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People Geekly #55

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Issue No. 55, brought to you by Culture Amp
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Welcome

This is the fifty-fifth issue of Culture Amp's weekly email updating you on all the best #peoplegeek news around.

 Tweet of the week (2.5 sec)

"One great aid to listening is note taking. Act of note-taking per se impedes likelihood of your interrupting. (Branson "God" on this.)"

tom_peters  (@tom_peters)

Jason Fried of Basecamp asks, "Do you have to love what you do?” There are plenty of quotes and advice out there suggesting the path to success is working on something you love. Here Fried presents his counterpoint. He argues that to do something innovative, you might need to work on something you don't love, perhaps even hate – Fried argues the passion comes from making things better. 
 

Against Overtime (4 min)

We've written about this subject in our Zine previously. Does working more lead to better productivity? The evidence for "no" keeps stacking up. Dan Kedmey quotes Yoshie Komuro on the experience and data in Japan. Komuro states that, despite having the most overtime in the world, Japan has the contributing value per individual is the lowest amongst industrialized countries. At the conclusion Komuro presents her personal experience, "I have been running my company without overtime for the past six years. All the best employees in my firm are actually women who work on their limited schedules."
 

Interested in attending a People Geekup? After kicking off with a sellout event in Melbourne, we're running events in San Francisco, Vancouver, New York, Chicago, Toronto, Austin, London and Sydney (Phew!). Get your tickets here.
Break time (4 min 30 sec)

While we’re on the subject of working hours and productivity, here is more fuel to the fire. Travis Bradberry digs into a study conducted by the Draugiem Group. Turns out the ideal ratio for productivity is 52 minutes of work, followed by 17 minutes of rest. In its simplest form, Bradberry suggests aiming to take that 15 minute break every hour. Bradberry goes on with some suggestions on ways to integrate this into your workday.
 

In this Culture Amp blog, Mat Luschek interviews Nicole Fealey, Director of People Operations at NYC-based Birchbox. Fealey outlines some of the strategies used to maintain their culture as the company scaled. One of the keys was making sure employees had the opportunity to grow as the company does. Fealey says “… learning opportunities are another big thing that draws people here. We’ve had people who started in management positions and are now running the UK. Accelerated growth paths for really smart people.” 
 

We’re all probably aware of the benefits of employee engagement, but what about the other side – what are the downsides that come with disenagement? Vindu Goel reflects on the apparent “brain drain” at Yahoo. Goel cites sources claiming a third of the company left last year. One of the core subjects is "employee brand", a subject we've covered a few times before. Career coach Nick Parham is quoted specifically on this, "They are going to look harder at people from Facebook and Salesforce, companies that have winning strategies."

Events

This week our very own Didier Elzinga will be doing a "Ask Me Anything" (AMA). Feel free to jump on and ask him anything.

We've got a lot of People Geekups planned for 2016. If you’d like to host a People Geekup in your city in 2016, reply to this email and we will be in touch.

Get your ticket for:
San Francisco on Jan 19th.
Vancouver on Jan 21st.
New York on Jan 26th
Chicago on Jan 27th.
Toronto on Jan 28th.
Austin on Feb 4th.
London on Feb 9th.
Sydney on Feb 9th.

If any of the events are sold out, make sure to grab a waitlist ticket as we're looking to expand some of the venues.

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