a great summer and has been enjoying all of this amazing weather we’re getting!

This week, we’ve got our second long weekend giveaway of the summer, and it is a good one!

We’re are so excited to have the opportunity to collab with Denika of DC Woodworks for this giveaway! As we’re sure you know, Denika is an amazing woodworker based in HRM, and you can’t scroll through Instagram without seeing her creations popping up in decor photos around the city.

We asked Denika to create a side table that includes on of our our radiant furniture power centers. These power bars can actually be built into furniture- you may have seen them under restaurant bars or in hotel headboards- and Denika has built this one into the drawer of the side table so you can charge your phones and devices without any clutter.

We are obsessed!!

Giveaway prize

One lucky winner will receive a custom built side table from Denika of DC Woodworks, complete with our radiant power furniture bar, valued at $425!

radiant furniture power outletHow to enter

All you have to do to enter is..
  1. Follow @catalystelectrics and @dc_woodworks on Instagram
  2. Tag as many friends as you’d like (in separate comments) on the Instagram giveaway post- the more comments, the more entries you’ll get!

It’s that simple!

Content rules:

1. Contest runs from Wednesday, July 31 to Monday, August 5 at 9pm
2. Winner will be announced on August 6 at 10 am.
3. Participants must be 18 years old or older and located in HRM.

Thank you to all of our participants and good luck!!

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How to Harness the Power of Focus to Excel at Work (and Life)

How to Harness the Power of Focus to Excel at Work (and Life)

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“Our focus matters immensely in everything we do: the better we can pay attention, the more excellent the results – again in everything from learning to leadership.” – Daniel Goleman

It’s not exactly ground breaking news, but our attention spans are not exactly thriving these days. We seem to spend the majority of our times multi-tasking and flitting from device to device, never stopping long enough to really devout our attention to any one thing.

The result? We may get a lot done, but the quality suffers, as does our own mental wellbeing. To truly excel, both at our professional and personal goals, we need to give ourselves the opportunity to put aside distractions and focus on the task in front of us.

In today’s post, we’re sharing tips on how to harness the power of focus to excel at work, and in life.

Find your motivation

Not surprisingly, it’s easier to focus on things we enjoy doing. We want to be doing them, and there’s no resistance to it, so it’s much easier to find the time and mental focus. So tip number one here is to find a job and past times that you enjoy, so you’ll have an easier time finding the time and will power to focus on them.

However, not all of us will have jobs and obligations that we love, and even when we do, we may not love all aspects of it. For these cases, it’s helpful to find ways to motivate yourself despite not loving the task. As we wrote about here, motivation is often driven by internal factors such as a desire to express our creativity or the satisfaction of knowing we put our all into our work. So even if you aren’t loving the job, you can create motivation for yourself in other ways, and this can help you to focus.

In his book, Focus, Daniel Goleman talks about the flow state that we enter when we are deeply focused on the task at hand. In this state, even seemingly uninteresting tasks can be enjoyable to accomplish, simply because it feels so good to be working within this flow state. The task itself becomes secondary to the feeling of contentment and flow we enjoy from being fully focused on a task- in a way, it’s similar to a meditation or mindfulness practice. As you practice and commit yourself to focusing, you may find that being in a state of deep focus is motivation enough to putting your attention on your work.

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Breathe

We spend a good portion of our day living in overdrive, rushing from meeting-to meeting, struggling to stay on top of our inbox and notifications, trying to manage a work like balance- it’s overwhelming and takes a serious toll on our ability to focus. Basically, this high-speed stress filled lifestyle keeps us in fight-or-flight mode, and it’s really difficult to focus in this state because on a physiological level, our body is being primed to go-go-go and to keep moving.

This state is good for getting us out of imminent danger, but it’s not conducive to sitting at a desk and focusing on the work in front of us. For this, we need to switch out of our fight-or-flight (i.e. sympathetic mode) and into a calmer head space (i.e. parasympathetic mode).

There are many ways to do this, but one of the easiest is to simply take a few minutes to focus on your breathing. When we are stressed and rushing around, our breathing becomes shallow, so a great way to calm and centre ourselves is to take a few slow and mindful breathes.

Next time you’re feeling too high strung or scattered to focus on your work, try this easy breathing exercise: inhale for a count of 4, hold for a count of 4, exhale for a count of 4, and hold the air out for a count of 4. Repeat for a few rounds until you feel calmer and ready to focus on the task at hand.

Put away distractions

Did you know studies have shown that simply having our phone in sight can be a distraction? Distractions are everywhere these days- from our social media apps, to the nonstop barrage of emails and phone calls, and on and on- there is a never-ending stream of potentials distractions at our fingertips at all times.

