Behavioural Change

Derek Bishop

Director

Less is more

Date added: 01st Sep 2015
Category: Behavioural Change

Focusing, targeting and creating solutions is a sign of a team working to peak performance rather than peak hours

What’s your favourite hangover cure? Are you a raw egg fan or are you more tempted by the fry-up or glass of water theory? According to a team of Dutch and Canadian scientists, it doesn’t really matter what your preferred cure is, the only real way of preventing a hangover is to drink less. In fact, the research went so far as to debunk the notion that 25% of people never get a hangover, showing that in fact these people never drank enough alcohol to get a hangover in the first place.

Amidst all the extortions to do this or stop doing that as a way to a healthy lifestyle, it is surprising how often taking a sensible path by cutting down proves to be the optimum solution. It’s something that business leaders would do well to remember. When the pressure is on, the temptation is to throw hours at the problem, to work early and late and to put pressure on the team to do the same. But studies have shown that there is an optimum working time and if hours are extended beyond this then the only result is that people become tired, mistakes are made and they actually work overall at a slower pace.

So the next time the pressure is on, rather than working out how many hours you can demand of your people, instead work out what can be dropped in order for your people to fully focus on the problem in hand. Focusing, targeting and creating solutions is a sign of a team working to peak performance rather than peak hours.

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