Health, Self-Realisation

Valuing hygiene factors

A hygiene factor is something you miss when it’s gone, but barely notice when it’s there.

Clean sheets at a hotel, for example. The base salary at a job. Your title.

Every time you add one of these factors to consumer or employee expectation, you’ve signed up for a lifetime of providing that benefit. You’ve made it more difficult for the competition to keep up. And you’ve raised the standards for everyone.

They’re important, but their presence doesn’t motivate people. It’s only when they disappear that we think about them.

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Do You Work While You Eat?

People who were making and tasting lemonade while memorizing a seven-digit number ended up with a 50% higher sugar concentration in the drink than people who were memorizing just one number, say Reine C. van der Wal of Radboud University Nijmegen and Lotte F. van Dillen of Leiden University, both in the Netherlands. This and other experiments suggest that dealing with a cognitive load dulls the experience of taste (not just sweet but also salty and sour), leading people to drink or eat more in order to obtain a pleasurable experience. Abstaining from cognitive activities during meals may enhance taste perception and limit over consumption, the researchers say.

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