6 Tips For Staying Fit When Your Schedules Too Packed


You most likely know that exercising, sleeping and healthy eating should be at the top of your priority list. When you exercise regularly, you’re more positive, energetic, productive and creative. That all translates into making you a more effective entrepreneur who can generate more revenue and create a bigger impact in the world.
But maintaining a consistent fitness routine on top of being a productive entrepreneur isn’t a walk in the park (although even that would be better than nothing). A business leader’s average day consists of working from a to-do list, dealing with clients, managing a small team, racing against deadlines and replying to emails — our favorite.
It’s easy to fall into the trap of believing there’s no time to have a life beyond work, much less one that carves out time for regular exercise. But personal health doesn’t have to become a daunting task that commands large chunks of your day.
As an entrepreneur, you’re adept at using your time and energy in the most efficient way possible. You can apply the same mindset to fitness if you follow these six core principles.

1. Schedule your workout.

You schedule doctor appointments, date nights with your significant other (hopefully) and important business meetings. So why not schedule workout time? After all, without personal health, we can’t achieve our best possible versions of ourselves.
Outline a weekly schedule and include an exercise block, preferably at the same time each day. Seeing this item regularly on your calendar will decrease the odds that you’ll skip out on a commitment you’ve made to yourself.

2. Sleep smarter.

Sleep is your foundation to maintain fitness routines and function at your peak performance level as an entrepreneur. Like workouts, sleep must be scheduled.
Studies have shown that healthy sleep habits can help you keep your waistline under control. Sleep also plays a positive role in increasing your creativity, productivity, energy levels and decision-making abilities.
What you do in the hour before bed is one of the biggest barriers to attaining quality, consistent sleep. Intelligent sleeping starts with self-discipline. Create sleep rituals to “automate” this important habit.

3. Start a culture of health and fitness at work.

It’s no secret that support, accountability and enjoyment increase the likelihood you’ll stick to your goals. However, the
the biggest predictor of success often lies in the quality of your environment.
If you spend most of your time in an office, why not make fitness a part of the conversation? Build a health-minded community within your workplace. Unlike friends, whose lifestyles and schedules might be markedly different than yours, colleagues and peers understand the daily demands and intricacies of your work life. These coworkers can provide a solid network of support.
You might start with an office-wide weight-loss challenge or a display board to tally the progress toward weekly walking or running goals. You also can turn to the internet health community for support. A wide variety of fitness sites offer sample workout plans and video tutorials. You even can download health and nutrition information to develop homegrown seminars to further educate team members in your office.

4. Get creative and multitask.

Many entrepreneurs spend way too much time sitting at their desks and at cafes in meetings. During the busiest of days, separating exercise time from work may not be realistic. Life happens.
But it’s still no excuse to skip activity altogether for the day. If work is that hectic, the most logical solution is integrating exercise into your daily workflow.
A favorite strategy of mine — famously used by Steve Jobs — is to hold walking meetings. Instead of sitting at the cafe talking, get some activity in while conducting business. Take the stairs, park your car farther from the door, walk to your favorite lunch spot or invest in a treadmill or standing desk.

5. Make high-intensity training your friend.

When you’re short on time or traveling frequently, you must maximize every moment. During workouts, focus on quality instead of quantity and prioritize intensity over duration. Choose full body workouts, circuit-training intervals and other high-intensity methods to optimize your workouts. These tactics reduce the time you need in the gym to build muscle and lose fat.

6. Have a Plan B.

Whether it’s an impromptu work meeting, traffic on the way home, a family commitment or an unexpected setback on a
project, you will face unforeseen circumstances. Establishing a backup plan ahead of time is essential to fail-proof your fitness.
If you can’t make it to the gym for your scheduled session, seek other forms of movement to continue your daily exercise habit. Alternatively, you could invest in some kettlebells or a TRX for some home workouts. Any regular activity is better than nothing.
The busy life of an entrepreneur or small-business owner makes it tempting to come up with excuses for diverting your time elsewhere. But achieving healthy fitness levels doesn’t require marathon exercise sessions. At a minimum, 30 minutes can be plenty, and that’s only around 2 percent of your day (nothing in the grand scheme of things).
Small, intelligent actions can help you take control of your health and maximize your effectiveness as an entrepreneur.

