Multitasking satisfying but unproductive

People, including many employers, think that, despite all the evidence to the contrary, that multitasking is a sign of greater productivity. A new study published today, by Ohio State University researchers, shows that multitasking is actually rewarding and satisfying even if you’re not achieving much by indulging in it.… [read more]

You don’t need IQ to succeed

An interesting article in Forbes Magazine outlines research showing that EQ and MQ (moral intelligence) are far more important for business and professional success than IQ. Of course this has been known for some time, and is something that we teach.… [read more]

Gifting for happiness

A study by Harvard researchers published in this month’s Journal of Happiness Studies suggests that one of the things that makes people happiest is buying gifts for other people. We have often told our workshop attendees that there is a positive feedback loop between altruistic acts (and even praise or recognition of others) and happiness and this study reinforces that.… [read more]

Action video games are also good for the brain

An intriguing study by researchers at the University of Toronto published today claims, for the first time, that there is proof that playing action videogames is actually good for increasing visual attention and blocking out distractions. Taking time out to play such games would be good for workers involved in using complicated machinery, delivery and other drivers, and those, such as analysts and brokers, who need to be able to selectively concentrate on complex spreadsheets or stock movements.… [read more]

Engagement is good for the brain

A meta-study published today in Trends in Cognitive Sciences disputes many of the assumptions that have been made regarding aging and the brain. Apparently the keys to keeping a youthful brain well into old age are threefold: social and mental engagement and physical stimulation.… [read more]

Equally unhappy

Research by the OECD shows that the divide between rich and poor is greater now than at any time over the past 30 years.  It has been known for some time that the poor are subject to a number of mental and physical health problems caused by the perceived inequality of the societies they live in.… [read more]

Bright colors, quick choice

Researchers at the California Institute of Technology have come up with finding of interest to all marketing professionals and branding strategists. Apparently when consumers are faced with making a rapid choice, for example  between brands on a supermarket shelf, they go for those packaged in bright colors—even when their preferences lie elsewhere.… [read more]

Living/working in town can cause heart disease

If you live (or, presumably, work) in the center of  a city you are 80% more likely to get calcification of the arteries (a form of heart disease). Another reason, along with lower rents, for firms to move to the suburbs.… [read more]

Anti-depressants doing more harm than good?

HR professionals and others in organizations frequently deal with employee depression by sending the depressed person to a psychiatrist or an MD where he or she is most likely to receive a SSRI antidepressant such as Paxil, Prozac or Zoloft. Since 1999 there have been doubts about the efficacy of these drugs and the by-now-famous Hull University mega study of 2008 found that they simply do not work any better than a placebo.… [read more]

Lack of sleep lowers performance

Employees in corporations and partners in professional service firms are being expected to work harder and often, as a result, sleep less. It’s interesting therefore to find a study which details just how much performance can suffer due to lack of sleep.… [read more]