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Lekcja 16: Arbeitsmarkt in Spanien

Lekcja 16: Arbeitsmarkt in Spanien

Die Lektion stellt die Situation auf dem Arbeitsmarkt in Spanien vor. Lekcja pokazuje jaka jest sytuacja na rynku pracy w Hiszpanii.

Lekcja 15: "Arbeitsmarkt in Großbritannien"

Die Lektion stellt die Situation auf dem Arbeitsmarkt in England vor. Lekcja pokazuje jaka jest sytuacja na rynku pracy w Wielkiej Brytanii.

Friends in high places

Best mates with the boss? You'll be promoted in no time. Erm, no, says Catherine Quinn in the Guardian, but you might be putting your career prospects and your social life at risk.

Norway looks after its elderly - in Spain

In a new twist on care for the elderly, thousands of Norwegians are relaxing in the Spanish sun and taking health cures at a growing number of geriatric and rehabilitation centres run by Norwegian municipalities and staffed almost entirely by Norwegians in the Alicante region. The trend goes beyond

Do you have stars in your eyes?

Ever gazed into the tea leaves and seen a future career in the occult? Probably not. Palmistry, astrology or seeing dead people is hardly the stuff of the nine to five. And where would you train - Harry Potter's Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry? But there is money to be made out of occult

'Shameful' new hate crime in Waterside

suffered a cut to his head and bruising to his back and legs and was treated in Altnagelvin Hospital. The latest attack comes after a terrified Polish couple and their two year old son were left destitute when thugs forced them to flee their Emerson Street home in the wake of a horrific race attack on May

Push and shove: ambition in the workplace

," he says. "And with the very rich, it's almost certainly not about the money, it's about the drive to achieve. You'd probably find that if they were just focused on making money, rather than achieving in their particular context, they wouldn't be quite as successful." But can't you just

Why pets in the office can be a good thing

Pets in the office: four words that surely were never meant to be written together. Or so you'd think - but a growing number of businesses are coming round to the idea that having a furry friend at work can increase productivity while also helping staff to relax (unless, of course, you're allergic

Lekcja 22: "Die Bedeutung der Fremdsprachen in der Arbeitswelt"

Die Internationalisierung trägt dazu bei, dass Fremdsprachen heutzutage in vielen Jobs kaum noch wegzudenken sind. Englisch gehört zum Standard. Wer noch eine weitere Sprache beherrscht sammelt Pluspunkte. In der Lektion findet man Antwort auf die Frage, welche Rolle die

Jealousy in the workplace not always a negative thing

Which might mean we're not such lovely people - but in the workplace, jealousy might not be such a bad thing: keeping an envious eye on your coworkers could help you earn a higher salary and a faster route up the career ladder. While most managers would prefer to keep negative emotions out of the

Scots not in Pole position on service

Not everyone will complete the process. Many will move on or go home. This is a shame because I would prefer if all of them stayed and took part in the total eradication of all the worst parts of being Scottish. This would apply in particular to our service industries, where the prevailing Scottish

Expressing anger in the workplace

LLP, coaches employees to deal with anger in the workplace, and says that the best way to avoid getting cross is ... to stay calm: - Take a deep breath and think about the issue from the other person's point of view, - he says - Work out why there's a difference of opinion. The process of

Big Brother in the Office

be the first time a company has proposed developing such software for mainstream workplaces. The system could also "automatically detect frustration or stress in the user" and "offer and provide assistance accordingly". Physical changes to an employee would be matched to an

Lesson 14: Poles in need

pounds.Ula and Marek came to London from a small village near Lublin. Marek works nightshifts in a fish factory - he gets L200 per week. L100 pays for a cramped room they live in with their two small children; two rickety beds put together, a cot, a fridge in the corner, a pile of onions and potatoes in the

Lesson 17: Asking for directions in a foreign country

EXERCISE I 1F, 2F, 3F, 4T, 5T, 6F EXERCISE II way straight / left along / reach past / on in EXERCISE III 1b, 2e, 3d, 4a

