How to be "in the flow"
Flow—being so involved in what you are doing that time, indeed anything else, ceases to be noticed—is said to be good for our well-being. There is evidence that it can ward off depression, prevent burnout and make us more resilient. We seek it out, but our understanding of how the brain enables flow is limited.
Finding the perfect match
There is an eternal question when hiring: “Is this person really the right fit?” Even if a candidate has the skills for the job, does their personality fit the company culture? Do their goals align with those of the organization? Employees who identify with the organization’s goals do better and remain longer. But the organization must have goals that employees can relate to.
How organizations can encourage bursts of creativity
Hot streaks last about five years on average and directly result from years of exploration (studying diverse styles or topics) immediately followed by years of exploitation (focusing on a narrow area to develop deep expertise). Afterwards, individuals return to “normal” and no longer follow any pattern of exploration or exploitation.
You can have too much of a good thing, says study of financial analysts' work-life balance
Making improvements to hardworking analysts’ work-life balance produces dividends for the company and the analysts’ careers, but there's a limit to the positive performance impact, with a little bit stress a good thing.
Ways to preserve employee morale during cost-cutting
Layoffs, offshoring and other cost-cutting measures affect morale longer than most companies realize, challenging assumptions that shifts in job attitudes are temporary. Companies that invest in their remaining employees are less likely to see a plunge in morale.
Researchers link poor memory to media multitasking
Why do some of us have better memory recall than others? Things that happen even before you begin remembering are going to affect your memory recall and some of these factors are already within our control.
Under the right conditions, creative-boosting daydreaming can help crack difficult challenges in new ways.
Study finds stronger links between automation and inequality
In some white-collar jobs—designer, engineer—people become more productive with sophisticated software at their side. In other cases, forms of automation have simply replaced factory workers, receptionists, and many other kinds of employees.
Rise in between-workplace inequalities in high-income countries
Rising inequality between-workplaces occurs when firms with powerful market positions outsource production and services to temporary labor firms, subcontractors, global supply chains, franchisees, independent contractors and other low-wage firms.
The over 50's feel excluded at work
We do change cognitively as we age. We exchange short-term memory for wisdom. We lose creativity in some areas (mathematics for example) but we gain it in others—the arts and many sciences—but our overall cognitive abilities remain.
Sustainability strategies more successful when managers believe in them
New research has found that business sustainability strategies can succeed alongside mainstream competitive strategies when managers believe in them.
Plants can improve your work life
Alicia and I have long advised that workplaces should have a large number of living plants dotted around as they increase people’s mental wellbeing and reduce workers’ stress levels and depression according to studies we referenced in our book Creating Optimism.
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