If you can catch fat from the people around you, this may make sense: Your office can make you fat. Is all that sitting making you wider? Although office snacks might boost morale are they also sabotaging your health? The conclusion, based on increases in sick days, is yes. It has been shown that just the sight or smell of candy, cookies, donuts and other sugary sweet concoctions triggers a desire to eat some.
In the future, everyone may have an avatar–a double who does tasks that you don’t want to perform. Your avatar will make a better impression than you would and, since you program it, everyone else it deals with (who may be avatars themselves) will know that its decisions are the same as yours.
Does your boss drive you nuts? You can’t get a new job in this recession, but you would swear this guy acts like an ape: bullying workers under him, strutting around, puffing out his chest, preening himself, adding touches of bright color (like a red tie) to his outfits. It might make you feel better to know that this is chimpanzee behavior!
The Oct. 7th edition of the Independent, Kathy Marks quotes researcher Jeffrey Braithwaite as saying, “From an evolutionary point of view, about 200 species are known to strut and puff out their chests. Homo sapiens evolved over two million years to be tribal and hierarchical, and it’s really not much different from other species at the evolutionary, biological level. Perhaps it’s imprinted on our genes.
If you look around any organization, chances are you’ll be able to find at least one person whose negative behavior affects the rest of the group to varying degrees. Just one negative person in an office or other organization can have powerful and often detrimental influence on the others. Where in the US are workers happiest? The UNhappiest workers are in the Middle Atlantic states (NY, NJ and PA), with the West South Central region (TX, OK, AR, LA) coming in second. The most content workers tend to reside in the Mountain states (MT, ID, WY, NV, UT, CO, AZ, NM), where 56% percent of all workers say they are satisfied with their job.