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The Morning Briefing: Employee productivity

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"The Morning Briefing" is SmartPlanet's daily roundup of must-reads from the web. This morning we're reading about office and employee productivity.

1.) Open plan offices kill productivity. Do different office setups affect production?

2.) Employee productivity: Ditch the punch-clock and embrace autonomy. We all know the standard working hours in corporate America are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., hence the phrase "9-to-5." But expansion stage companies are not "corporate America" -- they are the innovative newcomers that break down barriers and change the way things are done.

3.) The frequent traveler: Fitter, happier, more productive. Business travel can be appealing, especially to those without partners or dependents, but a new study seeks to identify the extent to which companies are building sustainable approaches to business travel and its place in the lives of employees. It also observes that the rules of work-life balance are changing.

4.) UK productivity puzzle baffles economists. We are living through pretty strange economic times, and one of the most unusual aspects in Britain is what has been called "the productivity puzzle".

5.) How to master the art of productivity. [Forbes interview]

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Charlie Osborne is a freelance journalist and photographer based in London. In addition to SmartPlanet, she also writes for business technology website ZDNet and consumer technology site CNET. She holds a degree in medical anthropology from the University of Kent. Follow her on Twitter. Disclosure