Pain Gets Largest Share of Attention
Do you know why it’s impossible to concentrate with a splitting headache, an aching back or the throb of carpal tunnel? There is a region of the brain responsible for processing both working memory and pain, and when you’re in pain, guess what gets priority. According to functional magnetic resonance imaging performed by Ulrike Bingel and other researchers at Germany’s Univeristy Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, applying pain to volunteer’s hands increased activity in areas involved in pain processing and decreased activity in the areas working on performing the assigned task. This study reflects the growing understanding that preventing worker injuries and accomodating worker’s needs for injury recovery pay off in multiple ways for employers. And for doctors weighing the cognitive side effects of prescribing strong painkillers such as opiates, it’s a reminder that the pain may be even more debilitating.
Imagine this newsletter I received today.
- Nine bullet-pointed links
- Five points start with the company name
- Three more continue the hard sell, but manage to refrain from mentioning the name
- A final point mentioning a recently-released study may be of interest to their target audience, but by this point it’s obvious where this item will be headed as well
If they’re this self-centered when they’re trying to woo you, what will their priorities be after you sign? This is a relatively successful firm, and the attitude they typify is also one of the reasons management consultants have a less than stellar reputation. This attitude is also what motivates many consultants to venture out to start their own firm. We believe our clients are our number one priority. Through service to them we hope to remove some of the tarnish on our profession, one client at a time.
Setting Expectations for Keeping Up With the Joneses
You know the old saying about lying with statistics? Well supress your amazement when reading here about organizations sometimes issuing press releases using genuine statistics to mislead and drive the profits of an industry segment, in this case those making money off of weddings. Mean, median, mode…who cares?