The Plight of Polish workers in Ireland

In those countries, Polish, Hungarian or Baltic nationals can apply for a job freely: they do not require a work permit. According to the European Commission's report, all parties have benefited from that decision. Over the last two years, the economy has grown more in these countries than in other

Lesson 74: Show talent in the brand YOU world

. Your brand. The brand called YOU. According to Tom Peters, the prophet of modern business thinking, the industrial age is over. The white-collar paper processing age is over. Great products are not enough. Great services are not enough either. You are not going 'to make it' in the New Economy solely

Lesson 70: Women graduates in a job trap

According to the report from the Equal Opportunities Commission in the UK the proportion of female graduates in low-paid jobs, such as school secretaries, receptionists or sales assistants has more than doubled in the past decade. (It rose from 5% to 13%, compared with a rise from 4% to

Lesson 66: Are immigrant workers exploited in the UK?

According to recent reports, some employers in the UK do not pay immigrant workers the statutory minimum wage. There are three levels of minimum wage in the UK. Workers who are over 22 must receive over L5 an hour, those between 18 and 21 over L4 an hour, and those under 18 over L3 an

Lesson 53: Benefits for foreign workers in the UK

of millions of pounds in handouts. Back in 2004, before the A8 joined the European Union, the British government assured the public that no more than 13,000 immigrants per year would arrive in the UK. This was, as it turns out now, a gross underestimate. Now ministers insist that most immigrants are

Lesson 59: Immigrants to stay for good in the UK

According to a recent survey carried out in the UK, 25 percent of Eastern European migrants plan to stay in Britain permanently. Originally only 6 percent had intended to stay, but many others changed their minds afterwards. With the number of migrants well over a million and with 600

Family homeless as builders squat in their house

Brendan McGettrick, his wife Rhona Creegan and their three young children had to stay with friends and in hotels after the workmen refused to leave. The couple hired the 10 Polish men from Cornerstone Construction to work on their four-bedroom terrace home in East Sheen. But when an argument broke

Lesson 57: Do not blow your job prospects in a blog!

A recent study has revealed that British employers are increasingly vetting their candidates online. One in five will enter their names into search engines or visit sites such as MySpace or Facebook. And a quarter of these searches lead to rejections because of the very dubious information

Lesson 28: Seven pillars of business wisdom. Rule no.4: Look out, not in

OLD RULE: Be lean and mean NEW RULE: Look out, not in In the nineties' the guru of the business world in America, Jack Welch developed Six Sigma, a set of methods for improving quality - plus a powerful way to reduce costs. In many companies the best and the brightest were redeployed to put the

Lesson 54: The super-rich are growing richer (in tax haven UK)

Bahamas, Monaco or maybe Costa Rica? No, no - the UK! Under Labour, Britain has become a haven for the international super-rich. Last year it had 54 billionaires, this year their number has risen to 68, according to the Rich List published by the Sunday Times. Yes, the super-rich in Britain have

The reluctant dieter

The days have grown colder, the nights have grown longer, and I've remembered just how difficult it is to diet come the dog days of winter. Of course, it's tough to lose weight in any season, but at least salads seem vaguely relevant in summer, and the fear of baring your flesh is a spur to that

Lektion 11: "Der erste Arbeitstag"

Dialog "Der erste Arbeitstag" Frau Spohr, was ist wichtig am ersten Arbeitstag? Worauf muss die Firma achten? Der erste Arbeitstag ist natürlich ein besonderer Tag für den neuen Mitarbeiter. Deshalb sollte man in der Firma darauf achten, genügend Zeit für ihn

Lektion 29 "Employer Branding"

Employer Branding besteht im Wesentlichen darin, aufgrund der erhofften Marketingwirkung die Effizienz und Wirksamkeit der Personalrekrutierung, als auch die Qualität der BewerberInnen dauerhaft zu steigern. Die Idee der Arbeitgebermarke entstand in den späten Neunzigern als Reaktion auf die

Lektion 25 "Stärken und Talente"

