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Was the United States the equal fifth deadliest country for journalists in 2018?

As reported in the CNN article In a violent year for journalists, United States among the deadliest countries for first time, the group Reporters Without Borders has claimed that the United States is ...
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Does “dressing for the job you want” help promotion?

There is a saying: Dress for the job you want, not the one you have. I have always understood this as implying that this is a way to help attain "the job you want". This article references a ...
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Do team-bonding exercises promote distrust?

In Barking Up the Wrong Tree, author Eric Barker makes the claim: You can't rely on HR team-bonding exercises; studies show they're only effective at building distrust. -- Chapter 4 There is ...
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Does caffeine increase productivity in office jobs?

There is a common conception amongst coffee drinkers (including myself) that drinking coffee increases productivity in office jobs, but particularly jobs in tech. Is this true? Have there been any ...
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Do mangakas have long work hours?

I've found several sources that explain that mangakas (manga artists) have to work insanely long hours to meet their deadlines. In this Quora answer, an assistant mangaka claims: We were well-paid,...
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Are suicide rates among millenials increasing?

Simon Sinek claims in this video (at about 9:40min) that the suicide rates and the accidental drug overdoses among young people from the so-called "millennial" generation are increasing at the moment. ...
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Did a building supervisor in Spain get fined for not showing up to work for six years, unnoticed?

In this 2016 Huffington Post article, it says: For six years, a building supervisor in Spain quietly collected a $41,500 salary from his local government without showing up for work. And he ...
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Did a man in France sue his employer because he was bored at work?

According to this article, a man from France sued his employer for $400,000 because he was bored at work. The article also states: He was later fired after a car crash caused him to go on ...
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Do single, childless women earn more than their male counterparts in urban USA?

The Daily Wire has a 2016 article that claims that women are not victims of pay discrimination. The general topic is covered by a relation question here: Are women underpaid relative to men? ...
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Do construction workers usually work for 14 hours a day in Dubai?

This post on Quora says: 500USD/month, construction work 14 hours/day, average temperature 40℃ I found this Daily Mail article with the heading, "The side of Dubai that they DON'T want tourists to ...
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Is it true that “People Over 40 Should Only Work 3 Days A Week”?

EatLiveGlow claims that Recent research by the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research found that, whilst working up to 30 hours a week is good for cognitive function in the ...
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Is it possible for a working person remain healthy just by 4 hours sleep a day? [closed]

Due to work pressure, I'm feeling that 24 hours is not enough to finish it in deadline. I've tried it for two days but felt impossible. I'd heard that successful person do not sleep long. I don't know ...
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Can classes reduce unconscious racial bias?

Recently on PBS Newshour there was a segment about Silicon Valley and their attempts to hire more diverse employees. A focus of the segment was employee training seminars about unconscious biases--...
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Do London underground drivers earn more and work less than NHS doctors?

This Facebook photo protesting the recent London underground (Tube) strikes claims that London underground drivers earn more money and have less working hours than National Health Service (NHS) ...
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Is it legal to hire only beautiful people?

Josephine Fairley wrote a column in the Telegraph claims that it is perfectly legal to hire only beautiful people. But while it's illegal to discriminate on the grounds of gender, sex, race, ...
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Are 'user-adjustable' thermostats in offices usually 'dummies'?

An example here at WSJ and here, but seen around the internet (often grouped together with anecdotes about dummy "walk" buttons and elevator "close door" buttons): Looking for an office thermostat ...
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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 education?...
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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 scientific ...
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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 make you less productive?

Does modern research prescribe 40 hour workweeks, and agree that increasing hours doesn't proportionally increase productivity you turn in less and worse work, and risk dangerous mistakes longer ...
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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 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" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NF8ZVB-v3IM#...
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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 is ...
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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 ...