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From Drift to Shift: How Change Brings True Meaning and Happiness to Your Work and Life

Het HappinessBureau bracht onlangs een bezoek aan Jody Miller in Santa Barbara. Jody is de CEO van C2C executive Search & Strategic Management en schrijft o.a. artikelen voor The Huffington Post en boeken over happiness at work.  Onlangs verscheen haar laatste boek ‘From Drift to Shift’. Een mooie aanleiding voor een interview. 

Over “From Drift to Shift” (verkrijgbaar via bol.com):

From Drift to ShiftWe all desire to be happy in our work and in our personal lives, and we want to be valued for who we are. Through the transformational stories in From Drift to Shift, readers learn to recognize the opportunity to pursue life’s true purpose and to embrace it both professionally and personally. Readers will realize that profound success, down to the core of their soul, is achievable. From Drift to Shift encourages all to seek a life of meaning, to have the courage to be who they really are, and to not let external forces pressure them into being less than they can be. It helps people discover how they can make uniquely important contributions to the world.

Proof That Positive Work Cultures Are More Productive

Dit artikel van Emma Seppala en Kim Cameron, dat op de site van Harvard Business Review verscheen, gaat in op de kosten van medewerkers die niet gelukkig zijn in hun werk en wat je kunt doen om een positieve werkcultuur te creëren.

Proof That Positive Work Cultures Are More Productive

Too many companies bet on having a cut-throat, high-pressure, take-no-prisoners culture to drive their financial success.

But a large and growing body of research on positive organizational psychology demonstrates that not only is a cut-throat environment harmful to productivity over time, but that a positive environment will lead to dramatic benefits for employers, employees, and the bottom line.

Second is the cost of disengagementWhile a cut-throat environment and a culture of fear can ensure engagement (and sometimes even excitement) for some time, research suggests that the inevitable stress it creates will likely lead to disengagement over the long term. Engagement in work — which is associated with feeling valued, secure, supported, and respected — is generally negatively associated with a high-stress, cut-throat culture.

And disengagement is costly. In studies by the Queens School of Business and by the Gallup Organization, disengaged workers had 37% higher absenteeism, 49% more accidents, and 60% more errors and defects. In organizations with low employee engagement scores, they experienced 18% lower productivity, 16% lower profitability, 37% lower job growth, and 65% lower share price over time. Importantly, businesses with highly engaged employees enjoyed 100% more job applications.

Lack of loyalty is a third cost. Research shows that workplace stress leads to an increase of almost 50% in voluntary turnover. People go on the job market, decline promotions, or resign. And the turnover costs associated with recruiting, training, lowered productivity, lost expertise, and so forth, are significant. The Center for American Progress estimates that replacing a single employee costs approximately 20% of that employee’s salary.

For these reasons, many companies have established a wide variety of perks from working from home to office gyms. However, these companies still fail to take into account the research. A Gallup poll showed that, even when workplaces offered benefits such as flextime and work-from-home opportunities, engagement predicted wellbeing above and beyond anything else. Employees prefer workplace wellbeing to material benefits.

Wellbeing comes from one place, and one place only — a positive culture.

Creating a positive and healthy culture for your team rests on a few major principles. Our own research (see here and here) on the qualities of a positive workplace culture boils down to six essential characteristics:

  • Caring for, being interested in, and maintaining responsibility for colleagues as friends.
  • Providing support for one another, including offering kindness and compassion when others are struggling.
  • Avoiding blame and forgive mistakes.
  • Inspiring one another at work.
  • Emphasizing the meaningfulness of the work.
  • Treating one another with respect, gratitude, trust, and integrity.

As a boss, how can you foster these principles? The research points to four steps to try:

1. Foster social connections.

2. Show empathy.

3. Go out of your way to help.

4. Encourage people to talk to you – especially about their problems.

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Delivering Happiness at Zappos!

Het HappinessBureau was onlangs in Las Vegas en bezocht daar de headquarters van de zeer succesvolle online schoenen- en kledingwinkel Zappos.com.

Tijdens een rondleiding kregen we informatie over de achtergrond van Zappos, de cultuur, holacracy, een wandeling over de campus en langs de zeer persoonlijk ingerichte werkplekken en ‘fun’ elementen, zoals een heuse ballenbak.

