Some years ago CNN asked 12 well-known leaders including Carlos Ghosn of Nissan, Marissa Mayer of (then) Google and Wynton Marsalis how they manage their time and stay efficient. My favorite answer is this one: I know that it’s expected of executives to start the day extremely early, but frankly I feel I make better decisions … Continue reading The cult of overwork
Some people want you to believe that quitting is weak and for losers. They’re lying and we need to normalize leaving jobs that are not good for us. In this video we take a deep look at what happens when you’re unhappy at work, how you can know it’s time to quit and how you … Continue reading I QUIT! How you get out of a bad job before it’s too late.
Jack Ma, the billionaire founder of Chinese tech company Alibaba, has come out in favor of the so-called 996 rule, i.e. that you should work from 9am to 9pm 6 days a week if you want to have a successful career. For anyone doing the math that’s 72 hours of work a week. Add a … Continue reading Jack Ma is very very very wrong about the 996 rule
You will often see Denmark listed as one of the “happiest countries on the planet.” Interestingly Danes are not only happy at home, they’re also happy at work and according to most studies of worker satisfaction among nations, the happiest employees in the world are in Denmark. Here’s just one data point: Gallup found that … Continue reading 5 reasons why Danish workers are the happiest in the world
Yesterday I participated in the Copenhagen March for Science – part of a global movement to celebrate science and the role it plays in our live. It was tremendously cool to march through the streets of Copenhagen along with hundreds of other science enthusiasts and it’s easy to see that it has never been more … Continue reading We need more science in business
Discussing public policy in Dubai Given that happy companies have significant competitive advantages, governments have a strong interest in enacting public policies that promote happiness at work in their country. But what exactly could a government do to achieve this? At the World Government Summit in Dubai earlier this month I was part of a panel that discussed … Continue reading 11 government policies that promote happiness at work to give a country a competitive advantage
“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
This is just too cool: Every month, financial-services company Motley Fool selects a random employee who gets 2 weeks off and $1,000. Their mission is to spend those two weeks on whatever they want with zero contact with the office. They do this to show employees that it’s OK to balance work and life and not overwork yourself to death. … Continue reading This company forces a random employee to take 2 weeks off every month
10 days ago I posted this picture of a memo from Joe Biden to his staff, saying that he never wants them “to miss or sacrifice important family obligations for work.” The image has since gone viral. It was retweeted by tons of people (including the amazing Sarah Silverman) and it has gained a lot of attention on … Continue reading The 3 most common objections to Biden’s awesome letter – and my rebuttals
This 2014 letter from US vice president to his staff is AWESOME. Here’s the full text: “To my wonderful staff, I would like to take a moment and make something clear to everyone. I do not expect, nor do I want any of you to miss or sacrifice important family obligations for work. Family obligations … Continue reading AWESOME letter from Joe Biden to his staff. Every boss should say this.