5 Reads: Truth Disrupted, Open Office Plans, 4-Day Workweeks and More

Here are five reads that have me thinking…

There’s only one way to truly understand another person’s mind
Ephrat Livni. Quartz

Key Quote: “Understanding the mind of another person,” as the researchers put it, is only possible when we actually probe them about what they think, rather than assuming we already know.” Read the rest here

A 4-Day Workweek? A Test Run Shows a Surprising Result
Charlotte Graham-McLay. The New York Times

Key Quote: “Supervisors said staff were more creative, their attendance was better, they were on time, and they didn’t leave early or take long breaks,” Mr. Haar said. “Their actual job performance didn’t change when doing it over four days instead of five.” Read the rest here

Open office plans are as bad as you thought
Jena McGregor. The Washington Post

Key Quote: “There’s a “natural human desire for privacy, and when we don’t have privacy, we find ways of achieving it,” Bernstein said. “What it was doing was creating not a more face-to-face environment, but a more digital environment.” Read the rest here

Just How Bad Is Business Travel for Your Health? Here’s the Data.
Andrew Rundle. Harvard Business Review

Key Quote: “Compared to those who spent one to six nights a month away from home for business travel, those who spent 14 or more nights away from home per month had significantly higher body mass index scores and were significantly more likely to report the following: poor self-rated health; clinical symptoms of anxiety, depression and alcohol dependence; no physical activity or exercise; smoking; and trouble sleeping.” Read the rest here

Truth, Disrupted
Sinan Aral. Harvard Business Review

Key Quote: ” False news traveled farther, faster, deeper, and more broadly than the truth in every category of information, sometimes by an order of magnitude, and false political news traveled farther, faster, deeper, and more broadly than any other type.” Read the rest here

 


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