Mind Your Work

Mind Your Work

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Back in Season 2, Jose and Nicholas talked about what the science says about sleep and work. They also committed to tracking their sleep and coming back to discuss their experiences in the future. In this Unscripted, Jose and Nicholas discuss their experiences with various sleep apps, whether they’ve seen any improvement, and the kinds of features they wish these apps had. Timestamps: 1:10: A call-back to Season 2 and the importanc...
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Performance appraisals are something most of us are familiar with and probably don’t really enjoy (unless you’re accustomed to getting great appraisals!) – that said, there have recently been more widespread grumblings about this organizational tradition. Is a shift in the fundamentals of performance management upon us? Are there compelling alternatives to performance appraisals? In this episode, we discuss some of the fundamentals...
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November 20, 2019 26 min
Mentorship is a well-known concept that is ubiquitous in organizations and frequently depicted in popular media (remember Master Yoda? “Do. Or do not. There is no try”). This is for good reason as mentors are the teachers, guides, and confidants who help us grow and reach our potential. In this episode, we discuss the research behind mentorship in the workplace. We outline some of the benefits of mentoring for mentees, the mentors ...
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In this episode, Jose and Nicholas discuss the thorny ethical issue of cognitive enhancement in the workplace. They cover what constitutes pharmacological cognitive enhancement (or PCE), talk about the norms around drug use, and explain how organizations benefit. They also discuss some of the reasons for, and against, the use of cognitive performance enhancing drugs in society.      Timestamps: 0:36: What is pharmacological cogniti...
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“Crunch Mode” may sound like a fun breakfast cereal, but it’s actually kind of a bummer. Crunch Mode is a controversial labour practice that is common in the video game industry. It involves long hours, high amounts of stress, and no extra pay. In this episode, Jose and Nicholas talk about where Crunch Mode came from, why it is so bad, and what could be done about it.   Timestamps: 0:40: What is Crunch Mode? 2:15: The rise of aware...
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In this episode of Unscripted, Jose and Nicholas discuss their thoughts on the taboo of talking about pay with your coworkers. They cover their own ideas as to why this taboo is so prevalent, how it negatively impacts workers, and what organizations have to gain from being more transparent about what and how they pay their employees.   Timestamps: 00:20: Introduction and why we’re talking about this topic 2:43: Our feelings on talk...
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We all know getting enough sleep is important, but a good night’s rest is often one of the first things we skip out on when life gets busy. In this episode, we cover the intersection between sleep and work. We outline some of the work-related consequences of lacking sleep, explain how work can hinder employees’ sleep, and discuss some of the ways organizations can support their employees’ sleep schedules and wellbeing. We also shar...
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In the second episode of a two-part series, Jose and Nicholas cover what went wrong with the NYPD’s system for tracking crimes and have a broader discussion around the challenges of picking metrics to incentivize behavior and drive performance.   Timestamps: 0:40: Brief recap of part 1 and setup for part 2 1:50: Downsides of applying “The Crime Machine” 4:37: The problem with chasing metrics 7:18: Maximum or ceiling value of metric...
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In the first episode of a two-part series, Jose and Nicholas use Reply All’s The Crime Machine episodes to talk about the importance of good metrics and what they mean for making successful changes in an organization. They also discuss the role of high-level leaders in ensuring that interventions are carried out effectively.   Timestamps: 0:34: A recap of The Crime Machine episodes from Reply All 4:44: Good data and how it can help...
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May 20, 2019 52 sec
Jose and Nicholas have been a little busier than usual lately so MindYourWork will take a break for June and be back in July with a new episode! Mentioned This Episode: Jose’s personal Twitter (@jae_noza) Nicholas’ personal Twitter (@nlbremner) MindYourWorkIO (@mindyourworkio) – Send us a tweet!   Credits: Logo Artwork by Antonella Espinoza. Find her at @ellaspin on Twitter!
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On this episode, Jose and Nicholas discuss the research on Counter-productive Work Behaviors (CWBs). CWB is the umbrella term that covers a wide variety of behaviors that intentionally harm the organization or other employees. We cover everything from theft and fraud to the newest kind of CWB to enter the workplace, cyberloafing. Listen and find out why firing the ‘bad apples’ is not enough and what you can do instead. Timestam...
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Almost a full season later, Jose and Nicholas finally get around to doing their homework! In this episode, we watch and discuss three very different recruitment videos mentioned in our episode on “What Attracts People to Organizations” (Season 1, Episode 6). We talk about some of the key messages that organizations try to communicate through recruitment videos and what they can tell you (and not tell you) about the organization’s c...
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Burnout is a commonly discussed topic these days, but what exactly is burnout and is it really a “millennial condition” as the popular press suggests it is? In this episode, we explain what it means to experience burnout at work and discuss some of the workplace challenges that often lead to burning out. We also provide some suggestions that may help you, or others, cope with burnout. We cap off with some discussion about burnout a...
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In this episode, Jose and Nicholas discuss Nicholas’ third favorite topic, personality models. In Season 1 Episodes 2–3, we discussed a single model of personality but there are many others out there. This time we talk about some of those other models and, boy, do we have opinions. Although we don’t like many of these models, we do our best to explain our concerns and link them to what research knows. Join us and learn about what y...
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When was the last time you avoided speaking up or trying something new because you were afraid of what others might think or say about you? This is a common feeling in psychologically unsafe environments. This episode, we discuss what psychological safety is, why it is important to foster in work environments, and how to go about creating a psychologically safe space for your team. We also share our own experiences with two highly ...
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In the first episode of our new series, Unscripted, we use a video by Jon Bois of SBNation to jump into a discussion about careers that are considered works of passion, the possibility of consumers co-opting the labor that goes into a product, and how careful psychologists need to be when nudging people at work to behave in certain ways. Timestamps: 0:11: An introduction to Unscripted and why we're talking about this vid...
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If you work on a computer, you’ve likely been touched in some way by the advances that have made “Office 2.0” possible. In this episode, we discuss a key aspect of tech-enabled work environments: telework and virtual teams. We cover what the research says about the pros and cons of these arrangements, some important factors to consider to have an effective virtual team, and how to know if you are well-equipped to be effective as a ...
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The year is coming to a close so we take a few minutes to review Season 1 of MindYourWork and talk about some exciting new things happening in Season 2! Timestamps: 00:25: Introduction and thanks! 01:50: Adjustments to the release schedule 03:33: Our exciting new mini-series 06:40: A preview of Season 2 Mentioned This Episode: Mindyourwork.io – Find us here! Send us a tweet with suggestions at MindYourWorkIO Credits: Our ...
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November 27, 2018 25 min
We’ve all set goals that we never attain. The research says that goals, however, are one of the most powerful motivators we have access to. In this episode, we explore goal-setting theory and provide you with all the information you’ll need to design better goals and tap into their motivational power. Timestamps: 01:27: Why are goals powerful motivators? 03:02: How to design better goals (Goal-Setting Theory & S.M.A.R.T. Goals...
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What is it about an organization that makes it an attractive place to work? In this episode, we describe the process of organizational attraction from beginning to end and explain why someone would likely choose one organization over another. We also discuss modern strategies for engaging and attracting candidates such as social media and reframing the candidate experience. Timestamps: 01:32 Episode outline 03:20 Stage 1: Subcons...
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