Top 15 Bizarre True Stories


This list was compiled by the co-editor of the Fortean Times, a Journal of Strange Phenomena, a monthly British magazine.
1. Bees who pay their respects
Margaret Bell, who kept bees in Leintwardine, about 7 miles from her home in Ludlow, Shropshire (England), died in June 1994. Soon after her funeral, mourners were amazed to see hundreds of bees settle on the corner of the street opposite the house where she had lived for 26 years. The bees stayed for an hour before buzzing off over the rooftops. The local press ran a photograph of the bees hanging on the wall in a cluster.
2. Phantom Car Crash
On December 11, 2002, two motorists called police to report seeing a car veering off the A3 trunk road with headlights blazing at Burpham in Surrey. A thorough search uncovered a car concealed in dense undergrowth and the long-dead driver nearby. It turned out that the crash had actually happened five months earlier when the driver, Christopher Chandler, had been reported missing by his brother.
3. Enigmatic Earth Divot
Am irregular shaped hole, about 10ft by 7ft with 2ft vertical sides, was found on a remote farm near Grand Coulee, Washington State, in October 1984. It had not been there a month earlier. ‘Dribblings’ of earth and stones led to a three-ton grass-covered earth divot 75 ft away. It was almost as if the divot had been removed with a gigantic cookie cutter, except that roots dangled intact from the vertical side of both hold and slab. There were no clues such as vehicle tracks and an earthquake was thought very unlikely.
4. Balloon Buddies
Laura Buxton released a helium filled balloon during celebrations for her grandparents’ gold wedding anniversary in Blurton, Staffordshire, in June 2001. Attached to the balloon was her name and address and a note asking the finder to write back. Ten days later she received a reply. The balloon had been found by another Laura Buxton in the garden hedge of her home in Pewsey, Wiltshire, 140 miles away. Both Lauras were ages 10 and both had three year old black Labradors, a guinea pig, and a rabbit.
5. Hum Misty for Me
A noise a bit like amplifier feedback had been heard for three years coming from the right ear of a Welsh pony called Misty, according to the Vetinary Record (April 1995). It varied in intensity but stayed at a constant pitch of 7 kHz. Hearing a buzzing in one’s ears is called Subjective Tinnitus; much rarer is when others can also hear the noise. This is called Objective Tinnitus and the cause is still largely a matter of debate.
6. Whirlwind Children
A nine-year old Chinese girl was playing in Songjian near Shanghai, in July 1992 when she was carried off by a whirlwind and deposited unhurt in a treetop almost two miles away. According to a wire report from May 1986, a freak wind lifted up 13 children in the oasis of Hami in Western China and deposited them unharmed in sand dunes and scrub 12 miles away.
7. Riverside Mystery
Gloria Ramirez, 31, died of Kidney failure at Riverside General Hospital, California, in February 1994, after being rushed there with chest pains. Emergency room staff were felled by ‘fumes’ when a blood sample was taken. A strange oily sheen on the woman’s skin and unexplained white crystals in her blood were reported. A doctor suffered liver and lung damage, and bone necrosis. At least 23 other people were affected. One hypothesis was that Ramirez, who had had cervical cancer, had taken a cocktail of medicines that combined to make an insecticide (organophospate) but tests yielded no clue.
8. Boulders in Trees
In April 1997, a turkey hunter in Yellowwood State Forest, Indiana, came upon a huge sandstone boulder wedged between three branches of an oak tree about 35 feet from the ground. The arrow shaped rock was estimated to weight 500lb. Subsequently, four more large boulders were found wedged high up in trees elsewhere in the forest. All were in remote areas. None of the trees were damaged and there were no signs of heavy equipment begin used or of tornado damage and no one recalled any mishaps involving dynamite anywhere nearby.
