Here are some of the articles we’ve been reading around this office this week.
Forget Introverts Versus Extroverts, Ambiverts Might Have An Edge In Business – “If you are energized by intimate conversations, writing, solitude, focusing deeply on a topic without interruption, and working on your own, but you’re also energized by large groups, working with others, processing by talking through things, staying busy, and multitasking, you’re most likely an ambivert, says Hall.”
Infinite Scrolling, Pagination Or “Load More” Buttons? Usability Findings In eCommerce (Thanks to Jarrod Wubbels for recommending this article) – “Pagination is still the most popular way to load new items on a website because it ships by default in almost every single e-commerce platform. However, our usability test sessions found “Load more” buttons combined with lazy-loading to be a superior implementation, resulting in a more seamless user experience. We found that infinite scrolling can be downright harmful to usability — in particular, for search results and on mobile. However, it’s not black and white, because the performance of each method varies according to the context of the page.”
Companies Are Now Making Innovation Everyone’s Job (Thanks to Brian Zimmer for recommending this article) – “Yes, enterprise innovation conversations seem to be shifting more from the “how” to the “who.” Process and methodology debates have turned into the operational challenge of how best to boost people’s capabilities. For many firms, the innovation agenda is now as much about human capital investment as delivering new products and services.”
The Privacy Crisis (Thanks to Jarrod Wubbels for recommending this article) – “Throughout the world, too much interaction and not enough privacy has reached crisis proportions, taking a heavy toll on workers’ creativity, productivity, engagement and wellbeing. Without question, successful collaboration requires giving coworkers easy access to each other. But it also requires giving each individual the time and places to focus and recharge, and too many workplaces today aren’t delivering on privacy as a necessity.”
The Future of Wi-Fi Is 10,000 Times More Energy Efficient (Thanks to Matt Babcock for recommending this article) – “The student researchers invented a new type of hardware that uses 10,000 times less power than traditional Wi-Fi networking equipment. It’s called Passive Wi-Fi, and it works just like a home router, just more efficiently. To give some perspective, the state of the art in low power Wi-Fi transmissions today consume 100s of milliwatts of power, whereas the technology the student researchers developed consume only 10-50 microwatts—10,000 times lower power.”
Create The Perfect Playlist For Productive Work – “Music has a powerful relationship with our primal need to connect with others, but how does this translate over to our workdays? A study published in the Journal of Music Therapy found that listening to your favorite type of music lowers your perception of tension, making you more likely to be happier and productive during stressful situations (like at work).”