productivity

A 10-post collection


As the year comes to an end, we see more and more reviews analysis and forecasts for the year ahead. One of the outstanding ones is published by Forbes where they analyze “Four Key HR Trends To Watch In 2018”. In this forecast, Chee Tung Leong outlines “Shift from Employee Engagement to Employee Experience”; “Race to Digitalize HR”; “People Analytics Entering Organization Structures” and “The ‘Gig Economy’ Redefining the Workplace” we include Mental Fatigue as it is being monitored more and more in high-performance teams in all areas. In our view, the most significant one is the impact that People...

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A recent study investigated mental fatigue and its effects on attention. Ten participants performed continuous tasks to induce mental fatigue. Before and after which an attention task was conducted as pre-test and post-test. Performance data, subjective levels of mental fatigue, and EEG were recorded. Lower performance efficiency and increased subjective levels of fatigue suggested that the task successfully induced mental fatigue. These results indicated that mental fatigue impaired resource allocation, and ware indicative of decay of the inhibition process and suggested that mental fatigue results also result in reduced attention. An older study, from 2005, by the University of Groningen,...

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To work-from-home can be a real challenge. When the change happens and one starts working from home either by choice or by the evolution of the workplace the change in routine can have a high impact on ones’ self-perception and the differentiation between personal and professional time tends to become to disappear since you do work-from-home, where you tend to spend your private time. To become a successful work-from-home employee there are some pitfalls that have to be avoided and if you incorporate new routines in your life you will probably become a successful work-from-home employee. From starters don’t...

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Shift patterned work, especially rotation including night duty are an important factor in determining the development of maladaptive fatigue. In the study: Work-related fatigue and recovery: the contribution of age, domestic responsibilities and shift work developed by Peter C. Winwood BDS BPsych, Antony H. Winefield PhD and Kurt Lushington PhD from the Department of Applied Psychological Research, University of South Australia we can clearly notice the impact of shift work on other factors, including age. The authors refer that the youngest group reported the highest fatigue and the longer recovering period than the older group. But the later had experience...

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During the summer you get the chance to talk to a lot more people and catch-up on the trivia. One subject that came up this week was “Mondays”. Some people loathe, others love them. On the first category in the small sample that we surveyed were mainly young and single or single”ish”. This group attributed their mental fatigue to their job, call center and telemarketing (most of the ones we talked to) related that their job was stressing and consumed all their energy leaving them tired during the week. Something that suddenly was gone by Friday… and Saturday only...

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