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Is a better work ethic correlated to the level of education?

I've heard numerous times that less educated people have lower work ethics, but I've never seen any scientific papers on the subject. Is there any correlation between work ethic and level of ...
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Do longer work weeks result in less productivity for knowledge workers?

There are lot of articles on the internet that talk about diminishing productivity in relation to overtime and include graphs like the following: but I cannot seem to find a reputable and ...
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Does working at a standing desk consume more calories than sitting?

src I've heard conflicting claims: Site that claims it maks a crap load of difference Site that claims it doesn't make a shred of difference What does science say? You may find this question ...
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Does prison work reduce recidivism?

I'm having difficulty finding statistics comparing the recidivism rates of regular prisoners and the ones that worked while serving the sentence. I can't remember where but I've read that "specialists ...
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Do workplace performance appraisals and workplace goal-setting exercises hurt morale?

I have the strong suspicion that workplace performance appraisals and the act of setting employee goals do little to improve the employee performance and often serve to hurt the employee morale, which ...
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Will using auto-darkening welding helmets damage your vision?

I've been told in person, and seen repeated on many a forum, that auto-darkening welding helmets are dangerous and that anyone who uses one eventually needs glasses. However, I have been unable to ...
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Span of Control: 5-7 direct subordinates of one manager

I keep hearing about "ideal" number of direct subordinates, which is 5 to 7. It's also called "Span of control" Span of control, also known as span of management, is a human resources management ...
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Did a US software developer outsource his own job to China?

I heard this story repeated by various news sites about a software developer in the US who outsourced his own job to China, without his employer's knowledge The original source is is Verizon's ...
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Does working over 40 hours a week makes you less productive?

A few articles claim that working more than 40 hours per week makes you less productive. Longer workweeks eventually make you less productive than 40-hour work weeks. From ...
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Can boredom at workplace be attributed to poor working conditions?

In an article I read recently the author mentions a certain study. He claims that it showed that people are likely to judge a task "boring", when in truth it was not, but there were low-intensity ...
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Are only half of all graduates from the past five years employed full time now?

According to an online article SmartMoney magazine titled, "The Jobless Class of 2012": Only a half of those who graduated since 2006 are now employed full time, according to a recent Rutgers ...
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Do police officers and firefighters have a shorter than average life expectancy?

I have run across several references that mention that police officers and firefighters have a much shorter life expectancy than average. Is this claim true? Are there any reputable studies that have ...
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Is working more than 40 hours a week pointless? [closed]

I've read in some news articles that after putting in 40 hours a week, productivity drops off dramatically, to the point where it is suggested that it's not worth doing at all. Is this true? I've ...
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Does gaming increase productivty? [closed]

If you're working in IT ...like a programmer. Does the fact of playing games periodically increase your productivity at work?
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Is professional software development discriminatory?

It's quite a common experience that there are fewer women and African (-American) people in programming as warranted by the natural proportions. It is not so obvious whether this is due to ...
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What study showed that using headphones to drown out office noise is detrimental?

I was watching an interview with Spolsky and he mentioned some study that showed listening to music with headphones caused a drop in having "deep thoughts" ...
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Are light-on-dark colour schemes for computer screens better for programmers?

There is somewhat general scientific agreement that in general case for reading, dark text on light background is more readable than light on dark. However, most studies have shown that dark ...
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Is it preferable to use a computer in a darkened room?

In his latest blog post, Jeff Atwood states: We computer geeks like it dark. Really dark. Ideally, we'd be in a cave. A cave … with an internet connection. The one thing that we can't abide ...
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Does a day full of house cleaning chores have any observable benefit to your fitness? [closed]

I have seen my aunt do a lot of housecleaning work (it's her day job) and having helped her out a few times, you do feel exhaustion from it. Is it work demanding enough to have any practical benefit ...
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Does retiring earlier cause one to die earlier?

This article here says that there is a link between retiring early and dying early. Is it true that, on average, early retirees will die sooner than their longer working counter parts? Is this a ...
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Is Tuesday a better day for Press Releases and similar information?

I remember reading an article about Tuesday being the best day to get maximum reach for your message. I think this study came from Harvard. The content of the message could be PR or some other ...