Workspace Improvement

A Look Into the 6-Hour Workday

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An 8-hour workday is pretty typical across the United States, but what if we were to cut out a couple hours of work every day? While this may sound like a fantasy, the 6-hour work day is actually gaining a lot of momentum in Sweden. Many companies in Sweden including Toyota, app developer Filmundus, and the Gothenburg’s Svartedalens care home are finding great success with a 30-hour work week for their employees. Linus Feldt, CEO of Filmundus, offers his  take on why a 6-hour work day is beneficial: “My impression now is that it is easier to focus more intensely on the work that needs to be done and you have the stamina to do it and still have the energy left when leaving the office.”

We all know that working too much can be detrimental to our health, and a recent study from The Lancet suggests that we are 33 percent more likely to have a stroke if we work 55-plus hours a week. Working just 30 hours a week in the United States could lead to more time spent with family, and more time for exercise and getting to enjoy the outdoors; but 6-hour workdays could also prove to be very challenging as they would require razor-like focus and being able to block out distractions like social media. While a 30-hour work week certainly won’t work for every employee, it is an interesting concept and might start garnering serious thought outside of Sweden.

Are you for or against the concept of a 30-hour work week? We would love to hear your input!

 

Sources:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/sweden-introduces-six-hour-work-day-a6674646.html

http://fortune.com/2015/09/17/gothenberg-six-hour-work/

How Football Boosts Office Morale

Fall is officially here, and football season is in full swing! While we typically associate football with life outside of work, it can have an impact on our work culture as well. Here are a few ways watching football can help bring an office closer together.

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#1: Workplace Fantasy Football Leagues

Fantasy football is immensely popular these days, and there is a good chance some of our coworkers are in a fantasy football league. By creating a workplace fantasy football league, it gives employees a constant opportunity for dialogue and allows them to share in fun and competition. Everyone will want to have bragging rights at work when their team is doing well.

#2: Community 

The nature of sports is to help bring people together with a shared set of beliefs and interests. Through watching football, we can build a sense of camaraderie and all cheer for our respected teams. Football is also great for office viewing parties, inside or outside of our working areas.

#3: Water Cooler Talk 

Visiting the company breakroom can be a bit uncomfortable when one is a new employee or doesn’t know a coworker too well. Football can be a tremendous ice breaker and can bring out a real dialogue between two people who learn they have a shared interest.  Football is also great to discuss before a long meeting to get people more excited about the task at hand.

How does your organization unite through football? We would love to hear about it!

Sources:

http://www.inc.com/suzanne-lucas/why-football-season-can-be-good-for-your-office.html

Books for Business

It may be hard to admit, but perhaps it’s been a while since we picked up and read a good book. It might have been even longer since we have read a business book that can help us in office life. Books are wonderful resources for improving oneself and one’s business. Here are four books that anyone in business can benefit from reading. 

 

Turn This Ship Around 

by L. David Marquet 

A fantastic resource for learning about empowering leadership in the business world, Fortune Magazine called this book “The best how-to manual anywhere for managers on delegating, training, and driving flawless execution.” It helps that the author was a former submarine captain!

 

The Innovator’s Dilemma 

by Clayton M. Christensen 

Strategy is vital for a business to be successful, and this is the aim of The Innovator’s Dilemma. Christensen challenges conventional wisdom business may have and shows when it is time to veer off the normal business path. This book explains about disruptive innovation and why companies fail when they ignore this concept.

 

Good to Great 

by Jim Collins 

Good to Great goes into depth about how great companies are able to sustain success over long periods of time. Collins also focuses on success from companies that were not born to be successful right away. This is a great read to see how good companies, mediocre companies, and even bad companies can capture and endure greatness over time.

 

Awaken the Giant Within 

by Tony Robbins

Tony Robbins breaks down how we can master our emotions, our work relationships, and our finances. This is a wonderful book for empowering ourselves to take control of everything in our life. We all have goals, but this is a perfect resource for helping us to focus to achieve our ambitions. 

Do you have any favorite books that improve your office and business life? We would love to hear them!

Sources:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2014/11/08/the-12-best-business-books-of-all-time/18659453/

http://eventualmillionaire.com/10books/

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