The Activity Illusion: Why We Live to Work in the 21st Century And How to Work to Live Instead
Why are we working harder than ever and yet being less effective? Why do we let work bleed into family life and holidays? The Activity Illusion breaks open the vicious circle of hyperactive work practices and shows how to fix it for you and your organisation. You will discover: how to work less and be more effective in your job why activity has become the new status how up to 20% of your organisation's payroll gets soaked up by ineffective use of email why we get "addicted" to email and BlackBerry how to create the virtuous circle of an effective work life and a great life outside the office.
Pursuit of Happyness. Real-life examples of what an individual could achieve in the high-stakes world of finance are well documented. Among the most memorable is Michael Lewis’s portrayal of Lewie Ranieri in Liar’s Poker, the classic memoir of life on Wall Street at Salomon Brothers in the mid-1980s. Ranieri began as a student working nights in the mail-room in 1968 earning $70 a week; he dropped out of college when he was made supervisor of the day-shift. He progressed to the clerical back
communicate negative issues. For one thing, its speed and ease of use mean that it is all too easy to bash out an indignant message that the sender will regret once they have had a chance to cool down. Secondly, as we have already observed, it lacks the social cues of face-to-face communication. What was intended as a mild rebuke or an ironic bit of banter can be interpreted as an outright insult by the recipient. Thirdly, by copying others in on the email, the sender is slighting a colleague in
email just might be something important and which you do not want to miss out on. The buzz that alerts you at night on the bedside table or the flashing light that turns from red to green play right into the psychological anxieties surrounding status and gossip. However, the impact is felt not only by us as individuals seated at our desks – it can be felt by colleagues, friends and family in meetings, social engagements and at home. Dr Wilson’s study at King’s College, London also found his
also helps to have a mobile phone that is not your BlackBerry. What To Do When On Holiday One of the benefits of the latest communications technology is that it comes equipped with a number of tools and devices to make life easier. If you have successfully established for you and your organisation an environment where it is acceptable not to check emails and take phone calls when on holiday, this needs to be implemented effectively. 1.Emergency contact The need for constant contact evaporates
the case in the ancestral environment. While there remains a vigorous debate among psychologists and physicians as to the precise relationship between stress and illness, there are inevitable consequences for health. Work psychologists Stephen Barley and Deborah Knight suggest that the manifestations of stress include: “the occurrence of unpleasant and potentially unhealthy psychological, physical and behavioral symptoms such as diffuse anxiety, chronic irritability, insomnia and elevated serum