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Working Overtime Is Pretty Pointless, Says Study

Working overtime doesn’t really increase productivity, apparently.


How many hours do you work in a week? If you’re working full time, chances are you put in at least 40 hours of work a week. But if you’re holding more than one job or are constantly putting on extra hours, chances are you spend way more than that weekly. But is working overtime really benefiting you and your employer? According to research, not really.

Whether you’re an employee or a self-employed entrepreneur, you can easily fall prey to working irregular hours. While you may think doing so helps your work get easier or your business grows bigger, it may not exactly be the case.

According to researchers, working for more than 50 hours a week can be a waste of time.

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A Standford study found that when people worked more than 50 hours, output per hour started to fall. The researchers concluded that working over 50 hours a week isn’t ideal.

It seems that work was done during days with overtime basically just equals work that is done during regular work hours.

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Research from the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) says:

“Productivity drops immediately upon starting overtime and continues to drop until, at approximately eight 60-hour weeks, the total work done is the same as what would have been done in eight 40-hour weeks.”

Not working overtime may be a big challenge to entrepreneurs, as well as employees in highly competitive workplaces.

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But as the modern work philosophy goes, you need to work smart and not just work hard. Studies have found that taking breaks in between work can actually help keep the brain fresh and productivity high. Experts recommend working for one to two hours and then taking a 20- to 30-minute break. Of course, it also helps to create a workspace that’s conducive to working and has a very minimal distraction.

Do you work overtime a lot? What do you think of these studies?


Expert Shares List of Upper Class vs Non-Upper Class Words to Help You Sound Classy

‘Toilet’ is still a no-no.

Our vocabulary can sometimes reveal things about us, like our social standing and our educational background. And although English is widely spoken, the use of colloquial slang and other terms can differentiate speakers of the language.

Etiquette expert William Hanson suggests that our vocabulary can be effective in revealing our social class. For example, for members of the upper class, the word 'lounge' is a no-no. They also prefer using the word 'dinner' to refer to an evening meal.

According to Hanson, the reflection of upper class social status lies in using English rather than Americanized words.

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Original Version Of “Little Red Riding Hood” Is Pretty Sick and Violent

Probably best not to tell the kids.

The grimmer versions of some fairy tales are nothing new. The colorful stories of princes and princesses that we know now today - some of them may not have had happy endings in their earlier drafts. They probably didn't even seem child-friendly back then. The story "Little Red Riding Hood," in particular, had darker versions that are best kept from the kids.

Little Red's tale goes back to 10th century France. It was told and passed around by peasants until it reached and enchanted the Italians. In the popular version known today, a little girl with a red hooded cloak is on her way to visit her grandmother when she is approached by a wolf. The wolf asks the girl where she is headed, and the child naively gives her grandmother's location.

The wolf then seeks the grandmother and eats her whole. He disguises himself as the grandmother and eventually eats the little girl, too. Later on, a male hero arrives and cuts the wolf's stomach, letting out the grandmother and the little girl unharmed. The two women put stones in the wolf's body so that when he wakes up, he will be unable to escape.

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11 Bizarre Ways Animals Defend Themselves

In the harsh landscapes of the wilderness, animals are forced to employ different tactics in order to survive.

In Biology, there is this thing that experts call “the fight or flight” principle. This is the unspoken rule of the animal kingdom that decides the survival of any living species in our ecosystem. It is unforgiving but it is the way of our Mother Nature and we can’t do anything about it.

In the harsh landscapes of the wilderness filled with all manners of creatures thriving to survive, some employ trickeries, while others are more straightforward. In this list, you will learn about some of the most bizarre ways of defense mechanisms in nature. From freezing frogs to downright exploding ants, prepare to get your mind blown by these strange defense mechanisms found in the animal kingdom.

11. Wood frog

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