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Barry Schwartz

Why do we work? Why do we drag ourselves out of bed every morning instead of living lives composed of one pleasure-filled adventure after another? What a silly question. We work because we have to make a living. Sure, but is that it? Of course not. When you ask people who are fulfilled by their work why they do the work they do, money almost never comes up. The list of nonmonetary reasons people give for doing their work is long and compelling.

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Aytekin Tank

I’ll repeat that for emphasis: Taking breaks can increase productivity. Our workaholic culture and the business epidemic tend to villainize time-wasting behaviors during work — like leisurely lunches and web browsing — but research proves that breaks can enhance your performance, on many levels. Brief periods of distraction have been shown to improve both decision-making and creativity. On the other hand, prolonged attention to a single task can actually hinder performance. Pulling an all-nighter for one assignment? Not such a good idea after all. There’s also evidence that waking periods of mental rest can improve memory formation. Apparently, during rest periods, your brain reviews and ingrains what it previously learned. Without rest, you run … Continue reading

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Ofer Feinerman

The “romantic view” of ants is that each single ant is stupid, but together “emerges some kind of collective intelligence.” But they’re not stupid at all. The ants rotate jobs, alternating between carrying the load and “scouting out” the scene. If any scout ants notice their loaded down comrades drift off course, they grab hold and stubbornly push the disoriented group back on track. The individuals come with the solution. The group gives it the muscle power.

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Le Monde

24,5 % des jeunes (15-24 ans) sont au chômage, selon les derniers chiffres de l’Insee… Face à ce désastre national, il est peut-être temps d’essayer de penser et d’agir autrement. “Hors de la boîte”, comme disent les anglo-saxons. Entreprise atypique, le Club Med fait justement partie de ces employeurs qui sortent des sentiers battus. Chaque année, il recrute entre 2 000 et 2 500 collaborateurs, jeunes pour la plupart (moyenne d’âge : autour de 24 ans), et dont beaucoup (25 % environ) n’ont, au départ, aucune qualification. Et ça marche : beaucoup de ces recrues, engagées le plus souvent sur des contrats saisonniers, finissent par accéder à un emploi “durable” … Continue reading

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Michael Robert Evans

So we editors work with people. We work with writers, whom we encourage, challenge, and inspire. We work with publishers, with whom we negotiate over the very souls of our publications. We work with artists and photographers, circulation managers and advertising directors, graphic designers and printers and even copy editors. Above all, we work with readers. We struggle constantly to learn what they are thinking, what they want to know, and what really annoys them. They represent our very existence, and they decide whether we succeed or decay into miserable failure. It is in this maelstrom of people that editors function, and we love it.

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Le travail éloigne de nous trois grands maux : l’ennui, le vice et le besoin.

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> 心理上的劳动强度意味着你下班了,看起来你是在家里休息,但是,你没有从容的心情去读一本需要动脑筋的书,或者去看一部需要思考同时也让你轻松的电影或话剧,或很好地和家人交流,因为这些都需要主动投入心力,但你需要的只是放松,只是恢复劳动力。在既有的经济结构上,一个人“劳动力再生产”的需要阻止了他在精神上提升自己。 中国社会碰到的是这样的问题,就是经济发展确实可以让人变得不那么充满紧张的时候,财富的分配却极不合理。这就抵消了经济发展对于改善人的伦理和精神状况的正面作用。 对于绝大多数人来说,经济的发展只是增强了他们对经济压力的感受。如果大家都很穷,我也焦虑,但焦虑不会严重。而现在经济压力很强大,社会贫富悬殊,它的结果就是对低收入者的刺激放大了。虽然他们的收入也在提高,但他们收入的提高赶不上贫富差距拉大对精神刺激的强度。因此,总体来说,他从经济发展当中受到的影响是焦虑的增强,是心理更加失衡。

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