5 Weird Habits of Happy Employees

5 Weird Habits of Happy Employees

Make a gratitude list by the water cooler

Those “gratitude” and “happiness” lists that sometimes do the rounds on Facebook might be annoying to some people, but psychologists say they do work. Employees who regularly recounted three positive events at work over a six-week period and shared them with colleagues made people happier than those who merely listed work tasks

Im not sure why this surprises me, but it absolutely does…I would have thought it would lead to the reverse, but hey, the psycho-folks say it works!

A collection of great tweets from the last week


Work/Life Balance and the Lies We Tell Ourselves

I recently read a couple of articles that taken on their own were good enough, but when read together, it really makes you take a step back and think about how we spend our time, both at work and at home.

First of all, read 7 Work-Life Balance Lies That Are Ruining Your Life from Time.  It will certainly give you a whole new perspective as to why we are distracted and feel like we can’t ever catch up.  Love seeing stuff like this…

While quitting your job might be extreme, there’s an almost limitless amount of advice on how to achieve work-life balance. Books, magazines, websites and podcasts overflow with it. But here’s the dirty little secret: A lot of it is crap. Try to follow it and, at best, you’re setting yourself up for even more stress and feeling bad about yourself when you can’t achieve the impossible; at worst, you could “balance” yourself right out of a job.

After reading that article, go check out How Everything We Tell Ourselves About How Busy We Are Is A Lie over at Fast Company.  It’s pretty amazing to see exactly what and how we spend our time, and what we think we spend our time on…

Americans actually have more leisure time, are less rushed, less stressed, and sleep much more than we think we do. According to sociologist John Robinson, or better known as “Father Time” to his colleagues, most people have around 40 hours of free time per week.


Why Didn’t You Find That Bug?

Why Didn’t You Find That Bug?

I wrote a similar article a while back, but I think this one does a much better job of laying this out in detail.

These are all good questions, but there needs to be some level of pragmatism and we need to realise that bugs will often sneak past us undetected. There are ways to help us reduce the number of these undiscovered bugs, but there are no ways I know of that will guarantee a completely bug free product.

I wish that more people understood this, and not just QA folks.  There is a very unrealistic view in the software world that QA will find all of your bugs, and if they don’t, they aren’t doing their job.  This view is so wrong that it ends of distorting and distracting you from your real purpose, which is to deliver quality software.  The “find all the bugs!” mindset is what leads to bugs being a metric that determines a QA teams value, and that doesn’t help anyone at the end of the day.  At best, it sets your QA and Dev teams against each other, and at worst it can completely derail a project.


Never Mix Up Features with Benefits

Never Mix Up Features with Benefits
I know it’s all about promoting a book, but the graphic on this post is so awesome, I had to link to it…it also doesn’t hurt that the point is absolutely spot-on.  We shouldn’t care so much about the product as we do what people will use the product to do/become…

People don’t buy products; they buy better versions of themselves. When you’re trying to win customers, are you listing the attributes of the flower or describing how awesome it is to throw fireballs?

Also awesome is Jason Fried’s (of Basecamp) quote used in the article…