Work-life balance in Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire is better than Beds and the UK average, says a new report from flexible workplaces provider Regus. The Work-Life Balance Index shows an improvement in the balance between work and personal life in Bedfordshire over the last two years but the county lags behind Herts and Bucks, says Regus. Hertfordshire ranks higher than Buckinghamshire in Regus’s measurement of happy workers.The Regus Index combines data from a poll of the region’s business people on their overall work-life balance and job satisfaction with real-life statistics on various practices such as working hours and commuting. Sixty-one per cent of workers in Bedfordshire report they spend more time working now than they did two years ago, and over half feel they spend more time away from their home life, which is significantly above the national average of 37 per cent. Also, two in three workers in Bedfordshire declare they have taken on additional duties at … [Read more...] about Jobs: Workers happier in Herts than in Beds and Bucks
You know that feeling when something seems too good to be true – when it looks like a lot has happened in your favour recently, so it's suspicious? Some people can't get over this feeling, and their good fortune takes a sinister turn in their mind. People who have an irrational aversion to being happy suffer from something called "cherophobia." It comes from the Greek word "chairo," which means "I rejoice." It basically means that they are afraid to participate in anything fun. Read more Nine signs your marriage isn't as happy as you think it is This is the root of happiness in the brain, according to science 9 experts reveal the secrets to true happiness for International It's not the activities that are scary, it's the fear that if you let go, and are happy and carefree, then something terrible will happen. Cherophobia isn't widely-used or well-defined, and isn't in the latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), which is the main … [Read more...] about Cherophobia is the fear of being happy – here are the signs that you might have it
A teenage boy at a children’s home was allegedly subjected to a campaign of sexual abuse at the hands of a female support worker, a court heard. Carole Davis allegedly bought the boy gifts, indecently assaulted him at the home and during trips, invited him round to her home, created a “romantic ambience” and had sex with him in her marital bed. Davis, 59, denies ten allegations of indecent assault on the complainant and is standing trial at Newcastle Crown Court. Prosecutors say she referred to him as her “special boy” and began touching him at the care home where he was staying in the 1990s when Davis was in her 30s and he was as young as 13 to 15. The complainant says she also carried out a sex act on him in the back of a minibus on the way back from a trip and in the sand dunes at South Shields. He alleges she gave him a walkman containing a tape of love songs and said he believed he was in a relationship with her at the time. Social workers employed … [Read more...] about Female children’s home worker allegedly had sex in marital bed with boy
At Nanterre university, on the outskirts of Paris, militant students have a dilemma: how can they pass their end-of-year exams while simultaneously fighting to derail the French government’s education reforms? “It’s a worry, but we’ll find a way,” says Annaël Lombe, a student union leader who is taking his political science finals in a few weeks. “Exams or not, we won’t stop the protest. We will carry on the action.” Fifty years ago, Nanterre students issued much the same warning. It turned out to be far from an idle threat. Subsequent protests at Nanterre sparked the May 1968 civil unrest that drew 10 million students and striking workers on to the streets and brought France to a halt. It was a dramatic – some thought revolutionary –moment in French history that nearly toppled a government. In the end, the protests fizzled out, but even now the events remain a model of how people power can rattle French political leaders … [Read more...] about The spirit of 1968 rises again: can French students and workers triumph?
Whether you’ve just finished a big shop or you’re only picking up a pint of milk, most of us always pick the shortest queue at the tills. But customers at one Asda in the Valleys are more than happy to deal with a long queue just to be served by a legendary check-out worker that brightens up everyone’s day. Alnashir Pabani has worked in the Tonypandy store for more than eight years, quickly becoming hugely popular for his cheery personality and friendly banter. After fleeing his home country of Uganda in the 1970s and arriving in the UK as a teenage refugee, Alnashir has since become a local icon. Alnashir, also known as Joe or Nash, said: “I’m quite cheeky so I get on well with the customers. “I regard them as friends more, really. They’re fabulous. “I always make sure to have a laugh with them or just talk to them.” He added: “I never ever get out of bed in the morning and think I don’t want to go to work, I love it. … [Read more...] about The legendary Asda worker who brightens up everyone’s day