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Obesity Linked to Low Endurance, Increased Fatigue in the Workplace

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New engineering study conducted at Virginia Tech investigates ergonomic effects of obesity-related functional performance impairment

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Physical Work Environment in Hospitals Affects Nurses’ Job Satisfaction, With Implications for Patient Outcomes, Health Care Costs

NYU College of Nursing study finds architecture, interior design, and other physical aspects of their work environments can enhance early-career nurses’ job satisfaction.

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'Microsoft Should Try to Implement Layoffs as Quickly as Possible'

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Say “No” to Interruptions, “Yes” to Better Work

Modern office workers are expected to multitask regularly, often juggling multiple projects and priorities over the course of a day. Studies have shown that the typical employee in an office environment is interrupted up to six times per hour, but how does that impact the finished product? New research published in Human Factors evaluates how ongoing interruptions can negatively affect the quality of work.

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Needs, Risks of Low-Wage Workers and the Impact on Public Health

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As low-wage jobs continue to show strong gains since the recession, findings from the Low-Wage Workers’ Health Project led by Upstate Medical University is offering insight into how these jobs affect public health and the economy in Syracuse, N.Y., and reflect national trends in issues related to low-wage workers.

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How to Turn Bad Office Humor Into a Workplace Plus

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Energy of Business Leaders Rises, but Productivity Declines

The quarterly Leadership Pulse research found 82 percent of business leaders are not working at their best energy level — where they maximize productivity, meet challenges head on and look for opportunities to accomplish more. 61 percent are working below their energy level (unproductive—and prone to boredom) 21 percent are working above their energy and thus on the edge of burnout.

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Research Reveals Hispanics Leaders in Fashion

Arlesa Shephad, who teaches in the Fashion and Textile Technology Department at SUNY Buffalo State, conducted research of 450 young people in South Texas to gauge shopping behavior and the priority of fashion. Findings indicate Hispanics consumers are generally fashion conscious and spend a greater portion of their income on clothes than other races.

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Taking a Short Smartphone Break Improves Employee Well-Being, Research Finds

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A Kansas State University researcher has found that short smartphone breaks throughout the workday can improve workplace productivity, make employees happier and benefit businesses.

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Alcohol Use Disorders Linked to Decreased 'Work Trajectory'

Workers with alcohol use disorders (AUDs) are more likely to have a flat or declining "work trajectory," reports a study in the July Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, official publication of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM).

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