Earlier this year, Glassdoor highlighted the 25 Highest Paying Jobs in America, but now, which companies pay their employees the most?According to Glassdoor’s latest report revealing the 25 Highest Paying Companies in America for 2016, several companies are offering employees six figure paychecks. This report is based on each company’s median total compensation, compiled by looking at salary reports at companies in which employees have anonymously and voluntarily shared both their base pay and other forms of compensation (i.e. commissions, tips, bonuses, etc.) over the past year*.Which companies offer the biggest paychecks? Check out the complete results:1. A.T. KearneyMedian Total Compensation: $167,534Median Base Salary: $143,620Industry: Consulting2. Strategy&Median Total Compensation: $160,000Median Base Salary: $147,000Industry: Consulting3. Juniper NetworksMedian Total Compensation: $157,000Median Base Salary: $135,000Industry: Technology4. McKinsey & CompanyMedian Total Compensation: $155,000Median Base Salary: $135,000Industry: Consulting5. GoogleMedian Total Compensation: $153,750Median Base Salary: $123,331Industry: Technology6. VMwareMedian Total Compensation: $152,133Median Base Salary: $130,000Industry: Technology7. Amazon Lab126Median Total Compensation: $150,100Median Base Salary: $138,700Industry: Technology 8. Boston Consulting GroupMedian Total Compensation: $150,020Median Base Salary: $147,000Industry: Consulting9. GuidewireMedian Total Compensation: $150,020Median Base Salary: $135,000Industry: Technology10. Cadence Design SystemsMedian Total Compensation: $150,010Median Base Salary: $140,000Industry: Technology11. VisaMedian Total Compensation: $150,000Median Base Salary: $130,000Industry: Finance12. FacebookMedian Total Compensation: $150,000Median Base Salary: $127,406Industry: Technology13. TwitterMedian Total Compensation: $150,000Median Base Salary: $133,000Industry: Technology14. BoxMedian Total Compensation: $150,000Median Base Salary: $130,000Industry: Technology15. Walmart eCommerceMedian Total Compensation: $149,000Median Base Salary: $126,000Industry: Technology16. SAPMedian Total Compensation: $148,431Median Base Salary: $120,000Industry: Technology17. SynopsysMedian Total Compensation: $148,000Median Base Salary: $130,000Industry: Technology18. AlteraMedian Total Compensation: $147,000Median Base Salary: $134,000Industry: Technology19. LinkedInMedian Total Compensation: $145,000Median Base Salary: $120,000Industry: Technology20. ClouderaMedian Total Compensation: $145,000Median Base Salary: $129,500Industry: Technology21. SalesforceMedian Total Compensation: $143,750Median Base Salary: $120,000Industry: Technology22. MicrosoftMedian Total Compensation: $141,000Median Base Salary: $125,000Industry: Technology23. F5 NetworksMedian Total Compensation: $140,200Median Base Salary: $120,500Industry: Technology24. AdobeMedian Total Compensation: $140,000Median Base Salary: $125,000Industry: Technology25. BroadcomMedian Total Compensation: $140,000Median Base Salary: $130,000Industry: Technology[Related: Employers, learn the art of crafting job posts to attract candidates well-suited for your company.]Why so many consulting and tech companies on this list?“This report reinforces that high pay continues to be tied to in-demand skills and higher education, which in part, is why we see several companies on this list among the consulting and technology industries,” said Dr. Andrew Chamberlain, Glassdoor Chief Economist. “Salaries are sky-high at consulting companies due to ‘barriers of entry’ in this field, which refers to employers wanting top consultants to have personal contacts, reputations and specialized skills and knowledge. In technology, we continue to see unprecedented salaries as the war for talent is still very active, largely due to the ongoing shortage of highly skilled workers needed.”While the companies on this list pay handsomely and a Glassdoor survey shows salary and compensation are among peoples’ top considerations before accepting a job, Glassdoor research also shows that salary is not among the leading factors tied to long-term employee satisfaction. In contrast, culture and values, career opportunities, and trust in senior leadership are the biggest drivers of long-term employee satisfaction.This pay report comes on the heels of Glassdoor’s Pay Equality Roundtable Discussion, which featured Hillary Clinton and other leaders, last week in New York City. Want to check out the highlights? Watch our 3 minute video replay.How much do you earn at your company? Help others by anonymously sharing a salary report. #ShareYourPay*Methodology: Glassdoor’s 25 Highest Paying Companies in America report identifies companies with the highest median total compensation package (including base salary and other forms of compensation, such as commissions, tips, bonuses, etc.), as reported by U.S.-based employees on Glassdoor over the past year (3/30/15-3/29/16). Companies considered for this report must have received at least 50 salary reports in U.S. dollars by U.S-based employees during the timeframe. While ‘other forms of compensation’ is an optional field on Glassdoor, salary reports considered for this report must have been from employees who shared both their base pay and other forms of compensation. In cases where companies have the same median total compensation, the company with the higher number of salary reports receives the higher rank. Subsidiaries of companies were considered for this report if they met the methodology, have their own distinct job listings and profile on Glassdoor.
