Interesting article in fast company. A portion of the article suggest that if we were working less, there would be less consumption, and if across the board, could increase everyone’s overall satisfaction and help protect the worlds natural resources. We all over consume to fulfill a need but that feeling is temporary and fleeting. We work more to try it again and the cycle continues as our closets and garages fill up with more plastic and rare earth metals, etc…
Making the standard and accepted workweek shorter would level the playing field for all and decrease consumption. It would only work if almost everyone engaged in it, which might be a long shot, but it’s an interesting concept nonetheless.
Cheers to the 21 hour workweek!
TALK about doing two things at the same time!!
This is what media looks like in the not so distant future… awesome. i just hope we put as much energy into real journalism! By the time this thing is launched we might be getting world news from TMZ.
A little extra space in your agency? Perhaps you should follow Stan Richards’ lead and convert it into sleep zones. According to a story at TH Online, the founder of the Richards Group has transformed four walk-in-closet-size spaces into nap rooms for employees.
The inspiration struck after one of his own naps left him feeling so refreshed he did research into the subject and found plenty of evidence that a siesta can be rejuvenating during the middle of a long day.
But won’t clients worry? Won’t employees spend entire afternoons there? According to Richards, the idea hasn’t taken off as he’d expected. Further, “I never worry about whether I’m going to get a fair shake from the people who work here. We get great performance out of people,” he told the paper. Naps, he added, “should enhance that.”
I don’t know what’s going on with the employees at the Richards Group, but if I were there at this very moment, I’d be down for the count. Combine this with the old three-martini lunch and you just might have the happiest employees on the planet.
Gigwalk is a new app that ask users to perform small tasks at retail and service locations to document the quality of service or of presentation. On a recent poke around San Francisco I could do a variety of tasks at small restaurants and retailers for around $5 each. Some more complex ones (and locked until you do enough tasks to become what I would call “Luke Gigwalker”) pay more. Check it out at gigwalk.com.
New stats on Work From Home. The trend continues to rise…
Many sites are popping up offering virtual assistants in India, the Phillipines, etc. I’ve been using oDesk for some of my admin work. It’s great. It took a little work to find the right person but it’s now working fine and keeping me very productive.
I’ve mentioned this to friends and a few said, “Yes, I’ve posted there to try to get freelance work”. 10 years ago I would have been doing the same. Now, I’m more thinking of ways to utilize the skills of the contractors to create value that I can use or sell to others. Having been a long term temp helps me to understand how a specific temp might help to add value to specific situations. Stay tuned.
Others in the category…
Anther site, Fiverr, is more Americans that outsourced workers. All of the contractors are offering a specific task for $5. Pretty simple, but that’s the point. It’s still in beta so we’ll keep a close eye on them. Maybe I’ll see you there!!
Wall Street Journal: Real Learning Experiences: Farming, Fishing, Fighting Fires
The IAB says… “Down and dirty internships can make you an up and comer”