Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Friday, July 18, 2014
The Value of Rituals - Breathing Space Blog
In the workplace, a ritual might entail setting the window blinds ‘just right,' clearing one's desk, and having all calls held before tackling a project. Teams at work might have breakfast or lunch together, or engage in five minutes of friendly banter before the beginning of a formal meeting. Rituals can serve as little breaks throughout the day to keep noise and distraction at bay.
Such positive rituals – automatic forms of behavior or activities – help to reduce stress because they effectively limit the array or options one might otherwise face.
Monday, July 14, 2014
The People Who Hate Their Jobs - Breathing Space Blog
According to Gallup, apparently everyone else falls far short of being actively aged and nearly 20 million workers are what Gallup terms “actively disengaged." These workers are unhappy and only too willing to convey their sense of dissatisfaction about the jobs they do. Another 50 million workers are “passively disengaged.”
In all, about 70% of our 100 million person workforce fall into the “I don't like my job” category. Thus, executives, managers, and supervisors today face a continuing challenge when it comes to enticing the 70% to consistently reach their productivity potential.
Saturday, July 12, 2014
Rainy Day File - Breathing Space Blog
The file could also include performance appraisals, evaluations from speeches or presentations you’ve made, or simply your boss’s handwritten words of praise accompanying something that you have submitted.
The file could include love letters, ticket stubs, or program mementos. It might include a lucky medallion, coin, or dollar bill. It could be a flight itinerary, vacation brochure, postcard, or picture from a magazine. Anything and everything that will lift your spirits is fair game.
Thursday, July 03, 2014
Marvels of Technology - Breathing Space Blog
Doctors in Germany are now growing human bone and cartilage by extracting tiny bits of cartilage from a patient’s rib, soaking the parts in a special liquid and then spreading them out over a biodegradable form. The cells begin to grow and assume the shape of the form they have been spread over. The procedure is still in its early stages but has been used successfully in repairing a torn ear lobe and shattered finger joint.
Wednesday, July 02, 2014
Leery of Going on Vacation? - Breathing Space Blog
"Instead, vacations are reduced to a couple of days tacked on to a long weekend, like a housekeeping addendum to an inter-office memo. Worse, the more senior the employee, the more likely she/he spends some part of that mini-vacation in the death grip of a digital-communications device."
--Francis Wilkinson, The Week Magazine
Thursday, June 26, 2014
30 Minutes Count - Breathing Space Blog
Consider the following: any one-hour activity that you undertake in the course of the day will consume one solid year out of the next 24 years of your life. One hour is to 24 hours as one year is to 24 years. With this realization, consider the cumulative effects of reading junk mail for only 30 minutes a day or spending 15 minutes a day in line at the bank--both of which could be avoided if you used mail, phone, or email services. Obviously there are some things that you couldn't or wouldn't want to give up and it is silly to apply this kind of arithmetic to activities such as personal hygiene. In general, however, each 30 minute segment of the day is valuable!