Posts Tagged: Well-being

The real drivers of fundamentalist hate

Why do some Westerners attack Muslim minorities and asylum seekers and why do some Muslims support and engage in terror against the West? Some fascinating new research suggests that the reasons for such extreme behavior might be the same in both groups.[read more]

Why some of your old work commitments never seem to go away

Years after I ceased to be a TV producer/director for the BBC I would replay old programs in my mind and devise ways to make them better, more entertaining, more engaging. I won three major awards in my relatively brief time on the job, but perhaps in my mind there’s never a perfect show.… [read more]

Our behavior is still shaped by the Industrial Revolution

The Industrial Revolution of 200 years ago, powered by coal and steam engines, and laid the foundations of modern society. World-first research by a number of universities has found its effects are still felt and not in a good way.

What the researchers say: The Industrial Revolution casts a long shadow with former coal-mining and manufacturing communities in the UK the US still struggling.… [read more]

Being treated unfairly at work leads to illness

Staff who feel they are treated unfairly at work are at increased risk of being off sick more frequently and for longer, according to new research by a team from a number of universities in Europe and the US.

What the researchers say: Increasingly important contributing factors to mental and physical illness—and therefore sick leave—are found in the work environment.… [read more]

Depression, burnout and low quality of life.

Human stress is simply a result of our modern society forcing us to try and exceed our genetic design specs. We are simply not designed to live in a materialistic unequal society and work in the ways and for the long hours that we do.… [read more]

Trying to get more collaboration in the workplace, try priming.

Getting employees, or partners in a firm to work more collegially is one of the biggest problems that large, stressed, organizations face. As previous research has shown, being under stress actually reduces prosocial behaviors. A series of studies reported in Europe’s Journal of psychology found that prosocial behavior can be increased if a person is subjected to messages which encourage collaborative or helping behavior.… [read more]

Poverty in childhood equals worse health in middle age.

Sickies—days off for illness—are a productivity drag on most businesses. But what if we could select for healthier, and thus more productive employees, by simply asking about their early socioeconomic backgrounds? Shocking as that suggestion may seem, it would be a natural follow-on from research published in the current edition of the journal Brain Behavior and Immunity.… [read more]

Divorce may be a death sentence.

An interesting piece of research was published today in the journal Social Science Research. The researchers, citing longitudinal US and WHO figures demonstrate a somewhat unfortunate statistic. You are more likely to die from preventable accidents and other causes if you are either socioeconomically deprived or divorced.… [read more]