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Social Sciences - Career - 13.10.2021
VUB student investigates effect of job quality on study performance
Better student jobs bring more satisfaction and less negative effects on academic results Students are increasingly taking on jobs while they are at university, including many VUB students. Since a relaxation of the regulations on student work in 2017, the number of hours of student work and the number of students with one or more jobs has steadily increased.

Environment - Career - 09.09.2021
Reusing shower water
Reusing shower water
An Eawag study has shown that it makes good sense to recover domestic energy, for example from warm shower water. The study refutes concerns that this form of heat utilisation could have a negative impact on waste water treatment plants. In fact, utilising the energy closer to its source reduces energy losses in the waste-water system.

Career - 09.09.2021
When everyone works remotely, communication and collaboration suffer
As companies debate the impact of large-scale remote work, a new study of over 61,000 Microsoft employees found that working from home causes workers to become more siloed in how they communicate, engage in fewer real-time conversations, and spend fewer hours in meetings. The  study , published Sept.

Health - Career - 28.07.2021
Obesity and Cardiovascular Factors Combine to Cause Cognitive Decline in Latinos
Obesity is a widespread health issue, but conditions like hypertension and cholesterol are stronger predictors of worsening brain function Obesity is linked to several cardiometabolic abnormalities, such as high blood sugar and hypertension, which are considered to be risk factors for Alzheimer's disease.

Health - Career - 14.07.2021
COVID-19 has Australians worried about returning to the workplace
The new research from Monash University's Insurance Health Work Group, part of the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, was published in The Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation , just as some states emerge from snap lockdowns and Sydney's is extended until local transmission is under control.

Career - Economics / Business - 09.07.2021
Seafarers draw on vital support from port chaplains
Seafarers draw on vital support from port chaplains
Seafarers of different faiths and no faith rely on support from port chaplains in coping with what is often dangerous work in challenging institutionalised workplace settings, research from Cardiff University has found. On board ship, religious beliefs and attitudes are kept private but seafarers revealed to the team the ways in which many who do have a faith construct their own set of religious beliefs in order to cope better with living and working conditions.

Social Sciences - Career - 30.06.2021
First national study into migrant and refugee women reveals diversity of experiences
One in three refugee and migrant women living in Australia have experienced some form of domestic and family violence, with nearly a quarter reporting this increased in severity during COVID-19 lockdowns last year, a first-of-its-kind study has revealed. Led by researchers from Monash University's Migration and Inclusion Centre (MMIC) and Harmony Alliance , the Migrant and Refugee Women in Australia: The Safety and Security Study report, released today, reveals the experiences and needs of women across Australia's diverse migrant and refugee communities.

Career - Economics / Business - 17.06.2021
Use rewards effectively to boost creativity
Use rewards effectively to boost creativity
To boost employees' creativity, managers should consider offering a set of rewards for them to choose from, according to a new study by management experts at Rice, Tulane University, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and National Taiwan Normal University. The study, co-authored by Jing Zhou , the Mary Gibbs Jones Professor of Management and Psychology at Rice's Jones Graduate School of Business , is the first to systematically examine the effects of reward choice in a field experiment, which was conducted in the context of an organizationwide suggestion program.

Innovation - Career - 09.06.2021
Innovation projects can reinvent the UN
Innovation projects can reinvent the UN
A study conducted by researchers suggests innovative projects carried out within UN entities can drive institutional change and foster a culture of entrepreneurship in the entire organization. Researchers at the University of Geneva demonstrate that innovative projects spearheaded by United Nations (UN) country offices are remodeling the institution and expanding its role.

Career - Health - 01.06.2021
Study launched to investigate whether paramedics can ease GP workload
This two-year project funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is a collaboration between the University of Bristol and UWE Bristol, and is being delivered as part of the ' REACH ' emergency care research initiative. The READY study will look in detail at how paramedics are supporting the delivery of general practice healthcare services up and down the country.

