Facts can refer to current and past events, things, objects that are proved or known to be true. Here we discuss some of the facts about the workplace that involve productivity, statistics, work language, environment and working practices. Multitasking can diminish your productivity. A lack of sleep, high caffeine intake and lack of exercise can contribute to the failure of multitasking. Working doesn’t guarantee an escape from poverty. More than 40% of workers don’t earn enough to get out of the poverty situation. Employees who have some sort of control over their work are happier and healthier while working. Photo by wallpaperflare A workplace with live plants can help in increasing productivity. Plants make the workplace more inviting. Plants serve as natural air conditioners that increase the oxygen level in the air. Drinking a moderate amount of alcohol can boost creativity. The key term here is moderate alcohol. Office workers who are near windows have a lower rate of absenteeism. Drinking enough water can increase up to 14% of productivity. Unhealthy food and lack of exercise can decrease productivity by 60%. Image by Pexels An organized desk can improve productivity. The term “boss” originated from the Dutch word “baas” which means master. Manual sewer cleaner is ranked as the world’s worst job. Procrastinating a work or project can increase efficiency and focus. This means redoing the work later so that you can have a fresh eye and mind. Sources: France, Netherlands, Japan, Philippines, South Korea Globally, the working hours range from 40 to 44 hours every week. Although, there are some countries that don’t follow these working hours. In France, it’s 35 hours per week. The Netherlands has 39, Philippines - 43.2 and Japan - 50. The Netherlands has the shortest workweek - about 29 hours per week. Fun working environments can reduce employee turnover and burnouts. Humour has been proven to benefit the mind and the body. The term “work” came from the Proto-Indo-European “werg” that means to do. Working 40 hours each week from the age of 20 to 65 is equivalent to 90,000 of working hours in your lifetime. Some worry that joking around while working can be distracting. On the other hand, studies show that encouraging workplace humour can help people complete their task or increase their productivity. According to this study, 61% of employees become more productive when they have relaxed dress codes. The term “employ” comes from the Latin word “implicare” which means to associate, involve or enfold. People who work at night shifts are more prone to the following health and psychological problems: Photo by Pxfuel Accidents Memory issues High blood pressure Type 2 diabetes Low sex drive Irritability 24% of commuters who get stuck in traffic told that they are thinking about “deep thoughts”. According to this article, workers are willing to leave their jobs if they aren’t praised enough for their work. Millennials, adults aged from 22 to 38 years, will make 35% of the global workforce. Bonding in the work team can increase oxytocin - a chemical released during orgasm. Conflicts are necessary for the working teaching and learning opportunity at the workplace. It teaches people how to behave and forgive in order to become a good person. Photo by Miguelangel Miquelena The efficacy of music to a worker depends on the many factors. In other words, there are no “one-size fits for all”. Working for more than 40 hours a week can decrease your productivity. Working adults who get 7.5 up to 9 sleeping hours of night sleep are more productive by 20%.
Deciding what course to take in college is one of the critical periods of one’s career. Herein you’ll need personal reckoning. The course you choose can ultimately affect your long-term career prospects. The importance of career preparedness can’t be ignored because of high perceived examples of new graduates who aren’t prepared in the Job world. According to a Strada-Gallup survey, a third of students out of 32,000 believe that they have strong knowledge and skills to survive in the job market. Knowing what is the best course to choose will save you tons of time and money. Research the industry Researching the industry means finding facts, lists and statistics about the specific job sector. This task can help you find your niche when you select the course. You can also ask a resource person or an expert in their field. For example, an education industry makes up the following jobs: Academic writer Librarian Online English teacher Professor Teacher Teacher aide Tutor The Information technology industry has these specific jobs: Back-end web developer Front-end web developer Database Administrator Network administrator Content Writer Graphic designer SEO Specialist Technical writer Video editor Research the job market Researching the job market can help you decide whether to switch college courses or stick with it. Should I continue accountancy or shift to nursing? Job markets can be affected by these factors: Technology advances Certain jobs that are menial can be easily automated by programs and robots. An example is a cashier who could be replaced by automated payment gates connected to a smartphone. In countries with higher technological penetration - that could be a reality in the near future. An increase in the use of robots in factories could send workers into the jobless zone and advances in accounting software may modify the daily tasks of auditors and bookkeepers. Economic factors that affect employment Job growth depends