Na de rondleiding interviewden we Ray Zsun, The Culture Maestro, over de unieke cultuur bij Zappos. In onderstaand filmpje vertelt Ryo waarom cultuur Zappo’s #1 prioriteit is en wat dit in de praktijk inhoudt.


The many upsides of a happy workforce

Lennox Morison op BBC.com. Research shows most of us aren’t really happy to be at work – but there’s a burgeoning new niche of consultants offering to inject some joy into the office. About Incentro, Escape the City and Corporate Rebels.

In 2012, John de Koning’s company did something surprising: they decided their number one priority would be the happiness of their staff. His employer, IT firm Incentro, based in Utrecht, the Netherlands, once operated as a traditional online services provider, with a top-down hierarchy of bosses and employees. But after a market downturn between 2002 and 2005, the management rebooted to become less flashy but more fun; a place where talented, ambitious young professionals would want to work.

Now, all staff are equal and all information about the business is shared. Instead of the usual pyramid structure, people work in independently functioning ‘cells’ – groups of 60 or fewer. As well as organising their own work, they take part in company-wide decisions and even set their own salary. Rather than senior management dictating pay rises, each ‘cell’ or team decides whether they are happy to share salary information. If so, they make a collective decision on what they should earn – based on everyone knowing the full financial picture of the company.

“We decided to introduce just one key performance indicator, and that’s employee happiness,” says de Koning, managing director of Incentro Marketing Technology. By doing so, staff numbers have grown from 40 in 2008 to more than 300 today across four countries, he says.

There’s a burgeoning new niche of happiness-at-work consultants offering to inject joy into the workplace


Objective benefits

There are many benefits to putting happiness at the centre of business and policy decisions, says economist Jan-Emmanuel De Neve, a professor at the University of Oxford’s Said Business School. He points to a 2014 study, which suggests that raising people’s happiness makes them more productive by between 7% and 12%.

Raising people’s happiness makes them more productive by between 7% and 12%

In a separate study, researchers took Fortune’s annual list of ‘Best Companies to Work For’ and compared it over time with how peer companies performed on the stock market. They found that the top best-to-work-for firms outperformed the others, and also that investors undervalued the intangibles of employee well-being.

It’s an important piece of research, says De Neve, because it shows that the potential cost of raising well-being is more than matched by productivity and increased performance. Consultancies offering to perk up the mood in the workplace are targeting a potentially large market. In his work for the United Nations’ latest World Happiness Report De Neve found that fewer than 20% of people worldwide were actively engaged with their job and 20% were actively disengaged.

Active engagement is more than mere satisfaction in a job, or at having a job in the first place – it is being positively absorbed by the work you’re doing

Active engagement is more than mere satisfaction in a job, or at having a job in the first place, he explains – it is “being positively absorbed by the work you’re doing, identifying with and promoting the mission of the company you’re working for.”




Positivity pioneers

Wages are far less important to happiness at work than issues related to work-life balance and having colleagues’ support and social capital in the workplace. Having variety in the job, learning on the job and having a sense of autonomy and control over what you are doing were also valued. So what do consultancies propose? For Netherlands-based consultancy Corporate Rebels, which helped Incentro fine-tune their ideas, the approach stems from co-founders Pim de Moree and Joost Minnaar stepping out of corporate life to travel the world collecting pioneering ideas on how to foster a happy workplace.

De Moree tells his clients the key to happiness “involves moving from profit to purpose, from hierarchy to a network of teams, from leaders who tell people what to do, to leaders who ask how they can best support [their team], from rules to freedom, from secrecy to transparency.”

From what they have learned from business leaders and entrepreneurs who have put employee happiness centre stage, Corporate Rebels suggest open-book management – where everyone knows the financial and operational details of where they work. Another is results-based working, where it doesn’t matter how many hours you work, as long as you get the right result.

“The level of well-being of employees ought to be measured systematically and put on page one of the annual shareholders’ report,” he says. “It would send a strong signal about how a company is doing, and how it will be doing in the future.”

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5 redenen waarom Denen gelukkiger zijn op hun werk dan Amerikanen.

Fastcompany.com. Alexander Kjerulf, Keynote speaker over gelukkig werken en auteur van ‘Happy hour is van 9 tot 5’ woont in het gelukkigste land ter wereld. Waarom Denen gelukkiger zijn op het werk dan andere landen: 5 redenen.

