Tag Archives: Work

New Research, Sheds New Light on Hump Day

When do you checkout of work and check into the weekend?


Friday, 5:00 PM

Apparently not!

Using a proprietary survey technology, our latest research sought to pinpoint the exact time people move from focusing on work, to working on the weekend.


Thursday, 9:52 AM

Across all categories (age, gender, education). What about you?


Friday, 9:26 AM

Those that stay focused the longest, coincidentally have been around the longest! A tip of the hat to our senior most workers, aged 65+, who maintain concentration on work the longest of any category.

WEIRD THING IS: The distribution bows inward with 24-34’s & 35-44’s reporting the earliest checkout time of any age groups. Hmm 24-44…You don’t think the demands of having young kids plays into this, do you?


Thursday, 4:19PM

The weekend tipping point generally follows educational level with Master’s and PhD holders keeping their minds on work the longest BUT those with Associates Degrees posted the greatest staying power!


Wednesday, 4:36PM

Men maintain their workweek concentration longer – and by a comfortable margin – as women reported shifting focus nearly a half-day earlier than men (Female = Weds @ 4:36PM, Male = Thurs @ 11:33AM). Wouldn’t have been my bet!


  • Use your team’s checkout time to refocus their efforts on what can be accomplished for the rest of the week?
  • Checkout time might be the PERFECT time to start holding your weekly staff meetings!!

Now it’s your turn…go field test these findings with your coworkers, significant other and even your boss! Then share what you’ve learned by writing me directly atjeff@jeffkaplan.com.

Stay connected,


Amphetamines, Fat Kids and the Stay-at-Home Mom: 4 Reasons You Should Work Less

I was in LA last week to conduct an interview with Shari Brown, one the nation’s top direct sellers. In a few short years this suburban, stay-at-home mom has built a sales team numbering in the tens of thousands and earns a salary that would make many senior executives green with envy.

Offhandedly, Shari admitted to feeling guilty for not having to work harder longer hours to achieve and maintain her amazing success; a comment I hear often from driven successful people.

So this week, I thought we’d take a look at what new research is telling us about putting in the extra hours at work:

  1. A Stanford University study recently reported people working 70 hours a week did not get any more done than those logging 50 hours.
  1. 21 of 23 analyzed research studies show working long hours (especially when your schedule prohibits spending time with your kids) might harm your children’s development including: increased behavioral issues, lower cognitive ability and increased likelihood of obesity.
  1. Results from 124,000 surveys suggested that people generally sacrifice sleep in exchange for paid work time. Chronic loss of sleep is associated with a host of mental and health issues. The study noted that 30% of the American workforce (40.6 million people) typically sleep less than 6 hours a night.
  1. The University of Oslo reported that some groups of people not traditionally vulnerable to drug use (mother’s among them), are turning to amphetamine as a way to sustain grueling work schedules.

If more work doesn’t produce more, causes problems for our kids, deprives us of sleep and makes us vulnerable to drug use, I say you can have it. Shari give up your guilt and take the afternoon off…!



Mathias Basner, Andrea M. Spaeth, David F. Dinges. Sociodemographic Characteristics and Waking Activities and their Role in the Timing and Duration of Sleep. SLEEP, 2014; DOI: 10.5665/sleep.4238

Travis Bradberry, How Successful People Spend Their Weekends. Forbes: http://www.forbes.com/sites/travisbradberry/2015/03/24/how-successful-people-spend-their-weekends/

Lauren Hale. Inadequate Sleep Duration as a Public Health and Social Justice Problem: Can We Truly Trade Off Our Daily Activities for More Sleep? SLEEP, 2014; DOI: 10.5665/sleep.4228

Jianghong Li, Sarah E. Johnson, Wen-Jui Han, Sonia Andrews, Garth Kendall, Lyndall Strazdins, Alfred Dockery. Parents’ Nonstandard Work Schedules and Child Well-Being: A Critical Review of the Literature. The Journal of Primary Prevention, 2013; DOI: 10.1007/s10935-013-0318-z

Sarah Johnson et al. Mothers’ and Fathers’ Work Hours, Child Gender, and Behavior in Middle Childhood. Journal of Marriage and Family, 75 (February 2013): 56 %u2013 74 DOI: 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2012.01030.x

Willy Pedersen, Sveinung Sandberg, Heith Copes. High Speed: Amphetamine Use in the Context of Conventional Culture. Deviant Behavior, 2014; 36 (2): 146 DOI: 10.1080/01639625.2014.923272

Penn State. “How parents juggle work hours may influence kids’ weight.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 19 August 2014. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/08/140819200215.htm>.

Work and Creativity

  1. A new study suggests that creativity outside of work can enhance job performance
  2. Creative activities outside of work seem to directly enhance the ability of employees to problem solve and help others on the job
  3. Researchers suggest organizations can encourage employees to pursue creative hobbies outside of work by sponsoring contests and offering discounts for supplies

Source: Kevin J. Eschleman, Jamie Madsen, Gene Alarcon, Alex Barelka. Benefiting from creative activity: The positive relationships between creative activity, recovery experiences, and performance-related outcomes. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 2014

Performance and Work Environment

  1. Attempts to change the social or physical workplace environment do have positive effects on work-related outcomes
  2. Changes to the social environment seem to lead to better work performance
  3. Changes in the physical environment seem to help workers concentrate

Source: Effectiveness of a Combined Social and Physical Environmental Intervention on Presenteeism, Absenteeism, Work Performance, and Work Engagement in Office Employees. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 2014