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Playful Distractions at Work Pay Off!

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 18 Mar 2015

As recounted in the fabulous book The Best Place to Work, by Ron Friedman: Dutch researchers conducted a series of experiments to determine whether it’s better to think long and hard about a challenge that requires a difficult decision, or better to distract yourself by doing something else. The results overwhelmingly showed that when faced with less complex decisions conscious thinking about the alternatives and options produced the best results. But when faced with a more complex choice (say choosing between models of cars when presented with 12 features per car), distraction definitely led to better decisions – three times better! The reason: Unconscious thinking is thought to be better at seeing the big picture and processing large pieces of information simultaneously. 

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