Top 10 Things Companies Should Stop Doing Right Now

Companies waste huge amounts of time, money and energy on practices that pretty much everyone hates, not because these practices deliver any value but out of habit and because “everyone else does it.” Here’s my list of the top 10 things companies should stop doing right now. 10: Competitive team building events Californian home security … Continue reading Top 10 Things Companies Should Stop Doing Right Now

Memo from one boss: Don’t work too much!

I found an excellent blog post about Wisetech Global, an Australian IT company with a somewhat… different attitude to overwork: If employees work more than 40 hours a week regularly, they have to talk to their manager to redress the situation. … WiseTech Global chief executive Richard White said the company’s approach was consistent with … Continue reading Memo from one boss: Don’t work too much!

Much of what you know about business is wrong. You will continue to believe it even now that you know it’s wrong.

“Cognitive illusions can be more stubborn than visual illusions” – Daniel Kahneman (Source) This quote explains why many workplaces are still unhappy even though we all should know by now, that happy workplaces are not only more fun but also make more money. In the image above, every horizontal line is perfectly straight. Don’t believe … Continue reading Much of what you know about business is wrong. You will continue to believe it even now that you know it’s wrong.

The 10 most awesome things from Valve’s employee handbook

I recently had a chance to read the employee handbook from video game company Valve and it’s the single most inspiring such document I have ever seen. I play some video games myself (the Bioshock and Dead Space franchises are my favorites), but if you don’t partake you may never have heard of Valve so … Continue reading The 10 most awesome things from Valve’s employee handbook

Top 5 tips to beat the post-vacation blues at work

Aaaahhh… Summer vacation. Depending on your fancy it’s time to lie on the beach with a good book, wear out your shoe soles exploring a strange city or scream your head off skydiving or in some other adrenaline-driven pursuit. But invariably the vacation ends and you go back to work, and that transition can be … Continue reading Top 5 tips to beat the post-vacation blues at work