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    Monday
    Aug202012

    Do you work best during a sunny or cloud day? Study says bad weather increases performance

    HBR has a post that is good for those of you who live in bad weather environments.  

    Morning Advantage: Busy Day Ahead? Pray For Rain

    Common sense tells us that bad weather makes us blue and therefore less productive at our jobs, but it turns out the opposite is true. As detailed in this executive brief at HBS Working Knowledge, researchers Jooa Julie Lee, Francesca Gino, and Bradley R. Staats found that performance at a mid-sized Japanese bank peaked on the days with the worst weather, as it did in a series of lab experiments they conducted too. Here’s their theory: When the weather’s bad, our minds wander less, and we’re able to focus more because we really can’t do anything else.

    Now in data centers, you don't usually get to see the sun that much.  There aren't a lot of skylights or windows, so the weather may not affect you.  Or the weather may affect you because you know what is like outside.

    Some suggestions from their research: Save drudge work for the wettest days and creative endeavors for sun-soaked days. Other ideas include using weather reports to determine the best staff size on a given day and moving service centers to cities with poor (but not entirely depressing) weather. Here’s to you, Seattle.

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