Good perks are aimed at making people’s lives outside work easier — but specifically in ways that help them perform better when they’re at work, working. Anti-perks are perks that seem like they could benefit your well-being or productivity, but actually have a lot of potential to harm them.

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Written by Vincent Lofranco, published on Even blog

The Art And Science Of Well-Being At Work

Living in a fast-paced, digitally focused, hyperconnected world often means sacrificing the ability to step back and take a breath. This episode of the McKinsey Podcast examines why a functional mind–body connection is increasingly being noticed as crucial for outstanding and sustained performance of executives and employees.

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Published by McKinsey & Company

Job Crafting And Creating Meaning At Work

Research shows that job crafting can foster engagement, job satisfaction, and resilience. Allowing an employee to influence work scope changes the meaning of that work, and allows them to take ownership of their job.

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The Benefits Of Saying Nice Things About Your Colleagues

The stories we hear from others that highlight our unique contributions can help us find purpose in our relationships with our colleagues and our work. This article highlights how to take advantage of the opportunities to narrate team members in ways that cultivate positive self-meaning.

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Written by Jane E. Dutton, published by HBR

Employee Engagement’s Little-Known Benefit: It’s Contagious

As teams become the core unit for getting work done in the modern organization, we need to consider how the social experience of being on a team can impact individual engagement levels.

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Written by Fresia Jackson, published on Culture Amp blog

The Psychological Obstacles Holding Employees Back

At this point in the evolution of capitalism, the challenges most workers face are, to a large extent, psychological in nature, which means that emotional well-being can’t any longer be seen as merely a luxury or an after-thought. The most hard-headed capitalist therefore has good incentives to address the psychological needs of those they have hired.

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Helping Employees To Go On Family Leave

This article presents Buffer’s manager’s guide to family leave, which includes best practices for before, during, and after a family leave experience. With this guide Buffer tries to assist their team members to better support families, and perhaps some of the resources might benefit your organization, too.

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Written by Nicole Miller, published on FastCompany

The Critical Gap When It Comes To Building Empathy

The critical gap often missed when it comes to building empathy is confirming one’s understanding of the situation. You can try to put yourself in what you believe to be the other person’s shoes, but you are making an assumption that you know ‘their shoes.’ All you know is how you think you would feel if you were in their situation based on your lived experience, but that does not mean you understand what they think or how they feel. This is where the concept of building empathy as is often discussed does not fully stand up. It does not work if it is one-sided. It does not work if your interpretation, your assumption, is not correct. It takes two to build empathy.

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Written by Stacey Nordwall, published by CultureAmp

The Psychological Importance Of Wasting Time

When we spend our energy frantically chasing productivity, we refuse to take real breaks. Truth is, there will always be an endless list of chores to complete and work to do, and a culture of relentless productivity tells us to get to it right away and feel terribly guilty about any time wasted. But another view is that a life spent dutifully responding to emails is a dull one indeed. And “wasted” time is, in fact, highly fulfilling and necessary.

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Written by Olivia Goldhill, published by QUARTZ

A Tweet That Sparked A Workoholism Debate

Dedicated, diligent employees are essential for any workplace, but often the working culture of companies asks for more — boards and management want the employees to become workaholic, singularly obsessed with achieving the company’s mission. Recently, Blake Robbins, an associate at the venture capital firm Ludlow, gave voice to such experiences, daring to challenge the culture of workaholism that pervades the startup world. His tweet unleashed a hot discussion on the web.

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Written by Rebecca Ruiz, published by Mashable