Increase Productivity/Performance

Envy at Work (08-17-16)

Envy in workplaces can arise for many reasons, imagined or real (consider variations in desk chairs provided).  Koopman, at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Business has found  “a strong link between an employee’s feelings of envy after they perceive a supervisor has treated them worse relative to their co-workers and the length of time by which they process this information.”  A key concept discussed by Koopman is  “epistemic motivation” (EM) –– the desire to process information thoroughly and grasp the meaning behind a particular situation. . . .

Working Without Assigned Desks (07-29-16)

Kim and his team investigated the experiences of people working without a space at their corporate offices that they could claim as their own on an ongoing basis.  The researchers report that “It is clear that the main driver for desk sharing practices is the tangible economic benefits guaranteed by reducing the amount of office space per person. . . . This paper draws on a database from Australian building occupant survey to investigate how desk arrangements (whether or not one has a pre-allocated desk) can affect occupant satisfaction, self-reported productivity or health at workplaces.

Continued Effects of Blue Light (07-14-16)

A research team lead by Alkozei has learned that being in blue light continues to affect how our minds work—experiencing blue light has been linked to higher alertness and quicker decision making—even after we leave a blue lit area.  As a press release issued by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine reports “a short single exposure to blue light for half an hour is sufficient to produce measurable changes in reaction times and more efficient responses (answered more items correctly per second) . . . after the light exposure had ended. . . .

More on Activity While Working (07-11-16)

Pilcher and Baker wanted to learn more about the relationship between moving in some way while working and professional performance.  They had people participating in their study work on a desktop while pedaling (at a FitDesk, described below) and also at a traditional sedentary desk.  The researchers found that when study “participants pedaled the stationary bicycle at a slow pace (similar in exertion to a normal walking pace) while working. . . cognitive task performance did not change between the two workstations.

Nurturing Feeling-of-Knowing (06-28-16)

Feeling-of-knowing (FOK) is that impression we all get from time to time that we know something, such as the answer to a question someone is asking us, but that we can’t recall that information at the time we’re being asked for it. Hanczakowski and team found that “FOK judgments increase in the presence of a familiar environmental context.”   Familiar in this case means one that has been experienced (seen, for example) in the past.


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