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In today’s society, with instant access to information (and each other), it’s easy to convince ourselves that multitasking is the way to go. If you can multitask, you can be the ultimate productive worker. Let’s be honest, how many of us have said, «I’m a great multitasker»? Sorry to disappoint you, but you’re probably not. New research suggests that multitasking actually decreases productivity rather than increasing it. Can You Really Multitask?

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There are about 30 major holidays over November, December and January, celebrated by many diverse cultures across the globe. Many of us have the chance to indulge in more than one with friends, family and neighbors. We’ve started with Christmas as an example, but would love to hear about your favorite feasts! Christmas can be a time to spend with family and friends and, of course, to eat. There’s really nothing better than when all the traditional foods come out, as they can remind you of your childhood, certain family members and even the history of your country, all in a single bite.

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There are lots of different keys to success: drive, ambition, knowledge, and so forth. But sometimes our biological systems have just as much of an effect on our success as our intellect and one of the most important elements is sleep. Getting enough quality sleep is more important than some might think, as it’s really what powers you through your entire day. If you get enough sleep, it’s extremely likely that you’ll be more successful as you’ll have enough energy to keep you going and meet your goals.

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From CEO Anna Gudmundson. Healthcare systems are overloaded, healthcare costs as a percentage of GDP are increasing and demands from our increasingly unwell populations are growing. We also see that public healthcare systems are underequipped to deal with the increase in stress, depression, anxiety, and other mental health related issues. Only 2.7% of people in the US are categorized as having “a basic healthy lifestyle, which includes exercising regularly, eating a balanced diet, avoiding smoking and maintaining a normal body fat percentage.

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For more than a century, some in the industrialized business world followed an all-too-familiar pattern. Capitalists often chased wealth, power and accomplishment without balanced regard for their employees or the environment. Running beneath this historic status quo, however, there has been a slow but steady undercurrent of change that is being adopted by some of the world’s biggest companies: conscious capitalism. Widely believed to have been pioneered by The Body Shop founder Anita Roddick back in the 1970’s, the business philosophy has since been popularized by global business leaders like Whole Foods CEO and co-founder John Mackey and LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner.

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Prior to globalization, any given company’s employee benefits were fairly straightforward. Employees hired were rewarded with an amount of vacation, medical leave, retirement planning and health insurance that reflected their seniority, specific location or country. As globalization has proliferated and thousands of companies now conduct business across borders, , corporate benefits packages have diversified. As human resources departments scramble to keep up with a company’s geographic expansion, the benefits that employees take for granted can vary wildly from firm to firm.

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Two centuries ago, American statesman Thomas Jefferson summed up his thoughts on exercise as: “A strong body makes the mind strong.” While the third U.S. president’s sentiment may still hold water in some ways, modern science may argue that the opposite is true. Studies have shown that lasting and long-term health starts between our ears and moves throughout the body from there. Particularly within the confines of an office, where external stressors like deadlines, profit margins and employee evaluations bombard the working individual, it has proven crucial to cultivate mental fortitude.

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When Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote that “Life is a journey, not a destination,” one assumes he meant it in a philosophical sense. Emerson was likely indicating that happiness and contentment are not tied to life’s many benchmarks, but instead are found in the appreciation of life’s day-to-day pleasures. However, when it comes to the many benefits of walking – whether it’s a work commute, a walk-and-talk meeting with a colleague or a way to avoid splurging on an Uber after an evening work event – that famous quote can also be interpreted literally.

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For many companies, health care spending is an expensive fact of life, and for most, these costs rank second only to wages. In 2008, Price Waterhouse Cooper found that more than half of the $2.2 trillion spent on health care in the United States, or $1.2 trillion, was considered “wasteful spending.” This category includes unnecessary tests, procedures and prescriptions as well as money spent treating preventable conditions like obesity, musculoskeletal conditions and some mental health conditions.

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You can’t refresh your LinkedIn feed without seeing yet another listicle claiming to be the final and definitive list of the best places to work. Whether they’re breaking it down by country or on a global scale, it seems every media outlet wants to give you 10, 15, 25, or 100 of the best places to work, ranked for your convenience. At best, it’s an oversimplification; at worst, a popularity contest.

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