The value of an hour of work around the world

The Value of an Hour of Work

The Value of an Hour of Work

Thanks to, here’s an infographic about the value of an hour of work around the world, as measured by the GDP per capita, and divided by the average number of hours worked in that country.

Luxembourg and Norway are the standouts, and the Scandinavian countries in general all doing well.  I’m wondering if any readers have any insights as to what it is about Scandinavia that causes this pattern to emerge?


Treacherous, Tedious, Disgusting, and Difficult – the Worst Jobs in History

Courtesy of Lapham’s Quarterly, here are some of the worst jobs in the world throughout history.  Something to think about next time you’re having a bad day at work.

The worst jobs of the past 2000 years

The worst jobs in history, courtesy of Lapham’s Quarterly

Gender imbalances in Underemployment, Australia

Relative Underemployment of Females vs Males in Australia by Industry

Relative Underemployment of Females vs Males in Australia by Industry

Underemployment is often referred to as a type of “hidden unemployment” – workers who are being paid for one or more hours in a period are considered “employed”, but the reality is that some of these workers would like to be working more hours.  Doing some analysis on the Australian Bureau of Statistic’s latest underemployment survey yielded an interesting insight… Women are hugely over-represented in underemployment statistics in almost every industry. Continue reading

Right People, Right Place, Right Time – Wrong Mantra? A followup

Back in November, I wrote about how most people in the Strategic Workforce Planning space define it as having the right people, in the right place, at the right time – and that I felt that definition was misleading.  The original post is below, but what surprised me was two-fold:

1. It sparked a long discussion over on LinkedIn from people in the Strategic Workforce Planning space; and

2. It is by far the most visited post on a blog that has been around since 2007, despite having only been published in November.

Some of the key observations from people in the LinkedIn discussion for me were these: Continue reading

Rockstar employees get riders too

Yesterday news broke about Beyonce’s rider including $900 drinking straws, hand-carved ice balls, and a new toilet seat for each show.  This reminded me of some of the ridiculous requests rock stars get to make in their riders, those contract additions for food, drink, and – well, pretty much anything really. Continue reading

Emotional Contagion in the Workplace – Part II

Sneeze vector

Sneeze vector (Photo credit: 729:512)

In Emotional Contagion in the Workplace – Part I, I wrote about the existence of patterns that can affect productivity in ways that can’t be accurately forecast, and that emotional contagion is one of these patterns. In research published in 2010, researchers from Harvard formally demonstrated that emotions can be thought of as infectious diseases spreading across social networks, including at work.  The study looked at being “content” and “discontent” as two viruses, and found that these emotions could be “caught” from others in the social network. Continue reading