Americans hate their jobs more than everyone else in the world hates their jobs

Monster.com and market research company GfK conducted a survey of 8,000 workers across the United States, Canada, India, and Europe which we suppose makes it somewhat official: America is number one! Number one in the percentage of employees who hate their jobs, that is.

 

 

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Top 20 people skills you need to succeed at work

“People skills come down to how people interact with each other.”

While being qualified for a certain job, having the ability to lead a team, or having extensive and highly developed technical skills are crucial to your professional success, it is also imperative that you have great soft skills – more commonly known as “people skills.”

 

 

 

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Relationship between hours worked and productivity: Chart

Some research shows that higher pay does not, on net, lead workers to do more.

The English philosopher, Bertrand Russell, was not a fan of work. In his 1932 essay, “In Praise of Idleness”, he reckoned that if society were better managed the average person would only need to work four hours a day. Such a small working day would “entitle a man to the necessities and elementary comforts of life.” The rest of the day could be devoted to the pursuit of science, painting and writing.

 

 

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More companies offering workers unlimited time off

Engaged employees who had a lot of flextime at work had a 44 percent higher level of well-being than disengaged employees with very little to no flextime.

Talent Plus, like many companies across the Midlands,  finds summer an ideal time for employees to take off.  But employees at the Lincoln-based human resources firm don’t go through the formal process of accruing their leave. They check with their manager, coordinate with others in their department and take time off from a limitless bank of days and hours. In short, co-chairman Kimberly Rath said, no questions asked, as long as the work gets done.

 

 

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Five productivity myths debunked by science (and common sense)

“A cluttered desk is a cluttered mind.” “If you had more hours in the day, you’d be more productive.” I’m sure you have heard these common productivity tropes before, and you may even be wasting time trying to follow them when they don’t make sense for you. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular claims about productivity, and see if there’s science to back them up.

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If you don’t get enough sleep you can’t do your job

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The average American only gets between six and six and a half hours of sleep a night.

Tony Schwartz, president and CEO of The Energy Project and the author of Be Excellent at Anything met Kevin Crain, a Managing Director at Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, one morning at a conference and Kevin was feeling tired, as he did most days.

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Why you have your best ideas when you’re least productive

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Ideas happen at the darnedest times.

We all have our favorite times to power through work; some of us are up at the crack of dawn toiling away, while others feel more productive when the sun’s setting. But a new study suggests that out best ideas actually come to us when we’re not at our best.

Researchers have been studying how innovation and creativity varies with circadian rhythms—the natural patterns that make you a morning person or an evening type—and the findings are suprising…

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Top 12 things successful people do differently than the rest of us

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Most were not born into success; they simply did.

There is always a fascination of people who are consistently successful at what they do; especially those who experience repeated success in many areas of their life throughout their lifetime. In entertainment, you may think of Clint Eastwood and Oprah Winfrey. In business, it may be Steve Jobs and Warren Buffett. Everyone has their own examples of super successful people like these who we admire. But how do they become so successful?

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Study: working in an office is bad for your brain

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Working in an office can also make you less productive.

According to a new study, working in an office is bad for your brain and can make you less productive.  The study found that the hustle and bustle of modern offices can lead to a 32% drop in workers well being and reduce their productivity by 15%.

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