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The Busyness Paradox

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The world of work is a world of paradox. In this podcast, we tackle your everyday workplace or office environment topics, challenges, or activities. We also discuss trends and strategy in business. Our end goal is to help managers stamp out bad practices and help employees deal with them. Drs. Frank Butler and Paul Harvey, two management professors, co-host this podcast. We encourage your participation in our podcast by asking questions or sharing your experiences with us.

The world of work is a world of paradox. In this podcast, we tackle your everyday workplace or office environment topics, challenges, or activities. We also discuss trends and strategy in business. Our end goal is to help managers stamp out bad practices and help employees deal with them. Drs. Frank Butler and Paul Harvey, two management professors, co-host this podcast. We encourage your participation in our podcast by asking questions or sharing your experiences with us.

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The world of work is a world of paradox. In this podcast, we tackle your everyday workplace or office environment topics, challenges, or activities. We also discuss trends and strategy in business. Our end goal is to help managers stamp out bad practices and help employees deal with them. Drs. Frank Butler and Paul Harvey, two management professors, co-host this podcast. We encourage your participation in our podcast by asking questions or sharing your experiences with us.

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English

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Episodes

Expanding the Compressed Workweek

7/6/2022
With all the changes brought about by Covid-19, you might not be surprised to hear about a huge uptick in research on the effects of shortened work weeks. You might be surprised to hear that this sudden burst of scholarly interest began - and ended - in the 1970s. What did our (presumably) bell-bottomed forebears learn about the pros and cons of ditching the traditional five-day workweek? Why did it take a pandemic to rekindle our interest?

Duration:00:36:17

Busy Signals

6/1/2022
There is such a thing as "good" busyness - that baseline euphoria you feel when you're humming along, pummeling your to-do list like it owes you money. There's also such a thing as fake busyness - that absurd phenomenon where adults convene in an office and pretend to be doing important work stuff. Look over at your employees or coworkers. Which type of busyness do you see? Are you sure? Join us as we discuss the telltale signs of a culture that rewards fake busyness and some things...

Duration:00:29:49

Time For Niksen (not that Nixon)

5/18/2022
That's it! We're starting a church... Links to articles, episodes and topics discussed in this episode: 0:30 - The U.S. tried permanent daylight saving time in the 1970s — then quickly rejected it 2:10 - What Happened the Last Time the U.S. Tried to Make Daylight Saving Time Permanent? 3:30 - The Nocturnals 5:40 - Nixing Busyness with Niksen 13:42 - We Put the Cult in Culture 17:11 - Goldman Sachs wants workers back in office 5 days a week—‘a stampede’ of other companies could follow,...

Duration:00:34:22

WFH is Dead! Long Live WFH!

4/23/2022
Every few months someone proclaims the death of this working-from-home silliness. Citing indisputably indisputable sources, they assure us that our long nightmare of comfort and efficiency is over. "Rejoice!" they tell us! All who toil in their comfy clothes under the scornful eye of their pet cat, "Buttons"...fear not! The commutes, cubicles, and in-person meetings that are the God-given right of every man, woman and child with at least an associates degree from a regionally accredited...

Duration:00:32:59

Resigners' Regrets

4/11/2022
Been a whole lot of quitting goin' on these past couple years. Early on we celebrated triumphant stories of the over-worked and under-appreciated declaring that enough was enough. These days we're hearing less inspiring tales, where reasonably content employees change jobs and find that the greener pasture they sought was actually an algae-covered swamp. Join us as we lean heavily on internet dating metaphors to describe the simple tactics employees and employers can use to look before they...

Duration:00:31:22

Calling Out Kardashian

4/4/2022
Here at the Busyness Paradox, we share a deep and sincere commitment to not giving a rat's a** about the antics of the inexplicably famous. But we bear no ill will toward those who lean in to the meta-paradoxical wonderland of unearned success and fame derived from being famous. Except when the undisputed queen of this leisure class declares 51% of the population to be lazy dregs who "don't want to work." We don't know much about you Kim Kardashian, but we've got a bone to pick with...

Duration:00:34:17

Optimal Busyness? Let's Ask An Expert

3/21/2022
Excessive busyness is bad, especially when you don't have enough of it. Not gonna lie, even we at “The Busyness Paradox” didn’t see that busyness paradox coming. Two researchers in France did, however, and we’re joined by one of them! Dr. Ioana Lupu’s recently-published study shows how our relentless pursuit of “optimal busyness” - that euphoric, Goldilocks state of productivity that exists between being underworked and overwhelmed, and always seems juuust out of reach - can lead us down the...

Duration:00:49:23

Untangling the Paradox of The Busyness Paradox

3/14/2022
As the Business Paradox returns from a quick break, we take a few minutes to answer your questions, take stock of the Business Paradox's first 15 months of existence, and reflect on the time we started a heated hoodie cult.

Duration:00:51:37

Billion-Dollar Bonus Beatdown: More Breaking News!

2/4/2022
This just in: A guy asked for a billion-dollar bonus. Late-breaking reports (from last week) indicate that it went...poorly. As always, The Busyness Paradox is nowhere near the action, bringing you our on-the-spot analysis of this ballsy Bolivian billionaire's brash beatdown (fine, "Bolivian-American" but we had a good thing going with that alliteration). Mentioned in this "breaking news" episode: Masayoshi Son - Founder, CEO and Chairman of SoftBank, CEO of Softbank Mobile Marcelo Claure...