9. Helpful Voices
While on holiday a woman, referred to by the British Medical Journal (1997) as AB, heard two voices in her head telling her to return home immediately. Back in London the voices gave her an address that turned out to be a hospital’s brain scan department. The voices told her to ask for a scan as she had a brain tumour and her brain stem was inflamed. Though she had no symptoms, a scan was eventually arranged and she did indeed have a tumour. After an operation, AB heard the voices again: ‘We are pleased to have helped you,’ they said ‘Good-bye.’ AB made a full recovery.
10. La Mancha Negro
A Hazard unique to Venezuelan highways is a slippery goo called La Mancha Negra (the black stain), although it is more of a sludge with the consistency of chewing gum. Although the government has spent millions of dollars in research, no one knows what the goo is and where it comes from, or how to get rid of it. It first appeared in 1987 on the road from Caracas to the airport, covering 50 yards, and spread inexorably every year. By 1992 it was a major road hazard all around the capital and it was claimed 1,800 motorists had died after losing control. The problem remains to this day.
11. Postcard Farewell
When Jim Wilson’s father died in Natal, South Africa, in April 1967, both Jim, living in England, and his sister Muriel, living in Holland, were informed. Muriel contacted her husband who was on business in Portugal, and he flew to South Africa right away. Changing planes at Las Palmas airport in the Canary Islands, he bought a postcard showing holidaymakers on Margate Beach, Natal, and sent it to Muriel. It was she who noticed that the photograph showed her father walking up the beach.
12. Notecase from the Sky
In October 1975 Mrs Lynn Connolly was hanging washing in her garden in the Quadrant, Hull, when she felt a sharp tap on the top of her head. It was caused by a small silver notecase, 63mm by 36.5mm, hinged, containing a used notepad with 13 sheets left. It was marked with the initials ‘SE’, ‘C8’, ‘TB’ (or ‘JB’) and ‘Klaipea’, a Lithuanian seaport. No one claimed it at the police station, so it was returned to Mrs Connolly. It seems likely it fell only a short distance but from where? If it had dropped from a plane, it would have given her more than a tap.
13. Fiery Persecution
The village of Canneto di Caronia on Sicily’s north coast has been plagued by mysterious fires. The trouble began on January 20, 2004, when a TV caught fire. Then things in neighbourhood houses began to burn, including washing machines, mobile phones, mattresses, chairs and even the insulation on water pipes. The electricity company cut off all power, as did the railway company, but the fires continued. Experts of all kinds carried out tests, but no explanation was found. The village was evacuated in February, but when people returned in March the fires resumed. Police ruled out a pyromaniac after they saw wires bursting into flames.
14. Bovine Enigma
On June 28, 2002, in the middle of a spate of unexplained cattle mutilations in Argentina, something macabre was found in a field near suco, west of Rio Cuarto in San Luis province. Nineteen cows were stuffed into a sheet metal water tank, closed with a conical cap. Nine were drowned, the rest barely alive, having endured freezing temperatures, not to mention the shock of their lives.
15. Boy Turns into a Yam
Three pupils of the Evangelist Primary School in the northern Nigerian town of Maiduguri rushed into the headmistresses office in March 2000 and said that a fellow pupil had been transformed into a yam after accepting a sweet from a stranger. The headmistress found the root tuber and took it to the police station for safe-keeping. Following local radio reports, hundreds of people flocked to see the yam and police were hunting for the sweet-giver. What happened next failed to reach the media.

