Creative Agency Encourages Play With Break Room Ball Pit

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Creative agency Pearlfisher decided to add a bit of fun to their London office. They filled a gallery space with 81.000 white balls, turning the area into a giant ball pit.

“The idea was to create an interactive installation that promotes the power of play,” Karen Welman, a founding creative partner, told Fast Company.

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Workers Would Rather Watch Paint Dry Than Go to Meetings

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The average worker spends just about the same amount of time preparing for meetings as they do actually participating in them. A recent survey from collaboration software Clarizen highlights just how much time status meetings require, and how they are getting in the way of productivity.

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This App Tracks Your Happiness While You Work

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How you work has a lot to do with you how feel. Your ability to perform well and work productively is largely dependent on your mood. Now, there’s an app called Niko Niko that can actually measure your mood while you work, allowing managers to track team morale, productivity and overall performance.

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The Balance Stool Gives You a Workout at Your Desk

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Most office jobs mean sitting down for a large portion of the day, and we all know that this inevitable sedentary lifestyle is slowly ruining our bodies. There are many ways you can fit some activity into the day, like a lunch-hour workout or swapping your desk chair for an exercise ball. Another great alternative is the Balance Stool, a wobbly seat that forces you to work your core as you type away at your computer.

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Stress and the Holidays: How the Season Impacts Employee Health

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As a freelancer and telecommuter, the holidays are pretty stress-free for me. Thanks to the fact that I don’t work in an office or a 9-5, I am able to manage my time in a way that ensures I spend the holiday season exactly the way I want to. This means I have ample time to spend with my family (which I actually enjoy), I get to bake dozens of cookies for my friends and family and play hostess on Christmas day to cousins and siblings. In the days following, I’ll celebrate family birthdays, aid in cooking a big Turkey dinner with my best friends, and ensure my New Year’s Eve plans are fun and spent with people I love. In case you couldn’t tell, I LOVE the holidays! This, however, is not the cause for everyone.

For many, the holidays are simply a super stressful time of year that many would rather skip over altogether. Between shopping for last-minute gifts, a full social calendar of holiday parties, and spending time with people you’d rather not see, the holidays can actually become a bit of a health concern.

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