Five-minute favours can reap long-term career rewards.
The Science of Karma.
What goes around comes around - usually. Professor Adam Grant has just written a book on 'Give and Take' at work in which he makes a distinction b
etween 'givers', 'takers' and 'matchers'. The first two are obvious and 'matchers' are those people who try to balance their give and take.
He reckons employers can advance the business through tapping into staff kind heartedness.
He is a pretty successful person in his own right and sees himself as a matcher. However he does point out the pitfalls of totally selfless giving and says "....because sometimes what goes around doesn't
come around. I find that if you want the good guys to win, it requires thoughtful strategies and a set of supportive conditions".
Healing Smartphone Addled Brains!
Last week I attended a special meeting on Work Life Balance at the British Psychological Society. Try as we might we couldn't stop the discussion revolving specifically around email use and abuse.
Work Life balance is much bigger than this but there is a big issue out there in terms of time management and burn out etc. Modern communication technology tempts many people to be hooked up 24/7 and that has it's consequences.
See my blog rants! Offlining for Curmudgeons and Dumping Email
If you find yourself tempted to keep the phone on and to let email get pushed through, rather than downloading it at a time that suits you, you might want to read this piece!
David Rock makes an interesting point when he says we had lots of crashes in the early days of motoring when there were no rules (speed limits). Today's new speedy toy is the smartphone and, excited by the new freedom people stay connected 24/7 and work as fast as they can. The crashes are less obvious but no less painful.