Entdecke und nutze deine Stärken und Talente. Wissen Sie, welche Talente und Fähigkeiten Sie haben? Vermutlich nicht. Machen Sie sich auf die Suche nach Ihren Talenten und lassen Sie sich überraschen, was alles in Ihnen steckt. Die meisten Menschen haben keine Ahnung von den Stä

Lektion 27 "Flexible Beschäftigungsformen"

Elastyczne formy zatrudnienia to nietypowe formy zatrudnienia charakteryzujące się elastycznością czasu i miejsca pracy, formy stosunku pracy, formy relacji pracownika z pracodawcą, wynagrodzenia i zakresu pracy. Zoran Vinkovic: Im Moment habe ich einen Mini-Job in der Produktion. Da verdiene ich

Working with family

enjoy working with her." Complimentary words from an employee - but Henderson's boss is also his mother. This might seem like the worst possible scenario. Some people can't even spend the weekend with their mothers without coming out in hives, let alone contemplate sitting in a planning meeting

Lekcja 20: "Urlaub - einfach mal richtige Pause"

In der Freizeit muss man richtig "abschalten". Man darf den Job nicht in die Erholung tragen. "Anforderungen, die man während der Arbeit hat, sollte man in der Freizeit meiden", sagt Arbeitspsychologin Sabine Sonnentag. Nur so könne man sich erholen, auch wenn man

Goodbye city life

In his career as a hedge fund manager Ed Venables apologised all too often to his wife, Kate, for missing important family occasions. But the 33-year-old had a very different excuse for disappearing on the day their second child came home from hospital. He had to attend a job interview - to become


In the second world war, there was a hard-hitting poster warning people that "careless talk costs lives". In modern Britain, the careless talk of spouses - tactless, politically insensitive, or explicitly non-corporate statements - is costing partners their dream jobs. It used to be only

"Nie" dla weksli pracowniczych

weksla, bo inaczej nie dostaną pracy - mówi nam Danuta Rutkowska, rzecznik prasowy głównego inspektora pracy. "Gazeta" opisywała w sierpniu ubiegłego roku historię pracownicy jednego z lubelskich zakładów fryzjerskich. Zanim rozpoczęła pracę, podpisała weksel in blanco. Kiedy okazało się, że

Lekcja 33: "Selbstständigkeit - Vor- und Nachteile"

zeigen, auf Kunden zu zugehen und Rückschläge in Kauf zu nehmen. Sie selber tragen die Verantwortung für den Erfolg oder Misserfolg. Sind Sie dazu nicht bereit, sollten Sie sich ernsthaft überleben, ob Sie mit dem Gedanken spielen sollen, sich Selbstständig zu machen. Wenn Sie f

Migrants and unattractive told to leave

on foreigners," explained Yan, gesturing at his one-storey home in south Beijing. Anew barrier, covered in Olympics artwork, ensures that it cannot be seen from one main route into the city. Close by, awoman instructed a volunteer district warden to call if he saw any foreign journalists. "

How to e-network

While nepotism has its limits (you're never going to get a job as a molecular biologist purely on the basis of having the right connections), knowing someone in the industry you want to get into can't do your chances any harm. At the very least you can phone up to cadge a few tips on what to put in

Lektion 24: "Mobbing am Arbeitsplatz"

. Zwang zu gesundheitsschädlichen Arbeiten) und . das soziale Ansehen (z.B. Verbreitung von Gerüchten). Mobbingphasen Mobbing tritt gewöhnlich in Phasen auf. Vom ungelösten Konflikt bis hin zu Gewalt ist alles möglich. Phase 1 - Konfliktphase Bei vielen Mobbingfällen besteht

Beware naked ambition

In some situations it seems that determined careerists should keep the full size of their aspirations under their hats. Overt displays of ambition can damage people's chances at work, says Grace Borelli, a managing partner at the recruitment agency CTPartners. One reason for this is that obvious

Useless little ones

In centuries past, having children made sense: they worked for a living and contributed to the family's economic welfare. In the countryside they would be fetching water and minding the pigs or sheep by the age of six or seven, and with industrialization they could be ushered into gainful

