“Your car is having trouble and will need repairs at a cost of around $1,500. How would you handle that situation?” Scientists from the University of Warwick led by professor Anandi Mani stopped customers at a New Jersey mall and asked them that question. Next the subjects took an IQ test and the results was stunning: … Continue reading How always being busy kills productivity – and 5 ways to avoid it
Yikes – overwork can kill you: … those working a 55-hour week face 33% increased risk of stroke than those working a 35- to 40-hour week. And to make matters worse, all those extra hours don’t even mean you get more work done: [Overwork] … doesn’t seem to result in more output. So overwork is … Continue reading New research: Overwork kills productivity AND employees
Yesterday I spoke to 200 people at Umbraco Codegarden 2010, an annual IT developer conference for web developers who use the open source CMS system Umbraco. Niels Hartvig, the founder of Umbraco, has a clear vision that focuses on both a good platform (so that the actual product is great) but equally on creating a … Continue reading This is how you improve happiness AND productivity at the same time
We all want to increase productivity and get more done with our working hours. There’s just one problem: Most people’s view of productivity comes from the industrial age. This leads to some fundamental misconceptions about work, including these: If you work more hours, you get more work done. Adding more people to a project means you can … Continue reading The top 5 new rules of productivity
Thanks for all the great comments on my last post on The Cult of Overwork. It’s clear from the comments that: The Cult of Overwork is alive and well. Waaaay too many businesses still equate number of hours worked with productivity. This is hurting people! In one comment, Jorge Bernal linked to a great presentation … Continue reading Go see The Rules of Productivity presentation. Now!
Lisa was falling behind at work. Every morning she woke up nervous about the workday ahead of her. Every evening she went home thinking of all the tasks she hadn’t gotten around to. Lisa is a 35-year old engineer and project manager at a Danish IT company. With business booming, keeping up had become a … Continue reading Top 10 reasons why happiness at work is the ultimate productivity booster
Felcher and Sons increased their productivity by 46% when they put a linebacker in their offices. Extremely funny!
60-hour workweeks (or more!) kill people. That seems bad and we should probably stop it. In this video I explain how we get back to or even below 40 hours of work a week. References from the videos CNN’s article on “The Secrets Of Greatness. Jack Ma and the 996 Rule. Working hours in different … Continue reading The Cult Of Overwork
The Summer holidays are right around the corner here in the northern hemisphere and I am really excited for it. No matter how much you love your job, you should still look forward to some time off, where you can do something completely different. But it’s important to do your vacation right. If not, you … Continue reading Our 4 best tips for a happy vacation
Most companies conduct regular job satisfaction surveys, but they often don’t work very well and fail to deliver tangible improvements to employees’ perception of their workplace. This leads to increased unhappiness among employees and from there to lower productivity and higher employee turnover. In this video we cover: Why you absolutely should measure happiness at … Continue reading How to measure happiness at work – and how NOT TO