At Universal Events, Inc. we know that habits have a powerful impact on success. Many people strive to create good habits in their lives, from exercise programs to monthly budgets, in order to realize greater levels of achievement. Recent research reveals that what might be considered bad habits by many can have their benefits as well. Here are a few common habits that people consider bad, and how they can be a positive influence in the workplace.
- Messy Desks: A study at Northwestern University documented the effects of messiness on a person’s ingenuity. They found that participants were able to create more imaginative artwork and put puzzles together faster in a disorderly environment than an organized one. Seems that a little clutter really may help people think more creatively.
- Watching Baby Animal Videos: An experiment at Hiroshima University found that when subjects watched puppy and kitten videos, a caregiving instinct was triggered. Participants were shown to perform tasks with more care after watching the videos than before. Small doses of baby animals throughout the day may actually improve workplace efficiency.
- Checking Facebook: Having a social media network can be a huge distraction, but it can also provide accountability partners. Research done on networking and accountability shows that a social media network motivates people to complete their goals. Integrating social media into your organization’s communication toolkit can help you achieve goals as well.
Many habits that are considered detrimental are being shown to have their uses. Implement these bad habits into your business today for greater creativity, efficiency, and accountability.