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Standing desks are overrated; Tulsa Remote; Futurism is an art, not a science; How Fearless Organiza

Work Futures

November 23 · Issue #1034 · View online
The ecology of work, and the anthropology of the future.

Standing desks are overrated; Tulsa Remote; Futurism is an art, not a science; How Fearless Organizations Succeed; Why Life Feels Like Its Speeding Up; Somali Workers in Minnesota Force Amazon To Negotiate

Beacon NY - 2018-11-23 — I said I wouldn’t do this, but I did, anyway. I can’t stop myself. Like having that extra slice of banana bread.
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Why Standing Desks Are Overrated | Aaron Carroll investigates and finds that
warnings about sitting at work are overblown, and that standing desks are overrated as a way to improve health.
It’s a fad, and there is no scientific evidence to support standing desks. Note: standing is not exercise.
A must read.
Tulsa Remote | Tulsa Oklahoma is trying to attract remote workers to move there, offering $10,000, a housing stipend, and a free coworking desk. The only hitch is… Tulsa.
1 big thing: Futurism by hand, an eye on the past | Steve LeVine talks to some futurists and finds out it’s an art not a science. We’re not not soothsayers, but more like historians of the future.
How Fearless Organizations Succeed | Amy Edmondson lays out three steps to create psychological safety, the prerequisite for greater innovation and growth. [Emphasis mine.]
In a workplace, psychological safety is the belief that the environment is safe for interpersonal risk taking. People feel able to speak up when needed — with relevant ideas, questions, or concerns — without being shut down in a gratuitous way. Psychological safety is present when colleagues trust and respect each other and feel able, even obligated, to be candid.
Most workplaces don’t meet this bar — and their performance suffers accordingly. A 2017 Gallup poll found that only three in 10 employees strongly agree with the statement that their opinions count at work. Gallup calculated that by “moving the ratio to six in 10 employees, organizations could realize a 27% reduction in turnover, a 40% reduction in safety incidents, and a 12% increase in productivity.” That’s why it’s not enough for organizations to simply hire talent. If leaders want to unleash individual and collective talent, they must foster a psychologically safe climate where employees feel free to contribute ideas, share information, and report mistakes.
The post is so good you won’t have to read her book.
Jason Farman on Why Life Feels Like It’s Speeding Up | Joe Pinkser Talks with communications researcher Jason Farman:
Pinsker: I also want to ask you about email. If you could redesign email or intervene in the way people use it, what would you change to make them less stressed?
Farman: I think it’s a really good question, but I think it’s kind of an unanswerable one. It’s not necessarily a matter of redesigning email but of redesigning our expectations around how we use our time productively. I think email is so alluring because it fits into what it means to be productive in the digital age. We’re constantly available, and we are expected to be reached and be able to reach out at all times. That’s a structural problem—it’s an issue of how labor is understood in the digital age. And that would need to change before email becomes better, I think. For me, the problem isn’t necessarily the technologies that are keeping us constantly connected. It’s how those fit into larger structural and cultural problems that need to be solved first.
Somali Workers in Minnesota Force Amazon to Negotiate | It seems that Amazon is treating the group more ‘as a form of community engagement similar to its outreach efforts with veterans and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees’, rather than a labor movement.
From the Archives
Work Futures Daily - Equal Pay Day | Stowe Boyd April 2018 | Women in the US earn 80 cents for every dollar earned by men.
Quote of the Day
We’re living in a world where a small number of superstar companies choose to locate in a handful of superstar cities where they have the best chance of recruiting superstar employees.
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