Staying Optimistic, Productive & Focused at Work

Another round of random thoughts, ideas and musings…

  • Research by Six Seconds found that optimists scored 18% higher on employee evaluations – yet one more reason to train your brain to be more optimistic.
  • The on-line shoe business Zappos purposely closed down one entrance to their headquarters to force everyone to funnel through the same entrance as a way to increase employee interaction. Steve Jobs redesigned Pixar Studios to purposefully increase the level of employee interaction, believing spontaneous and random interactions fuels creativity. How is the design of your office space helping or hindering creativity and interaction?
  • Social psychologists believe there’s a 40-60% loss of meaning in the transmission of messages, which brings to mind the fabulous quote by George Bernard Shaw, “The single biggest problem with communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” What are you doing to follow-up, reinforce, and clarify messages and encourage real dialogue at work?
  • Fast Company recently featured a survey asking people how they stayed productive during the work day: 22% said drinking water and staying hydrated was important; 37% stressed the need to get away from their desk at lunch; 11% stressed the importance of watching something funny as a much needed energy booster. What do you do to stay energized?
  • Greg Wilson, from Gresham College in London, found that when people multitask their IQ drops an average of 10 IQ points! What do you do to stay laser focused at work?

Michael Kerr, October 2015.  Michael is an international business speaker and the author of The Humor Advantage: Why Some Businesses Are Laughing All the Way to the Bank

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