Angry Birds and productivity at work: why distractions can help

Ross Dawson

billion of worker productivity is lost to playing Angry Birds. today that workers already do a number of things that are not considered productive – like going to the bathroom or talking to colleagues without any actual loss in productivity. The fact someone is spending time playing a game or browsing doesn’t mean a productivity loss,” Mr Dawson said. “It’s The fallacy that humans can be consistently productive at knowledge work for 8 hours is not helpful.

The Evolution of the Knowledge Web Worker

Luis Suarez

“ A knowledge worker is someone who gets to decide what he or she does each morning “, by Thomas A. Specially, if you are looking for the right experts with the right level of acquired knowledge, experience, skills and know-how.

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An Irish Wake for the PC

Andy McAfee

The PC forever changed how knowledge work is carried out; was instrumental in reinvigorating American industrial productivity; generated huge amounts of entrepreneurship, innovation, and wealth; and served as the initial access point to the Internet for most of us.

Social Learning, Complexity and the Enterprise

Harold Jarche

Corporations that understand the value of knowledge sharing, teamwork, informal learning and joint problem solving are investing heavily in collaboration technology and are reaping the early rewards. ~ Our relationship with knowledge is changing as our work becomes more intangible and complex.

Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Knowledge Workers

Andy McAfee

Computers can now do many things (like drive a car ) that we used to need people for; they can also facilitate human knowledge workers, making them much more productive and so requiring fewer of them to accomplish the work of the organization. Being in India this week has made me realize that I forgot to include a third very important factor: moving work overseas. The outsourcing and offshoring of knowledge work depend, of course, on technology.

What’s the future for traditional training departments?


The debate is engaging people in an important discussion about topics that are vital to anyone working in L&D, with participants on both sides making some excellent points. Donna Hamilton points out, “We know that very little of what is taught in the class room ever makes its way into working life. Jane Hart, also arguing in favor, suggests there is a major new role that the traditional training department can play in helping people work and learn in the new social workplace.

Social Business Forum Highlights – Highlights from Breakout Sessions and Final Keynote

Luis Suarez

In fact, he focused on describing, and quite nicely, I must add as well, five different principles for collaborative tools that work in any context, in any environment: Build pointers to people. which are mostly labour based, from the quantum orgs, which are mostly knowledge work based.

United by networked and social learning

Harold Jarche

Tweet In technologies for collaboration and cooperation I looked at how the differences between structured/informal and goal/opportunity oriented activities influence the design of the work/learning environment. Work Teams need to get things done. SocialLearning Work

Working Smarter eFieldbook $12

Jay Cross

In this 2011 edition, we added a more lucid description of workscapes, streamlined the social learning chapter, updated the cheat sheets, and included a glossary. Working smarter is the key to sustainability and continuous improvement. Why isn’t Sally at work today?

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Leadership’s #1 Challenge: Transforming Management

Steve Denning

Leaders inspire people, spark change and strengthen the culture, while managers organize, control work, measure outputs and get things done. Only one in five workers is fully engaged in his or her work: the larger the company, the lower the level of passion among the workers. .

The language of social business

Harold Jarche

What’s important for managers is that this also works the other way around. This works well for mechanical things, like buildings, watches and Quattro Stagioni pizzas. But it doesn’t work for complex systems, like brains, software development teams, and the local pizzeria. We lose it if we try to micro-manage knowledge work. Business must be more social the more complex the work and the greater the need for collaboration.

Learning in Complexity

Harold Jarche

StevenBJohnson - How research works in an age of social networks (or at least how it works for me) [highly recommended post #PKM]. Very few of the key links came from the traditional approach of reading a work and then following the citations included in the endnotes. The reading was still critical, of course, but the connective branches turned out to lie in the social layer of commentary outside of the work.

Staying Healthy – 11 Ergonomic Tips for Avoiding RSI

Luis Suarez

I already do this with a couple of tips… First, my all time favourite preferred productivity tool to help me stay away from RSI by giving me plenty of reminders throughout the day to take frequent breaks. They have worked wonders with me so far!

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A litmus test for 21st Century leadership: what am I tracking?

Steve Denning

One view reflects a continuation of 20 th Century management, in which the role of leaders was to see a vision of the future, develop a plan to implement it and then control the progress of work against the plan.

Measuring What Matters: From Outputs to Outcomes: Part 3

Steve Denning

The era of shareholder capitalism, i.e. pushing products and services at customers, of tweaking the supply chain, of parsing and manufacturing demand, with the single-minded goal of making money of shareholders, is for most practical purposes over. Learn how to revolutionize the world of work.

The Continuing, Transformative Impact of IT

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

And while not as well known and possibly not as impactful, the next four IT trends are likely to also be widely embraced over the next decade: automation of knowledge work, integrated digital/physical experiences, me + free + ease, and the e-volution of commerce. .

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Man, Machine, and Work

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The June, 2015 issue of the Harvard Business Review includes a spotlight on Man and Machine: Knowledge Work in the Age of the Algorithm. Others are dismissive of such dire concerns while agreeing that we must work hard to ensure that our complex AI systems do what we want them to do.

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Working Socially

Harold Jarche

With ubiquitous connectivity, more of our work is at a distance, either in space or time. Distributed work is becoming the norm. If we are going to support people doing this kind of work, we need to understand it. Work today has few time or geographical boundaries.

The Leader's Guide to Radical Management: What's Google's biggest.

Steve Denning

There was a time when three people at Google could build a world-class product and deliver it, and it is gone. That is one reason Google gives everyone time — called 20 percent time at the company — to work on their own projects. In knowledge work, it doesn’t work that way.

The Leader's Guide to Radical Management: What economists don't.

Steve Denning

  When we have reports that 84% of the people who have jobs are planning to look for another job in 2011, you have a good indication of the desperation in the workforce today. In today’s knowledge economy, the motivation of workers is a key determinant of productivity.

Seven Things I Learned This Year

Tony Karrer

Here’s the series: Text-to-Speech Overview and NLP Quality , Digital Signal Processor and Text-to-Speech , Using Text-to-Speech in an eLearning Course , Text-to-Speech eLearning Tools - Integrated Products , Text-to-Speech vs Human Narration for eLearning , and Using Punctuation and Mark-Up Language to Increase Text-to-Speech Quality.

The Leader's Guide to Radical Management: Our Dickensian economy.

Steve Denning

The American story for two centuries was one of real wages advancing more or less in line with productivity. Since 1978, productivity in the nonfarm business sector is up 86%, but real compensation per hour (which includes fringe benefits) is up just 37%.

The Leader's Guide to Radical Management: The myth of the single.

Steve Denning

If that doesn’t work, then new technology “ platforms ” will surely save us, along with “ social media ”. Then again, some think “ knowledge management ” will help us learn. Again to management's astonishment, traditional hierarchy suddenly doesn’t work any more.

The Leader's Guide to Radical Management: WIKILEAKS: President.

Steve Denning

I accept those needs and I am working with my colleagues to resolve them with a sense of dire urgency and importance, within the constraints that I face. The fact that only one of five workers is fully engaged in his or her work.

The Leader's Guide to Radical Management: Reinventing education.

Steve Denning

The root cause of the problems: factory model of management Given that the factory model of management doesn’t work very well in factories any more, or anywhere else in the workplace for that matter, we should hardly be surprised that it doesn’t work well in education either.