Saturday, 19th June 2021

This Month's Magazine
Did you know that..?

Did you know that..?

A pick of useless but interesting newspapers extracts and topics, some even curious.

When work has lost its spark. Feeling a lack of engagement and motivation is a common problem among workers. But there are specific ways to combat that feeling and regain inspiration at work. Among the tips: celebrate small steps, instead of just focusing on the larger goal. And also, don’t forget the mission - remind employees how their work affects people inside and outside their organisation. New York Times

The benefits of doodling. Mindless doodling at work can increase effectiveness in the office. Several studies on learning styles found doodlers recalled 29% more information and relieve psychological stress. Taking notes with a pen and paper boosts long-term memory for information but incorporating doodling in traditional notetaking can also help the brain connect the dots and digest information at a faster pace. A plethora of online apps provide tools for workers to leverage their careless drawings for creative brainstorming. FastCompany

The bottom line. The number of workers employed in Britain who were born in the EU hit a record high of 2.38m between April and June, according to the Office for National Statistics. In the past year the number rose by almost 88,000, driven by a rise in people arriving from Eastern Europe. Numbers fell off after the 2016 referendum but have recovered. The number of workers born elsewhere in the
world (and outside Britain) rose to 3.34 million. BBC


Optimistic people live longer, study finds. A study by a team in Boston suggests that optimistic people live longer - and have a better chance of reaching the age of 85 than pessimists. Researchers said: “Our findings raise an exciting possibility that we may be able to promote healthy and resilient ageing by cultivating psychosocial assets such as optimism. The Independent

Apple credit card: don’t let it touch wallet or jeans. Apple’s new credit card – sleekly branded and made of titanium – should be kept away from wallets, pockets, jeans, keys, coins and other credit cards for fear of damage, the tech giant says. The care instructions for the new card have prompted hilarity online, with one Twitter humourist suggesting making a knitted cosy to keep it in. The Independent

Amazon ruined my name. The popularity of the name Alexa has slumped in the past year - most likely because it is now so closely associated with Amazon’s voice assistant. The number of babies named Alexa in England and Wales had remained fairly stable for years, but between 2017 and 2018 it more than halved: only 118 Alexas were registered last year, down from 301 in 2017. The Telegraph

Finding true north. For the first time in about 360 years, compasses at Greenwich are due to point true north. Compass needles point to magnetic north, but since the magnetic field changes all the time, the distance between that direction and true north – known as declination – also changes. For the past few hundred years, all compass needles in the UK have pointed slightly west of true north. But at some point this month, the two norths will coincide in Greenwich for the first time since
the Royal Observatory was founded there. The Guardian

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