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Employees who work from home slog away for at least seven hours a week longer than those in office, according to a new study.
Researchers at the University of Texas in Austin found that contrary to popular opinion, home workers toil harder than their colleagues who commute.
Rising petrol prices and increasing demand for a more equal work-life balance had prompted many white-collar staff to work from home.The study, published in Monthly Labour Review, concluded that teleworking is not helpful in reducing work-family conflicts.
The researchers also found that parents with dependent children are no more likely to work from home than the population as a whole.
Parents are asking their kids for opinions before buying things, according to a new study.
Almost 40 per cent of the parents would consider their kids’ opinion but at least 20 per cent of parents would definitely consider their children‘s opinion, a study by Cartoon Network (CN) channel said here today.
“Kids continue to influence household decisions of purchase when it comes to white goods, with an average of 22 per cent parents definitely considering their kids’ opinions and an average of 44 per cent parents who may consider them,” it said.
Almost 23 per cent of parents who participated in the survey said they would definitely consider their kid’s opinion while purchasing a bike, while 44 per cent said they may consider it.
For whitegoods like refrigerators, nearly 46 per cent of parents said they may consider their kids’ opinion, while 21 per cent said they would definitely consider their kid’s choice before buying the product.
In case of microwaves, 40 per cent of the parents said they might consider their child’s opinion and 20 per cent said they would buy the product using the kid’s opinion.
The survey had a sample size of 3,700 parents with children from the age group of 4-14 years and 7,000 kids across 26 cities.
In terms of pocket money, the report found that 56 per cent of kids receive an average pocket money of Rs 275 but only 37 per cent of the kids save it. Further, 53 per cent kids received gift money with the average annual gift money being Rs 799.
The report also found that Nagpur is the city, in which kids receive the least pocket money (Rs 100), while in the North it is Rs 700.
When it comes to savings, only 37 per cent kids who receive pocket money said they save a part of the amount.
Piggy banks was the most preferred way of savings, followed by keeping the amount with parents.
The Austrian capital with 1.7 million residents came top of the survey for the fourth year in a row, boasting of a vibrant cultural scene alongside comprehensive health care and moderate but rising housing costs.Its opulent architecture from the time of the Habsburg empire makes it a tourist magnet.
The reliable public transport system costs just 1 euro ($1.30) a day for an annual pass in a city governed by left-leaning Social Democrats and environmentalist Greens.
“The city is so international… I have been waiting for buses and heard over 10 languages being spoken at one stop,” said American Dawn Gartlehner, 42, a law firm manager who has lived in Vienna for more than 15 years.
“The city caters to all kinds of people, all ages and all walks of life. You can have a wonderful day here spending all the money in your bank account but have an equally great time spending nothing at all.”
Mercer conducts its annual survey to help companies and organisations set compensation for staff on international assignments. It uses 39 factors such as political stability, health care, education, crime, recreation and transport.
Anna Staribacher, a 24-year-old student, praised her home town’s safe streets and abundance of parks and woodlands.
“Austria is a wealthy country, we have low unemployment and free university access. Living is affordable and prices are still moderate by international standards. But I wonder why people are still so grumpy all the time?”
Despite its sovereign debt crisis, Europe has 15 of the world’s top 25 cities in the 2012 survey. Germany and Switzerland each have three in the top 10. The lowest- ranking city in western Europe was Athens, gripped by deep economic woes.
“Overall, European cities continue to have high quality of living as a result of a combination of increased stability, rising living standards and advanced city infrastructures,” said Slagin Parakatil, senior researcher at Mercer.
“But economic turmoil, political tension and high unemployment in some European countries and high levels of unemployment have continued to be problematic in the region.”
Canadian cities dominated rankings in the Americas region, with Vancouver at number five retaining the top spot and Honolulu at 28 the most pleasant U.S. urban centre.
“The ongoing turmoil in many countries across North Africa and the Middle East has led to serious security issues for locals and expatriates,” Parakatil said.
“Many countries continue to experience violence through political demonstrations that have sometimes developed into massive uprisings and led to serious instability within the region.”
This is a far cry from Vienna, which has held the top spot in the Mercer rankings since 2009.Yet the city is not without complaints.
