The Cult Of Overwork

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 countries.

The first org chart.

The Overworked American: The Unexpected Decline of Leisure, by Juliet B. Schor.

The Industrial Revolution In Manchester.

Rutger Bregmann: Utopia For Realists.

Tom Markert: You Can’t Win A Fight With Your Boss.

HBR: Long Hours Backfire For People And For Companies.

Long working hours hurt cognitive performance.

John Pencavel: Productivity for WW1 Munitions Workers.

Overtime in game developers doesn’t work.

Why Crunch Mode doesn’t work.

Negative Health Effects Of Overwork.

Very few people can get by on less than 7 hours of sleep.

Gender bias in overwork cultures.

Men pretend to work 80-hours weeks.

What’s really holding women Back.

People overestimate their working hours.

People underestimate health risks of overwork.

Yvon Chouinard’s work days.

Fred Gratzon: The Lazy Way To Success.

Henrik Rosendahl’s work days.

There are some career benefits to overwork.

Interview with Rich Sheridan at Menlo.

Richard Sheridan: Joy Inc.

Knowledge Workers Are More Productive From Home.

Longer school days do not lead to better academic outcomes.

Homework does not help students.

Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000-hour rule debunked again.

Hazing reinforces hierarchy, conformity and discipline.

Benjamin Hunnicutt: Kellogg’s Six-Hour Day.

European Union – right to disconnect law.

Universal Basic Income Explained.

Valve’s employee handbook.

US workers don’t take all their vacation days.

30-hour work week at Toyota Center Gothenburg.

 

Trump or Biden – who’s the better boss?

We all know how their policies differ, but how are Trump and Biden different as bosses? And who would you rather work for?

References from the video:

Alfie Kohn – “No Contest : The Case Against Competition”

Philip Rucker and Carol Loennig – “A Very Stable Genius: Donald J. Trump’s Testing of America”

Npr interview with Philip Rucker and Carol Loennig

Biden swears in staff

Lindsey Graham on Joe Biden

 

Free webinar: How to build a better business (and a better country) with happiness

Mush Panjwani is on a mission to serve great coffee AND make his home country of Pakistan better. His company, Coffee Wagera, has 5 cafés around Karachi and is expanding rapidly but the coolest thing is how Mush does all of this with a focus on culture, happiness and positive impact.

Here are just a few of Mush’s pioneering ideas:

  • Inclusive hiring – All ages, all genders.
  • Empowering women – Snacks served in the stores are made and supplied by female home chefs.
  • Happiness training – For all employees.

There is so much more. Join this free webinar and learn from a truly inspiring leader what it takes to build a business from the bottom up that is based on happiness and positive impact.

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How CEO Garry Ridge keeps the WD-40 organization happy in spite of COVID-19

How does an organisation get through a huge crisis like COVID-19 safely and happily?

Garry Ridge is company Chairman and CEO at world-famous brand WD-40. I bet you have a can of WD-40 somewhere in your home! He is also a leader who has spent his career creating a culture where people can be happy and do great work together.

In this webinar, he shares how he does that and how he has lead WD-40 through tough times like the COVID-19 crisis.

I’m leaving Woohoo Inc

I started Woohoo Inc back in 2003 so we have been spreading happiness at work for over 16 years. Our keynotesworkshops, articles, conferences, videos and books (download them for free) have reached millions of people all over the world.

But something is wrong. For the last couple of years I have been unhappy at work and that won’t really do for someone in my business :)

It’s hard to pinpoint exactly why work stopped being fun for me, but here are three reasons that have played a role:

  • There are too many people in this field who attract attention by saying either platitudes or unverifiable nonsense. For instance, some recent bestselling books have claimed that positive feedback is bad for you, that we should resist growth and development, that we should ignore emotions at work or that work should be duty – not passion. It’s frustrating to have to refute dumb claims like this over and over again.
  • For a long time business has been steady and we’ve been doing the same kind of work. I usually have more fun developing new projects rather than managing existing ones. This just doesn’t tickle my entrepreneurial funny bone.
  • My previous longest stint in the same job was 5 years, so this has been 3 times as long. Maybe 16 years doing the same thing is simply enough for me.

Simply put, it’s time for me to take my own medicine. I took 6 months off (starting January 1st) to get some distance and think about my future and that helped me come to a decision: I am leaving the field and will no longer do speeches or workshops about happiness at work.

I still believe that this field is incredibly important. Workplaces and employees face huge problems, not the least of which is COVID-19, and still need inspiration and tools to create and maintain happiness at work.

Fortunately we have built a fantastic international partner network over the last 3 years who have all been trained in our methods and  who are doing amazing work around the world. They are ready to step in while we’re gone.

So if you’re looking for a speaker or consultant to come in and make your organization happier and more profitable, don’t hesitate for a second to book any of them.

In Denmark, Arlette Bentzen will carry on our work – she is awesome and you should book her for a speech or workshop.

I will still be involved with Heartcount, because it is the best tool currently available for measuring employee happiness.

Apart from that, I have no idea what’s next for me. I’m waiting for inspiration to strike me. If you have any ideas or suggestion for what I would be awesome at, let me know :)

Free webinar June 30: Leadership in the time of COVID with Garry Ridge and WD-40

How does an organisation get through a huge crisis like COVID-19 safely and happily?

Garry Ridge is company Chairman and CEO at world-famous brand WD-40. I bet you have a can of WD-40 somewhere in your home? He is also a leader who has spent his career creating a culture where people can be happy and do great work together.

In this webinar, he will share how he does that and how he has lead WD-40 through tough times like the COVID-19 crisis.

Sign up right here.

Video: How to keep your workplace happy despite COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken workplaces in so many ways. Remote work, social distancing, and staying home is the new normal. Companies are affected, and many of them switched to “survival mode”, trying to keep their business afloat.

In the video above I talk to to visionary CEOs about how they handled the COVID-19 crisis and how to maintain your company culture and keep your employees happy in spite of COVID-19:

If you want more information on Menlo Innovation you should read Rich’s book Joy Inc. Sasa hasn’t written a book yet, but he mentions using Heartcount to measure workplace happiness and check in with employees and you can read all about it here. You can even try it free for 3 months in your organization.

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Get free tools to keep your workplace happy in spite of COVD-19

I’m taking a brief break from my sabbatical to offer some free tools to workplaces who want to keep their employees happy despite COVID-19.

Here’s what we’ve got so far:

And if you’ve been spending some of your lockdown watching The Last Dance (like I did), make sure you don’t take the wrong lessons from it.

Free webinar June 11: How to keep your workplace happy in spite of COVID-19

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic has shaken the world in so many ways. Remote work, social distancing, and staying home is the new normal. Businesses are affected, and many of them switched to the “survival mode”, trying to keep their business afloat.

During our Webinar, we will talk about the COVID-19 crisis, in what ways it affected businesses worldwide, but also how to maintain your company culture and keep your employees happy in spite of COVID-19.

In this webinar I will talk to the CEOs of two very happy and very innovative organizations and get their best tips:

Meet us online June 11 at 3 PM CEST (9 AM EDT)!

Sign up here – it is of course free :)