23 hours ago 23h 4.8★ N/A 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Interior Designer JPC Architects Bellevue, WA Design Manager Watermark Residential Indianapolis, IN 23 hours ago 23h 3.7★ 23 hours ago 23h 3.9★ 23 hours ago 23h UI Designer American Well Boston, MA N/A Roadway Designer Kimley-Horn and Associates Austin, TX Hot New Jobs For You 2.2★ We all go through periods where we have a hard time keeping up on the job front. But if you’ve been struggling at work for quite some time, it’s crucial that you break that cycle. If you don’t, your performance might really start to slip to the point where your manager has no choice but to let you go. Even if things don’t reach that extreme, it’s hard to feel content and satisfied with your work when you feel like you’re barely hanging on. If that’s where you’re at, here are three critical moves to make immediately.1. Get a mentorA mentor could be just the person to ground you and give you some clear direction. In fact, 76% of workers think having a mentor is important, according to a study by Olivet Nazarene University, and people with mentors are generally happier at their jobs than those without.If your company doesn’t have a mentoring program in place, start building relationships with seasoned employees you feel you can learn from, and see where things go from there. In the aforementioned study, 61% of mentor relationships developed naturally over time, so you don’t necessarily need a formalized arrangement to benefit from someone else’s expertise.Keep in mind that your mentor doesn’t necessarily need to work at your company, or even your industry. If you establish a relationship with someone who can help guide you, it almost doesn’t matter what that person does for a living.How to Get a Mentor2. Fill in your knowledge gapsIf you’re having a hard time at work, there may be a number of different reasons for it, but if part of that struggle stems from feeling like you truly don’t know what you’re doing, that’s an issue you can address. First, pinpoint the skills or knowledge you’re missing to excel at your job. Then, figure out what it will take to fill in those gaps.For example, if you don’t have the analytical skills many of your peers seem to possess, you might ask a colleague to spend a little time bringing you up to speed. Or, you might take a course on data analysis if it’s an area you haven’t previously dabbled in. The point, however, is to be proactive rather than resign yourself to consistently lagging behind.What I Learned From Taking the Wrong Job3. Be open with your bossPart of your manager’s job is to support you at work when you’re having a rough time. That said, your boss can’t help if you’re not honest about your struggles, so rather than bottle them up, ask for a meeting to discuss the elements of your job you’re most stressed over.Maybe you feel that the deadlines you’re given aren’t manageable given your workload and meeting schedule; or maybe you feel you were never trained properly for your role, and as such, are still unclear as to how to tackle certain tasks. No matter the case, looping your boss in is your ticket to getting his or her help, so don’t keep your concerns to yourself for fear of judgment or backlash.If you’re struggling at work, don’t let the cycle continue. Instead, seek help and knowledge to bust out of that rut and change your outlook for the better.Related Links:7 Ways to Maximize Your IncomeForget Mars: The City of Tomorrow Will Be in Arizona3 In-Demand Jobs That Let You Work RemotelyThis article was originally published by Motley Fool. Reprinted with permission. Product Designer Asana New York, NY 3.8★ Interior Design – Intermediate Aref & Associates Design Studio El Segundo, CA 23 hours ago 23h 3.7★ Fire Sprinkler Designer (NICET Certified) Chesapeake Sprinkler Company Odenton, MD HVAC Mechanical Designer Firsching, Marstiller, Rusbarsky & Wolf Engineering, Inc. Forest Hills, Allegheny, PA Design/Sales Consultant Leontine Linens New Orleans, LA 23 hours ago 23h N/A 23 hours ago 23h Landscape Architect/Designer – Part-time PACE Engineers Kirkland, WA 3.9★ View More Jobs
Southampton were wrong to fire manager Claude Puel, according to Saints legends Laurie McMenemy and Mick Channon.Puel was sacked last week after just one season in charge. He lead the club to an eighth place finish last season and the League Cup final, but was criticized by fans for the style of play he instilled. “They should have won the League Cup – if they had would they have sacked him? “It wasn’t his fault Charlie Austin was injured for most of the season,” said Channon, who made over 500 appearances for the club.”Why sack someone if you’ve got no-one better? Personally I think they were wrong to sack him.”And McMenemy – who knows something about cup finals after he coached the Saints to an FA Cup victory in 1976 – was also critical of the dismissal, especially after the circumstances in which they lost the League Cup final. “At Wembley we were very unlucky,” he said. “On the other hand, if you’ve been at the games, the football has not been attractive and not enough goals so the season ended on a disappointment for the supporters.”They didn’t like the way their team played, there were too many changes for me – I read in the paper 250 changes over the season. In the FA Cup against a weakened Arsenal we lost 5-0 at home.”On the last day the majority left and the ones that stayed didn’t applaud when the manager came out. Let him learn, give him an opportunity to get it right.”
Middlesbrough are moving for Nottingham Forest striker Britt Assombalonga.The Daily Mail says Assombalonga, 24, is valued at around £10 million having scored 30 goals in 47 Championship starts for Forest.Burnley are also being linked with the striker.Assombalonga’s 14 goals last season after coming back from a serious knee injury helped keep Forest in the division, and Boro boss Garry Monk wants tried and trusted players at Championship level to win promotion.
Barnsley have signed winger Lloyd Isgrove on a three-year deal after he was released by Southampton.Isgrove, 24, spent time on loan with the Tykes in 2015-16 and scored in the play-off final as they won promotion to the Championship.Boss Paul Heckingbottom told the club website: “Lloyd is a great lad and we are all glad to see him back here.”Once we knew there was a possibility of this deal happening, it was a no brainer.”
