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The disappearing jobs of yesterday

admin September 13, 2018 0

Street clerk Candelaria Pinilla,63, types a letter on her typewriter, in front of the district taxing office in Bogota, on April 9, 2018 Street clerks are experts in filling out forms, documents and even in typing letters, to help their clients with paperwork. (AFP/Luis Acosta)

Ahead of May Day, AFP reporters, video and photo teams spoke to men and women around the globe whose jobs are becoming increasingly rare, particularly as technology transforms societies.

– The last street clerks of Bogota –

Inserting a blank sheet into her Remington Sperry, Candelaria Pinilla de Gomez starts typing. One of Bogota’s street clerks, she has spent the last 40 years typing up countless thousands of documents.

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Six ways to handle stress at office and stay productive

admin August 13, 2018 0

Sometimes getting over stressful thoughts means thinking about something different altogether. (Shutterstock/File)

Facing various pressures at the office could lead to stress, which in turn may affect work and reduce performance.

Kompas.com has listed six strategies to handle work-related stress.

Divert your thoughts when stress levels begin to rise

Sometimes getting over stressful thoughts means thinking about something different altogether. With a little distraction, thoughts on a difficult situation could be halted. After a little distance, hopefully your mind is clearer upon returning to those pressing tasks and thoughts.

It is not recommended to force yourself to constantly think too hard at work if it makes you even more stressed out. Fill some spare time with things that you like and unwind, whether by reading funny articles, drawing or writing to relieve some tension.

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How stress affects your brain, and how to calm down

admin August 10, 2018 0

Experts believe certain activities—including exercise—can offset the response to stress set in motion by the brain, and minimize neural damage. (Shutterstock/File)

Myriad physical and emotional disorders have been linked to the incidence of stress.

Read below to learn how stress impacts your brain, and what you can do to reduce stress as compiled by Reader’s Digest.

Effects of stress

Your brain doesn’t learn as well

Neurons develop from neural stem sells in the hippocampus, a structure vital for learning and memory. Under chronic stress, these stem cells undergo an alternate differentiation pathway, forming oligodendrocytes, which coat existing neutrons with an insulting material known as myelin.

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Overtime work can cause severe depression: Study

admin August 6, 2018 0

Working overtime for long periods of time causes our bodies to release stress hormones called cortisol. (Shutterstock/File)

A six-year study conducted by the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health and London University suggested that long hours of overtime work not only causes our bodies to become tired but also can cause depression.

The findings showed that those who work more than 11 hours are 2 1/2 times more susceptible to displaying symptoms of severe depression compared to those who work 7 to 8 hours a day.

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Twitter may cut hundreds of jobs this week

admin August 3, 2018 0

Previously, several company giants, such as Disney, Google and Apple, seemed interested in bidding for the San Francisco-based platform, but all later withdrew. (Shutterstock.com/Maxxa Satori)

Twitter Inc. reportedly plans to dismiss around 8 percent or 300 of its employees amid slow growth.

Previously, several company giants, such as Disney, Google and Apple, seemed interested in bidding for the San Francisco-based platform, but all later withdrew.

As reported by Bloomberg, the plans have not been fixed, however, Twitter’s stock price fell to near its lowest level this year despite it garnering 313 million more active users or up 3 percent from last year.

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Decreasing stress, increasing skills: Very good reasons to read regularly

admin July 30, 2018 0

Reading has many physical and psychological benefits, including reducing your overall stress. (Shutterstock/File)

Whether a paperback, a newspaper or e-book, reading has been proven to be beneficial in many ways in addition to making you more empathetic. Here are some good reasons to read regularly, as compiled by kompas.com:

Keeps brain active

A 2001 study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States revealed that reading, along with playing chess and solving jigsaw puzzles, will challenge you mentally by keeping your brain …

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LinkedIn wants to help fresh graduates find dream job

admin July 27, 2018 0

First job matters as they provide an opportunity for fresh graduates to build networks, get access to their dream job and meet their first mentor. (Shutterstock/-)

A first job is not only about the paycheck or the experience to be added to a resume.

LinkedIn Asia Pacific managing director Olivier Legrand said first job mattered as they provided an opportunity for fresh graduates to build networks, get access to their dream job and meet their first mentor.

Realizing its importance, the business and employment-oriented social networking platform launched a program called LinkedIn …

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How I learned to stop worrying and love the workplace WhatsApp group

admin July 16, 2018 0

Facebook-owned WhatsApp is trying to make its app simpler for users by adding the ability to refer to old messages, or messages that are deep in the rapidfire banter. (Shutterstock.com/Chonlachai Panprommas)

Before moving to Indonesia last September I was warned about plenty of things: the traffic, the rain, the heat and the humidity. I was told I would most likely experience culture shock and that it would take time to adapt to the Indonesian ways of living, commuting and interacting. None of this turned out to be a big problem for me – the back of a bike is a great way to beat the traffic, the weather is (usually) predictable, and I can’t get enough of Indonesian food, culture and people.

The one thing that did trip me up, however, was something that no one warned me about – Indonesian’s obsession with using WhatsApp for …

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We care less about what we’re paid than why

admin July 9, 2018 0

Based on the analysis result by Jobplanet, the average minimum salary for IT workers is only around Rp 1 million; some even less than that. (Shutterstock/-)

You’re probably getting paid better than you think you are. If only you knew it.

Whether our jobs pay us fairly matters a lot less to us than how well we feel we’re getting paid, a new survey has found—and because we’re in the dark about why, exactly, we’re paid what we are, most of us think we’re getting underpaid.

In reality, nearly 90 percent of people who think they’re underpaid are actually getting at or near the market rate, a new survey by the online salary database PayScale has found. But people who think their employers are fair and transparent in how they determine pay are more likely to be happy at work than those actually paid the going rate for their jobs.

In its survey, PayScale collected salaries and corresponding market rates for the jobs of more than 500,000 people, then asked respondents to rate a series of statements—including ones about job satisfaction and employers’ pay transparency and fairness—on a scale from ….

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