Positive psychology is the study of types of behavior that seem to create a positive atmosphere. When you create a positive atmosphere at work, you feel better and are more productive. Here is how and why.
Taking a vacation is supposed to mean taking a break from work. It’s the reason why email auto-responders exist; so you can enjoy a Mai Tai on the beach with your toes in the sand without worrying about what “emergency” is happening in the office. Of course, many of us just can’t resist the impulse to check email while we're away. Messages pile up, making that first day back at the office just short of a nightmare.
The colors we choose in our workspaces affect our productivity, creativity, energy, even our appetites and moods. Use this knowledge of color to create the perfect workspace, cubicle, or office for you.
For the past few years, just about the only thing you hear about email is that everyone seems to want less of it. Long gone are the exciting days of AOL and hearing “You’ve got mail!” Now, opening your email in the morning -- especially if it's a Monday morning, and you're on the west coast -- is a terrifying experience. How are we supposed to get any work done when we keep having to respond to emails, which only creates more emails to respond to?
Social anxiety is more than just a disinclination to pack each weekend with parties. For sufferers, the average day at work can be a nightmare of stressful situations and reduced productivity. However, there are ways to manage and overcome this form of stress.
People need to have fun during their time off, in order to feel refreshed and go back to work with a clear mind. When guilt rears its ugly head, it destroys the benefits of indulging in our preferred leisure activities, and makes us less productive in the long run.
Whatever you do for a living, whether it's crunch numbers or play ball, working under an abusive leader derails morale. There is some evidence that when it gets bad enough, workers cheat and even break the law.
Colors have subtle and often subconscious effects on our perceptions and behaviors. Red is sometimes associated with anger, and is a bold, bright color to which men and women often respond differently. Should you see red in your work clothing?
Competent, capable people who have worked hard to get where they are sometimes suffer from "imposter syndrome." This normal phenomena can have disastrous results if you don't recognize it for what it is, and learn how to deal with it. Don't let imposter syndrome hold you back.
A new study gives hope to everyone who's ever surreptitiously checked their personal email or slain a few swine in Angry Birds on the company time. Far from being a distraction, the research suggests, occasional smartphone usage seems to boost productivity.
Nowadays, it's hard to say where work starts and your personal life ends. Is it possible that bringing more of your weekend activities to the office could actually improve your working relationships and productivity?