We’ve looked at what we think makes us happy at work but doesn’t. We’ve looked at what actually does work. But what actively makes people unhappy at work? What are the most important things to avoid? Let’s take a look at that.
Steve Forbes was in Denmark this week on a European tour, meeting with political and business leaders. His main message was that while Denmark has arguably the strongest economy in Europe right now, the high danish taxes are limiting our economic growth. And danish taxes are very high: The highest tax bracket kicks in after … Continue reading Steve Forbes doesn’t get it – or why having the world’s highest taxes is a good thing
I’m back from the FutureCamp event with the Danish Prison Service and I am exhausted. After 48 gruelling but fun hours, the director of the service could take home an catalogue of a dozen ideas which had been fleshed out and about 50 more that were still hanging in the air. The theme was to … Continue reading Happy at work in prisons
A few good links while I’m rebooting: Great article on abundance in the digital world. Quote: “In the physical world scarcity is what leads to value. In the digital world abundance is what leads to value.” Karoshi is a japanese word for death by overwork. Yes, it happens. If you want to protest the The … Continue reading Links
You should know one thing before you read my review of Ricardo Semler’s excellent book The Seven-Day Weekend: He’s my idol. I’ve read his books and followed his work and I’m a fan. Completely, unashamedly, unreservedly, probably in the same way that 14-year old girls are fans of Justin Timberlake. If he ever comes to … Continue reading Book review: The Seven-Day Weekend
Cold, undead relics from a past age haunt the corporate world, spreading fear and carnage wherever they go. These monsters can look good, seductive even, but if you let them, they’ll suck the life force out of you and leave you dead. Or worse: One of them. I call them vampire ideas and all they … Continue reading Let’s go vampire slaying
Some books get you thinking and Fred Gratzon’s The lazy Way to Success definitely did that to me. Damn you, Fred! I have seen the light. I now realize that my ingrained laziness has not only been one of the major forces shaping my life, it’s been a boost to almost every important area of … Continue reading My lazy life
When the geeks at NCR in Australia threatened to go on strike, it was a move that could have paralyzed ATMs, supermarket cash registers and airplane check-in. This underlines the fact that IT has become so central to almost all corporations, that any disruption may cost a lot of time and money, which again means … Continue reading How NOT to lead geeks
Most modern countries are seeing a steady rise in the amount of time people spend at work. There is some evidence, however, that this trend contributes neither to the bottom line nor to our overall well-being. Esther Derby euthanizes the idea that long hours are a sign of employee commitment. She cites some alternative reasons … Continue reading Thank you for coming to work. Now scram!
Af-flu-en-za n. 1. The bloated, sluggish and unfulfilled feeling that results from efforts to keep up with the Joneses. 2. An epidemic of stress, overwork, waste and indebtedness caused by dogged pursuit of the American Dream. 3. An unsustainable addiction to economic growth. 4. A television program that could change your life.