Ethics and exhaustion, Sitting and cancer, Facebook’s mood manipulation, Maximising lifetime earnings, The social CEO

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Welcome to my weekly collection of the latest news and research for managing a high productivity knowledge workforce. I’ve pulled out a range of articles this week that all make for great reading (and most are on the short side).

How much time should you spend with your boss? And what impact does it have on your happiness at work? This research from LeadershipIQ “found a correlation between time spent with a direct supervisor and employees’ levels of work-related inspiration, engagement and motivation.” According to the research the magic number is about six hours a week. Too much contact turns out to be counterproductive. Are You Spending Enough Time With Your Boss?

Should you stay or should you go? This article looks at some publicly available statistics to determine the long term earnings impact of staying at the same company. The conclusion: “Staying employed at the same company for over two years on average is going to make you earn less over your lifetime by about 50% or more.” Employees Who Stay In Companies Longer Than Two Years Get Paid 50% Less

I’d argue that employers aren’t powerless against this trend. As I talked about in the CEO interview with Glen Rabie this week – better data transparency can go a long way to removing the frequent switch premium.

Whilst we’re on key long term workforce risks, there was more this week on the health impact of sitting. The evidence here is getting more and more comprehensive. Risk minded leadership need to get on top of this issue now – this is an issue that isn’t going to go away. This review recently published in The Journal of the National Cancer Institute confirms the links to cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.  Why not even exercise will undo the harm of sitting all day—and what you can do about it

In management of a healthy, productive workforce, it’s also worth looking at Morning People Are Less Ethical at Night. This research shows that as you become exhausted, you’re far more likely to behave unethically. Those 80 hour work weeks are more than just a work-life balance issue – they’re also a broader business risk.

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