Miss Bumbum Erika Canela é contra dietas radicais:’Sou do feijão e do ovo’


A baiana Erika Canela, eleita Miss Bumbum Brasil 2016 em concurso nacional disputadíssimo, começou o ano novo de forma leve e sem neuras. Desde que foi coroada como a brasileira com o atributo nacional mais perfeito do país, ela admite não seguir dietas radicais e confessa que não mudou em nada a alimentação nos últimos meses: “Não me venham com frango e batata doce sou do feijão e do ovo”, afirma ela, que caprichou na calcinha fio dental em ensaio sensual.
Erika também ressaltou que não liga para as críticas e polêmicas envolvendo seus cabelos pintados de loiro. “As pessoas perguntam porque se sou loira ou morena. Eu respondo que eu sou negra e gosto de cabelos loiros, qual o problema?”, resume ela, que já está na contagem regressiva para o carnaval. Ela sairá pela Unidos de Vila Maria e desfilará pela primeira vez no sambódromo paulistano: “Sonho perfeito”

2017, Time To Let Go For A Happier And Hopeful New You

Walk away from these things right away for a better and happier year.

For this year’s new year resolution, do something different. Think of all the things that can affect you not just physically but mentally and emotionally too. Pledge to work on your overall wellbeing this year. Here are things you must move on from in the beginning of 2017 itself:

Toxic friends: You need to get rid of friends who treat you as convenience stores and drain you emotionally. They don’t want you to succeed and will put you down most of the times. Whether it is discouraging your weight loss plans or playing mind games to confuse you all the time.

Heartbreak: If you have experienced a heartbreak in 2016, it’s time to work hard to move on this year. Get it out of your system because the person does not deserve your tears or hatred. So don’t waste your time and energy on them. Start your new life with enthusiasm and look forward to better things in life.

What people say: Someone may be better than you academically, or at a better position in a professional life. Then there’ll be someone married with kids at your age while people still bug you for choosing to live independently. Forget what people say and live your dream. You know what is best for you. Remember that from the first week of 2017.

Grudges: Fighting or arguments with friends, colleagues or your loved ones are a part and parcel of your life. But don’t hold on to grudges now. People around you can have different opinions and perceptions. Accept that fact. Let go off all the grudges this year so that you can be at peace mentally.

Underestimating yourself: Stop thinking that others are better than you. It can affect your self-esteem in many ways and also make you under-confident. This lack of confidence will affect you not just professionally but emotionally too. It is time you start analyzing your capabilities and make the best of it.

Laziness: It’s important to sleep 7-8 hours a day but anything more than that is being lazy. You must rest when required but you’ll have to work hard at all other times. If you want to succeed and make the most of your time. Stop procrastinating and just planning. It’s time to execute your plans this year.

Useless feelings: We all get hurt, feel disappointed, offended at several occasions. But what is important is that you don’t allow these feelings to affect your overall wellbeing. Learn to be practical this year and leave all those useless feelings that hold you back.

Struggle to be perfect: Mental peace and happiness are more important than being perfect. No one is perfect and that’s the thing you need to keep in mind. So don’t struggle to prove yourself all the time and do everything perfectly. Prioritize and things that are not in your control are best delegated to others. There is no harm in taking help.

Giving excuses: Is the cold weather your excuse for not going to the gym? Or just because your maid is on leave, are you going to eat out all week? Stop using excuses to not follow a healthy lifestyle. Get rid of all of them at the beginning of this year.

Katie Holmes shares rare pics of Suri after fun birthday weekend


We’re bowled over!
Katie Holmes may have celebrated her 38th birthday over the weekend with a trip to the bowling alley, but she gave us the present: photos of herself and a now-10-year-old Suri.

Ten years old! Time does fly.

De biquíni, Zilu exibe boa forma e arranca elogios dos seguidores


Zilu mostrou que está em ótima forma! A loira postou uma foto em seu Instagram, de biquíni na beira da piscina, exibindo um corpaço.

