Work-Life Balance is Dead

Technology has made work-life balance obsolete. Here's why we should aim for work-life integration instead.

Yes, You Should Get Paid to Watch Basketball at Work

Think watching basketball on the job is a waste of company time? Think again.

Is Your Smartphone Making You Dumb?

How the "mere presence" of a smartphone—even when it's not on—alters our behavior.

The Secret to Staying Engaged at Work

Within a knowledge economy, productivity and time off are no longer incompatible. Quite the opposite. Allowing yourself the opportunity to recover is a requirement for producing great work.

Do You Need a Best Friend at Work?

Studies reveal why friends are better at working together than acquaintances.

How to Find Creative Insights at Work

Sometimes dogged persistence can actually backfire. Here's what you should do instead.

How Exercise Improves Your Performance at Work

Social scientists have collected some compelling evidence suggesting that exercise makes us smarter, happier, and even more productive.

What You Eat Affects Your Productivity

Unhealthy lunch options tend to be cheaper and faster than healthy alternatives, making them alluring during a busy workday. They feel efficient. Which is where our lunchtime decisions lead us astray. We save 10 minutes now and pay for it with weaker performance the rest of the day. Here's how you can make smarter eating decisions.

Want to Get More Done? Start Taking Breaks

No matter how engaged we are in an activity, our brains inevitably tire. And when they do, the symptoms are not necessarily obvious. We don’t always yawn or feel ourselves nodding off. Instead, we become more vulnerable to distractions. Tiring over the course of the workday can’t be prevented. But it can be mitigated. Here's how.

The Cost of Continuously Checking Email

Shifting our attention from one task to another, as we do when we’re monitoring email while trying to read a report or craft a presentation, disrupts our concentration and saps our focus. Here are a few suggestions to help you stay on task.

How to Spend the First 10 Minutes of Your Day

What's the first thing you do when you arrive at your desk? For many of us, checking email or listening to voice mail is practically automatic. In many ways, these are among the worst ways to start a day. Both activities hijack our focus and put us in a reactive mode, where other people's priorities take center stage. Fortunately, there's a smarter approach.

Why the Last 5 Years of Your Life Have Disappeared

Psychologists haven’t pinned down exactly when our perception of time begins to accelerate, but they do offer a few interesting theories about why it happens. The older we get, the less there is that feels truly new. So what can we do to reverse the trend?

Why Working Together Doesn't Always Work

On paper, collaborations have a lot to offer. So it’s surprising that studies show they yield mixed results. Which raises an important question: How do we get them right?

Does Christmas Music Make Us Buy Less?

Studies show we spend more on flowers when romantic music is playing. We choose more expensive wine when listening to Vivaldi. We linger at restaurants with slow-tempo music, which leads us to order more food and run up a longer tab. So what do we know about the impact of Christmas music on holiday shoppers?

How the Science of Love Can Make You a Smarter Marketer

What can thriving relationships teach us about intelligent marketing? In a word: everything. Here's why.

Want More Productive Workers? Adjust Your Thermostat

If your office is a meat locker in the summer and a sauna in the winter, your employees' productivity and collaboration suffer--probably more than you think.

Why Too Much Data Disables Your Decision Making

Best known for killing cats, curiosity can also slay your judgment.

Mimicry, Motivation, and How Company Culture Gets Built One Face at a Time

Hiring a single person whose motivation detracts from your company culture can have a dramatic impact, because of the way our minds are programmed.

Where You Spend the Most Creative Minutes of Your Day

Creativity in the workplace isn’t a “nice to have”—it’s what keeps companies in business. So what can organizations do to inspire fresh insights?