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Taking all your annual leave leads to a more productive worker

Research by WorkScore shows that employees who take their annual leave are more productive, less stressed and happier than those who don’t take their leave.

Reviewing the scores of over 250  employees:

  • 1 in 5 employees have not taken annual leave in the last 12 months
  • 40% feel that their workplace does not encourage staff to take annual leave benefits;  and
  • 45% felt either guilty or anxious before taking leave.

WorkScore asked employees to rate their productivity when at work and found that those who rated below average also felt more anxious and guilty prior to taking leave, and 50% of this group checked work emails regularly (most days) when on leave.  Whilst those employees that rated above average for productivity felt less anxious and guilty prior to taking leave and only 30% checked in regularly, giving them a chance to switch off from work and relax. This group also rated that their workplace actively encourages them to take their leave benefits which is a win – win for both business and employee.

shutterstock_769261564.jpgSuzanne Deeming co – founder of WorkScore states “the good news is that employees are recognizing that taking annual leave is a way to improve wellbeing and reduce burnout”.  The WorkScore survey found that employees site preventing “burn out”, exhaustion or stress, improving personal health/wellness and better work life balance as the main reasons they take their leave.

However, companies aren’t as quick to recognize the need as a staggering 40% of employees rated that work does not encourage leave.

Suzanne Deeming co-founder states “encouraging employees to take their full annual leave entitlement should become a business priority as it improves employee productivity, morale and reduces stress. Workplaces should also discourage employees from working whilst on leave and allow them to fully switch off from work.

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Kahlua’s study finds half of the people who missed a life moment were trying to capture it on Social media

shutterstock_254896714.jpgActively championing the sentiment of life, in a Kahlua survey of millennials, over 90% said it’s important to live in the moment, while more than half have missed an important moment because they were trying to capture it for their social media chanels.  The irony!

Kahlua-ZeroLikes-ExhibitionThe Zero Likes Given exhibition by Kahlua, hosted by ‘Orange is the new Black’ actress Jackie Cruz, calls on people to remember what real life is about and to enjoy life in the moment.   The initiatives hopes to liberate as an opportunity to brush up on skills that involve genuine human connection by substituting their virtual sense of selves and appreciating real life moments.

Kahlua’s study also found more than a third of people check for likes a minute or less after posting.
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86% of new users will stop using an app within 2 weeks of the first launch

As the datasets get bigger and the analytical tools more sophisticated, never before have we been able to gain such a comprehensive understanding of our customers and social networks as we strive toward core busiiness goals.

What apps are we downloading and using?  Why and why not?  What are the implications of these benchmarks that might influence the content served to users in this volatile environment?

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Healthier population eases Australia’s disease burden

Measuring the number of years living with an illness or non-fatal burden indury or premature death, The Australian Beureau of Disease Study reports an overall improvement in health of Australians between 2003 and 2015.   Released in a report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), they conclude that 38% of total burden of diseas experienced by Australians in 2015 could have been prevented by reducing exposure to the risk factors identified in their study.

‘The 5 risk factors that caused the most total burden in 2015 were tobacco use (9.3%), overweight & obesity (8.4%), dietary risks (7.3%), high blood pressure (5.8%) and high blood plasma glucose—including diabetes (4.7%).’ said AIHW spokesperson Mr Richard Juckes. 

For the first time, living with illness or injury caused more total disease burden than premature death.  In 2015, the non-fatal share was 50.4% and the fatal share was 49.6% of the burden of disease.

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Lifting the sheets on Australia’s sexiest towns! So where are they?

Specialised retailer, Lovehoney,  shows us the power of data and that there’s no escape to the digital imprints of who we are and what we like no matter how we try to hide what goes on in the bedroom.

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By combining product searches with analytical data on  discovery and session times, an interactive hotmap of love has been created by Love Honey with some very intimate secrets about what goes on around the country!

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Espresso yourself: Coffee thoughts leave a latte on the mind

For millions of Australians, each day begins with a hot cup of coffee in order to activate our brains for the working day. The morning coffee run also acts a social lubricant, a creature comfort and, for some, a non-negotiable ritual.

But what if coffee aficionados could get the same effects from their morning latte by simply responding to cues that make them think of coffee – including the smells, sights and sounds?

New international research by Monash University and the University of Toronto has found that the placebo effect of coffee can heighten arousal, ambition and focus in regular drinkers without them actually consuming the beverage.

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Why do corporations like Boeing and VW Prematurely launch killing machines?

Professor Janek Ratnatunga is the CEO of the Institute of Certified Management Accountants and asks the question…. He has held senior appointments at the University of South Australia, Monash University, University of Melbourne, and the Australian National University in Australia; and the Universities of Washington, Richmond and Rhode Island in the USA. Prior to his academic career he worked as a chartered accountant with KPMG.   He has also been a consultant to many large Australian and international companies and to the World Bank.

Cost-benefit analyses that compare quality-cost relationships, profits, and market share with the risks of failure may be at the heart of decisions to prematurely launch products that are known to be faulty, according to Professor Janek Ratnatunga, CEO of the Institute of Certified Management Accountants (ICMA).

Professor Ratnatunga believes it is time to consider the management accounting implications, “when the faults of some of these products are so great that corporations are actually launching glorified killing machines.”

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