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Do London underground drivers earn more and work less than NHS doctors?

The claim about hours seem to be accurate, the claim about salaries not so much. Summary: The source data are for UK train drivers, not London tube drivers. The doctors part of the source data does ...
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Is it true that "People Over 40 Should Only Work 3 Days A Week"?

The study seems unreliable to me but they do claim that. For working hours up to around 25 hours a week, an increase in working hours has a positive impact on cognitive functioning. However, when ...
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Is it legal to hire only beautiful people?

It is not specifically illegal at all, but there are very specific limits that need to be taken into account. In Europe There are some specific characteristics which are protected. See the EU ...
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Are light-on-dark colour schemes for computer screens better for programmers?

"Typically greater brightness of positive compared to negative polarity displays leads to smaller pupil sizes and, hence, a sharper retinal image and better perception of detail." Per ...
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Was the United States the equal fifth deadliest country for journalists in 2018?

I have found three sources, which all give fairly similar numbers. I'll present them here: Committee to Protect Journalists The Committee to Protect Journalists has an interactive map showing ...
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Is it legal to hire only beautiful people?

Using "illegal" in the casual was that Josephine Fairley intends it (see below for more on this), the answer is: In some European Countries: Yes, it is "illegal". In all EU ...
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Did a man in France sue his employer because he was bored at work?

This article, from the French newspaper Le Monde, explains that Mr Desnard was fired because of his prolonged sick leave due to his car accident. He is suing because he contests his dissmissal. His ...
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Does caffeine increase productivity in office jobs?

One study has made an analysis of the effects of caffeine on cognitive performance. See: https://libres.uncg.edu/ir/uncw/f/lothesj2004-2.pdf I didn't read the whole study but it seems that has tested ...
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Do police officers and firefighters have a shorter than average life expectancy?

If you're thinking about "lifespan after retirement" rather than "dying before retirement", then it's not true. Everything I see on firefighter health indicates there's no ...
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Are suicide rates among millenials increasing?

Suicide: Yes (New York Times, study), but not just millennials: Suicide in the United States has surged to the highest levels in nearly 30 years, a federal data analysis has found, with increases ...
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Did a building supervisor in Spain get fined for not showing up to work for six years, unnoticed?

Not only YES, but Super Yes The public worker, named Joaquín García, has "not been working" for 14 years for the public administration in Cadiz. His job was a quiet one, as his department ( public ...
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Were only half of US college graduates from 2006-2011 employed full-time in 2012?

Based on the Economic Policy Institute's analysis of unemployment and underemployment in recent college graduates, we can see historical annual data for young college graduates aged 20-24 who are not ...
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What study showed that using headphones to drown out office noise is detrimental?

"Music is considered an ecologically valid auditory stimulus since many different brain centers can be activated through functional dissociation between the ventral and dorsal networks involved in ...
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Does working over 40 hours a week make you less productive?

First it's important to understand broadly what workforce productivity is, please see Wikipedia's page on Workforce productivity The OECD defines it as "the ratio of a volume measure of output to a ...
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Do construction workers usually work for 14 hours a day in Dubai?

Working 14 hours in a day is not "usual". Human rights and health disparities for migrant workers in the UAE Health and Human Rights Journal says: workers often stay in this heat for up to 14 ...
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Will using auto-darkening welding helmets damage your vision?

I recently watched a YouTube video that held an answer. Auto-darkening helmets are actually permanently opaque to both UV and IR. You can test that by turning them to "grinding" mode, which turns the ...
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Can boredom at workplace be attributed to poor working conditions?

Naturally I don't know which particular study the author meant, and a large number examines the relationship between being distracted and boredom (a single search revealed hundreds), but this one ...
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Do team-bonding exercises promote distrust?

Actually there are studies showing the contrary This meta analysis shows the overall take-home message is that teamwork training is an effective way to foster teamwork and team performance and ...
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Do workplace performance appraisals and workplace goal-setting exercises hurt morale?

Current understanding for appraisals Appraisals which are not linked to monetary outcomes such as bonuses, promotions, or pay rises seem to have detrimental effects for some types of employees. ...
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