Unfortunately, many bosses don’t seem to realize that not giving workers paid sick days will lead to a pretty big chunk of change being withdrawn from their pockets anyway. More
The way our brains handle the neurotransmitter dopamine can help determine how motivated or willing to work we are, according to a new study. In other words, the difference between slackers and overachievers could be explained by their relationships to this crazy brain chemical. Does this mean dopamine based treatments for raising motivation are on the way? More
Exercising reduces stress, and being less stressed means getting more done, right? Kind of. A new study finds that exercising more is actually linked to less productivity in stressed-out workers. More
A lot of studies make me wonder if researchers have ulterior motives, but not a recent study showing that a lack of office snacks makes employees less productive. The study, sponsored by office supply retailer Staples, is so clearly designed to make HR and CFO directors shop from their supply of office snacks, there’s no way the data isn’t questionable. We’re not saying that bosses shouldn’t buy snacks for the office (thanks for the granola bars and fruit snacks, boss!), but the study doesn’t show any physiological connection between snacking and office performance, so don’t go stocking your drawers with snack packs from Staples just yet. More
In many companies, “lunch” has devolved into a time of day when people scarf salads over keyboards and slurp coffee at meetings without feeling inappropriate; unless you work at home or don’t hold a full-time job, it’s becoming more and more standard to work nine, even 10 hours without taking a break longer than 15 minutes. Which is exactly what we shouldn’t be doing, according to a new study that says exercising during the workday improves productivity and reduces the number of sick days taken at work. More
You’ve probably seen those bumper stickers that say ‘Jesus is My Co-Pilot;’ how about ‘Buddha Is My Time-Management Consultant?’ A new book by Lama Surya Das, Buddha Standard Time: Awakening to the Infinite Possibilities of Now, claims it can help you slow down the hectic pace of modern life and enter “the realm of timelessness where every choice, every action, and every breath can be one of renewal and infinite possibilities’ using teachings from Tibetan Buddhism “that anyone can apply.’ More
I’ll let you in on a dirty little secret: Most magazines, newspapers, and websites are all about recycled ideas. (Which is good, because, as fair-weather do-gooders, we’re pretty into reducing, reusing, and recycling here at Blisstree.) I’m not talking about plagiarism (which is wrong and bad), but major media outlets simply traffic in revamped ideas — with some made-up trends for good measure. But it’s not just them: The same thing can be said of most movies, TV shows, and even books. Similar ideas, themes, and concepts are regenerated (over and over), just with different spins on them. This isn’t a bad thing; it’s simply the way the world works. (We’re only human, after all.) And let’s face it — as far as living beings go, we humans are pretty trite, which is why most of our major forms of entertainment follow the general themes of falling in love, losing love, finding love again, appreciating what you already have, following your dreams, et cetera, et cetera. Personally, I have no problem with this. I like repetition; I like routine; and I like being reminded to appreciate what I already have. More
Every night after work, I come home, make dinner (or pick it up on the way), and open my laptop. Will I catch up on work emails while I eat my Pad Thai? No. Skype chat with far-away family members while tossing back my taco? Nope. I’m going to have dinner with two of my closest friends: Liz Lemon and Jack Donaghy.
I didn’t grow up eating dinner in front of a blaring boob tube. My family broke out the TV trays only when something of paramount importance coincided with dinnertime. Presidential debates, for instance, or new episodes of The Simpsons. But even as a child, watching TV during meals was a social experience. We’d never eat silently, ignoring each other while devoting all our attention to Homer. Yes, we’d whisper respectfully during the program, but every commercial break was a free-for-all. Even as I got older, TV shows became the foundation of future conversations. We’d spend dinners at the table debating the mysteries of The Sopranos, so watching TV together was basically group research. More
We keep hearing about napping at the office. According to U.S. News and World Report, the trend of midday naps is growing. And, apparently, naps don’t just help to boost productivity and office morale — taking a 30-minute nap every day reduces your risk of dying from heart disease by 37%. Sign us up.
We’re all supposed to drink a fair amount of water everyday — and we try to. Fitsugar clued us into a good trick to increase the health benefits of your daily H2O intake. If we use a small glass or bottle to drink our water, we’ll be up and moving a lot more than if we fill up our 32-ounce stainless steel water bottle. The water you drink will be colder and more refreshing, and you won’t be sitting at your desk for too long without a little break to head to the water cooler. More
Check out this post by Catherine Donaldson-Evans at AOL Health.
Women may have a harder time focusing at different times of the month, a new study suggests.
Canadian researchers from Concordia University found that a surge in estrogen, which occurs when women are ovulating and during pregnancy, is linked to an inability to concentrate, pay attention and learn. More
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