Would using Facebook at work make you more productive? I'll take wild guess that your answer is similar to mine, a resounding no. But just a few weeks ago Wal-Mart, one of the largest private employers in the US, announced that its’ employees are now going to be using this social media platform at work.
Alter studies how much time screens steal from us and how they're getting away with it. He shares why all those countless hours you spend staring at your smartphone, computer, or tablet device may be making you miserable, and what you can do about it. Take ten minutes out of your day to watch his talk in its entirety - it may make you a whole lot happier.
With the increasing use of technology in our everyday lives, electronic games have become accessible enough and are of enough quality that it is not uncommon to see a child walking down the street playing Pokemon Go on their phone or a working mother playing Candy Crush on her laptop after dinner. Electronic games are often designed to be stimulating, based on progressing through levels or achieving rewards, are available on phones, computers, tablets, gaming consoles etc., and are often linked to social media, which help enable them to be highly addictive. Although electronic games can have a bad reputation for being "mindless" or harmful, there are newer (and often indie) games designed to be therapeutic, mindful, or simply relaxing.
Sending emails and taking calls at cafes, curled up on couches, or from park benches... at L&L Consulting we frequently work remotely. Many of our colleagues and friends also work in roles that require working in a variety of settings and frequently travelling. We know the benefits of this flexibility well, but we also know the toll this can take on our bodies and our mental health. Thanks to our friends at Toptal, we are able to share this article with you highlighting tips to use while working on the road by individuals who are out and about working all the time.
Incorporating fun at work is essential for increasing employee motivation, productivity, and reducing stress (Karl, Peluchette, Hall, & Harland, 2005). A Step Ahead is a new and popular wellness game developed by Mike Tinney, chief executive of Fitness Interactive Experience. With a story that unravels over the course of each of the challenge’s 6 week episodes, teams race from safe house to safe house, building up to a climactic rescue attempt. By incorporating team-based and socially-connected challenges, A Step Ahead has effectively put a fun spin on conventional pedometer programs.
L&L Consulting has been getting to know an interesting company called Plasticity Labs - a technology company that has developed an app to measure workplace happiness! Of course we were intrigued when we heard about them and are excited that they have graciously written a guest blog post for us this week. Read on to learn a little bit more!
The Toronto Star recently wrote about some interesting new technological developments for assessing suicide risk that raises some questions for use.