Before stress leads to suicide, here’s how you can help

admin January 14, 2019 0

If you have friends who are stressed, the best thing you can do is to be the “loyal listener”. (Shutterstock/File)

Sometimes people feel like the problems of life are coming at them like a million bricks hurled with a vengeance, driving them to give up on life itself. The perceived weight of each problem and the psychological readiness to deal with it differs from one person to another. Each person’s readiness is rooted in his or her respective character, which determines a person’s response to the problems.

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20 easy health tips to keep you more active at work

admin January 10, 2019 0


If you regularly find yourself tied to your desk the entire day at the office, you may want to consider being more active, as sitting down for too long every day can trigger health risks that are reportedly as high as those from smoking, such as cancer, type 2 diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease.

According to, the negative effects of sitting all day are irreversible and cannot be compensated by good health habits in other areas. Hence, the only way to avoid these health risks is by decreasing the amount of time spent sitting and being more active.

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Jakarta micro, small businesses can now start from homes

admin January 7, 2019 0

Craftsmen are seen at a home-based guitar-making business in Pasar Minggu, South Jakarta, on Nov. 15, 2015. (Tempo/ Wisnu Agung Prasetyo)

The Jakarta administration has recently issued a new gubernatorial regulation that allows entrepreneurs to use their residence as a place of business a practice previously prohibited.

Jakarta Deputy Governor Sandiaga Uno, formerly an entrepreneur, said Gubernatorial Regulation No. 30/2018 on micro and small enterprise permits was made to boost the development of such businesses in the capital.

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Plants in workspace can reduce stress level, sick days

admin January 2, 2019 0

An international team of researchers found in 2014 that people who worked in offices with leafy green plants displayed higher levels of concentration and productivity than their counterparts in spartan offices without them. (Shutterstock/File)

Researchers have found that having plants in your workspace could reduce stress levels and sick days, according to the Independent.

The spread of illnesses in the workplace is commonly caused by poor ventilation as well as chemicals used in office furniture, which include formaldehyde, benzene, ethylbenzene, toluene and xylene. Some cleaning products even contain ammonia.

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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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