Swedish six-hour workday runs into trouble: It’s too costly

admin July 5, 2017 0

A two-year experiment cutting working hours while maintaining pay levels for nurses at Svartedalen old people’s home in the Swedish city of Gothenburg is now nearing the end. But the city has no plans in making the measure permanent or broadening it to other facilities. (Shutterstock/File)

Swedes looking forward to a six-hour workday just got some bad news: the costs outweigh the benefits.

A two-year experiment cutting working hours while maintaining pay levels for nurses at Svartedalen old people’s home in the Swedish city of Gothenburg is now nearing the end. The take away was largely positive, with nurses at the home feeling healthier, which…

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France implements ‘right to disconnect’ from work emails

admin July 3, 2017 0

There are many studies on working outside working hours negatively impacting one's health. (Shutterstock/File)

France reportedly made a breakthrough in the working world by implementing “a right to disconnect” law starting Jan. 1.

As reported by, this new law obliged employers to clearly state when their employees were allowed to not check their emails as part of their office regulations, such as after working hours or during holidays.

Those who supported the law said employees in this modern era were becoming stressed, suffered sleeping problems and other issues because of overtime …

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Struggling with stress? Consider exercising, study says

admin June 23, 2017 0

Stress from work is said to not only have the potential to disturb mental health but also physical health as it can raise heart disease risks. (Shutterstock/-)

There are many ways to handle stress and mental blocks, but it turns out that exercising is one thing definitely worth considering.

Stress from work is said to not only have the potential to disturb mental health but also physical health as it can raise heart disease risks, such as  blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

Fortunately, according to the Medicine & Science In Sports & Exercise journal, being fit significantly helps decrease stress levels ….

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Business professionals facing more stress now than 5 years ago: Survey

admin June 21, 2017 0

More than half of senior managers and business owners here and overseas are feeling under greater stress now than they were five years ago, a survey claims.

Fifty-five per cent in Singapore and 53 per cent globally say they are under more pressure, according to research results released on Thursday.

Common stressful situations encountered here were accommodating last minute changes to meetings, which 75 per cent of respondents here found stressful, and working outside of office hours, which affected ….

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Indonesian CEOs seek balanced life for family, careers

admin June 18, 2017 0

Male business: CEO of General Electric Indonesia Handry Satriago (center) shares a laugh with Rosan P. Roeslani, chair of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce (Kadin), with Lippo Group Director John Riady (far left), Garuda Indonesia CEO Pahala Mansury (second right) and moderator Farchan. They were panelists on Thursday's commemoration of International Family Day, which falls on May 15, held by the Indonesia Business Coalition for Women Empowerment. (Courtesy of IBCWE/File)

It was a strange sight – an all-male panel of CEOs talking about family and equality at the workplace.

But as CEO Shinta W. Kamdani said, men should also be involved in taking care of children and the household, therefore “conversations on family and gender equality […] must also be a man’s business.”

The CEOs are “male champions,” which could be a benchmark for gender equality in the workplace, said Shinta, who leads the Indonesian Business Coalition for ….

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The biggest time suck at the office might be your computer

admin June 16, 2017 0

Slow, outdated computers and intermittent internet connections demoralize workers, a survey of 6,000 European workers said. (Shutterstock/File)

It was the third hour of doing nothing that broke James Scott.

The 25-year-old researcher was sitting at his desk at an insurance firm in northern England when the internet went down. And with it went access to all of his files, which were sitting on a company server.

“Being without the internet is manageable, just about,” he said. “I’d just work on projects that didn’t require online research. But being unable to…

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It’s not enough to give employees flexible work schedules

admin June 14, 2017 0

They need to know their options—and they're afraid asking will make them look greedy. (Shutterstock/File)

Six months after her baby was born, Amanda Sanchez still couldn’t imagine returning full-time to her job in marketing at Adobe’s Lehi, Utah, offices. Her family’s finances depended on it—but 40 hours a week away from her baby? “You become so attached, it’s so hard to think of being away for an hour at a time,” she said. She hoped to return to work with a more flexible schedule, working from home at least a few days a week, but she hadn’t discussed it with her manager before going on leave. She figured she’d push for it once she got back. “If it wasn’t going to be offered, I’d look elsewhere for it, because it….

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Whatever your style, here’s 20 tips to kick it up a notch

admin June 9, 2017 0

A lot of women make the mistake of getting 80 percent ready before they walk out the door. (TheAmbitionista/Heidi Nazarudin)

Whether you’re a style virgin, someone who doesn’t think they have style, or already style savvy and just looking to kick it up a notch, these tips can help renew your excitement about your wardrobe:

1.  Browse the mall and notice which of the brands or designers tends to attract your eye.

2.  Even if these brands are too expensive or don’t fit you, ask yourself what you like about them. Is it the texture, the color, the silhouette?

3.  Keep a scrapbook of style inspiration, either in a journal or digitally. Remember to keep updating it every time you see something new that you like because your tastes will evolve.

Cull the scrapbook regularly to get rid of things you….


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Career event to help Indonesian students in UK get jobs back home

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‘Wake Up Indonesia!’ is a merger of two annual events, Life After Uni (Career Talk) and the Indonesian Forum. (Shutterstock/-)

Indonesian students in the United Kingdom are invited to a career event at King’s College London on April 29.

‘Wake Up Indonesia!’ is said to be the first Indonesian career event in the country. It aims to connect Indonesian graduates of UK universities with large Indonesian companies.

The one-day event will feature different programs for undergraduate and post-graduate students ….

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Workaholics more prone to psychiatric disorders: Study

admin June 5, 2017 0

Taking work to the extreme may be a sign of deeper psychological or emotional issues. (Shutterstock/-)

Intense competition and pressure at work can easily turn you into a workaholic. If you already happen to be one, listen up, as you could be at a heightened risk of psychiatric disorders.

According to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Bergen in Norway, which involved 16,426 working adults from various social backgrounds, there are significant differences between workaholics and people who are more relaxed …

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