Jennifer Stepper, an American designer who has lived in Vienna for 18 years, noted that visiting friends often comment about how unfriendly waiters and shopkeepers are. But it no longer bothers her
“Now I realise it is just the way of the Viennese. Like the rest of us, they have their quirks.” 🙂
It’s not men who spend their time secretly ogling women – it’s women, a new study has revealed.
Bristol University researchers found that it is the fairer sex that gives their rivals’ bodies a good visual once-over, rather than their supposedly Neanderthal partners, the Telegraph reported.
Men are more likely to concentrate on a potential mate’s face.
The academics came to their conclusions after asking volunteers to examine a range of different images, including stills from nature documentaries, classical and surrealist paintings, and freeze-frames of couples in films.
The last category included one of the final scenes from ‘Love Actually,’ starring Hugh Grant and Martine McCutcheon, where the pair appear on a school stage together. Grant plays a fictional prime minister who becomes besotted with a maid at Number 10, and the couple end up kissing on stage at the end of a nativity play.
Another scene was from the 1961 classic ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s,’ in which Audrey Hepburn’s tightly-wound character Holly Golightly tussles over a table lamp with her tenant Paul Varjak, played by George Peppard.
The researchers found that women weren’t interested in looking at Grant or Peppard: it was McCutcheon and Hepburn they focused on.
They spent 61 percent of their time looking at the women in the pictures, and only 39 percent on the men.
When they looked at the women their eyes tended to roam around the whole figure, while men concentrated on the face.
Felix Mercer Mos, a computer science PhD student, who led the study, said: “This is counter-intuitive from a sexual perspective if you are thinking about desire, but it’s not surprising if you look at it in terms of sexual competition.”
“The women might be checking out their sexual rivals, and comparing themselves with them.
“That’s speculation of course – I’ve no proof whatsoever,” he said.
Men did prefer looking at the women – but only just – by a margin of 53 to 47 percent.
The researchers also found that women tended to avoid looking directly at the eyes of people in the pictures, male or female, directing their gaze just below, to the nose or mouth, when looking at the face.
Men had no such qualms, looking at Grant, Peppard, McCutcheon and Hepburn straight in the eye.
This could have been because women were “more sensitive to the negative consequences of making direct eye contact”, the Bristol team said.
The study is published in the journal PLoS ONE.
The simple answer to the question of whether any relationship is “the one” seems to be that your ideal man or woman gets up your nose, scientists say.
In a new study, reported in the journal Biological Psychology, researchers looked for the first time at the effect of being born without a sense on smell on men and women’s relationships, The Independent reported.
The research involved analysing data on men and women aged 18 to 46 with no sense of smell and comparing it with information from a healthy control group.
The results showed that men and women who were unable to smell had higher levels of social insecurity.
In men, but not in women, it led to fewer relationships. The men with a faulty sense of smell averaged two partners compared with 10 for healthy men.
One theory is that the lack of a sense of smell may make men less adventurous. They may have more problems assessing and communicating with other people.
The two groups of women had the same average number of sexual partners four. But the women who couldn’t smell well lacked confidence in their partners: they were around 20 per cent less secure in their relationship.
Lacking a sense of smell had no impact on their relationships with close friends, suggesting that smell plays a role for women specifically when it comes to their partners.
Research is increasingly showing that olfaction, one of the oldest sensory systems but probably the least understood, has an important role in a large number of areas.
According to one study, women are more concerned about the smell than about the look of a potential mate, while men are the opposite.
Another study found that 13 per cent of men and 52 per cent of women have slept dressed in the clothing of another person, usually their partner, because of the smell.
“The sense of smell provides social information about others. Its absence is related with reduced social security in men and women, and affects partnership,” said the researchers from the University of Dresden.
“Men exhibit much less explorative sexual behaviour and women are affected in a way that they feel less secure about their partner. Our results show the importance of the sense of smell for social behaviour,” they said.
Phillip Hodson, a psychotherapist and author of How ‘Perfect’ Is Your Partner?, described the new study as “a very astute piece of work”.
“Instead of testing pheromones which control moths but may not control humans they’ve studied the smell-disabled to see how they differ from the rest. And both sexes with faulty noses appear to be less than sexually confident,” he said.
“We know the nose is a sexually interactive organ: it tends to run when we get aroused and often people sneeze when extremely excited,” he said.