Rather than rely solely on our willpower, you’ll have a much better chance of focusing if you can actively reduce or block potential attention-grabbers. This might mean using a site-blocker to keep you from scrolling through your favourite website and social media channels or putting your phone in another room while you’re working.

Focus requires downtime

Despite what our society’s more-is-better mindset may want us to think, we can’t stay focused 24/7- and that’s actually a good thing. Focus is like a muscle, and the more we use it, the stronger it will become but just like a muscle, it also needs rest. When we allow our mind to relax and wander, we give it a chance to chill out and refresh itself. It’s also when we’re daydreaming and not-focusing on anything in particular that insights, inspirations, and fresh ideas often come flooding in.

Allowing our mind to wander is very different from multitasking. Rather than trying to do many things at once, work on alternating between periods of focus on a particular task and periods of mental relaxation. One strategy that seems to work well for many people is to set a timer for a block of time (say 30 minutes) and focus completely on the task in front of you. Then when the time is up, take a mini break. That might mean making yourself a cup of coffee, having a quick chat with a co-worker, or taking a walk. Alternating between these periods of focus and relaxation allows you to stay fresh, alert, and on task.

Interested in learning more about the power of focus? We highly recommend Daniel Goleman’s book Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence.

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Stay Cool This Summer with the Indoor and Outdoor Fans from Regency Ceiling Fans

Stay Cool This Summer with the Indoor and Outdoor Fans from Regency Ceiling Fans

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We have an exciting new product line that is the perfect fit for the summer heat! One of our lighting lines, Hinkley Lighting, recently acquired Regency Ceiling Fans, and we are very excited to now be repping this stylish indoor/outdoor fan line.

Regency offers a wide range of ceiling fan styles, available for both indoor and outdoor, so you can find the perfect fit for your home decor. Indoor fans are a staple in many homes, but outdoor fans are a little less common. How luxurious does it sound, though, to lie out on your back deck while you stay cool with an outdoor ceiling fan? Sounds like summer paradise to us!

Regency Ceiling Fans is available anywhere that Hinkley Lighting is carried. To find a showroom near you, simply search for Hinkley Lighting in our interactive map.

Regency Ceiling Fans offers a number of unique features, from uplighting to energy efficiency, and so much more. Let’s take a look at some of the features that sets this line apart.

OUTDOOR FANS

Regency’s outdoor fans are available in both damp and wet location options. Damp location fans are designed to be used in covered areas and can handle a lesser degree of moisture, while wet location fans can handle direct contact of rain or spray.

See the outdoor fans here.

 

MOOD GLOW UPLIGHT FANS

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To create the perfect ambient lighting, Regency offers a line of uplight fans, which has a light aimed upwards at the ceiling, rather than down like a traditional fan. Some of the models have downlights as well as uplights, giving you complete lighting control.

See the Mood Glow Uplight fans here.

ENERGY EFFICIENT

regency fans energy efficient halifaxRegency offers a full line of Energy Star qualified ceiling fans, which use energy efficient motors and blade design to help you save up to 20% in energy expenditure.

See the Energy Star fans here.

 

BUILDER FANS

In addition to residential fans, Regency offers a line of commercial grade builder fans that have become a go-to in the industry for their quality and reliability.

See the Builder Fans here.

 

 

VARIETY OF STYLES

Regency Fans are available in a variety of styles so you can find the perfect match to your decor. Choose between a wide range of transitional/traditional, contemporary, and designer series fans.

Browse all styles here.

Not just for the summer!
Did you know that indoor ceiling fans can actually help to keep your home warm in the winter? During the summer, you want your fan going counterclockwise to create a cooling breeze. in the winter, you can operate your fan at a slow speed in the opposite direction to redistribute the trapped warm air into the room.

Buying made simple
Regency takes the guesswork out of choosing the right fan with their comprehensive buying guide. Of course, any of the showroom staff can help you in-store, but if you’d like online support, their guide will help you to find the best option for you.

To shop the Regency line, head to our Where to Buy page and search for Hinkley Lighting (Regency’s parent company)!

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4 Key Steps to Maintaining Momentum and Achieving Your Goals

4 Key Steps to Maintaining Momentum and Achieving Your Goals

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“Regaining momentum takes three times as much energy as sustaining momentum.” – Daniel Pink

Big lofty goals are exciting. They get people motivated, they inspire, and they give us something to dream about and look forward to.

More often than not, however, that’s as far as it goes. The goals are made, imagined, but never achieved, and a big reason for this is that we simply run out of steam.

