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posted by girlwhowaspluggedout on Tuesday March 11 2014, @09:15PM   Printer-friendly
from the i-thought-those-perks-were-meant-to-keep-us-at-the-office-until-dawn dept.

lhsi writes:

"Research done by the Free University of Bozen-Bolzanohas in Italy concluded that happy software developers are better at solving analytical problems. 'Even simple and short activities', the researchers note, 'may impact the affective states of software developers.'

Many large software companies have been providing various perks to developers, hoping that they will become more productive. Based on a study of 42 students from the Faculty of Computer Science, this research seems to validate that practice. Its findings suggest that 'the happiest software developers are more productive in analytical problem solving performance.' This is in contradiction to previous studies, most of which concluding that negative affective states foster analytic problem-solving performance.

 
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  • (Score: 2, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 12 2014, @04:36AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 12 2014, @04:36AM (#15024)

    Look, Abe Maslow studied motivation 71 years ago, and as it turns out, people need some things to keep them happy before they can be creative and productive.

    1. Physiological needs: Air, water, food, sleep, etc. If you're not sleeping and eating regularly, there's no way you're productive.
    2. Safety: health, security of body, property, etc. If other people are constantly raping you and stealing your things, there's no way you're productive.
    3. Belonging: family, friendship, sex, etc. If you have no friends, your family hates you, and you can't get laid, there's no way you're productive.
    4. Esteem: self esteem and respect from others. If you have low self esteem and your coworkers hate you, there's no way you're productive.
    5. Self-actualization: problem solving and creativity. Only after you have fulfilled all your other needs do you have the ability to be truly creative.

    So let's see if I can rank myself on Maslow's hierarchy: my coworkers hate me, I can't get laid, I have no friends, and my family disapproves of me unconditionally. So yeah if I can't get past level 3 on the hierarchy, it's no wonder I'm not productive.

    Now I would consider getting raped, but that would just reduce me to level 2. Fun fact: I spent my childhood constantly sleep deprived because I grew up in a poorly heated, insect infested apartment and the insects would crawl on me while I was trying to sleep. So I've lived at level 1 too.

    Shiny happy productive people can go fuck themselves, mmkay?

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  • (Score: -1, Offtopic) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 12 2014, @11:04AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 12 2014, @11:04AM (#15167)

    I disagree with sex being on this list. I have all other things, and I don't feel like I need to have sex. Maybe it's just me, no sex drive. Fine. Guess I must be very lucky!

    What is missing though is alcohol, good music and some pot once in a while. Missing those, now that would make life miserable for me.

    • (Score: 1) by timbim on Wednesday March 12 2014, @01:16PM

      by timbim (907) on Wednesday March 12 2014, @01:16PM (#15239)

      Not even a tingle down there? Have you seen Megan Fox?

    • (Score: 1) by TK on Wednesday March 12 2014, @07:27PM

      by TK (2760) on Wednesday March 12 2014, @07:27PM (#15459)

      I think alcohol is covered under esteem.

      and I don't see why you were modded down. Your description fits the general theme of the comments: "happiness is different things to different people".

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