5 Benefits of Vacation

A reader over at Ask a Manager posted a question asking how to take a vacation when there’s always work to be done, and Allison gave a great answer about establishing criteria for being able to leave and mentioning that vacation time for employees is good for both the company and the worker.   I… Read more

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Give Yourself the Gift of Taking a Break

The Christmas holiday is just a few days away, and regardless of your religious affiliation, if you live in the United States, you’ll likely have the day off. If that is the case, I ask you to give yourself a gift this holiday season–the gift of taking a break. For 364 days a year, many… Read more

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Anticipating a Laugh Reduces Stress

Research at a university in California suggests that just anticipating a humorous experience can help boost immunity and reduce stress.  The scientific study measured various hormone levels of two groups; one group anticipated watching a humorous video, and the other did not. Some of the highlights from the study include: The anticipation of mirthful laughter… Read more

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I recently came across an interesting paper titled Humor in the Workplace: Anecdotal Evidence Suggests Connection to Employee Performance. The topic of the paper covers both studies and anecdotal evidence regarding the value of humor in increased workplace productivity.  Some highlights include: Humor is “one of the soul’s weapons [used] in the fight for self-preservation.”… Read more

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Why Stress Isn’t a Bad Thing

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I recently posted an article called Creating a Sense of Urgency that talked about how to be more productive by creating a sense of urgency for yourself to get things done. In the comments, someone asked why I was encouraging more stress, and what I meant by saying “stress isn’t always a bad thing.”  This… Read more

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