on the temporary projects available and the economic performance of a city, region, province and country. For example, a developed tourist site (beaches, waterfall, mountainous treks) will increase tourist arrivals and so too the number of restaurants, hotels, and handicraft production. A surge in tourists arrivals will also positively affect the number of airline and vehicle operations. On the other hand, a failing economy by changing demand for products and services can make it harder for companies to retain employees. Take note that job markets change and what is true for the present time may not be true in the future. Take personality tests Personality test refers to the method that assesses human personality. Such tests may differ in length and type of questions. Using tests may help you find your dislike, likes, passion and personality type. How personality tests can help you choose a career Personality tests can help you narrow down your choices on a career path or job that is compatible with your personality, interests, values and skills. Keep in mind that some of these tests aren’t scientifically validated. Here are some free personality tests online such as: 123test.com 16personalities.com PersonalityPerfect.com The most well-known personality test is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and covers these four categories: Extroversion and introversion Judging and perceiving Sense and intuition Thinking and feeling Build a career capital instead of following your passion You might have already asked your teacher, a friend, parent, sibling or a mentor, and they may all have told you “follow your passion”. Sounds like ultimate advice, but the problem with this mantra is that it assumes that your passion and interests are fixed instead of changing or fluid. Here are the reasons not to follow your passion but instead develop it and build a career capital. Following your passion will likely make you give up soon once you hit a consistent and hard obstacle. Hobbies and passions don’t always translate to successful careers It ignores the job market. It’s like putting all eggs in one basket. Develop your career capital by: Identify your values or beliefs Identify market needs Consistently improve your skills Deliberately practice Pursue a craftsman mindset (a combo of learning and consistent hard work) Persist through hard times Re-evaluate your progress Invest in another time and energy Developing your passion by identifying strengths and weaknesses Unlike the common perception that strengths are something that you’re good at, an accurate definition of strength is something which makes you feel strong. You can be good at one skill but at the same time, you don’t like doing it. A strength energizes you and a weakness weakens your feelings. Here’s how to find your strength and weaknesses Try a free test online or from your school - richardstep.com and 123test.com Use a professional test from career assessment centres in your locality. Find your weakness by finding your hard vs soft skills. Hard refers to technical skills such as programming, auto repair, cooking, etc. Soft skills pertain to emotional intelligence such as negotiation and anger management. Once you find your weaknesses on each of these types of skills, you can work on them to enhance hard and soft skills. Find tasks that let you forget your sense of time. Weigh the pros and cons of each course/job Each course or job could have pros and cons depending on its demand and availability in nearby schools. A specific course such as civil engineering and political science has this profile: Civil Engineering Pros Good pay More job opportunities when there are infrastructure projects (Middle East). Cons Possible hazards at the construction site Deployment to remote sites Risks of liability and pressure Long working hours Doctor of Medicine Pros High Salary (depends on the hospital or company) Prestigious career (along with lawyers, doctors are among the jobs that are highly respected) Job security Cons Can be stressful (being in the operating room) Exposure to biohazards Risks of lawsuits or loss of license due to medical malpractice Stress due to loss of patients under your care Long time to finish (8 years) Expensive education (most doctors came from affluent families although there are individuals who become physicians through scholarships) Philosophy Pros Improves your logical thinking Improves your problem solving Prepares you for a teaching career Prepares you for graduate school or another post-graduate course/career such as law, a catholic priest Cons It may have few job opportunities so you may end up working underemployed or pursuing another course. Ask a mentor or veteran A mentor or veteran refers to a person who is already in such a profession. So if you’re thinking of enrolling in a nursing course, you could ask for advice from nurses who are already working in clinics and hospitals. If you’re into graphic design or coding, you may set up some time with an experienced web developer or graphic designer to see how they are doing their job. To get most the advantage of a mentor’s advice, follow these: Set up a regular meeting Watch how your mentor is doing Keep your relationship and contact open Try to be like them but not exactly identical The pros of having a mentor are: You’ll get good advice from a professional. You’ll know the job trends. You may get a job right after graduation if that mentor decides or is willing to help you. You’ll get a second opinion. You’ll grow your network.
