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Lunchtime Links: A Survey for the Stressed

By Anita Ferrer / Aug 23, 2013 (iStockphoto/Thinkstock)

A new survey shows most Americans suffer from stress at the office. How can workers turn that around? Also: Facebook page managers on the go get a little more flexibility on mobile.

Stress is a human being’s response to his or her environment. If more than half of Americans are stressed daily due to work, what does that say about their employers?

More on that topic in today’s Lunchtime Links:

Don’t just stress: According to a new study, 65 percent of workers from the United States say they are stressed daily, while just 6 percent say they are never stressed, according to a recent survey by Monster.com. Those numbers could be a product of company culture, quality of life, or excessive workload. “In manageable doses, pressure can motivate us and act as a catalyst for achievement,” Mary Ellen Slayter, a career expert for Monster.com, told Business News Daily. “Recognizing the difference between healthy, inspiring pressure and distracting, disheartening stress is crucial to workplace success.”

Manage your “Likes” on the go: Facebook page managers may not always have the benefit of a laptop nearby when updating their accounts, but the latest version of the company’s Page Manager app for iOS and Android could make things easier. The latest updates give managers more authority on the go—including the ability to tag other users in comments, add and remove admin access, and upload multiple photos on a single post—all things the desktop version could do, but the app previously couldn’t. Speaking of photos, the change came with the announcement of a useful partnership for advertisers on Facebook—the company will now allow users to add stock photos from Shutterstock to their ads at no additional cost. Get more details on the company’s Facebook for Business blog.

Have a productive lunch: If you’re reading this during lunch, listen up. This is the last time you eat lunch in front of your computer. (Though, clearly, you should come back and read this later. We’ll still be here. Promise.) According to Fast Company leadership writer Laura Vanderkam, valuable work experiences can be missed when you eat lunch at your desk. Lunchtime can be a great opportunity for teams to collaborate and for workers to unwind and even brainstorm or talk with a coworker they’ve never spent time with. That half-hour or hour could also be productive if you have something to accomplish within that time frame. For instance, as reported in Vanderkam’s article for Fast Company, British consultant Jessica Roscoe takes 30 minutes of lunch to work on her side business, The Creative Mumma, which offers educational and coaching services. What are your lunchtime productivity tricks?

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Anita Ferrer

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