In case you missed it (ICYMI), here’s the quick and dirty on the hottest topics covering business and workplace culture circling the internet this week!
Gen Y Update: Your opinion on Millennials is all wrong…
Hold the phone, the stereotypes you think to be true of Millennials might have been proven wrong. A recent report by IBM surveyed around 1,784 employees of different age groups in 12 countries and six industries. The result? It debunked five myths about this widely speculated generation. The Washington Post wrote a fantastic article covering the survey results. You should check it out!
Husslin’: How to work smarter, not harder
Being busy doesn’t mean you are being productive. Working harder, not smarter has become the new workplace mantra (or marketing buzz!). Nellie Akalp, CEO of Corp.Net wrote an article on the five ways to improve your overall productivity and well-being. A few things that stuck with me were, “learn to say no,” and “make a decision and move on.” I encourage you to check out the full article on The Huffington Post. It’s packed full of some sage advice.
FOMO (fear of missing out) no mo: The power of “Good Enough”
You might remember this. A decade ago, psychologist Barry Schwartz published, The Paradox of Choice: Why More is Less. Flash forward 10 years and it seems like the argument still holds true. We operate in a world addicted to social media, and we’re plagued by the fear of missing out (FOMO). The Atlantic wrote a great piece this week detailing how settling actually makes people happier and more satisfied than striving for the best. In it the author, Olga Khazan, highlights her favorite Schwartizisms:
“One of my favorite Schwartzisms is this: If you ever aren’t sure if you attended the very best party or bought the very best computer, just settle for “good enough.” People who do this are called “satisficers,” and they’re consistently happier, he’s found, than are “maximizers,” people who feel that they must choose the very best possible option. Maximizers earn more, Schwartz has found, but they’re also less satisfied with their jobs. In fact, they’re more likely to be clinically depressed in general.”
Turns out, good enough isn’t a bad thing. Check out the article to get more info!
Blast from the past! Smartwatches date back to 1927
It was nearly impossible to avoid hearing, reading or talking about the big news from Apple’s Spring Forward event on Monday. The Apple Watch is here and people are freaking out! Soon-to-be the world’s most popular smartwatch, the Apple Watch ranges from $349-$10,000. What you may not know, is today’s new, hip trend actually dates back to 1927! An article from Wearable maps out the smartwatch’s journey into the 21st century, and features 19 of the most important smartwatches in history. Definitely worth reading if you dig technology trends or history!
Namaste: Meditation in the workplace
If you didn’t catch Stacy Sakellariou’s blog this week over on the Meridian blog, mindfulness and meditation have made it to the top of the corporate wellbeing it-list. Don’t just take her word for it, a reporter from The Atlantic sat down with David Gelles, author of Mindful Work, to discuss this growing workplace trend. Read about the rapid adoption, and maybe see if 10 minutes of meditation a day works for you! It doesn’t hurt to try!
That’s all folks!