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Mental health refers to the psychological and emotional side of a person. It’s called an absence of mental illness. A sound mind is important for your social relationship and the way you feel, act and think. It drives how you handle stress, makes choices, finishes your work’s tasks. Most of all you’re acquainted with how to eat the right foods and all sorts of tangible things. But there are things that can affect your mental health negatively. Here are ways to reduce your exposure to them. Why mental health? It helps you to cope with stress Work efficiently Discover your hidden potential Find a purpose in life Build good relationships Improve physical health Connect with Your Family Your family - parents, siblings, children - are always there during the time of loneliness and stressful situations. Your parents will always lend you a helping hand no matter what happens. Keeping in touch with your family, seeing them through video call or in-person or hearing their voices can help you reduce boredom and loneliness. Do Hobbies Doing hobbies could be creative activities that can boost your creativity, habits and fight boredom. Indoor hobbies: Candle making Cooking Painting via tablet or the physical canvas Making art by arranging beans, seeds and grains. Watching online videos Learning new things Doing cross stitch Practising digital painting through tablet Gardening Listen to podcast Playing board games: Chess, Game of the Generals, Snakes and Ladders, etc. Eat Healthy Foods You can never be mentally sound without eating healthy food. The best foods are those that are closer to nature. Such foods should be rich in vitamins and minerals and less in preservatives. Healthy foods include leafy greens, fruits, nuts and seeds. Specific foods for brain health include avocado, turmeric and oily fishes (sardines and tuna). Some foods are considered bad for the brain Foods high in trans-fat Sugary drinks such as soft drinks with High-Fructose Syrup Alcohol Highly-processed foods Refined carbohydrates such as white flour, highly processed grains and sugar. Commercial muffins Cured meats Processed fruit juice Donuts You can include healthy foods in your breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner. Get the Right Exercise You have probably noticed that staying in your house for the whole day or not having a sweat can make you feel fatigued or lethargic. Without daily exercise, your muscles and joints grow weaker; your body accumulates fat as not all calories are burnt. Too much exercise is also not good for your body and mental health. Indoor exercises: Curl-up Jump rope Dancing Lunges Cleaning Push-ups Jumping jacks Following youtube exercises Outdoor exercises: Saunter (30 mins to burn calories) Cycling Jogging Suspension training Get the Right Sleep Your body needs the right amount of sleep to repair damaged cells and tissues from daily errands and workout. Undersleeping or depriving yourself with sleep can lead to weight gain, headaches, erratic mood and possible type 2 diabetes. Oversleeping can result in high risks of obesity, heart disease, headache and impaired infertility. How much you sleep depends on your age. Babies (0 to 2 months old) - 12 - 18 hours Infants (3 to 11 months old) - 14 - 15 hours Children (3 to 5 years) - 11 to 14 hours per day Children (6 to 12 years) - 9 to 12 hours per day Teens (13 to 18 years) - 8 to 10 hours per day Adults (18 years above) - 7 to 8 hours per day Limit News Exposure News is a great source of knowledge - from science to current affairs. But what if most of what you see in news app or TV are all about tragedies - explosions, shootings and the ongoing COVID -19 pandemic? According to the American Psychological Association, constant watching of negative news may be bad for your health. Similarly, being bombarded by upsetting news and natural disasters may increase the loop of distress and personal worries. How to minimize exposure to negativities Move news and social media apps off the home screen. Set a timer to limit your time spent on news and apps. Read and watch uplifting news such as cute pets, humour and uplifting stories. A landlord offers his/her apartment for free for the entire duration of COVID-19 lockdown. Millionaires spend part of their income to open a soup kitchen for the displaced workers. Pet cat/dog rescues his/her owner from a heart attack. Actors and actresses sent truckloads of rice, coffee, noodles and canned goods to suffering jeepney drivers. A man who is broke and subsisting on grated coconut got relief goods and employment from PESO. Man feeds dogs and cats. Avoid Smoking While it seems smoking is relaxing, research shows that smoking can increase anxiety, depression and addiction. Smoking is an addictive habit that can lead to heart disease, cancers, regular flu, and shortness of breath that can impact your concentration and eventually your mental health. Limit or Avoid Drinking Alcohol Drinks Alcohol is known to slow down brain response and affect nerve signals in the brain. According to this resource, extreme drinking can lead to psychosis, delusions and hallucinations - mental conditions that can impact your mental health. Play Video Games Video games, whether it’s a strategy, shooting or puzzle, can make you forget the passage of time and fight boredom. Various articles described the benefits of playing video games. One is from the apa.org that published a 13-page study. Gamedesigning.org listed 10 reasons why video games are good for you. Anything in excess is harmful and this is true in video gaming. Another benefit is you can enhance your skills in problem-solving. Games such as puzzles, arcade, RPG, strategy and first-person shooter games use puzzles as a test for the player before he/she progresses into another stage. Spend Time with Pets Dogs, cats, parrots and goldfishes are some of the popular pets in the Philippines. Going home with your cat or dog waiting at your door can be stress relieving. Look at numerous Youtube videos when feline friends wake up their human friends, a raven mimics a human voice and a dog acts like a human. Another idea is to buy a fishbowl aquarium, goldfish and gourami. Add filtered water, aquatic plants, sand and corals. Install a water filter to prevent dirt buildup. You can keep this on the sturdy table. Owning a pet is beneficial to your health, according to a study made at SUNY Buffalo. Owning pets can improve heart health. Aside from that, your pet can be your lifesaver during times of solitary life