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Studies Show Working Overtime Is Basically Pointless

How many hours per week do you work? If you run a business, there’s a good chance you’re putting in more than 40 hours. My guess is you’re working 50 or more hours per week — maybe more.

Don’t feel bad, you’re not alone. Despite the recent popularity of passive income and business automation, most entrepreneurs still work irregular hours and put in at least 60 hours per week.

For some of you, it may be tough to even answer the question about hours, because your workday blends seamlessly with the rest of the day. You’re at a point where you don’t even know what to call the part of the day you’re not working. (Maybe you just call it the “rest of the day.”)

It’s a sad reality, but somehow we’ve come to believe that it’s not only okay to work all the time, but that successful people actually strive to put in endless work hours. After all, opportunity never sleeps, right?

Opportunity does sleep.

Well, as it turns out, opportunity does sleep. It also takes breaks. It knows when it’s time to turn work off and it prefers that you do too. Researchers have found that putting in all those extra hours of work, specifically more than 50 hours, can end up being a waste of time from a productivity standpoint.

Here’s what research from IGDA says: “Productivity drops immediately upon starting overtime and continues to drop until, at approximately eight 60-hour weeks, the total work done is the same as what would have been done in eight 40-hour weeks.”

So, if 60 hours is too much, how many hours per week should we strive for? Well, a Stanford study found that when people worked more than 50 hours, output…


Negativity and Your Inner Pooh

By Judge David Langham |  01/05/2017

Little child in an Eeyore costumeA.A. Milne brought us an incredible journey with his characters and stories. He is the creator of the simple, loyal, and always hungry Winnie the Pooh.
Pooh is the protagonist in a series of adventures that tend to take place in the solitude of the hundred acre woods, and in the imagination of a child, Christopher Robin.
The earliest of these stories are almost oen hundred years old. Many have enjoyed them as children, only to later share them with children, grandchildren and more.

Much as we all appreciate Pooh, however, I focus today on an ancillary character in the stories. A balance to the happy-go-lucky, optimistic Pooh is a donkey named Eeyore. Eeyore does not share Pooh’s simplistic optimism. In fact, he is the epitome of pessimism. He is described as characterized as “pessimistic, gloomy, depressed, and anhedonic.” Some examples:

Greeting our protagonist one morning Eeyore says

“Good morning, Pooh Bear,” “If it is a good morning,” “Which I doubt.”

Informed that there is to be a celebration, a party, Eeyore says

“Very interesting,” “I suppose they will be sending me down the odd bits which got trodden on. Kind and Thoughtful. Not at all, don’t mention it.”

In discussing the weather, Eeyore focuses upon the cold, and in his inimitable manner finds a depressing manner in which to look at the bright side:

“It’s snowing still,” said Eeyore gloomily. “So it is.” “And freezing.”

“Yes.” “However,” he said, brightening up a little, “we haven’t had an earthquake lately.”

Eeyore brings a dismal outlook to all he perceives. He is ever convinced that all is not well, that all is against him, that the world is to be survived and not engaged. He brings an gushing mix of ambivalence and pessimism to his companions. He never hesitates to rain on their parade, caution them of impending disaster, remind them of their shortfalls. In the process, what does Eeyore accomplish?


Cast Sunlight At Work, Not Shade

My kids went back to school last month, and my preteen daughter has been regaling us at dinner with tales of middle school.

photo of sunlight streaming through a forestAs is often the case in seventh grade, some of her stories center on classmates “throwing shade” at one another. That’s teen speak for talking trash about someone. We’ve had important conversations at the dinner table about the effects that this type of “shade” has on people. My husband I and reinforce with our kids that no matter how witty or clever the comment, if it cuts someone down, it’s damaging.

If throwing shade harms people, sunlight (metaphorically speaking) has the ability to reverse that damage. Think back to high-school biology class and the term “heliotropic,” which refers to a plant’s ability to move or grow toward the direction of sunlight.

Social scientists have drawn from this aspect of nature the phrase “heliotropic effect.” Kim Cameron is a professor of management and organizations at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.

In his paper that explores how leaders can mimic this positive element of nature, Cameron writes that there is a “tendency in all living systems toward that which gives life and away from that which depletes life — toward positive energy and away from negative energy.” Continue reading Cast Sunlight At Work, Not Shade

Stay-At-Work Is The Correct Mindset In Return To Work

October 15, 2015 by Michael B. Stack

cartoon about job descriptionsReturn-to-Work (RTW) programs are designed to have the injured employee brought back to work during their medical recovery process. Partly because they help a company maintain productivity while keeping costs down, an increasing number of companies are altering their RTW programs to include Stay-at-Work (SAW) policies. Under SAW, all but the most critically injured employees are assigned modified duties, or even a totally new and different job immediately following the initial medical visit.

