I’m a little later than usual getting out my newsletter this week.  Blame a nasty stomach flu.  I had to take some of my own medicine, relax for a few days and let my body catch up to my intentions!

Some newstories this week grabbed my attention.  One was on what characterizes great workplaces.  Both forbes.com and glassdoor.com run annual articles on the best places to work.  In a related story, there was a NY Times article on how relaxation leads to more productivity. http://tinyurl.com/a78r4u5

What do these stories have in common?  Unsurprisingly, great workplaces have a healthy organizational culture, characterized by trusting/valuing their employees (employees are listened to and don’t have to ‘check their brains at the door’), by impactful work (making a difference), by advancement opportunities, by great benefits, and by support of life-work balance.

Similarly, employees need to support themselves by alternating between spending and recovering energy.  The researcher in the article found a range of professions– top athletes, air traffic controllers, writers, musicians and office workers–typically work best in 90 minute segments, followed by a break.  Top athletes in particular rarely work for more than four and a half hours in a day total to allow for complete recovery between sessions.

And in an interesting twist, Ernst and Young found that for each additional ten hours of vacation taken, their employees’ year end performance ratings went up by 8%.

Renew means to make new or restore.
Recreation means to re-create or refresh one’s mind and body.
Relax means to rest or engage in an activity that makes you less tense or anxious.
Does your workplace support your productivity by incorporating enough opportunities for you to restore yourself?

Is there a way you can implement at least one of the 3 Rs (renew, recreate, relax) this week?

And may you all pursue your path with passion, purpose, power and peace!

Best wishes,

Elizabeth