Posted on December 22, 2010June 20, 2017By: Seth Cochran, Young Champion of Maternal HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This blog post was contributed by Seth Cochran, one of the fifteen Young Champions of Maternal Health chosen by Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth. He will be blogging about her experience every month, and you can learn more about him, the other Young Champions, and the program here.Like most engineers, I spent my youth either taking household electronics apart or playing with legos. Both activities exhibit a fascination with the simple pieces that make up more complex objects.Surrounded by naked circuit boards, I no longer posses the desire to destroy a radio in search of understanding its components. In a former life as a finance guy, I let my inner nerd trade in the bucket of legos for a copy of Excel with every costing function you can imagine.My name is Seth, and I’m a costing nerd.Nothing can teach you more about a system than understanding the economics that make it tick. Not only can you see which parts of the system consume the most resources, but you can also determine where subsets of the system might have standalone viability.This month of my placement has been about gathering up all I know about the EHAS network deployments and building a costing model that is dynamic enough to estimate a variety of new installations. In doing so, I have rounded out my technical knowledge of what makes an EHAS communications network. Broadly speaking we are talking towers, power and antennas. (For the record, I wish I knew a word for antenna that rhymed with power.)In addition to scoping out what a network in the mountains might cost compared to one in the jungle, we can now see where we should focus our effort on cost reductions or in-kind donations of equipment. Every dollar we save in network costs is a dollar closer we are to building a network where health posts have no access to communications.By understanding all the pieces, we also open up the possibility of extending the EHAS system to places where communications capability already exists. Why would someone need a communications network if they already have one? They don’t. But just because a hospital is within reach of a cell tower doesn’t mean they have electricity. In fact, one of the winners of the Healthy Mothers Strong World competition, WE CARE Solar, has developed an ingenious suitcase solar power system to specifically address the unmet need for power and they can’t fill orders fast enough.While EHAS is in the business of communications, the brilliant engineering team has developed a clever solar power system to make their antennas work. But, the electricity this system creates could also be used to power head lamps or incubators or whatever else a rural hospital might need – just like WE CARE Solar but on a larger scale to meet higher power demands. So by fully embracing our cost nerdiness, we now have a firm grasp on the economics of the power portion of the EHAS system and can judge if it might work strategically on a standalone basis. This has direct relevance to places with limited electrical networks, but high mobile phone coverage (i.e. Africa).Besides managing a $160 million budget and fully understanding costing, my former finance life also required me to think of creative ways to finance projects and transactions. So when Andres handed me a booklet on financing structures for social businesses and asked me to start working on a capital structure strategy to support EHAS growth, another part of my old self came out of hibernation.This month has required me to dust off lots of my old private sector skills. Funny thing is that applying these skills to extend healthcare to people in need is much more exciting than making anonymous shareholders richer.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
Posted on November 16, 2011November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This week EngenderHealth’s Fistula Care Project is hosting a two-day technical meeting to review the current evidence base for partograph effectiveness, develop feasible strategies for overcoming barriers to partograph use, consider alternative intrapartum monitoring strategies, and determine implementation research needs.The meeting objectives include:Review the current evidence base for partograph effectivenessIdentify barriers to partograph useDevelop feasible strategies to overcome barriers to partograph use and consider alternative intra-partum monitoring strategiesDetermine future research needs and/or develop action planThe morning began with a review of the evidence for partograph use with presentations from Tina Lavender, Celia Pett and Matthews Mathai. In general, the evidence base for partograph use is small and weak, but nearly 90% of the meeting participants believe it is an essential tool for monitoring labor.In the afternoon, we discussed different partographs and potential alternatives to the partograph. Louise Tina Day presented the pictorial community partograph developed in Bangladesh, Shoval Dekel discussed the e-partogram being developed at Jhpiego, and Matthews Mathai and Priya Agarwal presented on the Safe Childbirth Checklist.Day 2 of the meeting is underway so stay tuned for more!Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
Posted on November 22, 2011November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Last week’s meeting on the partograph use was organized by the Fistula Care Project since its use may reduce obstructed labor, one of the main causes of obstetric fistula. Not only do women who develop fistula suffer terrible physical outcomes, but they also are often marginalized:Left with chronic leaking, women with obstetric fistula are often abandoned or neglected by their husbands and families, unable to work, and ostracized by their communities. Women who develop obstetric fistula usually have had a stillbirth, so they must also deal with the loss of a baby. Women with fistula are often among the most impoverished and vulnerable members of society.In order to address fistula and provide an avenue for women to seek care and support, the Gloag Foundation, USAID, UNFPA, and Airtel launched a hotline in Sierra Leone for women who have developed fistula:In the last month more than 8,000 calls have been received, but so far just 0.1 percent have been about cases of fistula.The Aberdeen Women’s Centre provides the only comprehensive fistula repair service in the country. Despite the small number of calls concerning the condition, Jude Holden, the centre’s Country Director, is pleased with the result. “We have received 90 cases since the hotline opened, and this is a great success,” she told IRIN.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
