Since many workers have now had the opportunity to get a taste of what it’s like to work remotely and compare it to being physically on-site, it’s good timing to look into which work setting is believed to be more or less stressful.
To do this, we surveyed workers as part of the national TIPP Poll and discovered that most survey respondents (63%) claim that it is less stressful to work remotely than to work on-site. It’s worth noting that 25% disagreed and another 12% were unsure.
Who are these people who find it less stressful to work remotely?
- Most earn over $75,000 per year
- Live in urban areas
- Typically, between 18 and 44 years old
While the survey did not explore factors that attributed to making working remotely less stressful, various articles on the subject over the past few months mention that when working remotely, there is less hassle of commuting and it’s a breeze to get ready for work. Notably, both are great timesavers. Working remotely seems to be especially appealing to working mothers who appreciate the flexibility to attend to family matters throughout the day.
Working remotely gives individuals a greater sense of control. That underlying factor is important in today’s times. Just as Sundar Pichai, CEO of Alphabet Inc., and other CEOs are saying, we need to respect that in today’s changing world, employees want to have some say in where and how they work.
Map Out Your Day
- Take control of how you approach your daily work tasks by mapping out your day. Start by building a to-do list for the next day. You’ll be interested in knowing that findings from our 7-year experimental/control study, Strategies for Enhancing Performance, revealed that “building to-do lists” is the most effective skill for enhancing workplace performance and directing stress positively. It works great as an actionable end-of-day pledge. When creating your next day’s to-do list, be sure to identify those tasks that “must” get done from those that are optional. You never know what may pop up on any given day!
- If having some uninterrupted think-time is essential, consider finding a quiet space within your office building and reserving it. If that’s not available and you need to remain in your designated workspace, try visibly displaying a red sign to indicate to anyone who may be dropping by to talk to you that you need some uninterrupted time to concentrate - unless there’s truly an emergency! Then again, some of you can just leave the premises and go to a coffee shop to do your thinking.
Create Your Own Mental Health Breaks
- Granted, there is more freedom for mental health when working remotely because you are not exposed as you are when in the workplace. But you can set your own pace and stay energized in either setting by permitting yourself to take breaks throughout your workday. It doesn’t have to be 15 minutes…it can be a brief walk around your work area. Findings from the Strategies for Enhancing Performance uncovered that taking breaks was a great way to redirect stress positively! For example, have you ever found yourself stuck and unable to find the right words when writing an email or report, and then after taking a short break, you return to that email or report, and the words just seem to flow! So, go ahead and do take occasional breaks throughout your day.
- Our research also found that going out to lunch with a co-worker or friend is also a great way to come back stronger for the rest of the day.
- Deciding when to exercise is easier when working remotely. However, many organizations today have a fitness center on-site. So take advantage! If none is available, try doing what doctors do. Since it’s very difficult for doctors to work out consistently each day, many take short exercise breaks periodically throughout the day by climbing the hospital steps. If you have stairs where you work, try climbing them for exercise when going from one meeting to another. Then again, leverage your breaks by turning them into “mini-exercise breaks” – lift weights, take a short walk - to really disconnect…leave your cell phone at your desk.
Incorporating these tips into your day, positions you to perform at your best. Keep in mind just knowing these tips won’t work…it’s putting them into practice! Now you are truly accepting control of your day!
AUKUS Submarine Deal With Australia Was 'Clumsy', U.S. President Biden Tells French President Macron
President Biden didn't formally apologize to Mr. Macron but conceded the U.S. should not have caught its oldest ally by surprise.
The U.S. argued that the move, which will arm the Pacific ally with higher-quality nuclear-powered boats, will enable Australia to contain Chinese encroachment in the region. Mr. Macron said the two allies would develop "stronger cooperation" to prevent a similar misunderstanding from happening again.
France is especially angry over being kept in the dark about a major geopolitical shift and having its interests in the Indo-Pacific — where France has territories with 2 million people and 7,000 troops — ignored.
While the U.S. focuses on Asia, Mr. Macron seeks to bolster Europe's defense capabilities via more military equipment and military operations abroad.
France is also determined to put "muscle" into Europe's geopolitical strategy toward an increasingly assertive China, France's ambassador to Australia, Jean-Pierre Thebault, told The Associated Press earlier this month.
Turkey has sold Ukraine Bayraktar drones, and Kyiv plans to buy dozens more to deploy to eastern Ukraine.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has defended using a Turkish-supplied armed drone to strike Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine, saying the military acted in self-defense and did not violate any agreements.
This week, the Ukrainian military released footage of what it said was a Bayraktar T2B drone destroying a Russian-made howitzer in a separatist-controlled area. The military said the drone was used "for the first time" to suppress artillery fire that killed a Ukrainian soldier and wounded another.
In September, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said his country plans to build a factory to produce the drones in cooperation with the Turkish drone maker, Baykar.
The Bayraktar has proven to be one of the best-armed drones on the market, having been battle-tested in conflicts in Syria, Libya, Nagorno-Karabakh, and against Kurdish militants.
The wall will cost an estimated €353 million. President Andrzej Duda is likely to sign the legislation.
The wall is expected to cost an estimated €353 million ($407 million) and will span more than 100 kilometers (60 miles) of what is one of the European Union's (E.U.) exterior borders.
Poland says the controversial project was necessitated by a major influx of migrants rushing across its border from the former Soviet republic of Belarus. Poland's nationalist-conservative Law and Justice (PiS) government has described the construction as a "barrier," whereas opposition parties refer to it as a "wall."
In recent weeks, Poland has deployed thousands of soldiers to the border. It has legalized so-called "pushbacks" and put the entire area under a state of emergency — blocking all access to journalists, activists, and international observers.
Fresh sanctions by the U.S. Treasury on Friday target individuals and companies supporting the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' drone program.
The new sanctions follow a suspected Iranian drone attack on Oct. 20 that targeted U.S. forces stationed at the al-Tanf garrison in southern Syria. There were no casualties among U.S. troops, who Fox News reports were tipped off before the attack.
Among the four individuals designated Thursday were Brig. Gen. Saeed Aghajani, who the United States said, directs the planning, equipment, and training of the IRGC's UAV operations.
Also targeted on Friday was the Kimia Part Sivan Company, an Iran-based firm that the administration said worked with the Quds Force to improve its UAV program.
In addition, the Treasury sanctioned IRGC Brig. Gen. Abdollah Mehrabi, Oje Parvaz Mado Nafar Company, and its managing director for allegedly procuring UAV engines for the IRGC.
The Inevitability Of The Metaverse And What It Will Do
The term "meta" was coined by Neal Stephenson in his 1992 science fiction novel "Snow Crash," where humans, as avatars, interact with each other in a three-dimensional virtual successor to the Internet.
Meta – formerly Facebook – CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants his company to be at the forefront of building the Metaverse. But he's not alone in such ambitions. Google is interested, Apple too.
Even Epic Games, the company behind the Fortnite video game, is keen to expand its platform into the Metaverse. In recent months, it has been making inroads, showing movies in a virtual cinema and even hosting live, virtual Ariana Grande concerts within its game world.
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