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This article has some great advice for companies looking to hire their first Salesperson. We often see client's challenged when hiring their first Salespeople, thinking it will be easy when in fact it is quite a difficult thing to get right.
According to Dr. Paul Kelley of Oxford University, the most prevalent form of modern torture looks like this Dr. Kelley and a research team at the Sleep and Circadian Institute have studied and developed a conclusion, that it violates the natural circadian rhythm of the human body to wake up every day for work at 9 AM.
As they point out, the rhythms that regulate human energy levels, brainwave activity and hormone production are directly connected to the light cycles of the planet, not the industrial, factory oriented, 9-5 mentality of the 1800s. Though the 8 hour work day was implemented by factory owners in the late 1800s and seemed to increase productivity for the corporation, it was not a plan, tried and true, for those that wake up and live a modern lifestyle that often includes thinking. As Kelley told the British Science Festival in Bradford, “We’ve got a sleep deprived society.” He put his theory to the test when moving a British school's start time from 8:30 to 10am and saw grades improve by an average of 19%. Companies that force employees to start earlier than 10am are putting stress on the emotional and physical systems of the workers, causing increased number of sick days and a lower quality of work. It is also notoriously why Americans spend $40 billion on coffee annually, averaging over 3 9oz cups a day. As Kelly puts it, "this is an international issue. Everybody is suffering and they don’t have to.”
Listening to music while in office can be a great stress reliever and may also help in boosting performance. Now, scientists have explained what music does to your brain and how you could benefit from it in the workplace. Their findings elaborate on the type of activity that can benefit from listening to music. In the…
Charles Young's insight:
Some people love music in the background at work and others don't, it also depends on the type of music being played and the activities you are doing at the time. Quite a complex topic.
Hiring is crucial for startups, because people make the company. Yet, many go wrong with employee selection. Practo’s Shashank ND and Matrix Partners’ Avnish Bajaj share tips on how to navigate that territory.
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