What We're Reading: Productivity Takes Many Forms
Productivity = 10,000 Steps On a Single Conference Call: A recent New York Times report covers the growing trend of treadmill desks and stand-up work stations in the workplace. Expect to hear more about the stand-up work trend in the new year, as the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has launched a pilot program in its own offices to assess the possible health benefits for American workers.
Productivity = Maximizing Your High Maintenance Employees: Fortune's "Ask Annie" column addresses the problem of managing "high-maintenance, high-performance" employees.
Productivity = Baby Animal Pictures: The Washington Post and PLOS One report that work performance will improve after workers look at pictures of kittens, puppies and other little critters. Researchers from Hiroshima University found that university students who viewed pictures of baby animals did more productive work afterward, compared with those who saw pictures of adult animals or pleasant food. We especially like the baby pandas, and feel really productive now.