Posts Tagged ‘health’

Most Workers Come to Work When Feeling Sick

The staffing firm OfficeTeam has an interesting infographic showing how often people go into work when they’re ill. It’s not stated, but implied that “go into work” means “go into the office to work.” My subjective experience matches what the small OfficeTeam study revealed. Far too many people come into the office to work when, […]

The World Needs More Booths

Amen, brother. Remember face-to-face conversation? You know, sharing thoughts, talking through concerns, sketching out ideas, and having intelligent discussions without the overblown internet persona outrage? You have instant feedback through facial expressions, tone of voice, and spoken word. You have instant ability to clarify a particular point, on the spot. You get a better “read” […]

Failure to Think Through to the Unintended Consequences II

I posted previously about the unintended consequences of switching from disposable plastic grocery bags to reusable cloth bags provided by shoppers. I’m seeing this issue get a little bit of traction lately. The Property and Environment Research Center has an interesting PSA video on the subject. Many jurisdictions have implemented bans or taxes on plastic […]

Altruism and Systems Thinking

The Unintended Consequences Edition Man likely sickened by plague in critical condition in Bend (Oregon) “The unidentified man, who is in his 50s, fell ill several days after being bitten while trying to get a mouse away from a stray cat. The man is now being treated at St. Charles Medical Center-Bend, where he was […]

Farming as a Metaphor for Workplace Culture

Michael Wade has an interesting post considering how non-agricultural workplaces can resemble farms. Workplace cultures are in large part a reflection of the underlying metaphor driving the organization, whether by design or chance. When much younger, I used and advocated the “business is war” metaphor. I have been much more successful (and much less stressed) […]

Failure to Think Through to the Unintended Consequences

Contaminated reusable grocery bag causes gastric illness outbreak A reusable grocery bag left in a hotel bathroom caused an outbreak of norovirus-induced diarrhea and nausea that struck nine of 13 members of a girls’ soccer team in October, Oregon researchers reported Wednesday. The outbreak also affected many family members after the team returned home. The […]

Stress Test for Professionals

This stress test has been floating around the Intertubes for quite a few years. The picture at the link below shows two identical dolphins. It was used in a case study on stress levels at Harvard/Yale/Mayo Clinic/Oxford/Cambridge/Etc. Look at both dolphins jumping out of the water. The dolphins are identical. A closely monitored, scientific double […]

Susannah Breslin

The thing about RSS feeds from individual blogs is that patterns can be noticed which suggest a blogger may be in the zone, on vacation, or whatever. One of the feeds I subscribe to is Susannah Breslin’s and I noticed not much activity had been coming across the wire from her blog of late. I […]