“Texto lindo que recebi e vou compartilhar com vcs!! AME-SE! “Esta vida vai passar rápido, não brigue com as pessoas, não critique tanto seu corpo, não reclame tanto, não perca o sono pelas contas, não deixe de beijar seus amores, não preocupe-se tanto em deixar a casa impecável, deixe os cachorros mais por perto, não fique guardando as taças, use os talheres novos, não economize tanto seu perfume predileto, use-o para passear com você mesmo, gaste seu tênis predileto, repita suas roupas prediletas, e daí? Se não é errado, por que não ser agora? Por que não dar uma fugida? Por que não rezar agora ao invés de esperar para rezar antes de dormir? Por que não ligar agora? Por que não perdoar agora? Espera-se muito o natal, a sexta-feira, o outro ano, quando tiver dinheiro, quando o amor chegar, quando for perfeito… Olha, não vai ser perfeito, o ser humano não consegue atingir isso porque ele simplesmente não foi feito para se completar aqui… Então, aproveite este ensaio da vida e faça o agora!!!” (Texto: @marcelataisoficial) Feliz 2017!“, escreveu a ex-mulher de Zezé Di Camargo, que arrancou elogios de seus seguidores.

Lena Dunhan Flaunts Body on Glamour Magazine Cover


Magazines are more than happy to keep up the illusion that stars — actresses in particular — are flawless when it comes to their appearance. But Lena Dunham prefers to keep it real.

On the cover of the February issue of Glamour, the Girls creator and star stands beside co-stars Allison Williams, Zosia Mamet, and Jemima Kirke in a pair of supershort shorts, her cellulite in full view. Gasp!

The photo is different from others on women’s magazines — that’s for sure — but it’s not unlike what most women (and many men, for that matter) see in the mirror every single day. It’s worth noting that Kerry Washington, Kate Winslet, and other leading ladies have publicly complained in the past about being excessively Photoshopped to remove any sign of imperfection.

On Tuesday, Dunham took to Instagram to explain her choice to bare her unairbrushed body on the cover of a magazine.

“Okay, here goes: throughout my teens I was told, in no uncertain terms, that I was f***ing funny looking. Potbelly, rabbit teeth, knock knees- I could never seem to get it right and it haunted my every move,” she captioned a photo that showed her brushing her teeth. “I posed as the sassy confident one, secretly horrified and hurt by careless comments and hostility. Let’s get something straight: I didn’t hate what I looked like- I hated the culture that was telling me to hate it. When my career started, some people celebrated my look but always through the lens of ‘isn’t she brave? Isn’t it such a bold move to show THAT body on TV?’ Then there were the legions of trolls who made high school teasing look like a damned joke with the violent threats they heaped on, the sickening insults that made me ache for teen girls like me who might be reading my comments.”

Okay, here goes: throughout my teens I was told, in no uncertain terms, that I was fucking funny looking. Potbelly, rabbit teeth, knock knees- I could never seem to get it right and it haunted my every move. I posed as the sassy confident one, secretly horrified and hurt by careless comments and hostility. Let's get something straight: I didn't hate what I looked like- I hated the culture that was telling me to hate it. When my career started, some people celebrated my look but always through the lens of "isn't she brave? Isn't it such a bold move to show THAT body on TV?" Then there were the legions of trolls who made high school teasing look like a damned joke with the violent threats they heaped on, the sickening insults that made me ache for teen girls like me who might be reading my comments. Well, today this body is on the cover of a magazine that millions of women will read, without photoshop, my thigh on full imperfect display. Whether you agree with my politics, like my show or connect to what I do, it doesn't matter- my body isn't fair game. No one's is, no matter their size, color, gender identity, and there's a place for us all in popular culture to be recognized as beautiful. Haters are gonna have to get more intellectual and creative with their disses in 2017 because none of us are going to be scared into muumuus by faceless basement dwellers, or cruel blogs, or even our partners and friends. Thank you to the women in Hollywood (and on Instagram!) leading the way, inspiring and normalizing the female form in EVERY form, and thank you to @glamourmag for letting my cellulite do the damn thing on news stands everywhere today ❤️ Love you all.

