The world is becoming increasingly distraught about the influence of technology in daily life. Digital detoxes and cleanses are the flavor of the season. From tracking screen usage to minimalism extending from material possession to applications on devices, a large majority of the population is gravitating towards the idea of distancing themselves from the digital … Continue reading Digital Cleanse
Of all the ideas that resurfaced in 2019, the 4-day work week is by far my favorite. After all, who wouldn’t like an extra day off work every single week? The concept of a 4-day work week dates as far back as half a century. Nixon first predicted it in 1956. As work productivity continued to witness … Continue reading Free Time: The Forgotten Dream
I had heard of burnout. I had been warned about burning out. But, I had never experienced burnout…...until I did.
This entire week, I have been entering work at 8am, one of the consequences of the ‘wake up before 6am’ challenge. The early hour is nothing short of magical - the floor is still empty, my colleagues from halfway across the world have stopped sending emails and the ones here are yet to begin. I … Continue reading 31-day challenge: Sacred Hour
Early this year, the media went crazy. Every other day, pieces titled – ‘The open-plan office is a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad idea’ or ‘The Open-Office Trap’ attacked my inbox and it hasn’t stopped yet. One quick Google search on open offices will tell you that the world hates them. But we always … Continue reading The office from the future
How often have you been asked for a favor where you are expected to put in more hard work than the requester has? Do these requests frustrate you? Worry not. I am going to share a well-known trick in the book. Works every time. The trick: Make them work. Let me illustrate via two examples. … Continue reading Make them work
Fistful of Talent plays a major role in influencing my Tuesday evening watch list. It began with Up in the air, followed by Office Space and last evening I ended up watching Coffee Town. Not only movie choices, FoT also holds a fair bit of influence on what I write. Remember how I said, ‘Once … Continue reading Sit next to the smart ones!
I wonder who came up with this bizarre concept of organizations focusing on making employees ‘happy’ and why it’s suddenly taken center stage. I stumbled upon a recent survey that claimed 61% of respondents say happiness at work is more important than the salary. I’d like to understand just how the respondents defined happiness. It’s … Continue reading The “Happiness” Hype
Remember how mood-tracking apps were all over the place a few years back? It fed beautifully into the whole self-quantification phase that individuals had just embarked on. I wonder why it never became mainstream. I quite liked the idea and to be honest, I still do. The intent was noble. An individual tracks his/her mood … Continue reading How are you feeling right now?
“In a recent survey from workforce consulting firm Right Management, 70 percent of employees said they weren't using all their earned vacation days in 2011. In addition, research from Jet Blue Airways discovered most employees leave an average of 11 vacation days on the table, or 70 percent of their total allotted time off.” This … Continue reading Take some goddamn time off