July 22, 2010
Does Gender Matter in Work Related Stress?
26% women report unreasonable amounts of stress at work compared to 22% men according to this Kenexa Study "Mothers, Sisters and Daughters Alike": Women Suffer Work Stress in Different Ways Than Men. It is an interesting study because it highlights the differences and overlaps in sources of stress for men and women. The genders agree on issues related to ethics, quality of products.
Women are more concerned over non-discrimination and subsequently, fair treatment during evaluations. Being excited about work is uniquely significant for women, while freedom to try out new things unique factor for men.
Population surveyed: USA: 10,000 workers and 1,000 workers from each of these countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom, and 500 workers in Russia.
July 19, 2010
If Mark Twain wanted to beat some stress today...
Online video is the new idiot box. Without the respite of commercial breaks and self-driven content consumption, it was a surprising revelation to find that the video type that trumped all others in the United States was comedy (Pew Daily Number). The humor genre was watched more than news and education type videos according to a Pew study.
In a stressful world, we know that nothing beats a good laugh to relieve the tension and lighten the situation. Tension that accumulates in our mind is relieved with a good laugh, and you don't need a degree in rocket biochemistry for knowing that.
When we live in information overloaded realms of online news, email and other little notifications that constantly distract us, resorting to passive consumption of comedy videos suggests several things: People want to learn and be smarter, but need a healthy fix of humor to wash down the bitter pill of life.
The animated movie Monsters Inc. had a great lesson about the power of humor over fear to make people be more energetic. Perhaps this lesson can be transferred to our daily lives. Looking for humor in situations, looking for the lighter vein in grave setups that life might present us with.
“Humor is the great thing, the saving thing. The minute it crops up, all our irritation and resentments slip away, and a sunny spirit takes their place.” - Mark Twain
Humor within boundaries. Best when its self-deprecating because self-pointed jokes will remove the need to be overly cautious. Just be careful not to leave traces of sarcasm and hidden messages to others while deriding your own self.