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We found that, on a bad-weather day, people are better at focusing on their work not because the weather makes them grumpy but because they have fewer distracting thoughts about what they might otherwise be doing outside. Indeed, cognitive distractions and error rates were greater on nice days than on bad-weather days.
Given that the weather is beyond their control, how can managers leverage this information?
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In a pair of studies over a broad spectrum of U.S. workers, Michigan State University’s Russell Johnson, Ph.D., and colleagues found that people who monitored their smart phones for business purposes after 9 p.m. were more tired and were less engaged the following day on the job.
“Because they keep us mentally engaged late into the evening, they make it hard to detach from work so we can relax and fall asleep.”
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Got a mac? Use these apps to help keep you focused on tasks, make sure you take breaks, and boost your productivity!
I’ve seen some sad posts about school-led PD and planning sessions this week, here’s something to think about while your mind is numbing…
The study found that the most productive companies foster collaboration along with individual focus, and they design offices that allow employees to do both.
Employees whose companies valued a balance between individual and collaborative work tended to like their jobs more than other respondents, with 36 per cent reporting they were satisfied with their jobs and 23 per cent gave high ratings to their workplace environments.
New research suggests expansive physical settings can lead people to feel powerful, and thus more apt to engage in dishonest behavior.
“This is a real concern. Our research shows that office managers should pay attention to the ergonomics of their workspaces. The results suggest that these physical spaces have tangible and real-world impact on our behaviors” said Yap.
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What this says about my integrity? I work in the server room, in-between 2 classrooms with no door to the hallway…
Good managers focus not only on bottom-line performance, but on the means by which their people achieve that high performance. Unethical behaviors can be damaging to a broad variety of stakeholders, and are often the cause of organizational crises. Ethical behavior not only keeps consciences clean; it can boost the reputation and performance of your firm. More than ever, ethics must be a primary management concern.
Recent research indicates that sleep deprivation drains glucose in the prefrontal cortex. In other words, a lack of sleep robs the fuel for self-control from the region of the brain responsible for self-control, whereas sleep restores it. Building from this research, my colleagues and I investigated the effects of sleep on unethical behavior…
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Workaholics tend to live in extremes, with great job satisfaction and creativity on the one hand and high levels of frustration and exhaustion on the other hand. A new Florida State University study provides insight to managers on how to help these employees stay healthy and effective on the job.
They found about 60 percent of these workers identified themselves as workaholics who characteristically “feel guilty when taking time off.” These self-identified workaholics reported positive and negative career consequences.
“We discovered that workaholics really struggle when they feel that they are alone or swimming upstream without a paddle,” Hochwarter said.
Workaholics who said they had access to resources reported:
- 40 percent higher rate of job satisfaction;
- 33 percent lower rate of burnout;
- 30 percent higher rate of perceived job importance;
- 30 percent lower rate of exclusion from others;
- 25 percent higher rate of career fulfillment;
- 20 percent lower rate of work frustration.
Takeaway: REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS
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Google does it. Your classroom could too. Why not try a little creative thinking with 20% time in the classroom?
Busy Is The New Lazy
If you’re telling everybody that you’re busy all the time, it’s time to rethink your ideas about productivity.
So why do we keep doing all this humblebragging about how busy we are? It’s a question Choi investigates thoughtfully: She observes that people who are “legitimately occupied” with work or family rarely play the “too busy” card (clearly, we don’t know the same people)—or, may even go out of their way to make a connectionbecause they’ve been so swamped.
To Choi, when we say “busy,” we’re really trying to say something else—although what exactly that might be depends on the harried soul that’s complaining.
She supplies some translations:
I’m busy = I’m important.
Being busy gives people a sense they’re needed and significant, Choi says. It’s also a sign saying that you’re about to be on-ramped into somebody’s misguided ego trip.
I’m busy = I’m giving you an excuse.
Saying that you’re busy is a handy way to outsource your responsibility to your irresponsibility. Since you’re always distracted, you don’t have to do anything for anybody.
I’m busy = I’m afraid.
Look above at the “I’m important” part. Whether the speaker knows it or not, complaining of busyness is a subtle cry for help, one that reassures us that yes, we are in demand.
In this way, busyness functions as a kind of laziness. When we fill our schedules with appointments and hands with phones, we divest ourselves of downtime. When we’re endlessly doing, it’s hard to be mindful of what we’re doing.
Of course, it’s a interdependent issue. It’s hard to have downtime if your bosses subscribe to what Anne Marie Slaughter calls our time macho culture, “a relentless competition to work harder, stay later, pull more all-nighters, travel around the world and bill the extra hours that the international date line affords you.”
But don’t let that excuse suffice. You can convince your bosses—if you know how to approach the conversation.
Tips here worth stealing.
Great list of hardware here, but I really liked this insight: "When you use something every day and earn your living with it, you need something that fails at least as well as it works."
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