What is the relationship between hobbies and work?

  Anthony Haynes writes: How hobbies and work are related is a question that must occur frequently to employers and employees alike. There must be some relationship, you’d think. According to Matthew Warren, a recent study from Sheffield University found that “when participants spent longer than normal doing their leisure activity, their belief in their… Read More

Open plan offices revisited: what is the effect on communication?

Anthony Haynes writes: Back in the early days of this blog (12 Dec 2013), we published a post reporting research on the effects of open plan offices. The research was sceptical about some of the supposed benefits of open plan, including the belief that open formats promote personal communication.  Now a new piece of research,… Read More

The effect of interruptions on productivity: the story that occupational psychology reveals

Anthony Haynes writes: It’s widely known that interruptions affect focus and so are apt to damage productivity. If, say, someone comes over to talk to you, the loss of productivity equates not only to the time taken by the conversation but also by the time taken afterwards to get your mind back in the zone.… Read More

How Applicants can find out if a Job will provide Meaningful Work using Tools from Positive Psychology

Originally posted on Mappalicious:
Yesterday, I was a panelist at the morning session of Intersect 2018, a phenomenal event along the lines of “Tech Conference x Career Fair x Learning Exhibition”. The conference is hosted by e-learning platform Udacity. You can watch the panel I participated in here on YouTube. The guiding theme was “Competing with Skill, Winning with Confidence”. In the…

The effect of your view on your work

Anthony Haynes writes: When I was planning a series of posts on home- and remote working, I wrote to FJ Wilson Talent Services’ employees and associates to discuss ideas with them. The kind of content I had in mind was tips on making productive time, organising work space, and so on. So I was rather… Read More