I’ve decided it’s time to hang up my laptop and take a well-earned break from work.
Working with associates at Smith Guttridge has been wonderful; such a buzz working with creative, passionate people who all believed in doing the very best they could for clients (and helping each other at the same time).
So I’ll be spending more time on my music project, photography and family (not necessarily in that order).
I’ll still be writing my Bizpsycho blog over at bizpsycho.com as well as other lifestyle stuff.
I’m planning to transfer some of the posts from here to Bizpsycho and leave this blog up until the registration expires.
So thanks to everyone who took the trouble to read this. My blog was read in 111 countries but primarily in the USA, the UK, and Spain.
But thank you those readers from Papua New Guinea, Uzbekistan, Iceland, Moldova, Qatar, Guernsey, Luxemburg, Afghanistan, Macao, Tanzania and Kyrgyzstan among others.
Truly an international readership. Any blogger will tell you how much they appreciate an audience.
Professor Sir Cary Cooper has hit out at the avalanche of e-mails most workers now suffer from at work.
In a speech at the British Psychology Conference in Liverpool he said UK productivity was the second lowest in the G7 group of nations (20% below the average and 40% below the USA) which he believed was due to our embracing technology “too enthusiastically”.
He thinks companies should shut down their servers to discourage employees from checking e-mails in the evening and at weekends and especially when on holiday – which he described as sick. (Some companies are already doing this in Germany).
He would like to ban in-house e-mails between members of staff in favour of face-2-face communication and thought c.c. e-mails a waste of time.
He thinks too may people are just showing up for work (“Presenteeism“) but not doing anything productive.
Research at the University of Sussex confirms that when when staff are given company smartphones they put in an extra day a week checking and responding to e-mails.
Experts say that there may be help round the corner from even newer technology such as Slack and Yammer which provide an open stream of communications not requiring you to open e-mails. (Is that really an improvement?)
But it’s not all down to the technology. British managers are notoriously poor at praising and encouraging staff. Cooper likens a good boss to a parent figure balancing criticism and praise.
However UK employees don’t have to wait long to be criticised in his view but they can wait a long time to get any praise for good work. And that could be a problem with younger workers who expect praise and good treatment at work.
Broad-faced men are more aggressive and better at sport but in the military thin-faced men are more likely to rise up the ranks.
Scientist in Finland have been researching some WW2 archives relating to the “Winter War” in 1939-40 ( a great feat of arms by the Finnish army resisting overwhelming soviet forces and well worth reading about).
The archives have details on almost 800 soldiers in three Finnish regiments including photographs, number of children, and the rank attained.
Wider-faced men tended to have more children but usually attained a lower military rank.
In men face shape is influenced by testosterone levels making it a proxy for evolutionary success hence the fact that generally speaking men with broader and shorter faces are more aggressive but less trustworthy.
The researchers point out that dominance in the military may be better predicted by leadership qualities otter than aggressiveness. “The military relies on a strict hierarchy, which requires trust and fear of punishment to be maintained”
See also “Take me to your leader”
Once again the techies at WordPress provide me with an annual report with lots if statistics. They remind me I posted a measly 47 posts last year, and some of them I re-blogged – so thank you bloggers who allowed me to do that.
My blog is now read in 111 countries but primarily in the USA, the UK, and Spain. But thank you those readers from Papua New Guinea, Uzbekistan, Iceland, Moldova, Qatar, Guernsey, Luxemburg, Afghanistan, Macao, Tanzania and Krygystan among others. Truly an international readership.
The top ten posts were:
1st : Stress back on the agenda? This was 4th last year and in the top spot in 2012
2nd: Teams and Diversity not so simple which was in 5th spot last year
3rd: Women are the winners at work which was in top spot last year
4th: Saying thank you makes good business sense a jump from 16th place last year
5th: Leadership & Influencing and even bigger jump from 21st spot last year
6th: No-one wants to be rated as average This was 3rd last year and in 2nd spot in both 2011 & 2012 – obviously I struck a chord with it.
7th: Erotic Capital – boobs, botox and making the most of yourself a slight drop from 6th spot last year
8th: Rude, arrogant and powerful up from 11th spot last year
9th: Leaders without any shame jointly with Leadership capabilities necessary for a successful merger
10th: Women in Leadership – too nice? Too bossy?
For the second year my most-read posts have been from earlier years with only those in bottom three places from 2014. This probably reflects the paucity of my output in 2014. So must try harder!
My most read posts in 2013