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This psychological phenomenon explains why you can spend all day at work without getting anything done

How is it possible that you spent eight (or more) hours at your desk, didn't even goof off on Facebook, and <i>still</i> made no progress on the day's goals?<p>Perhaps the problem is less a lack of conscientiousness and more that you're losing sight of your top priorities. Instead of organizing your workday …

5 Ways Smart Leaders Avoid Making Bad Hires

Think you've found a dream candidate? Here's how to know for sure.<p>Have you ever hired someone and then regretted it? Of course you have--it's happened to every leader. And every time it happens, you wonder if you can avoid ever having it happen again.<p>You can, with a few precautions and careful …

Employment

Why Some Men Pretend to Work 80-Hour Weeks

In many professional jobs, expectations that one be an “ideal worker”—fully devoted to and available for the job, with no personal responsibilities or interests that interfere with this commitment to work—are widespread. We often think of problems with these expectations as women’s problems. But …

Management

The 1 Thing More Important Than Happiness

Workplace happiness is overrated. What's important is the meaning of the work you do.<p>I've written fairly frequently on ways to make yourself happier in the workplace and elsewhere, but I've recently come to the conclusion that I've been barking up the wrong tree.<p>The pursuit of happiness may be a …

Happiness

Should An HR Person Give Job Applicants Advice?

Dear Liz,<p>I am an HR Manager in a consulting firm. I like my job a lot but I have run into several cultural issues here that I haven’t faced before.<p>One of the biggest parts of my job is to recruit new employees. 2015 was my first full year on this job and I recruited seventeen great people.<p>One of …

9 Things That Make Good Employees Quit

It's pretty incredible how often you hear managers complaining about their best employees leaving, and they really do have something to complain about--few things are as costly and disruptive as good people walking out the door.<p>Managers tend to blame their turnover problems on everything under the …

2016: Rethinking workplace learning

Workplace training (and e-learning) are often euphemistically referred to as workplace learning, so there has been an assumption for a long time now …

The Three Habits Of Fearless Leaders

If you want to understand fear and trust in the workplace, the first thing to know is that everybody feels fear.<p>We all feel it. People we think of as fearless feel fear the same fear we all do, but they handle it differently than other people.<p>Fearless leaders feel the same adrenaline racing through …

Emails Are Killing You, New Research Says

A study suggests methods for preventing death by email.<p><i>Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>Knowing the truth isn't enough sometimes.<p>You need academics to point out the obvious so that you can huff that, of course, their conclusions …

Business Strategy

Billion-dollar startup Automattic hires employees without ever meeting them or talking to them on the phone

But at Automattic, a startup valued at $1.16 billion that's responsible for popular blogging platform WordPress, that's not always the case.<p>Automattic has one of the most unusual employee cultures of any startup we've ever heard of.<p>It currently employs about 400 people, scattered across the globe, …

Three 19th-Century Management Ideas To Ditch In 2016

People who are frustrated at work sometimes say “I’m trying my best to pull my leadership team into the 21st century!” but in reality, the ideas that hold most organizations back are not twentieth-century ideas.<p>The traditional workplace still runs on a nineteenth-century model. Everything we have …

The Workplace

11 Signs You Definitely Should Quit Your Job Soon

If you've dreamed of becoming an entrepreneur--or in the meantime having a better job--here's why you should make that move.<p>Some people quit a job to earn more money elsewhere. Some quit their jobsfor a better opportunity.<p>And some quit a job to start their own business, which to me is the best …

Career Development

The Secret To Job Security

It’s amazing how fast and how dramatically the working world has changed. Back when I was a kid, my dad and all the other dads had the same jobs for years on end. The few moms in our neighborhood who went to work never thought about changing jobs, either.<p>Once you had a good job, you kept it! That …

To Motivate Employees, Do 3 Things Well

Given the extraordinary low levels of engagement in the U.S. workforce — a recent Gallup poll showed that 70% of employees are “not engaged” or “actively disengaged” at work — many leaders are looking for solutions. Some turn to material perks (bonuses, game rooms, free food) in the hopes of making …

