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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 not include that London salaries are generally higher than average, which we should include when comparing to London tube drivers. The chart mislabels doctor's ...


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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 working hours exceed 25 hours per week, an increase in working hours has a negative impact on cognition. However, I question the study's reliability The copy ...


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According to Why So Few?: Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics by Catherine Hill, Ph. D., Christianne Corbett, and Andresse St. Rose, Ed.D., 2010: Number of students who took advanced placement test in Computer Science AB: girls — 632 (13%) boys — 4,268 (87%) Number of graduates with B.Sc. in computer science: women &...


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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 directive on work discrimination, which covers only: Race or ethnic origin, Sex Pregnancy Sexual orientation Religion or belief Disability (physical ...


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While there have certainly been stories widely reported in the news that turned out to be untrue, this doesn't read like one of them. The key is the entry on the Verizon security blog. Whereas 'urban legend' stories are usually short on specifics, and often cite unnamed 'friends of friends', the Verizon report claims that it was actually them who dealt with ...


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"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 Piepenbrock C et.al. in 2014, the results of the study are compatible with the hypothesis that the positive polarity advantage is an effect of display luminance. "Dark ...


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According to the OSHA manual on preventing strain from working with video display terminals, three elements are of concern when it comes to lighting: quantity (lower lighting is better, OSHA recommends “28-50 foot candles”) contrast (lower produces less strain) glare (again, lower or more diffuse light is better) See: http://www.osha.gov/Publications/...


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Yes. This was an easy one! The claims were referenced. I randomly clicked on the second link which claimed: Firefighters have shorter life expectancies than the average population and are three times more likely to die on the job, due to inherent risks, physical and mental stresses, and exposures to toxic and carcinogenic compounds released in smoke. (...


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The question seems to be more scientific, but also comes with a lot of personal opinions and experience, since we probably all work. 40 hours of working might be too much already. There have been numerous studies that working more than 8 hours a day may literally kill you. So, we can rest assure that this surely won't increase your productivity in the ...


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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 Journalist deaths grouped by country. The default criteria shown result in the USA being in the top 5, specifically tied with Mexico for 4th with 4 deaths. That ...


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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 Countries: It is highly likely to be "illegal". Specific countries In France, Article L1132-1 of the Code du Travail ("the labour code") prohibits discrimination in employment (...


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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 physician said that the epiliptic seizure that caused the accident may have been caused by his extreme boredom, but no one else said so. The court decision will ...


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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 meaningful difference in mortality rates of public safety employees and other government workers. CalPERS (California Public Employees' Retirement System) produced an experience study ...


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This should really be a comment, as I have only partial information and am neither able to conclusively strengthen or refute the claim, however I can throw some information into the debate. I'll start with the part of the claim that "specifies" what happens: eventually needs glasses Besides the (trivial) fact that almost everyone eventually needs ...


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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 with coffee capsules, placebos and beverages with different amounts of coffee. The results are not totally clear even for the author. Although it is likely ...


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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 in every age group except older adults. The rise was particularly steep for women. It was also substantial among middle-aged Americans... Accidental Drug ...


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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 infraestructure and services) is an overexpanded one with too many engineering supervisors to notice ( words of his direct boss). Given that, every morning since ...


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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 hours per day. Even though UAE law requires workers to break during the hottest hours, most remain at the job site for 12 hours per day So 12 hours of being ...


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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 enrolled in further schooling. In June 2012 (the middle of the year), the average young graduate had An unemployment rate of 7.9% An underemployment rate of ...


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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 volume measure of input".1 Volume measures of output are normally gross domestic product (GDP) or gross value added (GVA), expressed at constant prices i.e. ...


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"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 event segmentation of music." Evidence is inconclusive to suggest using headphones to drown out office noise is detrimental since some studies show positive/...


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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 particularly came to mind (The experience of boredom: The role of the self-perception of attention. Damrad-Frye, Robin; Laird, James D. Journal of Personality and ...


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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 darkening feature off, and then use your cell phone camera to see if a TV remote lights up through it. UV is probably a little more complicated. At that point ...


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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 this study shows These findings seem to suggest that Team Building Exercises do have an impact on the scores of the all Six TAQ Sub Scales. In other words,...


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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. Hence, it seems to be really important that appraisals are linked to any kind of monetary outcomes such as bonuses, promotions, or pay rises. Performance ...


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