Jason Fried: Why Work Doesn’t Happen at Work

Jason Fried’s TED talk on why the office is often the least productive work place of all.

Most people, when asked when or where their most productive work times and spaces are, mention a host of places EXCEPT NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS AT THE OFFICE.

The simple yet brilliant question that follows then is, why do we as managers force our employees to come to these spaces during these hours if they are so unproductive? The answer has to do with a false sense of what causes distraction and a lack of trust of their employees.

So, what can we do to make the office a better place to work?

1. No talk thursdays – one day a week where no one is allowed to talk to (INTERRUPT) anyone else.
2. Switch from active (face-to-face, meetings, phone) to passive (e-mail, IM, etc) communications.
3. Cancel the next meeting. Just don’t have it.



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