You will often see Denmark listed in surveys as the “happiest country on the planet.” Interestingly Danes are not only happy at home, they’re also happy at work. According to most studies of worker satisfaction among nations, the happiest employees in the world are in Denmark. The U.S.? Not so much. Here’s just one data point: a recent Gallup poll found that 18% of American workers are actively disengaged, meaning they are “emotionally disconnected from their workplaces and less likely to be productive.” The same number for Danish workers is only 10%.

But why are Danish workers so happy compared to their American counterparts? Here are five fundamental differences.

1. Reasonable working hours

Some non-Danes wonder if Danes ever work. Not only do Danes tend to leave work at a reasonable hour most days, but they also get five to six weeks of vacation per year, several national holidays and up to a year of paid maternity/paternity leave. While the average American works 1,790 hours per year, the average Dane only works 1,540, according to Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) statistics. Danes also have more leisure hours than any other OECD workers and the link between sufficient leisure and happiness is well established in the research.The difference in the U.S. is stark, and many American companies celebrate overwork as a sign of commitment. “You have to put in the hours” is the message in the mistaken belief that the more hours you work, the more work you get done. We call this “The Cult of Overwork.” Danish companies, on the other hand, recognize that employees also have a life outside of work and that working 80 hours a week is bad for both employees and the bottom line.

2. Low power distance

In the U.S., if your boss gives you an order, you pretty much do what you’re told. In a Danish workplace, extremely few direct orders are ever given and employees are more likely to view them as suggestions. Dutch sociologist Geert Hofstede has quantified the business culture in more than 100 countries on several parameters, one of which is “power distance.” A high power distance means that bosses are undisputed kings whose every word is law. U.S. workplaces have a power distance of 40 while Danish workplaces–with a score of 18–have the lowest power distance in the world.

3. Generous unemployment benefits

In Denmark, losing your job is not the end of the world. In fact, unemployment insurance seems too good to be true, giving workers 90% of their original salary for two years. In the U.S., on the other hand, losing your job can easily lead to financial disaster. This leads to job lock (i.e. staying in a job you hate) because you can’t afford to leave. Additionally, until very recently, losing your job in the States often meant losing your health care which also contributed to job lock but with the Affordable Care Act, this will be mitigated.Simply put: If you’re a Dane and you don’t like your job, your chances of quitting that job without risking serious financial problems are much better, forcing companies to treat their employees well or risk losing them.

4. Constant training

Since the mid-1800s, Denmark has focused on life-long education of its workers. This policy continues to this day, with an extremely elaborate set of government, union, and corporate policies that allow almost any employee who so desires to attend paid training and pick up new skills. It’s called an “active labor market policy,” and Denmark spends more on these types of programs than any other country in the OECD.This lets Danish workers constantly grow and develop and helps them stay relevant (not to mention stay employed) even in a changing work environment.

5. A focus on happiness

While the English and Danish languages have strong common roots, there are of course many words that exist only in one language and not in the other. And here’s a word that exists only in Danish and not in English: arbejdsglæde. Arbejde means work and glæde means happiness, so arbejdsglæde is “happiness at work.” This word also exists in the other Nordic languages (Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish and Icelandic) but is not in common use in any other language on the planet.

To most Danes, a job isn’t just a way to get paid; we fully expect to enjoy ourselves at work.The U.S. attitude towards work is often quite different. A few years ago I gave a speech in Chicago, and an audience member told me that “Of course I hate my job, that’s why they pay me to do it!” Many Americans hate their jobs and consider this to be perfectly normal.

The upshot

I’m not trying to paint Danish companies as utopias for workers and their American counterparts as tyrannical hellholes. There are bad Danish workplaces and stellar American ones–Zappos and Google are two that I’ve personally visited and studied.But studies have uncovered a number of systemic and cultural differences between the two nations that serve to explain why Danish workers are on average so much happier than American ones.This goes far beyond happiness. We know from any number of studies that happy workers are more productive and innovative and that consequently, happy companies have happier customers and make more money. This may help explain why Danish workers are among the most productive in the OECD and why Denmark has weathered the financial crisis relatively well, with a current unemployment rate of only 5.4%.


5 Ways to Build a Culture of Caring

Adam Fridman op Inc.com. The idea of a culture of caring encompasses many things: leaders caring about employees, employees caring for each other and for customers, and everyone in the company caring about the company’s purpose. 5 Ways: Communicatie Purpose, Empoyer & Engage, Go off Script, Focus on Personal Relationships and Listen and share stories. “It’s about humanity.”

