Are you gaining weight suddenly? Blame increased stress at workplace, say researchers who found that heavy pressure at work predisposes women to weight gain, irrespective of whether they have received an academic education.
The findings, led by the University of Gothenburg in Sweden researchers, showed that long-term exposure to high job demands played a part only for women. In just over half of the women who had been subjected to high demands, a major increase in weight took place over the 20 years.
This gain in weight was some 20 per cent higher than in women subject to low job demands.
On the other hand, women and men with a low degree of control in their work more frequently gained considerable weight, defined as a weight gain of 10 per cent or more.
“We were able to see that high job demands played a part in women’s weight gain, while for men there was no association between high demands and weight gain,” said lead author Sofia Klingberg, a researcher at the varsity.
“When it came to the level of demands at work, only the women were affected. We haven’t investigated the underlying causes, but it may conceivably be about a combination of job demands and the greater responsibility for the home that women often assume. This may make it difficult to find time to exercise and live a healthy life,” Klingberg added,
For the study, published in the journal International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health, the team included 3,872 women and men who were investigated on three occasions over a 20-year period with respect to such variables as body weight and demands and control at work.
They were followed either from age 30 to 50 or from 40 to 60.
Efforts to reduce work-related stress would likely achieve a decrease not only in weight gain but also in the incidence of ill health, including cardiovascular disease and diabetes, the researchers noted. (IANS)
As a business, your main goal at the end of the day is to be as profitable as possible. Whether that’s by bringing in more customers or releasing a new product, you want to make sure your business doesn’t approach the red.
Another key strategy is to ensure your expenses aren’t too high. Cutting costs here and there can do wonders for your bottom line.
But, there’s always the catch that you have to spend money to make money. But when you spend money, you want to make sure that you’re maximizing your dollar.
One of the best ways to maximize your dollar is by outsourcing some of the work, which is happening more and more every year. That way you know you’re getting the best results without dumping your wallet’s content on the table.
If you’re expanding your business or looking for some help, we have a few jobs that you could outsource to get the best results possible.
Even though it may seem like you should have your customer support in house at all times, many businesses choose to outsource their front-line. Many customer support agents and representatives work from home, further cutting down costs.
These people don’t have to be on the phone, as text and chat support is becoming more and more popular every year as it is quicker and simpler for many.
Although sometimes a menial task, data entry is one of the jobs that is commonly outsourced and can be done by anyone with a computer and internet connection.
Many companies pride themselves on being cost-friendly and efficient, meaning you can get quick results for your necessary work without spending top dollar.’
A much more specialized job, accountants can be outsourced for small size businesses. If you have less than 50 employees, you likely aren’t going to need an accountant at your office full-time.
But, it helps to have one you can contact easily with any payroll or tax questions that arise. You’ll also want someone whom you can meet with on a regular basis to ensure communication is both open and effective.
Unless your company revolves around IT and web design, you can outsource this work to build your websites or work on behind the scenes tech items.
Web designers will make sure everything is running smoothly for your online world, not just your website. While there are more specialized IT reps out there, they can give you many tips and tricks to make sure your online presence is guarded and safe, while also making your home page look fantastic.
Once again, this largely depends on the size of your business but small businesses likely don’t need an HR rep in the building at all times. That’s why it’s a great idea to outsource this responsibility to a company that can handle many tasks.
Many startups and small businesses have much more to focus on than choosing benefits or managing through a mountain of paperwork, so it’s best to let someone else take care of that so you can focus on growing your business.
Similar to web design, you probably aren’t going to need an IT specialist available at all times. They can handle more specific tasks like security, software development, and programming.
Plus, it’s highly unlikely that you’ll run into a computer problem you can’t fix by yourself every day. If you have a bunch of new employees coming in, make sure to schedule their computer setup all in one day to make it easy for everyone.
Wait a second, isn’t the idea of personal assistants supposed to be they’re always there when you need them to handle calls and schedule appointments?
With so many of these processes being automated, it’s now becoming more of a norm to outsource personal assistants or even have a part-time remote worker to make sure everything runs smoothly.
They can do much more than handle calls, like setting up meetings or handling plenty of logistical questions. This also takes the burden off of your schedules, moving away from the nitty-gritty and focusing on the big picture of your business.