Newest scientific discoveries

Their laboratory studies indicate that your body's underlying signature smell, or "odourprint", is not only unique to you, but it also defies being masked by smelly diets that are heavy in garlic and spices, says a report in the science journal PLoS One. Jae Kwak, the lead author, says

Lab-grown meat

Winston Churchill, a carnivore to the core, saw the future of meat back in 1936. "Fifty years hence," he wrote, "we shall escape the absurdity of growing a whole chicken in order to eat the breast or wing, by growing these parts separately under a suitable medium." Churchill's

Positive deviants

? Yes, we know the sort you're talking about. The strange guy in the corner who fiddles around all day with a computer program that nobody else understands. And the funny woman in that office at the end of the corridor who churns out reports that nobody reads. Can anyone explain the point of them?But

Forget work, let's just have some fun

The attack monkey has struck again. So far the horny-headed sock monkey has killed 45 employees at Appriver, an e-mail security firm based in Gulf Breeze, Florida. Software developer Erik Forsberg used a digital camera to film his monkey - a doll made out of stuffed socks - attacking a colleague

The rise of the new nomadics

"I SUPPOSE you would describe me as a consultant," says Clare Crean, a 40-year-old mother of one in the vanguard of a new working movement. For the past few years, she has been employed on a freelance basis, "tarting up new businesses" for Virgin. She does not have her own

The shine has come off Supermum

things hang together, and I am in no way super - never have been, never will be. I meant to wear high heels yesterday, but never changed out of my cycling shoes. My one-year-old daughter went to nursery in her pyjamas, and I couldn't get her to stand still long enough to brush her hair. But these are

Promotion isn't everything

new job. Promotion is so important to workers that many of us only take a job because of the chance to move up the ladder. So, is such naked ambition necessary for career success? A recent survey by Investors in People shows that 51% of people, in the UK at least, believe we should be promoted within

Tea works

Before even checking your email or launching into a 10-minute rant on how two-day weekends just aren't long enough, you probably made yourself a cup of tea, writes Oliver Hurley in the Guardian . Around 165m cups of tea will be consumed today in the UK, accounting for 40 percent of the country's

Size matters

Large companies, as the thinking goes, are anonymous places where you simply disappear among the masses. They are more formal, keen on marketing-speak and like horrible, mission-statement posters and strict hierarchy. Small companies are great if you fancy a bit of responsibility - in theory you're

Lenders seek to court Polish home-buyers

Poles working in Ireland are to be encouraged to take up 90% mortgages, with the conditions attached being considerably reduced. Until now mortgages were reserved for immigrants who had lived in Ireland for more than two years, and who were in full-time and well-paid jobs. więcej: http

Positive contribution of migrants

"In recent years migrants have made a more positive contribution to the public finances than native workers; have often been highly skilled and accordingly captured higher labour market rewards," concludes the joint Treasury, Home Office and Work and Pensions study. "They have very

Desk jockeys

musical backdrop - shops and bars, for instance - but now office workers are increasingly choosing to tap their keyboards in time to a soundtrack. It certainly helps alleviate the inevitable boredom. But can you really concentrate on work while your favourite album is on loop? Dr Adrian Furnham, professor


employment market is less formal, and employers are more open to the idea that a chequered employment history could bring them benefits," says Hall - who now, aptly enough, works in recruitment.With high employment rates, there are also sound economic reasons why career changers are more employable than

Robots, progress and the human cost

battery runs low. This Mitsubishi-made winsome bot is part of the vanguard of so-called "second generation" robots, autonomous machines designed to help around the home and workplace - permanently.In the first serious attempt to commercialise a robot that can work in the office, 10 little

Breaking the e-mail compulsion (part 2)

on documents. Blogs are better for publishing information and having informal conversations. Send fewer emails. Do you need to hit "reply to all"? Schedule your email. Set aside time each day to deal with your inbox and ignore it for the rest of the day. Most people check first thing in the

Cover stars

, jobseekers - and even employers. For those entering the office, joining a new team on a short-term contract can be daunting. But there's plenty to be gained from your stint, if you know how to get the most out of it. Graham Bird, director of interim management at UK HR specialists Chiumento, specialises in

