No Time to Lose: A Search for Work / Life Balance

More work and overwork music for the playlist by notimetolose
June 30, 2008, 2:19 pm
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Over 15 more songs have been added to the playlist, thanks to the suggestions emailed in by Leigh.

Here are a few alternative links for the songs I was unable to find out the website hosting the list…

Butterfingers – I love Work

Dead Kennedys – Take This Job and Shove It

Bernard Cribbins – Hole in the Ground

Bernard Cribbins – Right Said Fred

Nellie McKay – Work Song

A great skive: Read at Work! by aschoneb
June 27, 2008, 8:11 pm
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A post from Abby…

screen capture of Read at Work website

A friend of mine just forwarded me this article about the site Read at Work, which is an incentive sponsored by the New Zealand Book Council that is designed to encourage people to read…on company time!

The interface is designed to look exactly like Windows, and the short stories, poems, etc are made to look like businessy powerpoint presentations, so you can look busy while reading New Zealand’s literary works and classic novels.

I think this project is entirely in keeping with the mood of NTTL — glad to know there are more of us out there. Perhaps we should take the show to New Zealand next!

“Having Enough Time to Do What They Want is Key for Canadians” by notimetolose
June 25, 2008, 7:27 pm
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I just came across a national public opinion poll recently circulated by Angus Reid Strategies.

The most interesting aspect (in terms of this blog) is as right at the beginning of the press release, so I’ll repost it here:

Having Enough Time to Do What They Want is Key for Canadians

Religion and wealth at bottom end of scale; men place more importance on
marriage than women.

[VANCOUVER – Jun. 9, 2008] – Having enough leisure time, being successful in their careers and doing volunteer work are all more important to Canadians than following their religious beliefs, being wealthy and getting married, a new Angus Reid Strategies poll reveals.

In the online survey of a representative national sample, 96 per cent of respondents say having enough free time to do what they want is very important or moderately important to them. Achieving career success (89%), volunteering (74%) and having children (72%) are also high on the scale of accomplishments.

Hmmm… Could this mean that change is on the horizon?

A little more on lunch “hours” by notimetolose
June 24, 2008, 8:15 pm
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Reposted from 360 ezine … click to read the whole article

Let’s start with the numbers. The Steelcase research found that the traditional U.S. lunch hour has shrunk to more of a lunch break—just 31 minutes. Fifty-five percent of workers take a half an hour or less for lunch. Women are much more likely to take shorter lunches than men (61% vs. 48%).


“We’re double-tasking, eating lunch over the keyboard tray and trying to get work done at the same time,” says Richard Bliss, vice president and senior designer at Solomon Cordwell Buenz in Chicago. “You grab fifteen minutes of break time because your schedule is so chaotic, and you’d rather take a short break at lunch so you can get out of the office at a decent time at the of the day.”


Down Under, Australians say they’re just too busy to nosh at noon. One in three skips lunch at least once a week. One in ten rarely or never has it. In a poll conducted by ACNeilsen Omnibus, one in five Australians takes less than 20 minutes for lunch, one-third of lunchers dine for just 20-30 minutes, and only 16% enjoy a comparatively luxurious 45-60 minutes for lunch. [3]


“Lunch is a kind of telltale sign about large issues in the workplace. With the global nature of business, a larger pool of competitors, downsizing every industry, a general reluctance to add staff too quickly, employees need to work harder and longer,” says Chris Congdon, corporate marketing manager for Steelcase. “Our professional and personal lives are busier than ever. Something’s got to give, and it looks like it’s lunch.”


Still, if you’re looking for reasons to fit in an outside bite, lunch can help you:

1. Develop business relationships

Network, meet-and-greet and — who knows? — maybe strike a deal.

2. Get to know your coworkers and clients

How often have you said, “We ought to go to lunch”?

3. Get to know your employees

Lunch can help strengthen any relationship.

4. Generate some innovative thinking

“Scheduled brainstorming” is an oxymoron. An informal lunch helps people relax and open up.

5. Rest your unconscious

Picking up the dry cleaning isn’t always relaxing because your brain gets no break. “Lunch out” can mean “veg out.”

6. Mentor someone

With everyone working harder and longer, lunch may be the best way to transfer wisdom from old hands to younger workers.

7. Get healthy

Nutritionists say making lunch part of a consistent meal plan helps control weight, boosts energy and concentration levels, and promotes general wellness. Or, you can just order the ribs platter.