What is a culture of caring? What does it look like? Why does having a culture of caring matter?

The idea of a culture of caring encompasses many things: leaders caring about employees, employees caring for each other and for customers, and everyone in the company caring about the company’s purpose.

Why does having a culture of caring matter? Because it impacts your bottom line: culture impacts employee engagement, which in turn affects absenteeism, retention and productivity. Culture also impacts the customer experience: happy cultures produce happy employees and therefore happy customers. Employees who are are focused on the customer experience and see themselves as an empowered and important member of the team are more likely to provide a positive customer experience.

But a culture of caring isn’t just about caring for your employees and having them care for customers. It’s about caring why you do what you do in the first place. It’s about answering question like, “why you do what you do? What do you believe? How can you be most impactful?”

Companies that can answer these questions have a culture of caring that sets them apart. So how do you build this kind of culture? Here are five ways.

1. Clarify and communicate your purpose.

Part of building a community of caring is aligning what you believe as a company with what you do and how you do it. Employees must understand your business’ purpose in order to help achieve it. Customers must believe in that purpose in order to engage with your brand. This is about understanding not just what the product is that your company or brand makes or delivers, but caring about why it matters.

I recently talked to Eric Reynolds, Chief Marketing Officer of The Clorox Company, a consumer packaged goods manufacturer that makes cleaning products that are found in more than 75% of American homes. According to Reynolds, Clorox’s purpose isn’t making bleach, or making cleaning products. Clorox’s “why” – the belief system that drives the company – is that clean matters. Clorox’s purpose is helping build a cleaner world.

“Our purpose was forged before we were conscious of purpose,” said Reynolds. “In WWII when materials were scarce, Clorox was so committed to clean that the company refused to change its ingredients because of fears the products would lose their disinfectant properties. Our name is so connected to clean that our products were used on the Apollo space capsule. And we’re still committed to helping to build a cleaner world, whether it’s in people’s homes, cleaning up after floods and natural disasters, or maintaining a healthy environment in healthcare facilities and schools. That purpose has connected culturally with customers, consumers and our employees for more than 100 years.”

2. Empower and Engage

So how do you get employees, customers and the world to engage with what you believe? You can’t force a belief down people’s throats, and you can’t force employees and customers to care about your purpose.

According to Reynolds, creating a culture of caring is about empowering and engaging your community – whether its employees, customers or the world. It means providing the tools to be successful and an environment where employees feel empowered to take action that helps the company, community or world.

Reynolds said, “For us, the question is how do you keep 3,000 people immersed in a point of view? We try to provide tools that help employees understand the meta-narrative, what is the story we’re telling about Clorox. When it doesn’t happen, it’s usually because we lost focus on those stories. So we return to those tools and foundational documents about our culture that are an integral part of bringing on new employees or starting new work.”

3. Go Off Script.

Of course, empowerment isn’t just about providing manuals and scripts. Sometimes empowerment is about providing people permission to go off script.

Maryam Banikarim, Chief Marketing Officer of Hyatt recently talked to me about the difference between the idea of customer service, and caring. Hyatt is on a purpose-driven journey with care at its core. The company has reexamined all aspects of its business through the lens of its purpose, “to care for people so they can be their best.”

“Service is transactional,” added Banikarim. “But caring is more than that. It isn’t a reward mechanism. We say that empathy + action = care. Caring is about giving people permission to be human.”

She continued, “Policies and procedures allow you to be consistent, so that you deliver the same type of service experience across many regions. But if you’re going for care, what people want is authenticity more than perfection. There isn’t a manual for that. So we’ve moved to an idea where people can be unscripted, be human and respond in the moment.”

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4. Focus on Personal Relationships

At an operational level, this can mean things like spending more frequent “face-time” with teams, or having a meeting instead of communicating by emails.

5. Listen, Connect and Share Your Stories

Sharing stories is something that you can do internally or externally, but the most effective way to share stories if you want to build a culture of caring is to engage customers, employees and others that are part of your community or tribe. Some companies do this with communities like media hubs and websites, others work to build more personal connections.



How to Deliver an Exceptional Employee Experience

Katie Banks van Nitro Dublin zet vol in op Employee Experience: We translate this into what we call the 3 F’s: ‘The Fundamentals’, ‘The Fringe’, and ‘The Fun’.