This is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a fellow freelancer out, feel free to send your blog post to us here.Once I’d outgrown my young man’s super-sensitivity to making mistakes–sometimes costly ones–when I first started out as an employee in the late 1980s, I slowly came to a point in my working life when I realized that it must be acceptable to make mistakes with the boss’ money. As an employee. As “Yuuugh!” as that sounds when you say it out loud. And it is acceptable–it happens all the time and it’s called life. And I realized too that the very term “mistake” is too harsh even; it carries too much retribution and fear in it.It’s called lifeLet’s be clear–I mean “it’s called life” in spite of trying your best. The fact that mistakes happen can be a lazy excuse for slipshod people, but I don’t think that applies to anyone reading this. I am talking to those who care, who understand professionalism and feel a keen obligation to produce great work for their clients. Awake people. Good people. Us.If it’s an inevitable rule of business that employees are less than cost-efficient at times, then it has to be acceptable to make mistakes as a freelancer too. “Uh, duuhh…” many are thinking, I’m sure, but I’ll bet my next ICO whitepaper token allocation that many more are nodding silently, perhaps even wondering how this could be possible. Are mistakes ever something else? In my dictionary, “mistake” has synonyms in “opportunity, meaningful exchange, growth point” and even “windfall” and “benefit.”The value of mistakesYes, as a freelancer outside a traditional office environment you can be stripped of that sense of belonging, the ability to trade on friendship or camaraderie to contextualize your missteps. Often. Perhaps mostly. You’re not a resident member of a team. But you’re not stripped of that, the right to be human! And you are a team member. Remote counts nowadays. The working human interface is diminishing, yes, but acceptance of remote or digitized comms is growing rapidly to offset that.So you don’t get cake on Susan’s birthday, but even that will change I’m sure. Cryptocredit will ensure you can pop down to the local deli and chew cake while feting Susan over Skype in the future office, which is anywhere. Everywhere. And already here. The point is, that fundamental acceptance of “mistakes” as an inevitable byproduct of rote work by the human animal can’t be different for a freelancer.The wise know it’s not an argument for acceptance of poor work. It’s like taxes and death–inescapable–and so they find the benefit in it.Ever submitted a mistake?Your toes will curl when you read a client’s message pointing to your mistakes. And, yes, sometimes there are more than one in a single document! Horror! I’ve even felt a sudden flush of sweat emerging on my brow as I climbed back upstairs to the office, to sit again at my laptop after a bleat from a client on WhatsApp, pointing to copy errors. I wish I could have all future errors, typos, and just plumb dumb moments forwarded right now to a fascist dictatorship to be shot at dawn. But the remote work disadvantage of having no office camaraderie to trade on has a flip side–opportunity!It’s not just a cliché: Mistakes offer opportunitiesWhen I would listen to business coaches talk of turning mistakes into opportunities, it sounded stupid. Like a vain, false attempt to kiss butt after hashing it. But, they were right. It is an opportunity. After a mistake, it all ends or it continues somehow. Surely opportunity only exists in the “somehow”? Since we are all going to make mistakes–from cleaner to CEO–the very word “mistake” is a misnomer.Mistakes are very definitely opportunities, especially for freelancers. Inside every freelancer is a diligence, a determination, a construct that connects their sense of self far closer to the client’s objectives than any employee. Making a mistake is an opportunity, an opportunity to far outperform any office employee’s obligations while also impressing the heck out of people.When mistakes aren’t mistakesYour mistake can be an opportunity for a client to enact their brisk and authoritarian business approach and, you get fired. Rough. But, yeah, it can happen that the relationship sours and dies. I personally don’t mourn the exiting of that kind of energy from my life.Far, far more usually–since the boss is likely a human just like you and put mismatched socks on her kids this morning or sliced into the rough while golfing with the Regional Head yesterday–they are far more interested in seeing you leap forward and patch expertly than anything else. Whether anyone involved knows it or not. If you ask me, the air of anticipation, the sense of opportunity, hangs heavier than any other consideration in the arena of mistakes and fixing them.Just like money has millions of bad associations and only one good, pure and simple value–benefiting others’ lives–so too mistakes can have millions of negative bits that stick to them like fluff on a dropped cherry. But the one really good, powerful opportunity that awaits in that moment outshines all of them.Show your mettleThere is one massive benefit that looms in any mistake, and that is the opportunity to show your mettle. Get a loyal client. Perhaps for the first time in that relationship, show someone your sense of professionalism, your heart, your loyalty, and commitment to getting things right. A moment’s mistake is probably going to be the first time that client really gets to know you. Gets to see who you really are. Do you accept and apologize and effect immediate redress? That is the best anyone on earth can do. That stuff is valuable. Priceless even. More than any degrees or impressive CVs, people want to know that you give a damn.People do business with people they trustWhen you sit down and stare a mistake in the face, skip over whatever negative scripting you’ve been given and the internal demons and get straight to setting things right. Pronto. Like a pro. There’s greater potential there for earning in the future and forever more than in any new prospect.It’s the core of current sales: Find the problem and be the solution. Just because you’re sometimes the problem, doesn’t relieve you of putting on your game face and becoming the solution! Very often, in those moments, valuable trust, loyalty, and future commitment is built, and those things will pay off. Embrace mistakes for the value they carry for those of us who didn’t mean to make them in the first place. Enjoy it!I am a Johannesburg-based freelance copywriter, specializing in blockchain, cryptocurrency, automotive and business analysis and reporting. An autodidact, polymath, yoga and meditation instructor, I blog prolifically on matters of social relevance & personal well being.