How to look for a new job while still at your old job

... just don't leave this page lying open on your desk What not to wear In an interview, you want to look dynamic, smart and stylish. And yet somehow, over the years of drudgery, these are the very qualities to have leached from your working wardrobe. Appearing at your desk on a Wednesday morning in your

"So what" books

stalactites and stalagmites. Shut up and pass the wolf's blood, please. In modern times "The Guinness Book of World Records," published in 1955 in connection with the Guinness Brewery, has become one of the best-selling books of all time. But of late, trivia books have become so plentiful that the

Burned out at work by boredom

boredom-based counterpart. Instead of working all hours and going out in a blaze of stress-related glory, you do an uninspiring job that fails to stretch you and become disinterested and apathetic. It's surprisingly common: according to new research by occupational psychologist Dr Sandi Mann, a third of

How a job intverview is like dating

First, the similarities. Both require you to dress up, be well informed and engaging. Both also involve a vague, unpleasant nervousness which stems from being judged in an event specially organised for that purpose. "We'll keep your details on file" and "I'll call you" mean the

Why men and women argue differently

But are there any broad differences between the sexes in the way that we argue? The research by Elaine D. Eaker, published in Psychosomatic Medicine , found that more men than women had a tendency to bottle up their feelings during confrontations with their partners. Tim Smith is a psychology

A no-holds barred office brawl could be a very good thing

Why don't people in offices have more fights? I don't mean the interminable biscuit wars where desk one won't share their jam tarts with desk two for reasons that are lost in the mists of time and understanding. I mean honest-to-goodness, stand-up blazing rows. You fight with your family, your


it should do. In reality, many of us see the annual appraisal as a tedious box-ticking exercise employed by middle management as a transparent sop to employee welfare. So rather than enact genuine change, the process is simply a way for employers to meet arbitrary HR targets and make a claim for

Oxford and Cambridge lectures online for all

For 800 years Oxford and Cambridge universities have competed in everything from Nobel prizes to boat races. The academic rivalry runs deep: Oxford has tutored 25 British prime ministers, while Cambridge claims Darwin and Newton as its own. But on October 6 the venerable institutions launched into

Specjaliści od ochrony lotnisk

W ciągu dwóch lat 12 polskich lotnisk będzie potrzebowało 2 tys. pracowników do wzmocnienia ochrony. Specjalistów w zakresie bezpieczeństwa lotnictwa cywilnego uczyć będzie Dolnośląska Szkoła Wyższa we Wrocławiu. To nowe prawo lotnicze wymusi zmiany w systemie organizacji bezpieczeństwa w po

Colour me happy

It's all about function and ratio. If you want a space where people will have a quick meeting, you might use bright and exciting colours - people can only stand them for five minutes to half an hour, and that will influence the way they talk to each other in that space. But a meeting room, where

How to be organised

Some of you might think that working like this is just, well, working. For the rest of us, life isn't quite so easy. Things get done in the harsh glare of real-life disorganisation, at a desk quivering with piles of - who knows? - on a keyboard sprinkled with crumbs. Diaries languish unfilled

Experts predict more home-working

appear to be fading, with futurologists predicting less talk about "work-life balance" and more about "work-life integration".A report on the nature of employment in 2018 predicts an exodus from the traditional workplace caused partly by environmental pressure to reduce the carbon

The Workers Registration Scheme and welfare shopping

....A new EU directive is going to change the nature of European migration, starting this month. Welfare shopping is about to take-off... But by the end of 2005, more than 200,000 workers from Poland alone had signed up to the Workers Registration Scheme in Britain. The number of people in the UK

Credit without the crunch

Amid soaring debt and house repossessions, US pawn shops have reported a wave of people handing over their gold and diamond dentures. The above pair, pictured at the State Pawners and Jewellers in Chicago, Illinois, were said to have belonged to an owner desperate to pay $1,500 for his daughter's