The remedy for this? Learning to maintain momentum. Setting goals is, of course, necessary, but to actually achieve them, we need to find a way to continue working towards them long term. By implementing the following simple steps, you can take your business (and personal) goals from the brainstorm session and into reality.

Take small steps everyday

If you want to run a 5K and you’re not a runner, you don’t lace up your shoes and attempt a marathon on your first day. You start off small and slowly build up, day after day.

It’s not glamorous, it’s not ground breaking, it’s simply committing to small steps every day. And it’s the key to maintaining momentum, and ultimately, success.

The little daily steps can often feel so trivial that we end up skipping them or putting them off for another day, but when we commit to them, they begin adding up to large leaps towards our goals.

As Daniel Pink puts it, “I really think that we have given short shrift to the concept of small wins, both in terms of personal development and organizational performance. We want big, audacious goals, we want moon shots, we want giant transformations—and that’s cool sometimes. Sometimes that’s the approach. But most times, the more practical, realistic, and ultimately effective way is to go for a small win.”

maintaining momentum

Celebrate your successes

As we discussed in an earlier post, we are driven by internal motivators. Feeling satisfied, engaged, and proud of the work we accomplish is a key component in working to the best of our abilities and maintaining momentum. It can be so easy to focus only on the end goal that we lose sight of all the small accomplishments along the way and feel unnecessarily defeated.

Taking time to celebrate what you have accomplished rather than focusing only on what still needs to be done is hugely important in maintaining engagement and momentum.

Check in regularly

Without regular check-ins, it’s easy to lose control of a project and let things fall to the way side. Checking in regularly, either with yourself of with your team depending on the project, helps to keep everything on track. It allows everyone to be held accountable for their role in the project and helps to identify any shortcomings or areas that need more attention.

At Catalyst, we’ve set up a check-in schedule that helps to keep everyone focused and ensures that we’re all on the same page with our goals and projects. From our daily morning huddles to our quarterly mastermind sessions, we have a clear-cut schedule for check-ins that cover both the micro and the macro.

Change course if necessary

It’s hard to maintain momentum when things feel like they either aren’t working or aren’t necessary. What may have started off as a great idea may not be as exciting or effective in practice. When you’re working towards your goals, it’s important to reassess regularly to see if everything you’re working towards still makes sense/is worth the effort. You’ll be much more motivated to continue if you take honest stock of your progress and course correct anything that isn’t working.

Setting goals is the easy part, anyone can do that. But finding ways to maintain momentum and carrying out the sometimes tedious steps is what will allow you to actually realize them.

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Our Favourite New Light Fixtures from Lightovation 2019

Our Favourite New Light Fixtures from Lightovation 2019

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The Crew – Hinkley Lighting

We just got back from the June Lightovation show last week and are still on a high from all of the amazing new releases! Our lighting lines really brought it to the show this year, and we are so excited about the new fixtures hitting the market.

This week, we’re highlighting a few of our favourites from the show! It wasn’t easy to narrow it down, and to check out more of our top picks, head over to our Lightovation Instagram highlight! Lightovation runs twice per year and in case you missed it, you can catch our favourite fixtures from the January show here.

And as always, you can find showroom locations for all the brands we rep on our Where to Buy page!

RENEE – MITZI

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Mitzi debuted a ton of new fixtures at the June show, and one of our absolute favourites was the Renee. Available in everything from a simple flush mount to an elaborate chandelier, the Renee is guaranteed to be a new Mitzi fan favourite. We’re expecting to see this one all over Instagram once it hits the shelves in October!

See the Renee family here.

GRAPHITE DEVICES- THE ADORNE COLLECTION

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Well, it’s no secret that we are massive fans of Legrand’s adorne wall plates, so you can guess how excited we were over their new Graphite devices! They pair perfectly with the graphite wall plates for a seriously sophisticated finish or can be combined with any wall plate finish to create your own unique style.

See the Graphite collection here. 

BLINK – MATTEO LIGHTING

We are officially calling these the cutest sconces around! Available in two finishes and two styles, the Blink family from Matteo Lighting is perfect just about anywhere, but we particularly love them as bedside table lights.

See the Blink family here.

CREW – HINKLEY LIGHTING

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Available in single pendants (size small and medium) and three light linears, the Crew family from Hinkley Lighting was a true standout at the fair this year. Go for a sophisticated look with the black and brass finishes or hop on the pastel trend with their gorgeous robin’s egg blue finish.

See the Crew family here. 

