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This Crazy Experiment with Vacation Time Could Boost Your Employees’ Performance

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A recent study by health researchers at Uppsala University found that when Swedes take time off, antidepressant prescriptions go down. Hardly surprising. More interesting was a related finding about the timing of those vacations: the more people holidayed at the same time, the greater the rate at which prescriptions decreased. It’s not hard to guess why synchronized time-off is so powerful: it’s easier to nurture relationships with family and friends when they are on leave, too; meanwhile, if the workplace is deserted while you’re trying to relax, you’re spared anxious thoughts. The take-away? Think about closing the store for a week and telling everyone to go forget about work. Your staff and you really will come back fully restored and ready to work.

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Here’s an Event Idea That Could Go Viral on Social Media

Let your clients take selfies with your most spectacular jewelry.

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SEVEN YEARS AGO, the Diamond Boutique (Del Mar, CA) attracted thousands of people over a weekend to try on a $1 million dollar diamond necklace (no pressure to buy). The stunt worked well back in 2012, garnering dollops of media attention. In the selfie era of 2019, a similar event could work even better. Break out your most spectacular diamond piece and invite groups of customers to come in with their selfie sticks and capture themselves in the shine of your best diamond’s glory and post to their social media pages. Who knows, maybe a buyer will be among the hordes.

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Sow Seeds of Disharmony In Your Customer’s Jewelry Box

A shiny, bright new thing can make everything else look dull and in need of replacement.

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The diderot effect refers to the way a newly purchased product fails to deliver on the happiness it promised, and instead causes our other possessions to suddenly look timeworn and in need of replacement. It takes its inspiration from an essay by the enlightenment philosopher Denis Diderot, in which he laments how a new dressing gown has made his other clothes look like rags and he suddenly feels “discordant.” How to put this psychological weakness into play? In much the same way Ikea or any home goods retailer does: through suggested add-ons. (“Now that you’re ordering that new dining table, shouldn’t you consider those glasses and plates, too?) Is it manipulative? We’d argue not. It’s not your fault that stylish new fashion ring is making her 20-year old engagement ring look a little dated and in need of an upgrade.

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Get Rid of That Hairy Arm!

A proven strategy to combat those people who always insist on last-minute changes.

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Ever had a client or even a manager interrupting and delaying jobs by insisting on last-minute changes? Then you may want to consider this strategy employed by advertising artists known as The Hairy Arm Tactic. According to the mythology, a graphic artist named Joe had a client who was forever insisting on “stupid changes.” Then something odd started happening: each time the client was presented with a newly photographed layout, he’d encounter the image of Joe’s arm at one edge of the frame, partly obscuring the ad. The client would look at it and yell: ‘What the hell is that hairy arm doing in there?’“ Joe would apologize for the slip-up. And then, as the client was stalking self-righteously away, muttering, “You gotta watch these guys like a hawk,” Joe would say: “When I remove the arm, can we go into production?” And the client, content to have made his mark, would call over his shoulder, “Yes, but get that arm out of there first!”

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