How to be a night owl and not get fired

"The Owl has the right to say: 'Give me the late riser's rhythm at work, at home and in society,'" trumpets the B-Society website, a movement rallying against the Danish 8am to 4pm working culture. "Let me come to work at 11am and go home at 8pm. Let me have quiet mornings to read my

Jedynie 12 proc. członków zarządów największych spółek giełdowych w Polsce stanowią kobiety

;SheXO" oraz wewnętrznym programem Deloitte Diversity. Według danych z raportu Komisji Europejskiej pt. "Women in economic decision-making in the EU: Progress Report" w największych polskich spółkach giełdowych odsetek zasiadających w zarządach kobiet wynosi 12 proc. Polska z tym wynikiem

Tears are no longer taboo

In other words, we cry at moments when our emotions brim over. The precise psychological mechanics of emotional tears are still debated by academics, but there is a general agreement that they perform a cathartic action relieving feelings of stress, supporting the oft-given advice from well meaning

Madonna and child

children Lourdes, nine, and Rocco, six. By now, developing countries must be used to celebrities swooping in to choose children like pick'n'mix sweets. It's the "rainbow" (her word) approach to families that the actress Angelina Jolie advocates. She adopted her son, Maddox, four, from Cambodia

The hollowing of today's corporations

The company, that place where you spend nearly a third of your life, is being whittled away. It is becoming hollow. The hollow company looks like an old-fashioned business: but vital parts are missing. Some went in the trend for outsourcing core functions, such as manufacturing and customer

How to socialise with the boss

and greasing the wheels of your career? In short, why not pluck up the courage to go and socialise with the boss?Of course, it's only when you've buttonholed the Big Cheese that the main snag becomes evident: what do you talk about? Work, of course, is the obvious answer. But in this situation

For the record 19 June

The new service will offer the 160,000-strong Polish community in Ireland Polish television, as well as cheap calls to Poland and a broadband connection. Commenting on the launch of the package, Charlie Ardagh, Marketing Director, Magnet Entertainment, said the firm has negotiated a deal with TWP

When is the time for a serious talk about Santa

Poor Father Christmas. In the Whitworth household the entire magical-industrial complex is creaking and could collapse at any moment. An outbreak of youthful scepticism is to blame. It started in the dry-cleaner's. My five-year-old son spotted a Santa outfit hanging on a peg. His eyes were out on

Social networking sites are a waste of time

The young are doing it, so it must be worth doing - join Facebook! You put your little face in, or not, if you can't work out how to do it. Other people who've done the same can now claim you as a "friend". Facebook emails you, to ask if they're really your friend. Depending on your mood

The Gap Year - a must for any self-respecting student

. At the last count there were 76 operators in Britain and one gap-year company, i-to-i, was so successful it was bought for several million last year by the package holiday group First Choice. These firms typically offer package trips combining flights, in-country transport, support and even language

How to protect your privacy at work

Just how much privacy are you entitled to at work? With some staff being filmed even when they visit the toilets, it's a vexed issue for employee rights. For some staff "Big Brother is watching you" is all too uncomfortably true. After all, it is standard practice in many workplaces to

The Polish Invasion

CELTIC striker Maciej Zurawski is one of more than 20,000 Poles who have come to work in Scotland in the last couple of years. But while Zurawski's goals earn him huge sums of money, the story is vastly different for most of his countrymen coming here. About 90 per cent of the new arrivals are in

Spreading office gossip

to?The moral of the story is, I suppose, don't get caught leaving notes on your desk and never, ever, go out with a colleague who is a little unhinged and knows all of your secrets. Słownikless of a catchy phrase - mniej chwytliwa nazwaproceeds to whinge in a morale-sapping fashion - i przystępuje do

Let it glow, let it glow, let it glow

Traffic goes through the village of Bradfield Southend in Berkshire and past the home and farm of Mary and Michael Harris as the christmas lights in the village were switched on December 1st 2008. Who knows what untold pleasure centres lie in Michael Harris's brain? He's a quiet man, not given to