Post navigation – Sorry, Minters! Participation for the #MyMintMoment Instagram contest has ended. A big thank you to all participants! – Once in a while your life and finances align to make your dreams turn into your #MyMintMoment.So to applaud you for all your hard work, we’re kicking off an Instagram photo contest now through January 31 where we will reward one lucky winner $1,000.For the rest of the month, we encourage you to share the proud moments you’ve experienced as you reach your financial dreams. No goal is too big or too small. From financing your first home to paying off student loans, or saving for a big expense such as a wedding, we want to see what it is you’ve accomplished and help celebrate your #MyMintMoment.Here’s how to enter:Follow us on Instagram.Throughout January, tag #MyMintMoment in your Instagram photos to be entered to win. You can enter as many times as you’d like throughout the month.If you aren’t on Instagram, don’t worry! You can still participate by uploading your images here.For the official rules and more information on the #MyMintMoment Instagram photo contest, please click here. The contest will end on Sunday, January 31, 2016 at 11:59pm PT. One winner will be awarded $1,000.We can’t wait to see what you’ve achieved!NO PUR. OR PYMNT NEC. TO ENTER OR WIN. Enter by 11:59 p.m. PST on 1/31/16. Must be 18_+ and a US/DC or Canadian resident (excluding Quebec). For complete details and prize descriptions see Official Rules. Void where prohibited. Sponsor: Intuit Inc.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related
SEO Originally published May 31, 2014 8:00:00 AM, updated February 01 2017 Topics: Organic search results are unpaid, natural listings on search engine results pages (SERPs) that are surfaced and ranked based on their relevance to a user’s query.Although it takes time and effort to optimize your web pages for organic search, once you rank high in SERPs, you’ll typically see lucrative long term returns on your investment. While paid search is a quicker alternative to ranking in search results, it’s only a temporary ranking that requires recurring payments to see results. So once you turn off the budget, the rankings go, too. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack
Originally published Jul 25, 2018 6:00:00 PM, updated July 28 2017 Topics: Don’t forget to share this post! Not long after I first started at HubSpot, I was welcomed with a fresh pair of orange, noise-canceling headphones. At the time, I had no clue that these headphones would carry me through many long work days and some of the deepest, darkest levels of writer’s block.Over three years later, they are truly the gift that keeps on giving.You see, for me, listening to music while working is the secret to my productivity. All it takes is the right Beyoncé track, and I go from idle to uber productive. (Seriously, it works like a charm.)The trouble is, finding the perfect playlist isn’t always easy. With endless streaming music possibilities at my fingertips, it can be hard to nail down just the right tunes to get the wheels turning. So, I did what we do best around here — a little research. Download our complete workplace productivity guide here.As it turns out, there are a ton of studies that explore the influence of specific types of music as they relate to your productivity levels. To help you find just the right mix, we’ve sourced and curated seven Spotify playlists designed with specific studies in mind. Whether you’re into Mozart or Chance The Rapper, we’re confident that there’s something on this list that will do the trick.Note: Some of the playlists contain tracks with explicit language that might not be suitable for the office.7 Science-Backed Office Music Playlists for Productivity1) Classical MusicOne of the most frequently cited studies related to music and productivity is the “Mozart Effect,” which concluded that listening to Mozart for even a brief period each day can boost “abstract reasoning ability.” The study — led by researchers Gordon Shaw, Frances Rauscher, and Katherine Ky — employed 36 Cal-Irvine students who were divided into three groups. Group one listen to a Mozart selection, while group two listened to a relaxation tape, and group three endured 10 minutes of silence. After the listening activity, all 36 students were issued the same test, in which the Mozart group averaged an eight-to-nine point increase in their IQs, compared to the remaining groups.Since then, the “Mozart Effect” has been hotly contested, but many researchers have gone on to explore the mental benefits of learning and listening to classical music. One recent study, for example, found that elementary-school-aged children who participated in music composition education outperformed students in a control group on reading comprehension.Think classical music might work for you? Check out this classical-influenced playlist to find out for yourself:2) Video Game Soundtracks”Choosing the right video game soundtrack to work to is all about understanding what type of music motivates vs. distracts you when you need to concentrate,” says HubSpot’s Director of Marketing Acquisition (and former video game marketing consultant) Emmy Jonassen.”For example, if you’re the type who gets amped and focused listening to high-energy music, rhythm game soundtracks, like those from Thumper or Klang, could work well. Conversely, if you need calm to concentrate, the serene soundtracks from exploration games, like ABZÛ and Journey, may do the trick. With thousands of games releasing every year, including many independent titles, there is a soundtrack to suit everyone’s ear,” she went on to explain.Think about it: Playing a video game requires a lot of focus. To make it to the next level, players commonly have to avoid traps, dodge obstacles, and discover secret tools that will help them progress to the next level. As a result, the music selection for video games is often very strategic, in that modern soundtracks tend to reflect epic, inspiring cinematic scores rather than just basic sound effects.And while studies have revealed mixed results, there is evidence to support that gamers can experience improved performance by playing a game with the volume on. For example, when psychology professor Siu-Lan Tan and her colleagues John Baxa and Matt Spackman specifically honed in on the game “Twilight Princess (Legend of Zelda),” they found that participants who played with both music and sound effects off performed worse than those who played with it on.Want to try it on for size? Check out the playlist below:3) Nature SoundsAccording to psychophysical data and sound-field analysis published in The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, listening to “natural” sounds could enhance cognitive functioning, optimize your ability to concentrate, and increase your level of satisfaction.Think: Waves crashing, birds chirping, streams trickling, and the like.That could explain why more consumer-facing brands — from Google Home to the newer Noisli — are introducing such ambient sound features to help listeners relax or focus. It might also be behind Spotify’s multiple nature-themed playlists, like