If you’ve visited the Nitro blog before, you’ve likely heard us mention our Employee Experience (EX) department, and the fact that we don’t have a traditional HR function. In the words of our COO, Gina O’Reilly, EX “is a global function whose sole responsibility is to help make Nitro the best possible place to work.”

The EX team, which I’m a part of, approaches this task with a laser focus on three critical elements as outlined in Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs: the ‘must-have,’ the ‘important-to-have,’ and the ‘nice-to-have.’

We translate this into what we call the 3 F’s: ‘The Fundamentals’, ‘The Fringe’, and ‘The Fun’, respectively.

3 f's of nitro employee experience


The Fundamentals
We consider things like competitive salaries, solid benefits offerings, and clearly articulated company vision and values to be fundamental to any job, anywhere.

The Fringe
The fringe encompasses aspects that are important to many employees, but aren’t necessarily offered by every employer—career development opportunities, volunteer opportunities, and gym subsidies, for example.

The Fun
The third ‘F’—fun, is not really something you can prescribe. Telling employees that it’s mandatory to attend the team outing to the Jameson distillery or summertime company picnic really defeats the purpose of trying to make something “fun” to begin with.

However, the EX team feels that providing the opportunity to have fun is critical when asking people to work hard. So while we’re not forcing fun on anyone, we’re certainly encouraging it!

By establishing the 3 F’s as the standard of Employee Experience at Nitro, we’ve articulated what the EX team is striving to provide for every Nitronaut. This has paid off by creating a culture of true engagement and commitment, which in turn yields excellent business results. It’s a win-win for everyone!

Waarom millennials hun werkgever blijven dumpen: een open brief aan management

Millennial Elizabeth Earle McLeod deelt haar inzichten over wat millennials willen en hoe managers hen kunnen laten bloeien. De millennials vertellen ons wat we diep in ons hart wel weten. Mensen werken voor geld, maar vooral om het verschil te maken. Succesvolle managers die inzetten op ‘purpose’ in plaats van winst maken, worden beloond met een succesvol team en stijgende cijfers.

Why Millennials Keep Dumping You: An Open Letter to Management

Attracting and keeping top millennial talent is a burning issue for leaders. Millennials are 35% of the workforce. By 2020 they’ll be 46% of the working population.

Some of our most successful clients — organizations like G Adventures, Google, and Hootsuite — are filled with millennials who are on fire for their jobs. Yet many organizations struggle to attract, and retain, top millennial talent.

One of us, Elizabeth, wrote this letter, to share insights about what top-performing millennials want and how leaders can ignite the “energy of a thousand suns.”

An Open Letter to Management:

You hired us thinking this one might be different; this one might be in it for the long haul. We’re six months in, giving everything we have, then suddenly, we drop a bomb on you. We’re quitting.

We know the stereotypes. Millennials never settle down. We’re drowning in debt for useless degrees. We refuse to put our phone away. We are addicted to lattes even at the expense of our water bill. Our bosses are not wrong about these perceptions. But, pointing to our sometimes irresponsible spending and fear of interpersonal commitment isn’t going to solve your problem. You still need us. We’re the ones who’ve mastered social media, who have the energy of a thousand suns, and who will knock back 5-dollar macchiatos until the job is done perfectly.

I’ve worked in corporate America, administrative offices, advertising agencies, and restaurants. I’ve had bosses ranging from 24 to 64. I’ve had bosses I loved, and bosses I didn’t. I’ve seen my peers quit, and I’ve quit a few times myself. Here’s what’s really behind your millennials’ resignation letter:

1. You tolerate low-performance

It’s downright debilitating to a high achiever. I’m working my heart out and every time I look up Donna-Do-Nothing is contemplating how long is too long to take for lunch. I start wondering why leadership tolerates this. Is that the standard here? No thanks. Fact: Poor performers have a chilling effect on everyone.

2. ROI is not enough for me.

I spent Sunday thinking about how I can make a difference to our customers. Now it’s Monday morning, what do I hear? Stock price. Billing. ROI. Suddenly, my Monday power playlist seems useless. I’m sitting in a conference room listening to you drag on about cash flow. I was making more money bartending in college than I am at this entry-level job. You say I’ll get a raise in a year if the company hits a certain number? So what? I need something to care about today. Talk to me about how we make a difference, not your ROI report. Fact: Organizations with a purpose bigger than money have a growth rate triple that of their competitors.