Employee Engagement

Match Your Motivational Tactic to the Situation

How do you know if you are selecting the right motivational strategies to convince your employees, peers, and even yourself to work smarter and harder?<p>Behavioral scientists have been researching the different ways people motivate themselves and others for decades. Their experiments have shown, for …

Employee Engagement

Creating a Culture Where Employees Speak Up

All of us aspire to work for leaders who truly value our input. We’re looking for a “speak-up culture”—the kind of workplace where we feel welcome and included, free to express our views and opinions, and confident that our ideas will be heard and recognized. But it’s not just employees who benefit …

The Workplace

Don't Hire A 'Change Agent' -- And Don't Be One

The idea of a “change agent” assigned to move a big corporate or institutional project forward is a hoax and a scam. Here’s why.<p>A CEO makes all the big decisions in running his or her organization.<p>There are Board members and advisors who help, but the CEO’s desk is where the buck stops. The CEO has …

Quantifying Your Company’s Emotional Culture

Managers tend to view emotions as something “soft” that can’t really be measured. But you can — and should — track emotions quantitatively, the same way you’d track employees’ other attitudes and behaviors: through surveys. There’s a key difference in approach, however.<p>In a survey we’ve used in …

Employee Engagement

Banish these 5 toxic thoughts at work

People can be toxic – and so can thinking patterns. In fact, how you think can make a big difference in how well you do at work.<p>To ensure that your new year gets off to a good start, here are five toxic thoughts to nix before they sabotage your career success.<p>1. "I deserve this promotion." A …

Self-help

Proof It Pays to Be Nice to Your Employees

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Here's How You Develop a Successful Business Idea

<i>The Entrepreneur Insider network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in America’s startup scene contribute</i> …

Alarm bells sound in manufacturing over global economy

Worldwide economic risks threaten UK manufacturing, with a third of companies considering 'across the board' cuts<p>Alarm bells are ringing for Britain’s manufacturing companies as increased global volatility and growing pressures at home batter confidence within the sector.<p>Almost twice as many …

ASMR and 'head orgasms': what's the science behind it? | Pete Etchells

Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response is the technical term for what some call ‘head orgasms’, or ‘brain tingles’. But what does the research say about it?<p>Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, or ASMR, is a curious phenomenon. Those who experience it often characterise it as a tingling sensation in …

This black hole is an extreme recycler

New dietary guidelines emphasize big picture

New dietary guidelines for 2015–2020 have arrived, just in time to assist people whose New Year’s resolutions involved better eating.<p>On January 7, …

Nutrition

Big bang artistry lets you see the observable universe in just one image

Artist and musician Pablo Carlos Budassi has created a logarithmic conception of the observable universe with our solar system in the centre circled …

The Science of Motivation

How are you doing with your New Years resolutions? I’m keeping mine just fine, thank you, because I didn’t make any. But if you need some motivation, …

Motivation

Here's Why Scientists Are Giving Tiny Glasses To Insects

Have you ever seen a praying mantis look so chic?<p>Researchers are equipping praying mantises with stylish 3D shades -- and not just for fun.<p>The tiny glasses were used in a study published in the journal Scientific Reports on Thursday to analyze 3D vision in mantises, and to explore how they use …

Scientists think “baby brain” makes women smarter and more organized, not less

The concept of “baby brain” is strongly embedded in popular culture. Many of us expect pregnant women to have the odd moment of stupidity—and even more so once the child is born—and attribute the dippy behavior to this well-known phenomenon.<p>But despite popular acceptance of baby brain theory, …

The Brain

Scientists are testing whether freeze-dried fecal pills could treat obesity

This year, scientists are planning to trial an unappetizing-sounding weight-loss method: 20 obese patients will be given a daily pill containing a couple of grams of someone else’s freeze-dried fecal matter.<p>Researchers, led by Elaine Yu, an assistant professor and clinical researcher at …

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