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Why work doesn’t happen at work

Written by Burt on 16 December 2010 One Comment

8-Hours, White walls

Corporate culture in many ways kills innovation. Your boss’s expectation that you need to be sitting at your desk in front of a computer for 8 hours a day in order to be productive is in my opinion, an innovation killer.

Your boss may feel you are less productive when you’re working from a cafe, from home, or at the local Starbucks. He/she may feel that you’re not working as hard or maybe not working at all. Yet it is in these environments that we are free to create without distraction and confinement. As a designer, I know that staring at the same four white walls fails to inspire me. I know that a simple walk in a park or garden may lead me down a mental path I had not anticipated and may potentially uncover ideas and concepts I would not have considered otherwise. My design inspiration is as Bob Ross would say, “a happy accident”. I’ve done some of my most creative work stumbling upon these happy accidents and none of them occurred while sitting behind my desk in the office.

Why work doesn’t happen at work

Take a moment to watch this TED talk, “Why work doesn’t happen at work”  by Jason Fried of 37Signals. Jason is the author of “Rework” which is a quick, easy, yet inspiring read. I admire his books, his company, and his message. I hope you are able to make some of the changes he suggests if your work environment allows it.

Creativity fosters innovation. Productivity kills it.

One Comment »

  • Doug Jeffs said:

    Mahalo for sharing these resources and commentary. Much of my most focused, productive thinking occurs while riding my bicycle during my lunchtime exercise break outdoors.

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