Archive | January, 2014

Posttraumatic Growth

We often hear of Posttraumatic stress disorder or PTSD, especially associated with combat veterans and difficulties they face returning home, but did you know there is a positive version of PTSD called Posttraumatic Growth? Game designer Jane McGonigal and author of Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make us Better and How they Can Change the World found herself in a troubling situation. After a sever injury to her head, she began having suicidal thoughts! Her solution was to gamify her recovery! The game is called SuperBetter!

She gave a Ted Talk about the experience: Jane McGonigal: The game that can give you 10 extra years of life

The New Yorker’s THE OPEN-OFFICE TRAP

An extremely interesting article has been published in The New Yorker this week: THE OPEN-OFFICE TRAP I think this is a very important read. It has a lot of reasons why the conventional wisdom that open offices and cubes are good for productivity are wrong.  Here are two excerpts that really got my attention (I added the bold emphasis) :
… found that as the number of people working in a single room went up, the number of employees who took sick leave increased apace. Workers in two-person offices took an average of fifty per cent more sick leave than those in single offices, while those who worked in fully open offices were out an average of sixty-two per cent more.
What’s more, Evans and Johnson discovered that people in noisy environments made fewer ergonomic adjustments than they would in private, causing increased physical strain. The subjects subsequently attempted to solve fewer puzzles than they had after working in a quiet environment; in other words, they became less motivated and less creative.