Good news for everyone hating the fact they're back at work after a three-day weekend: Conventional wisdom says we spend all day at work counting down the moments until we can enjoy blissful relaxation at home with our families.
Well . . . conventional wisdom is WRONG.
A new study out of Penn State University found that people are actually MORE STRESSED at home than they are at work. In fact, work is kind of like stress relief compared to being home with your family.
The researchers tested people's cortisol levels at home and at work . . . your cortisol levels are one of the most accurate ways to measure stress. And people's stress was noticeably lower when they were at work.
This was ESPECIALLY true for women . . . getting out of the house for work made women even more relaxed than men.
So what's the takeaway? It's important to have a good work-life balance . . . but maybe not in the way people usually think. Going to work can be better for you than you realized . . . it can help you de-stress so you can enjoy being home even more. (Contemporary Families)
Don't Bother Being Good at Your Job . . . As Long As You Do Things on Time, You'll Be Fine
Have you ever worked like CRAZY to get a project at work done early and perfectly . . . and not gotten anything more than a "Hey, thanks" from your boss?
A new study out of the University of California, San Diego and the University of Chicago found there's really NO NEED to be exceptional at your job . . . no one will really care or notice.
But it's REALLY bad to be BAD at your job . . . like turning something in after a deadline. People WILL notice that.
In other words, if you work like a lunatic and always turn in amazing stuff early, it won't really help out your career that much . . . but if you miss a deadline, it will absolutely derail your career.
Here's an analogy: Think about taking a flight. If you land early, you'll be sort of happy. But if the flight is delayed, you'll be FURIOUS.
The researchers say you just need to deliver exactly what you promise, and deliver it on time . . . going above and beyond won't really help you, and falling short will really hurt you. (Bloomberg Businessweek)