The Toilet That is Supposed to Boost Productivity

A less mentioned source of worker productivity can take us off the job to the recent attempts to diminish the amount of time spent on bathroom breaks.

How U.S. Labor Productivity Relates to Nike’s Vaporflys

Whether looking at the marathon runners that wear Nike’s Vaporfly sneakers or U.S. labor productivity, we can see the importance of capital innovation.

When To Ignore Your Email

Tempted by thousands of hours of digital distractions, at home and at work, we diminish our creativity, our productivity, and our self-satisfaction.

Where Education and Healthcare Could Be Better

The new World Bank Human Capital Index was created to encourage the leaders of 157 countries to improve their healthcare and education.

Not Quite a Goldilocks Recovery

To decide the strength of our economic recovery since the Great Recession, we can use seven numbers or just one that might be most important.

The Unexpected Impact of the First Bar Code

A 10-pack of Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit gum was the first item ever to have a barcode checkout. The year was 1974 and the place, a Marsh Supermarket in Troy, Ohio. While for decades, people had been trying to figure out…

Does Your Barista Do a Repeatable Routine?

Starbucks calls it “transactions per hour” but from our perspective, it’s waiting in line. Researchers say that it takes only 3 minutes in a queue for us to become impatient. Hoping to show their shorter line time and higher sales,…

Labor Productivity: Google

I suspect the whole Yahoo inspired debate about whether we work at home or at the office is taking us in the wrong direction. Instead, I started thinking about what author Daniel Pink suggests in Drive. Discussing incentives, he says that…

Labor Productivity: Designing Offices

How can my boss affect my productivity? At Pixar, the restrooms are where Steve Jobs wanted them to be. Because they were located near a huge central atrium, they helped to generate a collaborative community. Seemingly haphazard, restroom traffic flow was…