Be Happier at Work
How can individual employees as well as managers create a more pleasant work environment? Thinking positively and giving to others are two good places to start.
What's the Latest Development?
Employees and managers can feel better at the office and create a more successful work environment by following a few easy suggestions from Shawn Achor who has studied happiness and human potential for the last ten years at Harvard University. Most importantly, he says, a positive mindset is a precursor for success: "If we can raise the levels of positivity in the midst of challenges, we find productivity and engagement rises and creativity triples."
What's the Big Idea?
Happiness doesn't mean being giddy or ignoring the faults that exist in ourselves and in others. It means being realistic and giving encouragement. According to Achor, having social support networks is the greatest predictor of happiness. In other words, if you're stressed or depressed, avoid working too much. "Seventy-five percent of employees' job performance is predicted by three factors: belief that their behavior matters; their social support network at work and at home; and seeing stress as a challenge rather than a threat," says Achor.
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- Upstreamism tasks health care professionals to combat unhealthy social and cultural influences that exist outside — or upstream — of medical facilities.
- Patients from low-income neighborhoods are most at risk of negative health impacts.
- Thankfully, health care professionals are not alone. Upstreamism is increasingly part of our cultural consciousness.
A plan to forgive almost a trillion dollars in debt would solve the student loan debt crisis, but can it work?
- Sen. Elizabeth Warren has just proposed a bold education reform plan that would forgive billions in student debt.
- The plan would forgive the debt held by more than 30 million Americans.
- The debt forgiveness program is one part of a larger program to make higher education more accessible.
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- Even in America, books are frequently challenged and removed from schools and public libraries.
- Every year, the American Library Association puts on Banned Books Week to draw attention to this fact.
- Some of the books they include on their list of most frequently challenged are some of the greatest, most beloved, and entertaining books there are.
In most states, LGBTQ Americans have no legal protections against discrimination in the workplace.
- The Supreme Court will decide whether the Civil Rights Act of 1964 also applies to gay and transgender people.
- The court, which currently has a probable conservative majority, will likely decide on the cases in 2020.
- Only 21 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws effectively extending the Civil Rights of 1964 to gay and transgender people.
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