One more item for my lava-emergency go-bag: A tiny espresso machine.

Vintage Maxwell House ad

Nanopresso operates through a hand-powered system. Just load water and your favorite blend of finely ground espresso in the right compartments, screw it back together, and pump the button on the side. Soon you'll have a shot of espresso you can squeeze directly into the detachable cup. via This Tiny Espresso Machine Fits in Your … Continue reading One more item for my lava-emergency go-bag: A tiny espresso machine.

Work stress could be making your commute dangerous

By Alex Fradera British workers spend on average one hour commuting each day, and 57 per cent of commuters make their daily journeys by car. But this is a part of our lives we don’t talk much about, beyond the odd epithet about the traffic; maybe because it’s a strange time, betwixt home and work … Continue reading Work stress could be making your commute dangerous

Going to lunch? Put your phone away.

After a flurry of memos, meetings, and phone calls you might be ready for a break. While turning to your phone for a few rounds of Candy Crush or a quick look at Facebook might seem relaxing, new research suggests that when people spent their breaks using a smartphone, breaks just aren’t that restorative.Psychological scientists … Continue reading Going to lunch? Put your phone away.

The Right Music Can Make People More Cooperative

Music is a common feature in many workplaces – from surgery suites to the mechanic’s shop. But when businesses play music, it’s typically to influence the mood of customers. Studies have shown that background music, even when we don’t notice it, can have an effect on our buying preferences. However, relatively little research has studied … Continue reading The Right Music Can Make People More Cooperative

You’re Joking: Detecting Sarcasm in Emails Isn’t Easy

“Well, that meeting was a really fantastic use of my time.”You may want to think twice before hitting send on that email with a sarcastic joke – regardless of whether your boss or your work buddies are on the receiving end. New research investigating how we determine the emotional content of text is showing that … Continue reading You’re Joking: Detecting Sarcasm in Emails Isn’t Easy

Resolve Your Toughest Problems with 5 Questions

In Managing in the Gray, Joseph Badaracco offers managers a five-question framework for facing murky situations and solving tough problems at work. Approaching a problem as a manager means working with others and doing all you can to really understand the problem. “You don’t decide these things in splendid isolation or with brilliant insights. You … Continue reading Resolve Your Toughest Problems with 5 Questions

10 Jobs That Make People Most Happy…and Most Miserable

New research published by The Cabinet Office in the UK has revealed that being a member of the clergy is associated with the highest levels of life satisfaction.  Here are the top 10 occupations: Clergy Chief executives and senior officials Managers and proprietors in agriculture and horticulture Company secretaries Quality assurance and regulatory professionals Health … Continue reading 10 Jobs That Make People Most Happy…and Most Miserable

A Good Mood is a Good Motivator

You need to alphabetize those files, transcribe last week’s meeting, and then look up some tax codes, but actually motivating yourself to take care of these tedious tasks can be a real challenge. According to new research from APS Fellow James J. Gross (Stanford University) and colleagues, people are much more likely to take on … Continue reading A Good Mood is a Good Motivator