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Microsoft says it’s true: Cat videos distract workers

admin December 18, 2018 0

In a poll of 20,000 European workers released Monday, Microsoft, which became one of the world’s most profitable companies by marketing office productivity software, acknowledges new digital technology can, in some circumstances, sometimes not lead to any increase in productivity and actually result in less employee engagement with their work. (Shutterstock/File)

Economists have been puzzled in recent years by the so-called “productivity paradox,”the fact that the digital revolution of the past four decades hasn’t resulted in big gains in output per worker as happened with earlier technological upheaval. Many developed economies have actually seen productivity stagnate or decline.

A survey from Microsoft Corp. is bolstering one theory about this disconnect. In a poll of 20,000 European workers released Monday, Microsoft, which became one of the world’s most profitable companies by marketing office productivity software, acknowledges new digital technology can, in some circumstances, sometimes not lead to any increase in productivity and actually result in less employee engagement with their work.

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Stress, mental health problems haunt creative and media workers

admin December 10, 2018 0

International Labor Organization says poor work organization is a risk to health and safety when workload exceeds a worker’s capability, resources and ability to cope. (Shutterstock/File)

The International Labor Organization (ILO) and Sindikasi, a trade union for media and creative workers, has expressed concern over work-related stress among employees in Indonesia.

“Mental health is becoming a rising cause of concern, especially for those who work in the creative and media fields,” Raisya Maharani of Sindikasi told The Jakarta Post on Thursday.

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All work and no play leads to burnout, says new study

admin December 7, 2018 0

Those who did not organize a clear separation between work and free time were less likely to take part in activities that could help them relax and recover from the demands of their work. (Shutterstock/File)

New European research is encouraging us to take a break from work and set boundaries between our personal and professional lives, after finding that failure to do so can lead to exhaustion.

Carried out by Ariane Wepfer and colleagues from the University of Zurich in Switzerland, the study looked at 1,916 employees from a broad range of sectors in German-speaking countries.

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Foreign job seekers need better preparation for working in Japan: Experts

admin December 3, 2018 0

Human resources specialists told the conference that while a good proficiency in Japanese is often important, firms are frequently looking for graduates with additional skills. (Shutterstock/File)

European universities and employers need to improve the assistance they provide to foreign graduates looking to work in Japan, according to delegates at a recent two-day conference in London.

Participants of the Nov. 6-7 forum agreed Japanese studies departments need to broaden the range of skills students acquire so they can meet the needs of Japanese firms.

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Standing tall against workplace harassment

admin November 30, 2018 0

(Courtesy of APINDO)

According to Nina Tursinah, the best protection a woman has against workplace sexual harassment is courage.

As chairman of the Indonesian Employers Association (APINDO), she’€™s made fighting discrimination in the workplace a special focus, publishing a guidebook and holding seminars for employers on harassment.

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You can now find jobs through Facebook

admin November 26, 2018 0

If you’re in either in United States or Canada, Facebook's new feature can be accessed in the new “jobs” tab in the app and on the website. (Shutterstock/File)

In an attempt to continue to expand its features, Facebook has begun allowing businesses in the United States and Canada to create job listings and take applications, putting the social media giant in direct competition with Microsoft-owned LinkedIn.

If you’re in either of the two countries, the new feature can be accessed in the new “jobs” tab in the app and on the website. Companies can also pay Facebook for their job listings to appear in newsfeeds.

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LinkedIn reveals buzzwords most overused by Indonesian professionals

admin November 21, 2018 0

According to LinkedIn's data, the words were frequently used because most of the professionals were trying to highlight their specific skills and leadership abilities. (Shutterstock/-)

“Specialized” and “leadership” were named the two most overused buzzwords written by Indonesian professionals on their profiles in 2016, according to business and employment-oriented social networking service LinkedIn.

According to LinkedIn’s data, the words were frequently used because most of the professionals were trying to highlight their specific skills and leadership abilities.

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Indonesians optimistic in achieving success, survey says

admin November 16, 2018 0

Conducted in 2017, the survey shows three meanings of success for Indonesians: Happiness, being healthy and maintaining a work-life balance. (Shutterstock/File)

Across Asia-Pacific, Indonesia is ranked the most optimistic in achieving success in one year, according to a recent global study by LinkedIn.

Of all people from six countries surveyed in the study, the highest percentage of optimistic individuals, 16 percent, were Indonesians. This number is followed by India (10 percent), Singapore (3 percent), Australia (3 percent), Hong Kong (3 percent) and China (2 percent).

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8 signs of brain tumor not to ignore

admin November 12, 2018 0

Symptoms of a brain tumor may feel like everyday ailments, such as a headache or feeling moody. (Shutterstock/Freedomz)

A brain tumor is a mass or growth of abnormal cells in the brain, with symptoms that can feel like everyday ailments such as a headache or feeling moody. Any growth inside the brain, enclosed by a very rigid skull, can cause the pressure to increase. This can lead to brain damage and is life-threatening.

People with a brain tumor may experience the following symptoms or signs, as compiled by Reader’s Digest.

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Five ways to stop overthinking

admin November 8, 2018 0

Giving yourself too much time to make a decision, or not setting up a schedule at all, can lead to overthinking. (Shutterstock/File)

Thinking extensively about an issue or exhausting all possible angles of a scenario can eventually trap the brain in a continuous state of worry.

Here are several tips by Reader’s Digest on how to stop yourself from getting lost in a never-ending train of thought.

Be aware of when it starts 

An important first step to put a halt to overthinking is to know when you are doing it. Take note when you notice yourself starting to feel stressed or anxious. In that moment, try to stop and take a step back to survey the whole situation.

By learning to become aware of when you begin to overthink, it will be easier to stop it from continuously happening.

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