Workplace

Standing and Performance (09-15-17)

Finch and her colleagues assessed how standing influences reading comprehension and creativity.  They report on the findings of their lab experiment:  study “participants completed reading comprehension and creativity tasks while both sitting and standing. Participants self-reported their mood during the tasks and also responded to measures of expended effort and task difficulty. . . . body position did not affect reading comprehension or creativity performance, nor did it affect perceptions of effort or [task] difficulty. . . .

Beware of Too Much Workplace Standing (09-13-17)

Multiple recent studies report that sitting too long at work can be dangerous; new research by Smith and his team indicates that too much standing at work can also be harmful.  Workplace options that encourage people to sit, stand, move, and change position are advantageous.  Data collected over 12 years for 7320 employed Canadians 35 years old or older, who were free of heart disease when the study began, were examined.  The researchers determined that “Occupations involving predominantly standing were associated with an approximately two-fold risk of heart disease compared to occupations

Workplaces Evolving (09-08-17)

MIT researchers Ratti and Claudel, writing in the Harvard Business Review, confirm that the workplace is evolving in important ways.  They share that “Today’s technology does allow global and instantaneous communication, but most of us still commute to offices for work every day. . . . What early digital commentators missed is that even if we can work from anywhere, that does not mean we want to. We strive for places that allow us to share knowledge, to generate ideas, and to pool talents and perspectives.

Clean or Dirty Offices (08-17-17)

Huangfu and team studied links between workplace cleanliness and employee attitudes toward counterproductive work behavior (CWB).  They learned, working with a group of participants in China, that “participants working in a clean environment tended to regard CWB as less acceptable than did those in a dirty environment, that is, a cleaner environment led to harsher judgment.

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