Duration:00:16:14

Inflation and the Paradoxical Pay Raise

1/31/2022
What’s a paradoxical pay raise? It’s the kind where you get a raise and earn less than you did before. “Impossible!” you say? Odds are good you’ll soon think differently. On the one hand, companies big and small are socking away money to dole out raises in 2022. On the other, inflation is licking its lips, ready to devour those raises and go back for seconds. Join us as we discuss strategies for navigating this bumpy terrain with your buying power (mostly) intact. Mentioned in This...

Duration:00:28:18

Lead People, Manage Things: The Curt Tueffert Interview

1/17/2022
Believe it or not, there was a time when having house cats interrupt work meetings was considered weird. Alas, we’ve been doing this pandemic thing for almost two years now and things have changed. We decided it was a good time to get a boots-on-the-ground perspective on just what those changes look like and how real-world companies have adapted. Join us as we discuss the new world of leadership, sales, work/life-balance, Zoom mishaps and much more with guest Curt Tueffert, Vice President of...

Duration:00:49:52

The Year of Gettin' S**T Done

1/9/2022
It’s time for one of our favorite new year’s traditions: blatantly ripping off another podcast’s new year’s tradition! Taking inspiration from the excellent Cortex show’s use of yearly themes, we take stock of our “Year of Structure” and look ahead to 2022’s theme. Join our discussion about how the “annual theme” approach can improve your work and non-work lives and let us know what wacky workplace topics you’d like us to dig into in the year ahead. Stuff Mentioned In This Episode: 0:32 -...

Duration:00:37:13

Broken Bones Break Logic In Breaking News

12/17/2021
*****BREAKING NEWS!!!****** Your (sort of) regularly scheduled episode of The Busyness Paradox has been postponed so that we can bring you coverage of a stunning development unfolding in Germany. Just moments ago, we learned that, 8 days ago, a German court single-handedly raised the bar for paradoxical workplace...stuff. In its landmark ruling, the Bundessozialgericht ruled that injuries sustained during an employee's morning commute from his bed to his desk constitute a workplace injury...

Duration:00:10:53

When The Boss Burns Out

12/10/2021
Many people experience job burnout at some point in their lives. When they do, it's often the boss that takes the blame. But what happens when the boss burns out? Companies have been learning the answer to that question the hard way since the pandemic started. While executives develop policies to meet employees' needs for safe and flexible work arrangements, the actual implementation of these ever-changing policies has quietly pushed many a boss to the brink. Join us as we tip our caps to...

Duration:00:30:17

The 15-Hour Workweek

11/30/2021
Imagine a life where technological gains make us so productive that 15 hours a week constitutes a “full-time” job. The insane ramblings of two would-be men of leisure? Indeed. But also the prediction of a famous economist. No not the movie guy, the other one: John Maynard Keynes. According to his 1930 prediction, not only is such a reality possible, we’re about 20 years late in achieving it. Was Keynes wrong or have we squandered our productivity gains on busywork? People, Places and Other...

Duration:00:21:49

Boring Job Burnout

11/18/2021
Feeling overworked and dreaming of a new job with lots of downtime? One where marathon solitaire sessions fill the time between naps and happy hours? Careful what you wish for…making 10 hours of work fill a 40-hour week ain’t all it’s cracked up to be. If your employer is infected with the busyness bug, you’re likely to experience the delightfully paradoxical form of burnout that occurs when you’re actually underworked but everyone around you is pretending to be overworked. Tune in as we try...

Duration:00:41:02

Much Ado About WUSI

11/17/2021
A while back, we published an episode called "Who You Callin' WUSI?" about the simple assessment we developed to measure employees' propensity to perceive abusive managerial behaviors where others do not. The show got way more interest than we anticipated, so naturally we've been looking for an excuse to revisit our beloved WUSI scale. So you can imagine our excitement when we learned that two researchers from the University of North Carolina - Charlotte were investigating the impact of WUSI...

Duration:01:02:38

Twice The Work In Half The Hours: The Dual-Career Individual

11/5/2021
Have you ever considered supplementing your full-time job with...another full-time job? Is it even possible to work two full-time jobs simultaneously? In this episode we learn that yes, yes it is. How? By leveraging the inefficiencies of the arbitrary 40-hour work week (ruthlessly exposed by the shift to remote work) and using the idle time of one full-time job to do another full-time job. Sound crazy? Go ask the growing community of employees that have begun to live by the motto: "Work Two...

Duration:00:29:02

The Paranormal Paradox: Managing the Undead

10/29/2021
In the spirit of Halloween, we reflect on how a failed attempt at finding a gas station in upstate Vermont led us to ponder the question: do ghosts affect the workplace? No really, hear us out. Even if YOU don't believe in ghosts, some of your employees probably do. So what do you do if your staff refuses to work third shift, clean that one hotel room, or serve that semi-translucent customer who just materialized out of thin air? These are the questions no one's asking folks, but that won't...

Duration:01:05:53

Nixing Busywork With Niksen

10/1/2021
You know those expressions like, "do more by doing less" and "work smarter not harder"? Bush league. In this episode we reveal the true secret to doing more: doing nothing. To much of the world, it's a bafflingly paradoxical truth. To the Dutch, it's simply called niksen. Articles and Books Mentioned in the Episode: Niksen: Why the Dutch concept of doing nothing is the key to happiness - The Times How I learnt the Dutch art of doing nothing - The Times Invent and Wander: The Collected...

Duration:00:30:30