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.
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.
Written by Olivia Goldhill, published by QUARTZ
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.
Written by Rebecca Ruiz, published by Mashable
A talk by Adam Smiley on what it takes to create meaning. Very entertaining talk with a strong message about finding meaning at work. Even more entertaining if you watch at 1.5x speed.
Watch 32 minute talk by Adam Smiley Poswolsky, published by Culture Summit
Numerous companies have embraced the open office. But research that we’re 15% less productive, we have immense trouble concentrating and we’re twice as likely to get sick in open working spaces, has contributed to a growing backlash against open offices.
Written by Bryan Borzykowski, published by BBC
Mindfulness at work proves to have positive effects on increased productivity, wellness, happiness, and energy. These are few of the reasons businesses are integrating elements of mindfulness into their organizational practices. Getting started is as simple as becoming more aware of yourself and the world around you.
Authored by Bianca Bartz for hazel
Harvard Business School professor and author Dr. Amabile explores inner work life — the emotions, perceptions, and motivations that people experience as they react to events in their work day. Her research team discovered that, of all the events that can deeply engage people in their work, the single most important is making progress on meaningful work.
Watch 45 Min Video
Google research shows that those who rigidly separate their personal and work lives are significantly happier about their well-being than those who tend to blur the lines between the two.
Article by Megan Huth on re:Work
The fact that happiness at work is trending seems to be a good thing, but the way most companies are trying to “implement it” is fundamentally flawed. In an effort to create a better workplace, lots of companies believe that there is a fixed model available that will solve their problems instantly: implement this magic model and a “happy company” is guaranteed. Unfortunately, this ain’t true for a bit. Instead, listening to employees, gathering inspiration from various sources, and crafting unique solutions is the way to go.