“We literally followed people around all day and timed every event [that happened in the office], to the second.
That meant telephone calls, working on documents, typing e-mails, or interacting with someone.
What we found is that the average amount of time that people spent on any single event before being interrupted
was about three minutes.” – Gloria Mark, Professor in the Department of Informatics at the University of California
If you are working in an office today you will be interrupted – or you will interrupt yourself – every 3 minutes.
And what’s worse is it will take many of you up to 23 minutes to recover from that distraction.
If your boss lets you – go home. It’s the most productive decision you’ll make this year.
Here are four reasons why the office should have died by now:
- UK workers spend a year of their lives in meetings…
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Impact can be defined as: a powerful or major influence or effect;a force or impression of one thing on another – oran economic, social or cultural change or benefit to the quality of life within society.
If we apply this to the potential impact of research – impact can be defined as a measurable change in policy, services or products. However, researchers don’t make policy, they usually don’t offer services, and they generally don’t produce products. It is government (public sector) who makes policy, community organizations (voluntary sector) who mostly deliver services, and industry (private sector) who create products. Researchers develop knowledge which can lead to impact, but remember that some research knowledge has no impact at all.
Impact is not measured by the production of knowledge alone. Impact is measured by the application of knowledge. Impact is measured not at the level of research knowledge-producer but at…
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Game on….I think we just witnessed a big next generation leap in Healthcare Data and Analytics. Apple jumped into the health information business on June 2, 2014, launching both a new health app and a cloud-based health information platform with IOS 8.
The new App, called simply “Health”, will collect a number of body metrics including blood pressure, heart rate, and stats on diet and exercise. Health will constantly monitor key health metrics (like blood sugar or blood pressure), and if any of them begin to move outside the healthy range, the app can send a notification to the user’s doctor.
The Health app will share all its information with a new cloud platform called “HealthKit.” The new health cloud platform is designed to act as a global repository for all the user’s health information. It will accept data collected by a variety of third-party devices and apps. For instance Nike is now working to…
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I was reading an article the other day about devices like FitBit and their use within corporate wellness programs. One of the questions it was asking was why use them when people abandon them after a while. I found this great chart from Endeavour Partners in their whitepaper which looks a lot like an adherence curve. They say that 1/3 of people abandon their devices within 6 months which makes it a hard investment for anyone.
It’s the same question you might ask around mobile apps. While this chart shows that Americans install almost 33 apps, the questions is how long they use them.
According to Flurry, most apps peak within 3 months, and they show that health and fitness app retention is only 30% after 90-days. Again, that doesn’t make you want to invest a lot of money in a mobile app. But, there are…
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Originally blogged by Cormac Russell on the Nurture Development blog:
Recently an ABCD Community Builder in Gloucestershire commented that in the neighbourhoods where he works there are three kinds of people:
1. Connectors: those that bring people and energy together.
2. Conductors: those that constructively hold negative energy and creative tensions and either help others channel these in a positive direction (like lightening rods) or ‘earth’ them… In other words bring them to ground before someone ‘blows a fuse’.
3.The third he described as Circuit Breakers. These are people, institutions and sometimes places that break connections and the flow of energy, sometimes with very negative consequences, but often, even in the apparent negativity, they create new learning that can’t be experienced by going with the flow.
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