this soothing one:4) Pump Up SongsAfter observing that many athletes arrive at the stadium wearing headphones, Kellogg School of Management professor Derek Rucker and three of his colleagues — Loran Nordgren, Li Huang, and Adam Galinsky — set out to answer the question: Does listening to the right kind of music make us feel more powerful or in control?So, back in 2014, the group of researchers set up a study to gauge how music might influence motivation and subsequent behavior. First, they played several songs for participants in a lab, and asked them — on a scale of one to seven — how powerful, dominant, and determined they felt after listening to each song. There were three “high power” winners: Queen’s “We Will Rock You,” 2 Unlimited’s “Get Ready for This,” and 50 Cent’s “In Da Club.”Then, to gauge how the music would influence their behavior, they asked participants to listen to the music and then determine whether or not they’d like to go first or second in a debate. As it turned out, those who listened to the high-power playlist volunteered to go first almost twice as often as those who listened to a less powerful playlist.The lesson? “Just as professional athletes might put on empowering music before they take the field to get them in a powerful state of mind,” Rucker explained, “you might try [this] in certain situations where you want to be empowered.”Next time you’re looking to feel empowered before a big presentation, interview, or salary review, check out this roundup:Want more? Check out my colleague Amanda Zantal-Wiener’s picks here.5) Instrumental SongsIn 2015, Middle Tennessee State University researchers Carol A. Smith and Larry W. Morris discovered that students who listened to “sedative” music during a test scored higher than those who listened to lyrical music. (That somewhat contrasts their initial findings 39 years earlier, which showed that while music didn’t reveal an impact on test scores, those who listened to “stimulative music” showed a significant increase in worry and highly emotional reactions.)That isn’t to say that it’s entirely impossible to cross things off your list while listening to songs with words — I actually prefer lyrical music, but my colleague, Amanda Zantal-Wiener, has joked about hip hop verses accidentally slipping into her first drafts when she listens to songs with words. If you’re like she is and find that lyrics are too distracting, you may want to experiment with some instrumental options.For those times, check out these lyric-less tunes — we promise they won’t put you to sleep:6) “Feel Good” SongsBuried in deadlines? Trying to unearth yourself from an email mountain after some time out of the office? Regretting that you came back? Whatever’s bugging you, sometimes, the best remedy for productivity loss is a solid dose of “feel good” tunes — you know, the kind that make you spontaneously use a pen as a pantomimed microphone.But scientifically speaking, music can stimulate the same part of the brain as delicious food and other physical pleasures. Researchers at McGill University, for example, discovered that when participants received the opiod-production-blocking drug naltrexone, they didn’t respond as positively to their favorite tunes as they might normally. The verdict? Our brains are trained to naturally produce these chemicals when we hear our preferred playlist.And while “feel good” songs vary from person to person, a search for Spotify playlists with those very keywords yields dozens of results. That said, here’s one of our favorites:Can’t get enough? Here are a few more suggestions from my colleague Amanda.7) White NoiseAccording to the BBC, about 70% of us work in open-concept work spaces — myself included. And while it’s great to be able to turn our colleagues next door and ask, “Hey, what’s another word for … ?”, many find background chatter distracting.If that’s the case, you’re certainly not alone — according to a study led by Yamaguchi University, “When carrying out intellectual activities involving memory or arithmetic tasks, it is a common experience for noise to cause an increased psychological impression of ‘annoyance,’ leading to a decline in performance.”But without an office to call your own, what’s a writer or number-cruncher to do? Neutral, non-verbal background sounds like white noise, which is not the same as nature sounds, can help to block out these distractions — things like the din of a restaurant or shopping mall, an electric fan, or even laundry machines.And in case you’re wondering — yes. Like all of the above, there is a playlist for that:So go forth — focus, get pumped, feel good, and rock out.What are your favorite songs for getting work done? Let us know in the comments.Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in March 2015 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness. Productivity
India’s campaign at the US Open came to an end after Rohan Bopanna suffered twin defeats in both the men’s and mixed doubles events here.On Sunday night, the top-ranked Indian men’s doubles player and his Canadian partner Denis Shapovalov suffered a 3-6 4-6 loss to the 15th seeds Neal Skupski and Jamie Murray of Great Britain in a second round match that lasted one hour 15 minutes.In the mixed doubles event, Bopanna and Abigail Spears of the United States went down fighting 5-7 6-7 (4) against French-American pair of Fabrice Martin and Raquel Atawo also in the second round.With Bopanna’s ouster, India’s challenge ended in the US Open as Leander Paes and Divij Sharan had made first round exits in the men’s doubles event.In the singles event, Sumit Nagal and Prajnesh Gunneswaran also suffered first round defeats at the hands of Roger Federer and Daniil Medvedev respectively.Also Read | US Open: Rohan Bopanna-Denis Shapovalov stun 4th seeds, Divij Sharan, Leander Paes oustedAlso Read | US Open: Sumit Nagal 1st Indian to take a set off Roger FedererAlso See
Bengaluru : BJP Karkala MLA Sunil Kumar has launched an ambitious project of ” Mission 100″ of achieving 100% pass rate of children studying 10th standard or SSLC in his constituency.The meeting between govt and private schoolsIt all started in this present academic year in May 2019 when the MLA and officials of education department of Karkala in Udupi district decided on acting upon achieving 100% pass rate. A preliminary meeting was held with headmasters of all schools including both private and government schools and data was collected.As per the data there are 2657 children in Karkala studying in 10th standard.Later in June a meeting of teachers was held with MLA and education officials and they chalked out a mock test for the children to see how scores how much. Based on it they categorized children into three groups – distinction ,first class, border line pass.Issue of concernIt was found that 527 kids were in border line pass category who required individual attention to score pass marks. MLA Sunil Kumar then decided to take all stake holders into consideration and decided that teacher, parents, kids and constituency officials will have to work together.Steps taken by the teachersTeachers stepped that they will work extra hours to see the