8. Fuel your afternoon

Food gurus say a high-fiber, low-fat lunch provides the longest-lasting energy to help you avoid an afternoon slump.

9. Refresh and recharge
Everyone needs a break. Midday is the perfect time.

10. Give your coworkers a break
We all need some space once in a while.

“Staff take 22-minute lunch hour” by notimetolose
June 24, 2008, 7:58 pm
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Reposted from via mention of a colleague

“Staff take 22-minute lunch hour”
Tuesday June 24 2008

Work is eating into the average lunch break which now stands at 22 minutes, a survey has found.

And three out of four employees are under so much pressure to get work done they are choosing to take their break at their desks.

While the second most popular food choice three years ago was the traditional pub lunch, such a leisurely option no longer ranks in the top five.

A poll of 2,672 employees across Ireland found a jacket potato [aka baked potato — ed.] was the most popular food choice for a work meal-time, followed by fruit, pre-packed salad, pre-packed sandwiches and chips.

The average time spent taking a lunch break has dropped by just over half from 45 minutes when the survey was last carried out in 2005 by recruitment firm Peninsula Ireland, which advises workers on employment law.

“Irish employees are finding themselves too far behind at work to take a full lunch hour,” said Peninsula Ireland chief Alan Price.

Instead, many were choosing to eat at their desks and weren’t taking a proper amount of rest.

Mr Price said such a practice was “counter-productive” because it made staff tired at the end of the day and led to poorer quality of work.

Mr Price said Irish employers were legally obliged to give employees an hour’s break if they worked an eight-hour shift.

“Employees are well within their rights to demand they are given appropriate breaks and I would advise them to ensure that they take their full hour’s entitlement,” he said.

“A full break allows workers to rest and refresh themselves so they are ready for the afternoon. There are laws in place for a reason and it is actually less efficient for employees to take short breaks as productivity and work rate suffer.”

(also covered by and RTÉ.ie)

Preliminary Installation Photos by notimetolose
June 22, 2008, 11:19 pm
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I’ll be the first to admit, my camera is great for snapshots of social situations, but it’s not particularly reliable for great, crisp images… the sort you’d want to document an exhibition.

So, please find below a set of preliminary photos of the No Time to Lose installation. PVA will be taking some properly lit images for archival purposes. IIUC, Cathy documented her installation at the library, as well. I look forward to seeing them!

Remember, larger versions of these images are available at our Flickr page

The introductory text panel


Project Skive

A closer look

Desk Project and Workplaces at Night (pictured from Project Skive)

Desk Project and Workplaces at Night

One of the videos installed in Desk Project

Workplaces at Night

Workplaces at Night

Desk Project, Project Skive, and Roam/Stray

Here are some better photos from Anja S’ Flickr Page…

Two image stills of Workplaces at Night, as projected

Two image stills from the video channel presented on a monitor

A detail of an image presented as part of Roam/Stray

A detail of Cathy’s installation, 24/7 at Work

Panel Discussion by notimetolose
June 22, 2008, 10:40 pm
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The next day, from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. , we held an informal lunch time discussion to not only discuss the motivation of the exhibition and each featured artwork, but to discuss the wider phenomenon of overwork… what causes it and why society can’t seem to say “no”.

As shown in the photos below, the conversation was video recorded. Adam and Sean will be editing it down to a something akin to an exhibition “trailer”. At a later date, we’ll excerpt from it for our forthcoming publication.

Let’s keep the conversation going here!! If you have questions or ideas, please share them with us!

A Celebratory Dinner Together by notimetolose
June 22, 2008, 10:33 pm
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A much appreciated opportunity to unwind and relax, reflect, and acknowledge our collaborative creation…

Opening Reception by notimetolose
June 22, 2008, 10:30 pm
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From the sounds of it, there are many more photos to come! Stay tuned! Or, if you have photos, please let me know! It would be great to share them here =-)

Last Minute Details by notimetolose
June 22, 2008, 10:23 pm
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More photos taken on Thursday, just before the opening…

Anja making last minute changes

Adjusting the lighting

Thank you, Karina, for letting us use your desk as scaffolding!

Always aiming for perfection… Saki’s last minute “vacuuming” by hand

Our volunteer van driver said he wouldn’t agree to the duty without the appropriate chauffeur’s cap. Of course, none of us could resist trying it on first!