Americans More Anxious Now Than In 2017Read the rest of this entry »
If you're feeling more anxious these days, you're not alone.A poll by the American Psychiatric Association found Americans are more worried today than they were last year about their health, safety, finances, relationships, and politics. When the numbers were crunched they came up with a national anxiety score of 51, five points higher than in 2017.
"This poll shows US adults are increasingly anxious, particularly about health ...
Here's How to Stop Those Annoying RobocallsRead the rest of this entry »
In today's blog we depart from our usual workplace topics to help solve one of life's more vexing annoyances -- the robocall.
If it seems like you're getting more of them than ever, you're right. A record 18 billion unwanted robocalls were made in 2017, a 76% increase in just one year. The government says robocalls are the number one complaint it gets from consumers yet despite ...
Your Brain Will Thank You If You Stand UpRead the rest of this entry »
You already know that sitting for long stretches of time, as most of us who work in an office do, is unhealthy and can lead to premature death.
Now we hear that sitting is not only bad for the heart, it's bad for the brain.
A study published this month found, in the words of the researchers, "hours per day spent sitting, but not physical activity level, was associated ...
Gender Pay Gap Is Narrowing, But Women Still Earn LessRead the rest of this entry »
Today is Equal Pay Day. It represents the day when women finally earn what men earned last year.
Whether you believe, as some advocates do, that April 10 is the literal equivalency day or that it is symbolic, there's no doubt women overall are paid less than men for doing the same or essentially the same work. The Pew Research Center just yesterday posted that its latest pay analysis ...
The Only Mistake Is to Not Learn From Your MistakesRead the rest of this entry »
Sooner or later even the best of us will make a mistake. It could as simple as a typo in a report for the boss or as serious as a calculation error in a financial audit. The former is just embarrassing; the latter could lead to dismissal for the accountant responsible. How you respond when the error is discovered makes all the difference.
"Your reaction and how you handle the ...
Learn to Accept Feedback By Learning to Give ItRead the rest of this entry »
Let's face it. No one looks forward to feedback. Most of us cringe when we hear the words "constructive feedback." What if instead of anxiety, we learned to look forward to feedback, especially the negative kind?
That's the message of a New York Times article that says we can all learn to, if not love negative feedback, at least embrace it as a way toward improvement. The trick ...
A $65K Paycheck Will Buy HappinessRead the rest of this entry »
Cash is king, as the saying goes. But how just how much does it take to make you feel royal? And even if money can't buy happiness, how much do you need to avoid being miserable? At least miserable over your finances.
Would you believe $65,000 to $95,000? Higher for families.
Researchers at Purdue University came up with this figure by crunching an enormous amount of data ...
Why Do Cats Follow You to the Bathroom?Read the rest of this entry »
In today's post we shamelessly cadge clicks by exploring one of the mysteries of pet ownership: Why cats follow you to the bathroom.
Cat owners are well aware of the phenomenon. You go into the bathroom to perform your ablutions and within seconds, there's kitty. Closing the door only gets you scratches on the paint and, in extreme cases, caterwauling loud enough to wake the neighbors.
Inverse, the ...
Celebrate Einstein's Birthday With PiRead the rest of this entry »
If you love pizza, pie or math, rejoice because it's National Pi Day.
Without getting all arithmeticky on you, March 14 is pi day because when you write the date as 3.14 it's the same as what you get (approximately) when you divide the circumference of a circle by its diameter. Not that most of us have done this since high school geometry. BTW, we said approximately ...
Proofread the Way the Pros DoRead the rest of this entry »
When a sloppy resume can lose a candidate a job interview and a single spelling error can cost an online business a sale, proofreading what you write has to be a must. But even then, it's easy to miss something; our brains can skip past mistakes because we think we were right the first time. And while spell check can help, it won't catch typos like "he" instead ...