children study – each teacher has been assigned a set of kids either from their school or different school who will call the kid at 11pm to see if the individual has studied that days portion. The next Morning the kid will have to give a missed call to the teacher that he or she has woken up and is studying. Parents have welcome this move and have encouraged the MLA for this work.advertisementSurprise visit by MLA Sunil KumarNot sitting behind MLA Sunil Kumar too has stepped in and has started to visit children’s home from 5am to 6am to do a surprise visit to check if the children are studying. He covers 6-10 houses in one hour everyday.Karkala MLA Sunil Kumar said, ” we have got positive response from kids, teachers, parents. All of them are doing it with self motivation just to make sure our constituency kids don’t fail. I have urged the parents to monitor the kids at home , speak to the kids and ask them how was school, what subject was difficult, what help needed. I also requested them to not give mobile phone to the kids for next 6 months.”Another set of mock tests will be help in next few months to compare with previous result and Mark the progress. If the project is successful, other constituencies are likely to implement the project.Read: UGC allows Maharaja Bhupinder Singh Sports varsity to award degreesRead: UGC issues notice to universities and other educational institutions to hire faculty
Apple dropped an iPhone 11 Pro-sized bomb just two days back in California. And now that the Apple’s big mystery for the year has been unveiled, the world has shifted its focus on the other big mystery that is expected to be unravled on October 15. In case you are not sure, we are talking about the Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL smartphones, which has been leaked in two new long hands-on videos.A lot has been said about the features that Google’s upcoming premium budget smartphones will sport. A 90Hz display, a dual rear camera setup, a bigger RAM, motion sensing technology, a coral coloured variant and an astrophotography mode is what seems to be on the menu for the upcoming Pixel 4 smartphones. While some of these features, like the motion sensing technology and a dual rear camera setup have been confirmed by Google, others remain to be confirmed yet.Now the two new videos have not only given us a fresh new look at the Pixel 4 smartphones confirming a number of design details but they have also demonstrated the use of some of the features that reports in the past have talked about.For instance, the 6.38 minute long video by a Vietnamese tech channel AnhEm TV takes us through features such as the Smooth Display setting in the Display Setting of the Pixel 4 smartphone that enables users to switch from a screen refresh rate of 90Hz to 60Hz. This feature was first reported by 9To5 Google last month. The video also shows a sound recorder app that has been missing from Google’s Pixel phones ever since their launch but appeared in a leaked hands-on video earlier this month. This video also confirms Pixel 4’s other features such as 6GB RAM, Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, a 5.7-inch OLED display with a screen resolution of 1440×3030 pixels and a 2800mAh battery. The Pixel 4 XL, as the video pointed out with have 6.3-inch OLED display with a resolution of 1440×3030 pixels, 6GB RAM, Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 in core and a bigger 3700mAh battery. These features have already been leaked in numerous leaks in the past.The other 14-minute video by Rabbit TV shows the Pixel 4 smartphones in three colour variants – white, budget and coral – the one that has been making rounds on the internet of lately. This video confirms that Google is adding a dash of colours to its palette. Now all that remains is the official launch.ALSO READ: | Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL likely to launch on October 15, may go on sale in India before DiwaliALSO READ: | Google Pixel 4 video leaks ahead of launch, shows Motion Sense, astrophotography mode and moreALSO READ: | Google Pixel 4 camera to have 8X zoom, Motion Mode for bokeh effect in video
Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed is still counting on Sri Lanka turning up for a limited-overs tour this month despite alleged terrorist threats.Sri Lanka Cricket said on Wednesday it was warned of a possible terrorist threat during the scheduled tour of Pakistan, and sought a reassessment of the security situation before the first of three one-day internationals on Sept. 27 in Karachi. There’s also three Twenty20s scheduled in Lahore from Oct. 5-9.”Inshallah (God willing) they will come, we should hope for the best,” Sarfaraz said on Friday in Karachi.”The Pakistan Cricket Board is trying its best and we should all pray that international cricket should come back to Pakistan.”Sarfaraz added the International Cricket Council and other national boards should come forward and support Pakistan more in its bid to revive international cricket.”The way PCB has worked over the last 10 years, it’s a tremendous effort,” he said.He also noted how quick Pakistan supported Sri Lanka after the Easter Sunday bombings there by sending a junior team to tour.Major teams have avoided Pakistan since the Sri Lanka team bus was attacked by terrorists in 2009. Over the past three years, Pakistan has successfully hosted Zimbabwe, the West Indies, Sri Lanka, and a World XI in limited-overs matches amid intense security.Sarfaraz was confirmed as captain on Friday for both limited-overs series. Babar Azam was named as vice-captain and PCB chairman Ehsan Mani hinted the middle-order batsman could be Pakistan’s future captain in the shorter formats.”This is part of Babar’s gradual development as a future captain and in line with our strategy of introducing a succession plan across the board so that there are no gaps,” Mani said in a statement.advertisementAlso Read | Hardik Pandya trolled over latest Instagram postAlso see:
WTF ‘I hate smoking!’ – John Terry left fuming by cigarette company Goal 17:46 23/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images WTF Aston Villa v Nottingham Forest Aston Villa Nottingham Forest Championship The former England centre-back found his likeness in an unusual place that has left him seething John Terry has been left furious that an Indian cigarette company has used a likeness of him as a health warning on their cartons.Gold Flake have used what appears to be an image of the former England international captain to depict a smoker whose lungs have filled with disease on the front of their packaging. Below the image are the words ‘Smoking Kills’. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing It provoked an angry response from the veteran Aston Villa player, who posted on his Instagram feed: “Disgusting from this company Gold Flake using my image on their cigarettes. I hate smoking!!!”Terry is currently plying his trade in the Championship with the Villans after spending 19 years at Chelsea, where he became an icon of the club, scooping a vast array of silverware, including the 2012 Champions League, five Premier League titles and five FA Cups.
