Sunday, December 14, 2014
The stereotypical water cooler is where office workers gather to engage in random chitchat, with topics ranging from the latest baseball game to changes in company policy. It also helps workers with a way to beat the dreaded mid-day slump. Scuttlebutt The proverbial water cooler started with 19th-century sailors’ early version of the water cooler: the scuttlebutt, a large cask with a hole cut into it for easy access to drinking water. The word is a portmanteau of "scuttle" (to sink a ship by cutting holes into it, circa 17th century) and "butt" (a large cask).
Friday, December 12, 2014
Many people wrestle with feeling sleepy in the afternoon during their work day. Despite having a good night’s sleep and cup of coffee, your eyes feel heavy, you lose your focus, and you picture your desk as one big pillow. You want nothing but sleep, but your boss needs that report by the end of the day. Tough luck, pal. The afternoon slump is normal for humans. According to the National Sleep Foundation, for the daytime hours the strongest sleep drive kicks in between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Teens have broader circadian "dips," between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Your boss may not allow you to take a one-hour siesta anytime soon, but you can stay awake during the afternoon by keeping these tips in mind.