ELDRIDGE – HUDSON VALLEY LIGHTING

Sleek, smooth, and sophisticated were the first words that jump to mind when we saw the Eldridge from HVL. Available in three finishes and two shapes, they add a serious touch of class to any space.

See the Eldridge family here.

PRISM – TROY LIGHTING

We were absolutely enchanted with Troy Lighting’s new Prism family. Like fine jewelry for your walls, these fixtures are dripping in luxury and style. Available at the end of August, the fixtures come in two shapes and three finishes.

See the Prism family here.

BELLA – Z-LITE

Sometimes the simplest styles are the most impactful. We love the new Bella family from Z-Lite and can just picture these as the perfect dining room table lighting! Available in two sizes and two finishes, they may just be our new go-to.

See the Bella family here.

To shop any of these fixtures, head to our Where to Buy page!

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Win a Front Door Makeover with Indie Home (worth over $1500!)

Win a Front Door Makeover with Indie Home (worth over $1500!)

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We’re kicking off a summer giveaway series with an amazing giveaway hosted by Kimi of Indie Home!! Kimi has organized an entire front door makeover giveaway with everything you need to to transform for front door area. We’ve participated along with Hinkley Lighting to provide $1000 worth of outdoor lighting. We absolutely love Hinkley’s outdoor selection– they can add so much to your outdoor space! (side note: check out our favourite outdoor light fixtures of the season here!).
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Giveaway prize
One luck winner will receive…

1. Hinkley lighting of choice, $1000 credit.
2. Schlage sense smart deadbolt and handle-set, $288
3. Finish Coat front door painting service, up to $225 value- some restrictions apply.
4. One quart of choice colour in Benjamin Moore Aura Grand Entrance Paint, $55.99.

How to enter
All you have to do to enter is

1. Like the giveaway post.
2. Follow the accounts involved in the giveaway
3. Tag your friends in separate comments on the giveaway post
4. Bonus: You’ll get an extra 5 entries if you share the giveaway in your post and tag us!

Head to the post now to enter!

Giveaway rules
1. Contest runs from Wednesday, June 26 to Monday, July 1
2. Winner will be announced on Canada Day
3. Participants must be 18 years old or older and a resident of HRM

We’re going to be running a giveaway over every long weekend this summer, so make sure you’re following us on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date!

And to find a location near you that carries our lines, head to our Where to Buy page!

Ditching the 9-5: Is a Results Only Work Environment Right for Your Company?

Ditching the 9-5: Is a Results Only Work Environment Right for Your Company?

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The 9-5 Monday to Friday work week has been the undisputed norm for over a century, but according to many that needs to, and is, changing.

A couple of weeks ago, we wrote about the importance of understanding what motivates your team in order to maximize both workplace results and overall morale. A shift to focusing on the internal motivating factors of employees has replaced the traditional carrot-and-stick approach to motivation and is changing the way we work.

In today’s post, we’re looking at another concept that has been disrupting the traditional workplace structure: ROWE, or a Results Only Work Environment. This concept was introduced by authors Cali Ressler and Jody Thompson in their book Why Work Sucks and How to Fix It and takes things beyond the flexi schedules and compressed work weeks that have offered some flexibility to the work week in the last few decades.

Ressler and Thompson describe ROWE as an office environment in which everyone is “free to do whatever they want, whenever they want, as long as the work gets done.” Employees can skip meetings, get to the office at 10 am, run errands in the middle of the afternoon, and just generally structure their day in any way they like. The strategy gives staff complete freedom over their day.

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Of course, to have this system run smoothly, clear goals and outcomes need to be defined so everyone on the team knows exactly what they’re expected to accomplish. As the authors put it, 100% autonomy + 100% accountability = results.

Much like Daniel Pink’s focus on internal motivators vs. external, ROWE seeks to improve the workplace by understanding what truly motivates and inspires people. The idea is that the traditional work week model is disempowering because it treats employees with a certain degree of distrust. Under ROWE, the employees are treated as trusted adults that will get their work done without having to be monitored or stuck in an office for a set period of time.

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At Catalyst, we’ve implemented the ROWE method with great success. We’ve adopted a system that includes regular team check-ins and goal setting, so we are all clear on what is being worked on and what everyone’s role is in making it happen (we’re big fans of Asana!), and from there, our entire team is free to work on these projects on their own schedule.

While complete flexibility may not be realistic for all workplace environments, aspects of ROWE can still be implemented. Remember, the key idea is to fuse accountability and autonomy, so finding ways to provide this to your employees can apply to almost all workplace situations.

Interested in learning more about ROWE? Check out the official website here.

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