A little over a year ago, Jon Richards grew a beard, and his friends and family loved it and kept giving him compliments, so he decided to grow it longer, but then some problems arose. He found that he had trouble taming the beard’s unruliness for work, so he did some research and decided to try several of the brands that made conditioning oils, balms and waxes to help him tame his beard. “Having tried a few products I found a lot of them to be heavy, greasy, and chasing some kind of “flannel and pine” lumberjack aesthetic; many smelling exactly like wood chips,” said Richards. “My wife was less than thrilled with the scent as was I so I went back to looking for a better oil.”Richards gave up on the heavy-scented products he discovered, searching for something that smelled fresh and clean, but he couldn’t find anything that fit that description and took matters into his own hands. “I decided to try my hand at making a better formula that wasn’t too heavy, used only natural ingredients and fragrances, and above all smelled great,” said Richards. “After a lot of research, testing, I happened upon a combination of oils that worked really well. The fragrance was also refreshing, cooling, and reminiscent of sea air. With a few small tweaks I was able to really hone in on this essence and our first beard oil was born.”He shared his concoction with his co-workers and a designer friend, and it was a hit. He realized he was on to something, so he decided to start a line of beard care products called Beard + Sea. The first product on launch was the oil, and just in time for Movember, Beard + Sea is going to launch a mustache wax. “We wanted to stand apart from other beard care companies really pushing the lumberjack aesthetic,” said Richards. “Every beard care product we make is meant to draw inspiration from the cooling and refreshing nature of the sea.”For more information, visit beardandsea.com. The Best New Men’s Grooming Brands You Need to Know About 10 Best Beard Balms: The Secret to a Tamed and Tangle-Free Beard Get Acquainted With the Military-Approved Skincare Brand Bravo Sierra Editors’ Recommendations Long Hair for Men: Tips for Growing and Maintaining Your Style How to Shave With a Straight Razor
zoomImage Courtesy: DNV GL DNV GL – Maritime has released its second Maritime Forecast to 2050, further developing its concept of “carbon robust” ship design that now evaluates fuel and technology options by comparing the break-even costs of a design to that of the competing fleet of ships.Remi Eriksen, Group President and CEO of DNV GL, said that “the energy transition is undeniable … Last year, more gigawatts of renewable energy were added than those from fossil fuels and this is reflected in where lenders are putting their money.”Following on from the 2017 report, the new Maritime Forecast to 2050 focusses on the challenges of decarbonizing the shipping industry. It examines recent changes in shipping activity and fuel consumption, future developments in the types and levels of cargoes transported, and future regulations, fuels and technology drivers.“Decarbonization will be one of the megatrends that will shape the maritime industry over the next decades, especially in light of the new IMO greenhouse gas strategy,” Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO DNV GL – Maritime.“Combined with the current and future trends in technology and regulations, this means that investment decisions should be examined through a new lens. Therefore, we propose a ‘carbon robust’ approach, which looks at future CO2 regulations and requirements and emphasizes flexibility, safety, and long term competitiveness. With this new framework, we hope to help empower robust decision making on assets.”In the first Maritime Forecast, DNV GL introduced the concept of the “carbon robust” ship. A case study utilizing the model in several vessel designs reveals some striking findings, including that investing in energy efficiency and reduced carbon footprint beyond existing standards can increase the competitiveness of a vessel over its lifetime. The study also suggests that owners of high-emitting vessels could be exposed to significant market risks in 2030 and 2040.The Maritime Forecast predicts a rise of nearly a third (32%) in seaborne-trade measured in tonne-miles for 2016–2030, but only 5% growth over the period 2030–2050. This is based on the results of DNV GL’s updated global model, which is described in detail in the DNV GL Energy Transition Outlook 2018. The model encompasses the global energy supply and demand, and the use and exchange of energy within and between ten world regions.