IT’S A FUNNY OLD WORLD

In this column, we provoke fresh thinking and round up some of the weird, wonderful, quirky, surprising – and shocking – stories out there   Four-day week brings benefits Introducing a four-day working week is saving UK business millions, along with improving productivity and environmental performance, according to research from Henley Business School. Its ‘Four Better or Four Worse?’ white paper says half of UK businesses surveyed say they have enabled a four-day working week for some or all of their staff. They report improvements in employee satisfaction, reductions in employee absenteeism, and savings of almost £92 billion (around 2% of […]

IT’S A FUNNY OLD WORLD

In this column, we provoke fresh thinking and round up some of the weird, wonderful, quirky, surprising – and shocking – stories out there   Hot desk, cold beer Remote workers have been making the most of coffee shops’ free Wi-Fi and power outlets for some time. Now pubs are trying to attract professionals and their laptops too. BrewDog in the UK is promising limitless coffee, printers, pens, paper and a pint as part of its DeskDog initiative, which has the tagline, “Hot desk, cold beer.” Remote workers can book desk space at BrewDog pubs in London, Sheffield and Edinburgh, […]

IT’S A FUNNY OLD WORLD

In this column, we provoke fresh thinking and round up some of the weird, wonderful, quirky, surprising – and shocking – stories out there   That’s just sick! Want to gauge how intelligent a potential client or coach is? Tell them a sick joke or share with them a cartoon based on black humour and see if they like it. Apparently appreciating jokes requires people to be mentally agile and, according to a study, those who most like cartoons based on black humour score higher on verbal and non-verbal IQ. Researchers, led by Ulrike Willinger from the Medical University of […]

IT’S A FUNNY OLD WORLD

In this column, we provoke fresh thinking and round up some of the weird, wonderful, quirky, surprising – and shocking – stories out there   Team spirit Birds do it, bees do it, baboons, lionfish and dolphins do it… no, not fall in love, but have a special way of communicating when collaborating. As those coaches working with teams will know only too well, just because people are thrown together to work together, it doesn’t mean they’re actually going to cooperate. Animals, however, have all sorts of ways of showing they’re collaborating. Capuchin monkeys and chimpanzees glance at each other […]