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The Most Intelligent Groups Aren’t Just a Bunch of Smart People

It’s becoming increasingly important for businesses to think about themselves not just in terms of their productivity and efficiency, but also their intelligence. But how do you measure an organization’s intelligence? And with so many groups working remotely, can you measure an online group’s ... Read & React

Every challenge holds your next promotion—face it. Every challenge contains a hidden treasure—find it. Every challenge has the power to make you a leader—embrace it. Miguel Joey Aviles, Defense Civilian Emerging Leader Program

The Health Benefits of Going Outside

by James Hamblin, MD and Katherine Wells

As people spend more time indoors, ecotherapy has emerged as a way to help rebuild our relationships with nature—and improve mental and physical health. James Hamblin visits San Francisco to learn ... Read & React

5 Tips to Boost Your Employee Survey Ranking

It’s official: the morale of the federal workforce is the worst it’s been since they first started measuring.  Each year, the Partnership for Public Service conducts the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey across all agencies and departments. The FEVS can be one of the single greatest pain points for ... Read & React

The Complete Guide to Sitting at Your Desk

by Zainab Mudallal

By now, you’re probably sick of hearing about standing desks, with their promises of staving off obesity, diabetes, even death. (The craze is evident here at Quartz’s New York office, where a new standing desk pops up nearly every week.) But standing all day is not for everyone. For those who are ... Read & React

You Really Can Work Longer Hours Without Killing Your Productivity

by Sonali Kohli

So you think you’ve got it bad? According to a paper by Stanford economics professor John Pencavel, which The Economic Journal published online, back in World War I, the workweek stretched anywhere from 60 to 100 hours, to meet the demand for war-related materials. (Here is a pdf of a longer ... Read & React

How to Predict Personal Wealth

by Lucia Graves

Just as weight, nutrition, and exercise can give you an idea of someone's physical health, a few basic personal characteristics can predict financial well-being with surprising accuracy. Among them: Did you save any money last year? Did you miss payments on any obligations in the past year? And did ... Read & React

If I Were 22

by Katherine Archuleta Director of the Office of Personnel Management

A funny thing happens when you’re 22. You dream big. You work hard. You charge forward. But you are not so sure where you are going.  At 22, I had just graduated from college and had started teaching pre-K in an inner city school in Denver. My ambition was to be a great teacher. I thought that ... Read & React

The Myth of the Brain Game

In Phaedrus, Plato's 2,400-year-old set of dialogues, Socrates narrates a conversation between the King of Egypt, Thamus, and a god, Theuth. Theuth had invented various fields of learning, including arithmetic, astronomy, geometry, and writing, and he wanted the king to share them with his people. ... Read & React

Scientists Say They Have Found a Cure for Fear

by Sonali Kohli

If love can’t conquer all, at least now there’s hope that it conquers fear. Researchers at the University of Bonn in Germany found that doses of oxytocin can help eliminate fear. The hormone bonds to the amygdala (the emotional center of the brain) and parts of the prefrontal cortex. In addition ... Read & React

How Much Sleep Do Americans Trade for Work?

Among my Type A, career-minded friends, I've heard two opposing types of personal mantras for the amount of sleep a person should get. The first: 8 hours of sleep will help you be more awake and aware, and then you can work harder. The second: Sleep is for losers. The American Time Use Survey(ATUS) ... Read & React

The 10 Tell-Tale Signs Your Boss Doesn’t Like You

by Bernard Marr

Does your boss really like you? While it’s true that you don’t have to be bosom buddies with your boss in order to do your job, it certainly makes things a lot more difficult if there’s some personal dislike between you and your superiors. But how can you tell if you’re really disliked, or if ... Read & React