Author Archives: Scott Crabtree

Does listening to music help or hurt work performance?

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Audience Question: Is it ok to listen to music while working? (This audience question was asked and answered at a presentation of The Science of Being Happy and Productive at Work to the Enumclaw, Washington School District faculty and staff. … Continue reading

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Get Moving and Grooving at Work!

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When I learned that exercise boosts mood and decreases depression on top of all the other health benefits, I made a vow to not let three days in a row go by without some physical activity in my life. In fact, this … Continue reading

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Hire a set of strengths? Yes, and no.

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First, a lame apology/excuse for not blogging in a while. I’ve been…wait for it…you know what’s coming…busy! I know, we all are, and it’s not a good excuse. Thanks for your patience. Now, onto a new blog entry. I often … Continue reading

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Audience question: How can I make my happiness more contagious than my coworker’s unhappiness?

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Scientific data clearly shows that happiness is contagious – and so are negative attitudes. In graphics showing the distribution of happier and less happy people, you will find obvious clusters of happiness and unhappiness–not a random distribution. But in what … Continue reading

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Book Summary and Review of We: How to Increase Performance and Profits through Full Engagement by Rudy Karsan and Kevin Kruse

We: How to Increase Performance and Profits through Full Engagement

We: How to Increase Performance and Profits through Full Engagement is so titled because the authors view employee engagement as a partnership between employees and their employers. I couldn’t agree more. Pay for Performance and Employee Engagement Early on in the … Continue reading

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3 habits that deteriorate your mood at work – and the hacks to counteract them.

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We can all easily list external factors that will take the joy out of work. Unrealistic deadlines, a constantly negative team member, or construction noise are all obviously destructive to a good mood. Chances are, we each have our own … Continue reading

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Book summary and review: 12: The Elements of Great Managing by Rodd Wagner and James K. Harter

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12: The Elements of Great Managing introduces the Q12, a set of twelve questions that Gallup uses to measure employee engagement. Gallup’s extensive data suggests these 12 questions are key to measuring the things that make a performance difference.  These … Continue reading

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Meaning, Autonomy, and Openness: Three Mindset Hacks

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In the process of developing my serious game, I have been distilling many of the relatively small but enormously effective changes individuals and companies can implement to boost happiness and productivity into sets of related hacks. 

Even after immersing myself … Continue reading

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Book Summary & Review: Employee Engagement 2.0

employee engagement 2.0

Kevin Kruse keeps employee engagement short and sweet. In Employee Engagement 2.0: How to Motivate Your Team for High Performance (A Real-World Guide for Busy Managers), which many will read in under an hour, he delivers a lot of important … Continue reading

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Why play at work? For fun and learning!

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Do you ever play at work? Should you? If you are a regular reader of this blog or participated in a Happy Brain Science workshop, you know that I ground virtually everything I say in science. You also know that … Continue reading

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