3. Culture is more than free Panera.

Don’t confuse culture with collateral. Yes, I am a cash-strapped millennial who really appreciates free lunch. But I don’t wake up at 6AM every day to play foosball in the break room. I’m not inspired to be more innovative over a Bacon Turkey Bravo. I need to be surrounded by people who are on fire for what we’re doing. I need a manager who is motivated to push boundaries and think differently. Working in a cool office is really awesome. So is free lunch. But a purposeful culture is more important. Fact: A culture of purpose drives exponential sales growth 

4. It’s ok to get personal

Treat me like a number? I’ll return the favor. This job will quickly become nothing more than my rent payment. I’ll start living for Friday and counting down the minutes until 5. After a few months of that, I’ll probably have a drunken epiphany and realize I want more out of my life than this. Then I’ll prove your assumptions right. 8 months in, I’ll quit and leave. Or worse, I’ll quit and stay, just like Donna-Do-Nothing. That’s not good for either of us. Here’s what you need to know:

I was raised to believe I could change the world. I’m desperate for you to show me that the work we do here matters, even just a little bit. I’ll make copies, I’ll fetch coffee, I’ll do the grunt work. But I’m not doing it to help you get a new Mercedes. I’ll give you everything I’ve got, but I need to know it makes a difference to something bigger than your bottom line.


A Millennial


The millennials are telling us what we already know in our hearts to be true. People want to make money, they also want to make a difference.   Successful leaders put purpose before profit, and they wind up with teams who drive revenue through the roof.

Elisabeth’s mother Lisa Earle McLeod is the creator of the popular business concept Noble Purpose and author of the bestseller Selling with Noble Purpose: How to Drive Revenue and Do work That Makes You Proud

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Why the 8-Hour Workday Doesn’t Work

Travis Bradberry op LinkedIn, mei 2017 . De 8-urige werkweek is niet meer van deze tijd en een ineffectieve manier om het werk te organiseren. Inzichten hoe je je werk beter kunt organiseren: een uur werken met focus, 20 minuten break.

The 8-hour workday is an outdated and ineffective approach to work. If you want to be as productive as possible, you need to let go of this relic and find a new approach.

The 8-hour workday was created during the industrial revolution as an effort to cut down on the number of hours of manual labor that workers were forced to endure on the factory floor. This breakthrough was a more humane approach to work two hundred years ago, yet it possesses little relevance for us today.

Like our ancestors, we’re expected to put in 8-hour days, working in long, continuous blocks of time, with few or no breaks. Heck, most people even work right through their lunch hour!

This antiquated approach to work isn’t helping us; it’s holding us back.

The Best Way to Structure Your Day

A study recently conducted by the Draugiem Group used a computer application to track employees’ work habits. Specifically, the application measured how much time people spent on various tasks and compared this to their productivity levels.

In the process of measuring people’s activity, they stumbled upon a fascinating finding: the length of the workday didn’t matter much; what mattered was how people structured their day. In particular, people who were religious about taking short breaks were far more productive than those who worked longer hours.

The ideal work-to-break ratio was 52 minutes of work, followed by 17 minutes of rest. People who maintained this schedule had a unique level of focus in their work. For roughly an hour at a time, they were 100% dedicated to the task they needed to accomplish. They didn’t check Facebook “real quick” or get distracted by e-mails. When they felt fatigue (again, after about an hour), they took short breaks, during which they completely separated themselves from their work. This helped them to dive back in refreshed for another productive hour of work.

Your Brain Wants an Hour On, 15 Minutes Off

People who have discovered this magic productivity ratio crush their competition because they tap into a fundamental need of the human mind: the brain naturally functions in spurts of high energy (roughly an hour) followed by spurts of low energy (15–20 minutes).

For most of us, this natural ebb and flow of energy leaves us wavering between focused periods of high energy followed by far less productive periods, when we tire and succumb to distractions.

The best way to beat exhaustion and frustrating distractions is to get intentional about your workday. Instead of working for an hour or more and then trying to battle through distractions and fatigue, when your productivity begins to dip, take this as a sign that it’s time for a break.

Real breaks are easier to take when you know they’re going to make your day more productive. We often let fatigue win because we continue working through it (long after we’ve lost energy and focus), and the breaks we take aren’t real breaks (checking your e-mail and watching YouTube doesn’t recharge you the same way as taking a walk does).

