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Insights from 3 books on the origins and neuroscience of creativity
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Insights from 3 books on the origins and neuroscience of creativity

"The creative impulse, writes Wilson, did not spring into life 10,000 years ago as some suggest, but dates back more than 100,000 years, to the birth of modern humans. A tripling of brain size over the 3 million years before that had endowed Homo sapiens with increased social intelligence and empathy, paving the way for symbolic language. "

Source: www.nature.com

This round-up of three books (all published this year) suggests creativity may be the result of a "restless brain bored by monotonous input." Novelty may light up our curiosity, but sparks may also come from exposure to complexity, uncertainty, and conflict. 


A choice of workspaces (including more private space) yields greater productivity, reduced absenteeism, and more
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A choice of workspaces (including more private space) yields greater productivity, reduced absenteeism, and more

New designs are partly a backlash to wide-open floor plans and include a “palette of places,” meaning that people don’t sit in just one spot.

Source: www.nytimes.com

The right design and mix of spaces, including places for privacy, have been found to increase unplanned interaction, reduce time spent in formal meetings, and encourage employees to come into the office (rather than working remotely).

 

The article also cites research that points to a 25% increase in productivity when employees are given a choice of spaces, a 6% reduction in absenteeism where outdoor views are offered, and a significant increase in one's ability to perform challenging tasks due to improved ventilation.


Capital One survey links office design to innovation and employee attraction
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Capital One survey links office design to innovation and employee attraction

Capital One asked 2,500 full-time office professionals about what workplace features were most important to them.

Source: press.capitalone.com

Survey results point to need for flexibility:

  • 82% said workplace design influences innovation
  • 82% said they have their best ideas in flexible workspaces 
  • 57% said their workplace does not support innovation
  • 71% said workplace design is as important or more important than location when choosing an employer
  • Most wanted design elements are natural light and art
  • On-site food and beverages are more important than fitness facilities or even, surprisingly, quiet spaces.


Another Japanese worker suffers death by overwork
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Another Japanese worker suffers death by overwork

Journalist Miwa Sado was killed, at the age of 31, by “karoshi” — the Japanese word for death due to overwork.

Source: www.washingtonpost.com

That society even has a word for 'death by overwork' is sad. And it's not just Japan that has the problem. Many of us still talk about how hard we work as though it was a badge of honor. 


12 year study of 7k+ shows higher heart risk for woman who combined sitting, standing, and walking, than sitting alone. 
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12 year study of 7k+ shows higher heart risk for woman who combined sitting, standing, and walking, than sitting alone. 

Abstract. While a growing body of research is examining the impacts of prolonged occupational sitting on cardiovascular and other health risk factors, relative

Source: academic.oup.com

This very robust and scientific study showed a combination of sitting, standing, and walking was associated with higher risk of cardiovascular events in women, but a lower one in men.


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