We don’t usually look at computer use from a biological standpoint. But why not? We do consider athletic performance as a matter of optimal cardiovascular function and muscle metabolism, and performance of knowledge work is just as biological, even though it uses the brain, not the muscles. So why not look at optimizing brain function?
Nathan ZeldesInformation Overload and Neuroscience
Have you been dreaming of a greater work and life balance? Are you overworked, stressed and cannot distinguish between home and work?
We all strive for improved work and life balance, as to better enjoy our times out of the office, breathe easier due to less stress and increase productivity for greater achievement. Such balance is a wonderful goal, yet it isn’t easy to achieve, especially when employer and employee aren’t communicating properly on the matter.
Eran Abramson7 employer & employee communication tips for greater work life balance
Most of us, as residents of a business-oriented workplace, are most probably dissatisfied with the great amounts of time and effort we are required to invest in handling emails. In simpler words, we have too many emails and cannot control email; they demandingly consume our time, time which could and should have been spent performing activities we wished/planned on accomplishing. As in other areas, we look to developing technologies for assistance primarily in the area of email filtering yet there are cultural aspects worth discussing (which is exactly what the purpose of this post).
Why do doctors have pagers? Why do towns have emergency sirens? Why does Commissioner Gordon have a Bat Signal that lights up the sky?
Because when you need to communicate about an urgent matter — a patient is Code Blue, there’s a tsunami headed your way, the Riddler just escaped from prison — you want a communication channel that by itself indicates urgency.
“And the Lord said, ‘Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, so that they will not understand one another’s speech.’” (Genesis, 11)
The Tower of Babel is the great analogy for the current crisis in digital communication. Like the fabled Tower of Babel of the biblical period, today’s communication setup is both mammoth in size and complexity. However, despite humanity’s extraordinary investment in digital communication, the culture that has grown around this new communicative capability has hampered its ability to be both effective and efficient.
Oded AvitalThe Tower of Babel of Today’s Digital Communication
Dusk is slowly settling into night as you walk through your front door. When you enter your home, the call is out and the children are running to the table each giving you a hug and kiss as they skip past you. You sit and look around you, it hits you- this is what you do it for, this moment means the world to you. The food is warm, the conversation is fun and lively. Does it get any better? You are surrounded by the people you love. Suddenly- bzzzz…bzzzz…bzzzz… Yes, you heard that. Again, bzzzz…. bzzzz…. bzzzz.
Oded AvitalDo you work for communication or does communication work for you?