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Lego released a new product for blind and visually impaired children. The new braille bricks will allow children to learn the touch writing system through play and will be fully compatible with existing Lego bricks.
Our View: Promoting inclusion with your products, services, and leadership style goes beyond the benefits of better communication and team building. When leaders are inclusive, they broaden their observations and expand their ideation and exploration for further new and innovative ideas. Further Reading
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The Ikea effect was first described in a 2011 paper in the Journal of Consumer Psychology where Michael Norton, Daniel Mochon, and Dan Ariely wrote “that labor alone can be sufficient to induce greater liking for the fruits of one’s labor.” (Ikea’s products typically require some assembly.) The growing popularity of meal kits also shows that ready-made solutions are not always the best answer, and a little challenge can boost customer satisfaction.
Our View: Employees also like to feel satisfaction in their work. A great way to encourage your employees to feel ownership and accomplishment is by thoroughly describing the reasons behind their tasks and explaining how their work contributes to the bigger picture. Whenever possible, let your employees determine how they will accomplish any given assignment, and delegate authority, not just work. Further Reading
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For the first time, the World Health Organization issued guidelines for how much screen time children should get, and it’s that kids under five years old should not spend more than one hour watching screens every day and that less is better. While critics of the guidelines say that it undervalues context and content of use, many people assert that the guidelines were needed to address the increasing amount of sedentary behavior in the general population.
Our View: Digital wellness is a burgeoning field of study, and adults are increasingly looking to promote it in their children and themselves. Many mobile phone applications have features to promote productivity, and new applications with blocking software are popping up to increase focus and encourage deep work training. Further Reading
Making online shopping even easier, all Kohl’s stores will now accept Amazon returns from customers. Amazon customers can now avoid the headache of returning items through the post and simply return them in person at Kohl’s. Kohl’s will benefit from the partnership as well with increased foot traffic into their stores.
Our View: Customers value convenience, but different customers may define convenience differently. (Some people find mail-in returns easier than in-person and vice versa.) Understanding your customers may mean developing multiple solutions to accommodate their diverse preferences. Further Reading
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The Impossible Burger, created by Impossible Foods, a company founded by Patrick O. Brown in 2011, is a plant-based burger made to replicate the flavor, texture, and aroma of beef. While the Impossible Burger is higher in certain vitamins and minerals than beef burgers, it is also higher in salt and carbohydrates.
Our View: When improvements are made at your organization, whether it’s to systems, processes, products, or services, there may be drawbacks that come along with the advancements. Employees often fear telling their bosses the whole truth about workplace problems because such honesty could be career-limiting. One solution to this problem is hosting anonymous crowdsourcing sessions, so it’s easier for employees to tell the whole truth. Further Reading