Stay-At-Work Program Assigns Modified Duty Position Immediately

With a SAW program, the employer’s workers’ compensation coordinator contacts the medical provider during the time the injured employee is traveling from the accident scene to the medical provider.  The medical provider is advised the employer will offer the injured employee modified duties that meet medical restrictions imposed by the physician, including providing total sedentary work, if necessary. The workers’ comp coordinator should also request that the employee’s work restrictions be provided immediately following the employee’s first medical visit for the injury.

A comprehensive SAW program incorporates modifications of the employee’s job description, modification of the employee’s work schedule, and changing of the employee’s work station location, if needed.  By being totally flexible, the employer will limit the loss of productivity while also hopefully maintaining a high level of loyalty from the injured employee.

The Benefits of Stay At Work Programs

The integration of a SAW program with a RTW offering compliments and multiplies the benefits obtained from maintaining the latter. By reducing or eliminating the amount of time an injured employee is off work, the dual programs create the following benefits:

  • Fewer lost days
  • Consistent productivity
  • Higher employee morale as the worker sees the employer is concerned they maintain an income comparable to what it was prior to the injury
  • Predictable profits for the employer


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Could This Chairless Chair Cut Workers’ Comp Claims?

Could sitting down on the job reduce injuries while promoting health and productivity?

Man using chair less chair exoskeleton“In addition to resting your leg muscles, it also provides optimal posture,” Noonee’s co-founder Bryan Anastisiades tells CNN. “It keeps your back straight and can reduce the occurrence of bad postures for both healthy workers and those recovering from muscle related injuries.” A large percentage of workplace injury and illness is caused by musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), which are often as a result of poor posture, standing all day, etc.

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Both Audi and BMW will be trialing the Chairless Chair on their production lines later this year. There’s no word on pricing or general availability, but I doubt it’ll be that expensive; it’s actually a fairly simple piece of gear.Noonee is initially targeting production line workers, fruit pickers, surgeons, and other groups of workers who spend hours standing every day – but the CEO, Keith Gunura, also mentions consumer uses, such as riding on a crowded train.

Ultimately, though, I’m still a bit uncertain about how seriously we can take a company who has trademarked the term “Chairolution.”

Healthy Eating, Exercise Linked With Workplace Productivity

Healthy Food Increases Workplace ProductivityAnother reason to drop the donuts at work: it can hinder your job performance.

Eating poorly and not exercising could be taking a toll on areas other than your waistline — it could also affect how productive you are at work, new research suggests.

A new study that will be published in the journal Population Health Management shows that eating unhealthily is linked with a 66 percent increased risk of loss of productivity, while rare exercise is linked with a 50 percent increased risk of low productivity.

Eating poorly and not exercising could be taking a toll on areas other than your waistline — it could also affect how productive you are at work, new research suggests.

A new study that will be published in thejournal Population Health Management shows that eating unhealthily is linked with a 66 percent increased risk of loss of productivity, while rare exercise is linked with a 50 percent increased risk of low productivity.

And smoking is linked with a 28 percent increased risk of loss of productivity, researchers found.

“Total health-related employee productivity loss accounts for 77 percent of all such loss and costs employers two to three times more than annual healthcare expenses,” study researcher Ray Merrill, a health science professor at Brigham Young University, said in a statement.

The study included 19,803 people who worked at one of three large companies. The research was conducted by researchers at Brigham Young University, the Center for Health Research at Healthways and the Health Enhancement Research Organization.

Read full story and find out what other bad health habits could hinder your work performance in HuffPost Healthy Living.

More from HuffPost Healthy Living:

6 New Reasons Not to Sit All Day

25 Ways to Move More

Head-to-Toe Tips for a Healthier Workstation

Seven Highly Effective Habits for Work Comp Return to Work Success

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7 Is Your Lucky Number

Republished with permission from ReduceYourWorkersComp.com

Making a Habit of Return-to-Work

Twenty years ago, Stephen Covey published what’s now an enormously popular book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. More than 15 million copies of The Seven Habits have been sold in roughly 40 languages.

Before you write off Covey’s book as just more self-improvement hoopla, consider this: You can use the seven habits to build a highly effective return-to-work process. Ultimately, you can reduce your claim costs and improve your productivity.

Habits One and Two: Lay the Groundwork You will work with your employees to develop your return-to-work process. But first, you will lay the groundwork on your own.

Habit one teaches you to be proactive. Proactive people believe they are a product of their choices, not their circumstances. You should not accept injuries as a cost of doing business. You should choose to invest the time and resources to develop a return-to-work process. The goal of your process will be to help injured workers get well and back on the job.

In habit two, you learn to begin with the end in mind. Write a policy statement that confirms your commitment to the return-to-work process. Your policy should stress the importance of operating safely and getting immediate medical care for injured workers. It should also explain that the company will work with injured employees to help them recover and return to the job, either at full or modified duty, as soon as medically appropriate.

“A good return-to-work process eliminates surprises,” said Pat Crawford, return-to-work education coordinator at the Texas Department of Insurance’s Division of Workers’ Compensation. “Everyone should know what to expect if they get injured on the job. We encourage employers to post their return-to-work policy in high-traffic areas and give every employee a copy,” Crawford said.