How to retire

That's why it's important to plan ahead - by ensuring your Monopoly board is in good working order and there aren't too many letters missing from your Scrabble set. Board games will help you through that difficult first weekend, but you'll still need to find a way to fill the next 30 years. Cruises

Some surprise scenarios that may lie ahead

A brain-enhanced worldBy 2018, businesses will routinely use microchips to enhance employees' abilities. Chips will be implanted in brains to enhance memory or knowledge, but may also monitor and control behaviour. Companies should think about the use and misuse of such technologies.A world ruled

TV cuts Brokeback Mountain gay scenes

Two love scenes between the male protagonistshad been excised, provoking furious accusations from gay-rights groups of censorship driven by creeping homophobia in Italy. "The need to change a film about homosexual love into a film about simple male friendship says a lot about the current

How to deal with truants from the workplace

of 30 days' paid leave plus statutory holidays.Though absenteeism through sickness has sat at the top of the DVLA's agenda ever since its foundation, only in the last seven years was a long-term strategy to address it set in motion by a new chief executive, Clive Bennett. He began by bringing in the

Serious illness - should you tell them at work?

Most of us would not hesitate to tell family and close friends about being diagnosed with a serious illness or chronic condition. But telling colleagues is another matter, writes Alice Wignall in the Guardian.You might be worried about their perception of your abilities, or simply not feel like


As little as we like to admit it, though, the blood connection between father and child does not preclude acts of violence against the child. According to the NSPCC child protection charity, a man kills a family member in the UK once every eight weeks. Of the 99 under-16s killed in the UK between

Tribulations of the homeworker

Like many people I struggle to get the work-life balance right. I am probably what you would call a workaholic; I take extreme pride in my work, often to the detriment of relationships, friendships and family. When you are in love with your job it is (I imagine) much like having a mistress. You

The race for the $100 laptop

Three years later, OLPC appears to be changing the computer industry, although not in the way its founders imagined. The sector has discovered the marketing power of the poor and has increasingly come to believe that the vast majority of the world's population that does not already possess a

A Countdown to 300 Million

Like the return of a comet or the close of a century, this blip in history will have far more emotional resonance than practical effect. In fact, we will never know the name of the person who turns the counter to eight zeroes. Gerber Products Co., the baby food manufacturer, asked the U.S. Census

How to retire

bound to appreciate your years of wisdom and learned advice at 2am in a Bangkok nightclub - particularly as you'll have so much in common now (ie, your new-found passion for daytime TV, etc). It's important to develop new interests and hobbies now you've got all this time on your hands. And don't let

Co czwarty pracownik ma problemy ze zdrowiem psychicznym

Celem 8. Inicjatywy Europejskiej Sieci Promocji Zdrowia w Miejscu Pracy (ENWHP), "Work. In tune with Life. Move Europe", jest podkreślenie istotności promowania zdrowia psychicznego w całej Europie. Inicjatywa ma na celu uczynić Europę miejscem, gdzie zdrowi pracownicy tworzą zdrowe firmy

Dealing with conflict at work

. According to new research, not getting along with colleagues is the top reason for leaving a job - with 29% of those who quit saying it was due to fellow workers. (To put that in perspective: just 9% cited poor management style, and only 7% claimed lack of promotion opportunities were the problem). Far from

10 commandments for "slow" workplace

Ever thought that going "slow"at work could help you get more done? No- me neither. We live in a hectic, 24/7 society, full of power-walking workaholics, where Madonna sleeps with a BlackBerry under her pillow and slowing down is for losers. One recent survey by the consumer research firm

638 ways to kill Fidel Castro

Fabian Escalante, who, for a time, had the job of keeping El Commandante alive, has calculated that there have been a total of 638 attempts on Castro's life. While the idea of an exploding cigar that was intended to blow up in Castro's face is perhaps the best-known of the attempts on his life

Coffee and work

It's the most widely used psychoactive drug in the world, 80% of UK adults use it on a weekly basis and globally it's estimated that the market for C8H10N402 (or caffeine, if you prefer) is worth around $70bn annually. For most people, it is an integral part of their working lives, providing a much