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Burn-out: an 'occupational phenomenon'

Have you ever felt so tired of a job that you feel you just can’t take it anymore?

Burn-out is an ‘occupational phenomenon’ officially recognized by World Health Organization

We all get stressed in our jobs, but if this is happening every day, you may be experiencing the occupational phenomenon known as “burn-out.”

You’re not alone.

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced in May that it was including burn-out in its International Classification of Diseases.

WHO emphasizes that it is not an actual medical condition, but it could be a reason that people contact health providers.

They say that burn-out results from “chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.”

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Topics: Health & Safety, Being a Great Employee, Managing Stress

Just 2 hours a week in nature can work wonders

A new study says that spending two hours a week out in nature can work wonders for your health and wellbeing.

The study, led by the University of Exeter and published in Scientific Reports, found that “people who spend at least 120 minutes each week out in nature are more likely to say they have good health and a higher psychological wellbeing that those who don’t visit nature at all.”

And it didn’t matter if the 120 minutes was in one visit or in multiple shorter visits, it found.

“The current results also suggested that it did not matter how the 'threshold' was achieved. This may be because individuals selected exposures to fit their personal preferences and circumstances. For instance, some may prefer long walks on the weekend in locations further from home; while others may prefer regular shorter visits to parks in the local area,” the study says.

Other factors – such as gender, age, occupation, ethnicity, wealth, illness and disabilities – also did not matter. The 120 minutes applied to everyone in the study.

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Topics: Volunteering, Health & Safety, Being a Great Employee, Managing Stress

How to Handle Stress as a Temporary Employee

Stress is often defined as the reaction a person has when a situation exceeds a person’s ability to handle it.

Mindy Shoss, an Associate Professor in Psychology at the University of Central Florida, says work-related stress “occurs when the demands on employees are greater than the resources the employees have to meet these demands.”

Basically, people become stressed when they think they don’t have control over a situation. Temporary employees, placed in a job only until a specific project is completed or only for a specific length of time, have even less control over their work environment and their work situations than other employees.

Plus, the nature of being a temporary employee with a temporary job could result in high job insecurity, one of the causes of work-related stress.

Not all stress is bad. Wanting to do a good job when you are first hired or working to meet a deadline or production target can be stressful, but the impact of that stress is driving you to perform better. It’s when the stress you’re experiencing is negatively impacting your work, health or home life that you need to worry.

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Topics: Establishing a Career, Health & Safety, Managing Stress

Top 4 Reasons To Keep A Clean Work Space

It finally feels like spring when the birds begin chirping, flowers blooming and the sun is out so our temperatures climb to appropriate levels.

It’s been pretty dreary with all the rain and wind, but now our thoughts are turning to that annual ritual known as Spring Cleaning. Did you know that spring cleaning isn’t just for the home? Your work space can benefit from it too!

There are a ton of reasons why it’s important to keep your work space clean and tidy, but here are the top four:

  1. Health:

    According to research, the average desk contains 400 times more germs than a toilet seat. That’s why cleaning your desk on a regular basis, not just in the spring, is a good idea if you and your co-workers want to stay healthy.

    Don’t have a desk? Non-office work-spaces can harbor germs as well, whether on the tools, the work space or in common eating areas. Even door handles or push plates can host a colony of germs just waiting to infect the next person who touches them.

    Regular daily cleaning and periodic deep cleaning will keep those germs at bay.

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Topics: Preparing for an Interview, Health & Safety, Managing Stress

Is the grass really greener? Things to consider before changing jobs

Everyone, at some point, will wonder if they should change jobs. It’s a normal feeling, whether you’re thinking about pay, opportunity or just doing something new.

If you’re a younger worker, you’re more like to actually change jobs than if you are an older worker well-established in your career.

Regardless of age, here are seven key things to consider before making that leap:
  1. Why do you want a change?

    Knowing why you’re not finding fulfillment in your current position and what things you’re looking for in a new one will help you get started in the process of switching jobs. Is it because you’re not being challenged? Are you seeking more money? Is it a bad work environment? Are there changes in the company, like mergers or financial issues, that you want to avoid?

    Whatever your reason, knowing why you’re looking to leave will help you avoid the same thing in a new position.

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Topics: Establishing a Career, Preparing for an Interview, Changing Jobs, Managing Stress

What to Wear for an Interview

Congrats! You’ve got an interview. Now, what to wear?

Figuring out what to wear to an interview used to be easy, but it can be a challenge in today’s fast-paced world. Men would pick a good suit, matching tie/shirt, and dress shoes. Women would go with a suit, though they might have to decide between pants and skirt, matching shoes and accessories.

The general rule was that you couldn’t be overdressed for an interview.

But while that’s still generally accepted, because it never hurts to look your best, today’s more relaxed working environments complicate the matter. Plus, you don’t want to feel out of place and ill-at-ease if you show up in a suit and everyone else is wearing… jeans.

That’s not likely to happen, but walking in and finding you’re the best-dressed candidate might have you wondering about your attire – and that’s not a good thing to be focused upon when you should be thinking about your skills and why you’re the best fit for the position.

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Topics: Establishing a Career, Preparing for an Interview, Managing Stress

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