You have to head to the office each day—you’re into your career, and
there are bills to pay. So why not do a few things to make your work a
healthier and happier experience? These savvy strategies are pretty
easy, and very effective.
A handsome man can earn a fifth more than a plainer colleague but a
beautiful woman is not paid a penny more than her average-looking
colleague, new research has shown.
Tens of thousands of workers across the country enjoy a cup of tea and a
biscuit at their desks but now a study has revealed you should never
dunk at the office if you want to keep your colleagues on side.
Walk to the plant. Just two minutes of getting up and walking per hour
is all it takes to make up for some of the negative consequences of
sitting all day. In fact, this small amount of movement or activity can
minimize your risk for early death, diabetes and heart disease,
according to a new study published in the Clinical Journal of the
American Society of Nephrology. So instead of sending an email to your
colleague down the hall, walk on over. Doing some stretches works, too.
Take a stand. You don’t have to go as extreme as a treadmill desk, but
standing at your desk can lead to greater engagement (and some extra
calorie burn). One study showed that elementary school children using
standing desks, with stools available, had a 12 percent higher rate of
attention than those using traditional desks. Consider changing your
desk height, if possible, to sharpen your focus and get more done.
The study by senior economists found that being good-looking meant
male workers could earn 22 percent more than average-looking
Dunking at your desk is considered a major faux-pas by a fifth of
British tea drinking office workers, according to a new survey of 2,000
employees by McVitie’s.
Think of fitness as fun. Turns out, our attitude toward exercise can
affect how much we eat afterward. Participants of a Cornell University
study who went on a 2K walk called “scenic” ate significantly fewer
calories afterward compared to those told the walk was “exercise.” If
you hit the gym at lunch or after work, try thinking of it as an
enjoyable break instead of another task to get through. Add music or
watch an engaging TV show while on the treadmill—anything to make your
workout more fun.
Try meditation. If you’re prone to headaches from staring at a screen
all day or worrying about impending deadlines, consider meditation to
help mitigate them. Not only can it prevent migraines, it can also make
them less severe when they occur, say scientists at Wake Forest Baptist
Medical Center. You can easily train yourself to do the
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction type of meditation that helps
sufferers feel more in control of their migraines and have much faster
relief. A small break for meditation during a stressful workday may
prevent a full-blown, day-wrecking pain in your head.
Researchers said good looks did not give women a similar advantage.
That’s in spite of a whopping 71 percent admitting they love to soak
their biscuit in a cuppa.
Call it exciting. Got a big work presentation coming up? Instead of
trying to calm your nerves (which gives attention to your anxiety and is
tough to do anyway), simply saying, “I’m excited,” beforehand can help
you be more positive and successful, according to research from the
American Psychological Association. You may be tempted to try calming
yourself, but faking enthusiasm seems to work better, since it may be
easier to see anxiety as excitement than trying to quell it. Even if it
feels funny, talking about being excited can really help you feel that
way—and pump your work performance.
Andrew Leigh, the former economics professor at the Australian
National University who co-authored the report, said: “Beauty can be a
double-edged sword for women.
The study also showed that other deplorable biscuit offences include
opening a packet of biscuits that didn’t belong to them, reports
“Some people still believe good looks and intelligence are
incompatible in women so a good-looking woman can’t be that
productive, but there’s no dumb-blonde syndrome affecting men’s pay.”
Leaving a trail of crumbs on someone’s desk was also considered to be an
abomination, with 38 percent calling this a major faux-pas.