Work-life balance

I’ve always worked in nurseries. How do I get a ‘grown-up’ job? | Life and style

I qualified as a nursery nurse almost 10 years ago. I knew it was never going to make me rich, but I enjoyed it at the time. Now I’m almost 29 and I worry that I won’t ever be hired to do anything else. I have excellent transferrable skills (near-infinite patience, ability to multitask, keep written and electronic records, deal with people from all walks of life, calm under pressure, and more) but all my CV is about jobs in…

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Should every worker have a 75-minute lunch break? | Life and style

Schoolchildren should have at least 75 minutes of breaktime every day, say a group of MPs. Most schools, according to a report by the all-party parliamentary group on a fit and healthy childhood, have cut lunch and breaktimes, which has a negative impact on pupils’ concentration, health and social skills. This begs a question: if children need more than an hour of downtime a day, what about us adults? The amount of time people take as breaks during the working…

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Four-day week trial: study finds lower stress but no cut in output | Money

Analysis of one of the biggest trials yet of the four-day working week has revealed no fall in output, decreases in stress and increased staff engagement, fuelling hopes that a better work-life-balance for millions could finally be in sight. Perpetual Guardian, a New Zealand financial services company, switched its 240 staff from a five-day week to a four-day week last November and maintained their pay. Productivity increased in the four days they worked so there was no drop in the…

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Burned out and overwhelmed: should you embrace the joy of no? | Life and style

What brings you joy? It is a question that is hard to avoid these days, as joy seems to be the new buzzword. It is on the cover of two new books, The Joy of No (#Jono) by Debbie Chapman, published at the end of last year, and The Joy of Missing Out, by the philosopher and psychologist Svend Brinkmann, published earlier this month. It is also on Netflix, in the show Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, in which the…

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Podcast 40: How Can You Protect Your Wellbeing? – Education Article

Podcast 40: How Can You Protect Your Wellbeing? | TeacherToolkit 17th February 201916th February 2019 Joshua McGovern 114 Views #TTkit100Women, #TTkitPodcast, achievement, Curriculum, Interview, Mental Health, mobile technology, Podcast, science, Wellbeing, WomenEd, Work-life balance, Workload Reading Time: 1 minute Why… This is only a snippet of a Education Article written by Joshua McGovern Read Full Article

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Record numbers of NHS staff quitting due to long hours | Society

Record numbers of burned-out NHS staff are quitting because they are fed up with spending too much time at work and not enough with their families, research reveals. The number of personnel leaving the NHS because of a poor work-life balance has almost trebled in the past seven years, analysis by the Health Foundation thinktank shows. Between June 2010 and June 2011, 3,689 employees cited that as the reason they had decided to stop working for the NHS in England.…

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NHS England losing staff in record numbers over long hours – study | Society

Record numbers of burned-out NHS staff in England are quitting because they are fed up with spending too much time at work and not enough at home with their family, new research reveals. The number of personnel leaving the NHS because of a poor work-life balance has almost trebled in the last seven years, an analysis by the Health Foundation thinktank shows. Between June 2010 and June 2011, a total of 3,689 employees cited concerns over long working hours as…

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4 Tips For Valuing Your Staff – Education Article

Reading Time: 4 minutes How can we truly value our staff? The official hours for teachers are 8.30am – 4.00pm, but I am yet to meet a teacher who sticks to those. Staff come in early to set up the outdoor areas, come rain or shine. They give up lunchtimes to run clubs, they stay late to ensure that pupils get home safely and they sacrifice a lay in on a Saturday to enable pupils to attend special events. Staff…

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Free money wouldn’t make people lazy – but it could revolutionise work | Anna Dent | Opinion

The danger of so-called “free money” not only underpins critiques of universal basic income (UBI), but also the incredibly strong narratives that underlie the attitudes to work in the UK (and elsewhere) – and our unemployment benefit system. Paid employment is held up as one of the ultimate markers of being a valuable member of society, with those not in paid work (always described in these narratives as a voluntary position, rather than as the result of issues outside their…

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Four-day working week: share your experiences and views | Money

Moving to a four day week: is it the ideal way to achieve a better work-life balance or simply a luxury incompatible with the modern world? We’re looking to explore questions around the idea and gather your perspectives for an upcoming article. In September, the head of the TUC said advances in technology mean that a four-day week working week is a realistic goal for most people by the end of this century. “We can win a four-day working week,…

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A 4.30am start and three-minute toilet breaks: are you ready for microscheduling? | Life and style