Take Charge of Your Workday

The 8-hour workday can work for you if you break your time into strategic intervals. Once you align your natural energy with your effort, things begin to run much more smoothly. Here are four tips that will get you into that perfect rhythm.

Break your day into hourly intervals. We naturally plan what we need to accomplish by the end of the day, the week, or the month, but we’re far more effective when we focus on what we can accomplish right now. Beyond getting you into the right rhythm, planning your day around hour-long intervals simplifies daunting tasks by breaking them into manageable pieces. If you want to be a literalist, you can plan your day around 52-minute intervals if you like, but an hour works just as well.

Respect your hour. The interval strategy only works because we use our peak energy levels to reach an extremely high level of focus for a relatively short amount of time. When you disrespect your hour by texting, checking e-mails, or doing a quick Facebook check, you defeat the entire purpose of the approach.

Take real rest. In the study at Draugiem, they found that employees who took more frequent rests than the hourly optimum were more productive than those who didn’t rest at all. Likewise, those who took deliberately relaxing breaks were better off than those who, when “resting,” had trouble separating themselves from their work. Getting away from your computer, your phone, and your to-do list is essential to boosting your productivity. Breaks such as walking, reading, and chatting are the most effective forms of recharging because they take you away from your work. On a busy day, it might be tempting to think of dealing with e-mails or making phone calls as breaks, but they aren’t, so don’t give in to this line of thought.

Don’t wait until your body tells you to take a break. If you wait until you feel tired to take a break, it’s too late—you’ve already missed the window of peak productivity. Keeping to your schedule ensures that you work when you’re the most productive and that you rest during times that would otherwise be unproductive. Remember, it’s far more productive to rest for short periods than it is to keep on working when you’re tired and distracted.

Bringing It All Together

Breaking your day down into chunks of work and rest that match your natural energy levels feels good, makes your workday go faster, and boosts your productivity.

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Met 40% korting naar de Masterclass The Future of HR/Employee Experience van Ben Whitter op 15 juni in Brussel

Ben Whitter,  Founder van het World Employee Experience Institute en schrijver van het veel gelezen artikel Bye Bye Human Resources, geeft op 15 juni een Masterclass in Brussel. Het HappinessBureau geeft 10 kaarten weg met 40% korting: 799 euro in plaats van 1350 euro!  Vul het contactformulier onderaan het bericht in als je hiervan gebruik wilt maken.


How the employee experience is shifting traditional hr & driving a new business agenda

Masterclass with Multi-Award-Winning “Mr Employee Experience’, Ben Whitter

The whole world is talking about employee experience right now and it is very much in the global spotlight; engaging staff, supporting them to perform, and improving Ben-Whitterproductivity all remain crucial things to focus on within organisational life. With more and more companies embracing employee experience approaches, the game is changing, significantly which means traditional HR is shifting.

This highly engaging one-day masterclass will be led by Ben Whitter, a leading figure within HR globally and a key voice on “Employee Experience” thinking worldwide. Ben’s popular HR and Employee Experience thought leadership has been endorsed by the World’s leading organisations and HR figures and is a regular feature, author and commentator within HR media.

Ben will bring his expertise and insights from his critically acclaimed ‘Employee Experience World Tour 2016-17’ to help HR functions and organisations being asked to reform by developing the workplace as an experience. This will take into account everything that affects people from technology to physical infrastructure to leadership.

The new norm for organisations and HR is the creation of employee experiences that matter, are meaningful, and have every part aligned and driving great strategic and operational results.

Key Learning Objectives:
  • What is the right employee experience approach for a particular context?
  • How do you build employee experiences that help deliver superior engagement and performance levels?
  • Where do we start with this from here and now?
  • What does this really mean for senior HR leaders?
Who will Benefit:
  • Senior HR leaders with strategic organisational influence
  • General managers of business units, responsible for implementing HR strategy
Masterclass Outline
  • The 3D Model; reforming the purpose of HR, structurally and psychologically
  • By accident or design? the in context employee experience
  • The digital and data-informed workplace and employee; leading in a Glassdoor World
  • Outside IN; connecting the customer and employee experience
  • The heart & soul of employee experience; transparency and trust

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Ja, ik wil er graag bij zijn! En gebruik maken van het aanbod van het HappinessBureau van 40% korting. Hierdoor betaal ik slechts euro 799  in plaats van euro 1350.