It was almost two decades before Gordon Gekko would proclaim to moviegoers “Greed is good,” that a very similar argument was being made. In 1970, a New York Times op-ed claimed that the recently popular idea of corporate social responsibility was a “fundamentally subversive doctrine” and that “there is one and only one social responsibility of business: to use its resources and engage in activities designed to increase its profits.”
At ten o’clock in the morning on April 2nd, 2014, StandDesk launched on Kickstarter. I sat at my computer screen, channeling my inner Looney Toon’s character with eyes wide and jaw on the floor, as the number of backers instantly began to rise.
Ferocious texts flew back and forth between myself and StandDesk Founder and CEO, Steven Yu, much in the vein of “omg omg omg,” “holy crap can you believe this?!,” AKLFKGENLKDJsg AHHH,” and “This. Is. Awesome.”
Have you ever wondered how to make your work life more productive? At many jobs, workspaces are relatively uniform, dictated by the powers that be. But the thing is, not every employee thinks and works in the same way, so while the workstation provided may fit the personality type of some workers, it won’t be best suited to others. Luckily, there are a lot of products out there at affordable costs that can help you stay organized and optimize productivity - the trick is finding which ones are right for you.
Productivity experts have been trying to solve workplace efficiency for over a century. Why hasn’t it been solved yet?
Let’s face it, sitting at work all day can be a real pain in the ass (pun intended). I’m a very active person outside of work and enjoy playing sports and weightlifting whenever I can. When I got my first real life 9-5 job, I noticed that doing these activities wasn’t always as easy as it used to be. Sure, age plays some part, but through a little self examination, I realized sitting down for long periods of time was the real culprit: not only does it stiffen up my muscles, but it lowers my energy levels.
“When I started working at my first job out of college, there was nothing more exciting to me than being invited to a meeting,” says Fran, a 26-year old project manager in San Francisco. “I assumed that the more colorful blocks I had on my schedule, the more proof it must be that I was a vital part of the company.” But Fran, who says she was scheduled for at least two company meetings a day, quickly grew weary of the roundups.
We’ve all heard the stereotypes. Millennials are lazy. Millennial employees are entitled. They lack company loyalty. They think everything can be done at the press of an app. But what if amidst the stereotypes and shock headlines, there was a better way to look at how millennials differ in the workplace from generations past - and use it to build a stronger business and office culture?
How do you keep an employee happy?
The modern office desk differs greatly from what we were used to see in the past. It isn't the heavy, unmovable and bulky oak desk that is so shiny you'll get distracted and annoyed if you see a single scratch. It isn't necessarily the unstable, industrial-looking computer table that's so cheaply designed it seems a bad investment in the first place. So what is basically the modern office furniture desk that's meant to last for a long time in the future?
When eight people meet for one hour, that's not just an hour of work time consumed, that's a whole day. Thankfully, in-person, time-blocked meetings aren't the only way to collaborate. In fact, the normal structure of meetings can actually harm a team's ability to work together effectively.