Work is one of the biggest sources of stress in our lives, second only to health problems, according to a survey for the Mental Health Foundation last year. What work and productivity coaches call “overwhelm” is widespread, as notifications, conversations, distractions and interruptions all get in the way of actually getting stuff done. And not getting stuff done because you are overwhelmed is sure only to make matters worse. One response favoured by productivity gurus is microscheduling – creating a…

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Who’s going to care about the women being forced out of work? | Gaby Hinsliff | Opinion

What would drive thousands of people a year out of jobs they love, or need, with no certainty about whether they will ever be able to come back? If you have parents of a certain age, you might already have guessed the answer. About 600 people a day are giving up their jobs to look after elderly or sick relatives, the charity Carers UK estimates, a hidden exodus from working life that we don’t discuss nearly enough. Young women are…

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Work isn’t working – but a four-day week would help fix it | Will Stronge | Opinion

Our current political moment is defined by a state of paralysis. By refusing to face the reality of a broken economic model, reactionary forces are driving us towards a future based on exclusion, continued deregulation and the scrapping of workers’ rights. Instead of conceding to this “inevitable” race to the bottom, progressive forces of all kinds need to meet the crises of the 21st century head-on by putting forward proposals that tangibly improve people’s lives. As Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has demonstrated…

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Why we must resist the cult of ‘performative workaholism’ | Money

#ThankGodIt’sMonday! This is the rallying cry of a new movement of work obsessives, according to a widely shared opinion piece on “performative workaholism” in the New York Times. These ergomaniacs encourage each other to “hustle harder”. They drink from water coolers containing floating cucumbers carved with pro-work slogans, such as “Don’t stop when you’re tired, stop when you’re done.” “No one ever changed the world on 40 hours a week,” Elon Musk, the patron saint of the #TIGM movement announced…

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The Guardian view on working hours: when more means less | Opinion

The poet Philip Larkin, no friend of feminism, wondered why he let “the toad work / Squat on my life? … Six days of the week it soils / With its sickening poison – / Just for paying a few bills! That’s out of proportion.” Six days a week was even then rather old-fashioned: most of the industrial world had moved on to a five-day, 40-hour week by 1970, after more than a century of agitation, and there was an…

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Working mothers ‘up to 40% more stressed’ | Money

They may have had more than a sneaking suspicion that it was the case, but now working mothers have the data to back it up: they are indeed more stressed than other people – 18% more, in fact. And that figure rises to 40% for those with two children, according to a major study that analysed 11 key indicators of chronic stress levels. Professor Tarani Chandola, of Manchester University, and Dr Cara Booker, Professor Meena Kumari and Professor Michaela Benzeval,…

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My colleague is a nerdy know-all who rewrites all my work. What should I do? | Life and style

I am in a line of work where it is standard practice for one’s work to be read over by a colleague in order to spot any mistakes before being submitted to the client. Even though I still have my problems with this after years of it, I can see the point. However, I have one particular colleague who basically rewrites my work. He doesn’t stop at correcting actual errors, he makes stylistic changes too – so many that I’m…

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Manchester led the way with a four-day working week | Letters | Money

It’s good to see that the Wellcome Trust is considering shortening the working week for its head office staff to boost productivity and introduce a better work-life balance (Wellcome Trust considers letting workers move to four-day week, 19 January). As a former BBC journalist, I can attest to the benefits of a four-day week – even though it was introduced in secret, and all of 47 years ago! BBC Radio Manchester was still in its infancy when the station manager…

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Red Bull wants us to leave work at 4pm. I couldn’t agree more | Opinion

I’m not squeamish, except for one small thing: I cannot repeat rhyming couplets. So I can’t tell you exactly what Red Bull’s latest London Underground advert says because it uses this mawkish lyrical form. I can tell you that it was reprimanded by the Advertising Standards Authority for promising health benefits that fizzy drinks aren’t allowed to do (nope, not even Shloer). I can even describe that promise, in a roundabout way: Red Bull will make you feel so energetic…

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Wellcome Trust could become first big employer to launch four-day week | UK news

That Friday feeling could soon be switched to Thursday, at one major employer at least. The Wellcome Trust is considering moving all of its 800 head office staff to a four-day week in a bid to boost productivity and improve work-life balance. A trial of the new working week at the £26bn London-based science research foundation could start as soon as this autumn, giving workers Fridays off to do whatever they want with no reduction in pay. Some parts of…

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