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Issue #95  (Time is Not a Measure Of Productivity) 12/07/20

Without full context, it's fair to take the following with a grain of salt, but I recently came across a study in the Journal of Business Research looking at the proclivity to be offended (PTBO) and what it says about employees’ attitudes and behaviors.

Proclivity to Be Offended

I don't have access to the full study, but the abstract has some interesting conclusions:
  • PTBO negatively relates to employees’ task performance and citizenship behavior.
  • PTBO positively relates to counterproductive behavior, as rated by one’s supervisor.
  • PTBO had implications for employees’ self-reported job satisfaction and workplace engagement.
So all in all, being prone to becoming offended by others is not a good thing in terms of your overall productivity in the workplace.

Are there any opposing views or studies in this area? Is PTBO being judged too harshly? What is the definition of "being offended"? Is it more than just voicing a valid complaint? I'm not sure, but I'm always willing to look at ways that employee-company relations can improve so I thought this was worth a mention here.
Now on to this week's hand-picked productivity links!  


Tools & Apps - All-in-one bookmark manager. The best place to keep all your favorite books, songs, articles or whatever else you come across while browsing.

OneTab - Browser extension to save up to 95% memory and reduce tab clutter. Click the icon to convert all of your tabs into a list that you can reference later.

Tara AI - By connecting Git to tasks and sprints, helps everyone on your team have clarity around the release cycle, from engineering to sales. No more wading through tickets to view progress.

Circly - An online organizer tool and collaboration platform for visual thinkers. Capture and organize your ideas, tasks, projects, leads, customers and work together with your team.

StretchMinder - iOS app to help you plan short exercise breaks throughout your work day.

JavaScript Speed Coding Challenge - Are you ready to put your JavaScript skills to the test? Enter our JavaScript Speed Coding Challenge and see how you stack up among the world’s top developers.   promoted  

Articles & Resources

How To Communicate More Deliberately And Efficiently When Working Remotely - A good read if you feel communication levels in your workplace have diminished with the increase in remote workers.

Time Is Not A Measure Of Productivity - Using principles from hourly work to define productivity in knowledge work has resulted in highly inefficient—and sometimes unhappy—work conditions for many employees.

The Disciplined Pursuit of Less - A short but dense read from 2012 on finding your highest point of contribution.

Knowledge Building Blocks: The New Meaning of Notes - Tiago Forte discusses the difference between note taking in our school years compared to note taking at work.

A College Degree Is No Guarantee of a Good Life - Higher education is often described as an investment but it’s still unclear if it pays off in happiness.


Have a suggestion for a productivity-related tool, article, or other resource? Send me a direct message via X (@LouisLazaris) and I’ll consider including it in a future issue.

Stay productive!


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