Do You Do Extra Work?


Time is the most important thing nowadays, but it’s possible to be successful at work without spending so much time (or all your time) on it? Can we say ‘no’ to the things at work? 

All of us want to be team players in the office—the person who can be relied upon in a pinch, who's a proven doer and, can execute flawlessly. But there are times when you need to say no to extra work (in the nicest, least rude way possible), a difficult skill that the most successful people have mastered. 

Here are the tips from Fast Company to make it possible.

Is the Open-Plan Office Really Right for You?


Have you ever thought about working on a open-plan office? do you think that Is the office of the future?
Inc. helps you to think about if this structure is the right option, giving the pros and cons of such space.

  • Less Expensive but More Distractions

If workers are wasting precious minutes each day trying to concentrate, they’ll merely be occupying a desk, which won’t benefit your company’s bottom line at all. There’s also the issue of client phone calls, which can be difficult to conduct in a noisy office full of employees.

  • Improved Culture but Lower Morale

As attractive as these offices can be, though, employees tend to surround themselves with invisible walls. They use noise-canceling headphones and focus on their computer screens to the exclusion of all else. If those around the employee can’t communicate, the absence of walls has no benefit whatsoever.

  • Increased Visibility but Security Concerns

In an open-plan environment, supervisors can keep an eye on their workers, easily determining which employees are at their desks and which aren’t. However, this same environment can lead to understandable security concerns,especially from an IT standpoint. Every screen is easily visible, making it difficult for employees to hide customer social security and credit card numbers, along with other information. 

  • Increased Flexibility but Risk of Illnesses

Many successful workspaces incorporate a combination of standing desks, lounge areas with sofas, and tables where employees can gather.
Unfortunately, with multiple people working in close quarters, businesses stand a higher risk of absenteeism and health claims due to illness. If one employee comes into work sick, those who work nearby could catch that virus and be sick, as well.

After all, what’s your opinion on the subject, what kind of workplace do you prefer? Is it a good ideia to create an open-plan office? Do you block the outside world with headphones to concentrate? What are your concerns if the future point to open spaces? We would like to hear your opinion in the comment box.

(This post comes from our Designing Deeper blog
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Battling the Physical Symptoms of Stress


The pace of life will never be as slow as we experience it right now. Does that excite or scare you? The Pace of Life Project was set up by Prof Richard Wiseman in collaboration with the British Council to measure the speed of life across major global cities including London, Madrid, Singapore, and New York.A study carried out in the early 1990s demonstrated that pedestrians’ speed of walking provides a reliable measure of the pace of life in a city, and that people in fast-moving cities are less likely to help others and have higher rates of coronary heart disease. Using identical methods to those employed in the previous work, the present day research teams discovered that the pace of life is now 10% faster than in the early 1990s. 

An increasingly fast-paced lifestyle, sooner or later can end up affecting our health in ways that we do not always expect or can identify. The so-called “burnout” is increasingly common and can be fatally silent. It doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a chronic condition that’s a direct response to our 24/7 “always on” work cultures – which, combined with a climate of economic uncertainty, make for a perfect storm in our physiology. According to this article from the Harvard Business Review, this effect can be explained by our biology:

Our stress response system evolved to protect us from danger. However, it cannot distinguish between a saber-toothed tiger in the wild and a harsh email. Each time one of our three primal survival needs are not met – for safety (e.g. a company downsizing), reward (e.g. poor performance feedback) and connection (e.g. working on a team with a cut-throat “each to his own” philosophy), the “fight or flight” stress team of biochemical reactions in the body kicks into gear.

Research and public health reports also warn of the problem and how stress that is affecting society in general. It is a chronic problem that affects all areas of our lives, from work to leisure with family and friends.

In the U.S., three out of four of us will suffer from at least one chronic disease in our lifetimes. Collectively, those diseases account for more than 86% of our healthcare costs. Stress in the workplace costs the U.S. economy upwards of 300 billion dollars per year with up to a 190 billion dollar healthcare spend. And despite the popularity of social media, loneliness and social isolation are on the rise, with one in four Americans reporting they do not have even one person to discuss important matters with.

Thus, for example in the workplace, we can ask ourselves “how can productivity, creativity, and innovation thrive under such circumstances?” Thinking about it, such effects are not irreversible. And a solution to this problem is to build resilience. Harvard’s Parneet Pal outlines how we can 

1. Pick a habit — a keystone habit — and make it stick. A keystone habit is a change that often triggers other good changes, because it alters how you see yourself. 

2. Surround yourself with like-minded people. Sticking to a new lifestyle habit is easier, more fun and effective when we do it with others. This social support is a bonus independent factor helping us live longer and healthier lives.

3. When you stumble (and you will stumble), pick yourself up with compassion. 

Howe useful are such tips for building resilience to stress in your working life?

(This post comes from our Designing Deeper blog
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