Working ever-longer hours to bring in more cash might make your life more comfortable, but it isn’t going to make you happy. Instead, we should value our time as the precious resource it is. That, says a new study published in the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. advertisement advertisement The study asked participants to answer questions designed to determine which they valued more–time or money. The result, culled from the answers of over 4,600 participants, showed a roughly equal split, leaning slightly towards those who prioritize time over money. The paper, from researchers at the University of British Columbia led by Ashley Whillans, set out to establish people’s long-term preferences, using students, employed adults, and older folks to “assess people’s stable preferences to prioritize time over money.” The research shows that those who value their time experience greater subjective well-being. “Whereas thinking … [Read more...] about Science Says You Should Quit Your Demanding, High-Paying Job
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Manoranjan MohantyDespite the boycott call given by the Maoists, the voter turnout in the Jharkhand assembly elections has been significantly high: 62.87 per cent in the first phase of the polls held on November 30, and 64.39 per cent in the second phase on December 7.Even though three more phases are to follow, the region where the Maoist movement is most active has been already covered with the deployment of over 42,000 security personnel. Does it mean that the Maoist ability to enforce their call is limited, thus indicating a sharp decline of their influence? Or was the call a routine ideological statement rejecting the electoral process as sham mode of people’s representation? Or did it show a strategic ambiguity of a movement that has debated this question for five decades as to whether the institutions of parliamentary democracy should be used as a part of the wider political movement as CPI (ML- Liberation) and some other streams of the movement believe?Close The boycott … [Read more...] about Politics | Jharkhand elections, ‘Samadhan’ and the Maoists
In some ways, 2015 was the year of the gig economy, with the scale and diversity of the freelance workforce not just expanding, but attracting more mainstream notice as well. By our own recent estimates here at Upwork, some 54 million Americans are now freelancers. advertisement advertisement Still, that’s just the most noticeable trend among several that will reshape the nature of work in the next five years. In fact, shifts in technology, connectivity, and the expectations of both employers and employees are on track to bring about bigger changes than the freelance economy can on its own. Here are four. 1. The Rise Of Second-Tier Cities The 20th century saw big, cosmopolitan cities boom. The best jobs and top talent were concentrated in a few “first-tier” urban centers like San Francisco, New York, London, Tokyo, Los Angeles, and Paris. If you wanted a job, you had to move to one of those places. That’s already changing. The major urban hubs have … [Read more...] about The Four Trends That Will Change The Way We Work By 2021
Outside the US, India is the largest market for e-commerce giant Amazon. The global e-commerce powerhouse does not want to leave any stone unturned to make the most of this market. Earlier this week, the online market place operator said it will develop more content in different Indian local languages such as Tamil, Telugu and more for its over-the-top (OTT) video streaming platform Prime Video.On the face of it, Amazon is pushing its OTT Prime Videos with content that’s more relevant to non-English and non-Hindi speaking Indians. But there are very little profits to be made in the OTT space.The real target here seems to be reaching the bottom of the pyramid population hoping to convert them into consumers of Amazon’s core e-commerce business over a period.Close E-commerce has very limited presence in these markets and Amazon is trying every way to catch them. Besides pushing e-commerce, Amazon has bought Aditya Birla group’s More and is reportedly picking … [Read more...] about Opinion | Amazon’s bet on local language content is a hunt for fresh e-commerce customers
Though we’ve never had more ways to connect, many studies suggest that people are getting lonelier, and that sense of loneliness is killing us. advertisement advertisement “Loneliness has a much more complicated effect on mortality, but its effects are just as strong or only slightly less strong than obesity and smoking,” says Dr. Dhruv Khullar, a resident physician at Massachusetts General Hospital who has written about the impact that social isolation and loneliness has on his patients. While there are many causes, ranging from the technology that’s replaced face-to-face communication to the deterioration of traditional community pillars, such as declining attendance at religious institutions and community centers, one major perpetrator might be the modern workplace. “As people grow more isolated in their work, which comprises more than half of most people’s day, that is in many cases a missed opportunity to interact,” says Khullar. … [Read more...] about Could Working Remotely Be As Bad For Your Health As Smoking?