Marcus Varner
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Marcus Varner

Over the last nine years, Marcus Varner has worked in every type of content—from writing to video production to design. His focus is always on breaking through the clutter while engaging audiences with brands' most foundational messaging. He currently oversees all corporate- and awareness-level level content at Workfront.
Posts by Marcus

What's Happening on Your Marketing Team?

Do you think much more highly of yourself than anyone else you work with? Do you log into work or work email outside of work hours most weekdays, if not every day? Are you pretty certain that someone at work has your back? Then you must be a marketer. According to Workfront’s 2015 State of Marketing Work report, 84% of marketers rated themselves high in productivity compared to their co-workers, managers, leaders, and direct reports. How lucky that of the 617 office workers we surveyed, we almost always managed to get the most productive member of every team to respond! (Wink.) Over-confident... Read More


3 Monsters that Destroy Workplace Productivity

With Halloween just around the corner, scary sights will be plentiful—from creepy clown costumes and elaborate haunted houses to skeletons on suburban porches and horror-movie marathons. If you’re looking to keep the frights out of the office, however, garlic and wooden stakes won’t do the trick. Workplace monsters can wreak havoc on productivity, team morale, and on-time delivery. But they can be defeated. Here are three diabolical demons that could be haunting your office, plus three secret weapons to help you vanquish them once and for all. 1. Frankenstein Systems Are you trying to patch together way too many disparate systems to keep on... Read More


What Is Project Management: An A to Z Guide

Humans have made some remarkable achievements during our time on the earth. We built the Great Pyramids. We landed on the moon. We invented self-driving cars. These technical advancements would not have been possible without thousands of people working together toward a common goal. In fact, each of them required some form of project management to succeed. But what is project management? Project management is a word we hear often in the workplace, but we may not have a clear understanding of it beyond the obvious: “It’s managing projects, right?” That answer is not entirely wrong, of course. Unfortunately, the term... Read More


Busted: Five Common Task Management Myths

Most of us have either participated in or overheard a conversation in the workplace that went something like this: Tyler: What are you working on right now? Jamie: A project for my boss. He asked me to archive these files. What’s wrong with this line of dialogue? Angie’s answer demonstrates a commonly held misconception. People often assume that they are working on a project, when in reality they are working on a task. The difference is subtle, but significant. A task is typically defined as a piece of work assigned or done as part of one’s duties; it is often a tedious or... Read More


Helping Your Team Manage & Track Time

If you’re looking to improve time management on your team, time tracking is the place to start. While this is undoubtedly an unpopular topic among most employees, it is nevertheless essential if you want the ability to consistently meet deadlines, forecast future bandwidth, and effectively allocate resources. In some ways, it all comes down to your skills as a manager. Initially, your employees won’t be any more eager to track the hours they spend on individual tasks than they are to update spreadsheets, fill out expense reports, or complete other required chores that seem like distractions from their “real” work.... Read More


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