The Cognitive Impact of Shift Work

Working in shifts can lead to cognitive decline due to the disturbance of the circadian rhythm and subsequent hormonal irregularities, as well as neurobehavioral issues. This decline can manifest in several ways, such as reduced processing speed, impaired working memory, psychomotor vigilance, decreased cognitive control, and impaired visual attention. Shift work disrupts the body’s natural sleep-wake cycle and can negatively impact overall health, including an increased risk for chronic diseases such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Additionally, shift work has been linked to increased rates of depression, anxiety, and substance abuse. It is important for employers to consider the potential risks associated with shift work and implement measures to mitigate the negative effects on employees’ health and well-being.

Microsoft Japan’s 4-Day Workweek Increases Productivity by 40%

As part of its “Work Life Choice Challenge,” Microsoft Japan implemented a 4-day workweek by shutting down offices every Friday. This trial resulted in a remarkable 40% increase in productivity, as measured by sales per employee, compared to the same period the previous year.

Furthermore, the shortened workweek resulted in a host of other benefits for employees, such as reduced electricity consumption and lower commuting costs, leading to a boost in morale and a reduction in work-related stress. This experiment has since inspired other companies to adopt similar policies, highlighting the potential benefits of work-life balance initiatives for both employees and employers alike.

The earliest known résumé is credited to…

The earliest known résumé is credited to Leonardo da Vinci, who created it when applying for the position of military engineer for the Duke of Milan. It primarily consists of a list of his designs for siege weapons, including trebuchets. He also included a brief statement about his artistic skills, “In painting, I can do everything possible.” He was ultimately hired for the job.

The iconic billboard from the “Boeing Bust” era of the 1970s

This billboard was displayed in the early 1970s during a recession that saw Boeing lay off about 70,000 workers. (Greg Gilbert/The Seattle Times)

When Boeing fired over 70,000 employees in Seattle during the 1970s Boeing Bust, a billboard was placed on the highway leaving Seattle stating: “Will the last person leaving Seattle turn out the lights.”