About Lynn Patra

Lynn Patra’s independent research work involves keeping up on the latest, cutting-edge trends and changes in the world of work in the Information Age. She also works as a Research Analyst and Consultant at Better Collaboration. Lynn has been a lifelong learner in the field of psychology since age 11 culminating in a M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and some doctoral-level coursework in Social Psychology. For the past several years after formal education, she has devoted herself to the study of the genetic roots of personality and, more recently, how this relates to the need for finding suitable work roles and working conditions.

#HRPA2015: Why Your Organization Needs More Rebels, Heretics, and Weirdos

Lynn Patra:

Here’s a post I’ve been meaning to share as it resonates with me deeply. Those of us who consider ourselves freethinkers and enjoy the process and benefits of honest, spirited debate and conflict have probably, at one time or another, experienced a form of oppression in situations where cultural norms overemphasize social harmony, cooperation, and cohesion. The problem with striving for an atmosphere of perpetual warmth and agreement, as Jane Watson describes, is that great ideas get squashed. Hence, going against conventional wisdom with regard to hiring for cultural fit is especially important for organizations that aim to be innovative. Watson’s post provides a thought-provoking alternative view on what makes a great team, so check it out!

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What a whirlwind at the 2015 HRPA Annual Conference this week! On day one, following three keynotes, 2 sessions, lots of coffee, and two after-parties later, I arrived home with a brain full of ideas and an iPhone full of notes. Here’s my first post from this week’s HRPA Annual Conference 2015:

Why Your Organization Needs More Rebels, Heretics, and Weirdos

Take a second and think about the best team that you have ever been part of. What made the team great? What did it feel like to be part of it? How did the team members interact with one another?

If the team you’re thinking of was the picture of harmony and cooperation, it might be worth questioning your rose-coloured recollections of just how great it actually was. In the session “When Getting Along Doesn’t Equal Results” Nicole Bendaly notes that while harmony and cohesiveness often figure into our…

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How to Become an Instagram Instaguru [Infographic]

When I first started using Pinterest, I thought finding and pinning images would just be a frivolous activity I’d engage in when I’m bored. While I don’t spend a lot of time there, I have found it to be more entertaining than I initially expected. For those who really know how to use it, another potential benefit of using such imaged-based social media tools is that they can be an effective way to find and connect with others who have interests in common and, at the same time, promote oneself or one’s business. I’m more of a recreational user but, for those who’re curious, my boards can be found here. As a forewarning, I’ve somehow managed to amass a large image collection of featherless, baby parrots which some people find freaky… though I think they’re rather cute!

Having found Pinterest to be more interesting and useful than I anticipated, I became curious about Instagram’s potential as a practical tool for networking and promotion. Fortunately, I just found the following guide which offers tips worth thinking about if you’re interested in using Instagram to promote your business or yourself as professional. Have you used Instagram and have tips to share? Feel free to comment and share them! Continue reading

Flipside Workspace User Experience Study – Official Call for Participants

The Flipside Workspace user experience study is set to begin! Hence, I am providing full details about the procedure and reward for participating. For 40-45 minutes of participation time, which includes partaking in an interactive one-on-one meeting and successfully completing an online survey before the conclusion of the study on March 1, 2015 Pacific Standard Time, each participant is automatically eligible to receive a $25.00 Amazon.com e-gift certificate from Flipside Workspace as a token of appreciation.

Note that this study is limited to 10 participants so I will accept participants in the order in which participant agreement to consent form terms (a document emailed to each interested individual) is received. In other words, the first 10 people who choose to participate will be accepted. Others will be placed on a waiting list and, in the event that a participant does not complete the study, another interested participant will be notified and allowed to participate. Continue reading

Why I Love Working in a Digital Workplace

Lynn Patra:

How did your transition back to work after the holidays go? For those who work from home and have yet to take down their holiday decorations, returning to work can pose a greater challenge. In this post, Lisa Duncan, co-founder of Flipside Workspace, briefly describes how an online collaboration platform that includes an immersive virtual environment facilitates separation between home and work as well as prime us, mentally, to go back to work. As an avid gamer, I’ve experienced how rich, virtual environments can transport us into a different world and put us in a completely different mindset. So I think Lisa makes an excellent point about the value 3D virtual environments can offer to remote workers.

Originally posted on Lisa Duncan | Alternative Workstyle Enthusiast:

Flipside Workspace conference room meetingIt’s my first day back after a fabulous and disconnected vacation.  I love these times where I get to fully disengage from work – energy, creativity, and inspiration swirl around me giving me months of “work” just to catch up with my thoughts. Only the heartiest of ideas make it through memory and grit into execution, a kind of Darwinian business process.

Today I was excited to get back to work, to catch up with my colleagues and exchange ideas. I was ready…sort of.

You see, I work from home and it’s after New Year’s.   Two weeks of fun and festivities means many decorations are still hanging in the house and the onslaught of stuff from a household racing out the door each morning to school or work is still scattered about.  So many distractions.

I love that mental separation of “go to work”.  I need that mental separation.  But where is…

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2014 In Review for Work-Life Strategies & Solutions

Following an unexpected hiatus, I’m back just in time to provide the annual WordPress year-end report for my blog. Although I wasn’t as prolific as I was last year, I thought I’d publish the report in case anyone wants to see blog-related information such as what the most popular posts were and, at the same time, show my appreciation to WordPress for providing this service to bloggers.

Now, onto plans for next year. First off, I’d like to affirm that the Flipside Workspace user research project (which I mentioned in my previous post) is still happening. So, be on the lookout for a post that will spell out the details in January and consider participating! Among some other major projects I’ll be undertaking is the launching of my YouTube channel later on in the year. Content-wise, the channel won’t be related to this blog but, when it’s launched, I’ll make some mention of it as an opportunity to connect on interests that go beyond the focus of this blog.

As some of you may have guessed, I’ll be attempting to remake myself professionally. I hope that this undertaking will grant me ample opportunity to learn and share nuggets of information about reinventing yourself as a professional. On that note, I ask my readers, what are your plans for next year? Will you be changing anything? If so, how have you planned to go about it?

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,500 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

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Giving thanks to my readers & looking ahead to an opportunity to participate in user experience research

The Thanksgiving holiday reminds those of us in the United States to set aside time to express gratitude for what we have. Although there are a couple of weeks before the occasion arrives, I’ve decided to go ahead and write my thanksgiving post. I don’t blog just to chronicle my research efforts and knowledge about modern work-related issues. I blog to provide useful information to others and spread awareness of issues that don’t receive a lot of attention. So reader feedback and interaction has helped me learn what issues garner the most concern.

Also, as many of you are also bloggers, you probably know as well as I do how much hard work and dedication it takes to consistently develop content. A couple of years ago, before I wrote my first post, I thought blogging would be much easier. Along the way, I’ve received a lot of praise for my writing but I’ve learned that blogging is much more than writing well. Blogging also requires tremendous creative effort. Continue reading

Sitting Is Killing You [Infographic]

Just in time for Halloween season! Here are some scary figures illustrating some health consequences of spending much of our days seated. We have been hearing about the health hazards of sedentary office work more recently, so none of this may come as a surprise.

Sitting around watching television or engaging in computer-related activities during our free time is, of course, a choice that some of us make. Unless you have a standing desk or treadmill desk however, you’re likely required to spend most of your workday sitting if you are an office worker. It’s common for commuting to add another 1-2 hours to this, leading to the total of 9.3 hours spent sitting down per day as cited below. Telecommuting can make a difference by freeing up time that many of us need in order to fit in physical activity. While considering the option to telecommute, keep in mind that the good health of individual employees is also important for the organizations they work for.

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