Career - 01.06.2021
Regional survey reveals work, leisure habits during the pandemic
Regional survey reveals work, leisure habits during the pandemic
No commute, fewer interruptions from co-workers, and the ability to work longer hours - all were factors that boosted feelings of productivity among people who worked from home during the first several months of the pandemic. At the same time, according to new data from the University of Washington, those who felt less productive while working remotely pointed to the inefficiencies of communicating with colleagues, the needs of family, and demands around the house.

Career - 10.05.2021
Employment post-JobSeeker remains steady
Employment and hours worked have remained steady, despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the scaling back of JobSeeker, new analysis from The Australian National University (ANU) shows.   The survey of more than 3,500 adult Australians, led by the ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods (CSRM), found employment stayed at around 60 per cent of the population between January and April 2021.

History / Archeology - Career - 06.05.2021
Sydney archaeologist helps reveal oldest human burial in Africa
Sydney archaeologist helps reveal oldest human burial in Africa
Dating to 78,000 years ago, the bones of a child were found by a team of archaeologists in Panga ya Saidi, a cave site on the Kenyan coast. It is considered the oldest human burial in Africa. A new study published in Nature by an international team of researchers details the earliest modern human burial in Africa.

Career - 29.04.2021
Window views and smaller offices improve productivity
Window views and smaller offices improve productivity
Workers in open plan offices who face the room, are next to a window and have few or no desks behind them are more productive, according to a new study by UCL researchers. Smaller open-plan offices with fewer desks in also help workers to feel more focused and productive, the researchers found. For the study, published in PLOSONE, researchers studied four floors of the London headquarters of a large international technology company, collecting a staff survey on workspace satisfaction as well as specific information on office seating positions of all participants and a marked floorplan.

Career - Environment - 27.04.2021
The factors that improve job resiliency in North American cities have been identified
The factors that improve job resiliency in North American cities have been identified
"Job connectivity? (the possibility of finding a similar job) is a key factor for the recovery of local economies in the face of crises, according to a study published recently by researchers from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Max Planck Society and the University of Pittsburgh.

Economics / Business - Career - 22.04.2021
Research analyses workforce reduction policies in family firms
A study carried out by researchers from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M, Spain), the LIUC Universitą Cattaneo (Italy) and the University of Foggia (Italy) indicates that family businesses tend to protect their employees more than non-family businesses, by generally avoiding workforce reduction practices.

Career - Economics / Business - 13.04.2021
Paid family leave does not hurt employers
With the battle over federal paid family leave heating up again, a new Stanford study has answers to a key question at the heart of the debate: Are businesses hurt when workers take time off with pay to care for a child or ailing family member? The answer is no, according to research by Maya Rossin-Slater , an associate professor of medicine and a SIEPR faculty fellow.

Health - Career - 07.04.2021
Increased risk of Covid-19 in precarious but essential work situations
Researchers evaluate relationship between pandemic and occupational health Wednesday, April 7, 2021 — Commissioned by the ETUI, the research institute of the European Trade Union Confederation, Damini Purkayastha, Christophe Vanroelen and their colleagues at VUB's Interface Demography research group examined the relationship between occupational health and the Covid-19 pandemic.

Career - 26.03.2021
Affordable rentals out of reach for low-income workers
Low-income households are critical to the workforce but are increasingly struggling to find affordable rental housing near suitable jobs in Australia's major cities and regions, according to new research led by the Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning.

Health - Career - 12.03.2021
Covid-19 vaccine linked to a reduction in transmission
News - Public Health Scotland Vaccination of Scotland's healthcare workers offers some protection against transmission of Covid-19 to their household contacts. A study of all healthcare workers employed by the NHS in Scotland and their households (which has not yet been peer-reviewed), shows that the rate of infection with Covid-19 for people that live with healthcare workers is at least 30% lower when the worker has been vaccinated mostly with a single dose.
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