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“Well, ” she continued, “today this body is on the cover of a magazine that millions of women will read, without photoshop, my thigh on full imperfect display. Whether you agree with my politics, like my show or connect to what I do, it doesn’t matter- my body isn’t fair game. No one’s is, no matter their size, color, gender identity, and there’s a place for us all in popular culture to be recognized as beautiful. Haters are gonna have to get more intellectual and creative with their disses in 2017 because none of us are going to be scared into muumuus by faceless basement dwellers, or cruel blogs, or even our partners and friends. Thank you to the women in Hollywood (and on Instagram!) leading the way, inspiring and normalizing the female form in EVERY form, and thank you to @glamourmag for letting my cellulite do the damn thing on news stands everywhere today. Love you all.”

The petite Dunham has long been the target of body shamers, and she’s been outspoken in fighting back against them. In 2015, she said that she had changed her social media habits because the hate had become so intense. For example, she stopped looking at Twitter, and she once removed a photo of herself wearing boyfriend Jack Antonoff’s boxers from Instagram.

“It wasn’t a graphic picture — I was wearing men’s boxers,” she said. “And it turned into the most rabid, disgusting debate about women’s bodies, and my Instagram page was somehow the hub for misogynists for the afternoon.”

There are always going to be haters, but it sounds like Dunham isn’t listening anymore.

Top Style Trends for Women to Rock in 2017


Get ahead of the curve with these simple spring styling flourishes – from lightening up our outerwear, to layering and embracing the new IT shoe, these are the biggest trends that will see you starting 2017 in style.

Shocking Pink

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Although green is the official Pantone colour of 2017, in every fashion capital designers have adopted the pretty pink hue. But it’s not your average saccharine shade – Celine, Balenciaga and Valentino flooded the catwalks with their own renditions of hot pink dresses, from candy, deep cherry and raspberry, providing a sweet new way to see fashion through rose-tinted shades. Cheering too, on a dull January day.

Super Stripes

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It doesn’t matter what the season it is, there’s seems to be always wriggle room in our wardrobe for stripes, but spring is where the linear look really shines. The button-up shirt is a key player and easy place to start, or for something fresh look to the bright and bold knit dress, which featured everywhere from Altuzarra to Proenza Schouler.

Maximalist Denim

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Designers including Dolce & Gabbana, Dsqaured2 and Phillip Plein couldn’t resist maximising denim and morphing it into an idea that’s thoroughly dressed up. Think luxe brocade finishes, charms and trinkets, embroidered patches, and rhinestones all over. Go extreme in the look in a sequin top or tone down the style with a plain white tee.


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The runways of Molly Goodard, Dior and Valentino were littered with lithe models in silk tulle full skirts. And now footwear has fallen in line with the dancer theme, with basic ballerina shoes getting an upgrade with chic lace-up details. Come down a notch or two with the new-look ballet flat.

Square Up

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The number of iconic gingham moments are endless – Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz, Brigitte Bardot saying her “I do”s in a pink check number and Jane Fonda encapsulating Americana style in the western Cat Ballou. Despite a retro appeal, the charming check print enjoyed a major revival on the spring runways. Traditionally girlish and youthful, the gingham pattern is completely appropriate for grown-ups. Opt for ladylike silhouettes, tailored blouses, midi dresses and classic blue or black and white combinations.

The Trench

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There’s a myriad of reasons why a trench coat is so endlessly covetable and for spring, designers have fallen in love with the enduring classic. From Balenciaga’s giant squared off-shoulder, Simone Rocha’s deconstructed version and Marni’s entire collection being inspired by the chic topper, buckle up as this is the year of the trench.

Pattern Party

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After a long winter, refresh your look with this season’s Seventies print offerings – the brighter the better. From high-contrast blossoms at Balenciaga, geometric shapes at Givenchy and psychedelic swirls at Prada, it all adds up to a dizzying yet delicious effect.

Layer Up

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Each season we’re presented with a perplexing styling trick – for spring it’s the dresses-over-trousers combination. It’s more than just a trend, though; the pairing is an easy way to give new life to tired staples and remix the most basic of pieces. Pay attention to the length of dress – a knee to midi-length hem is perfect. If you’re going for a longer length, make sure there is a revealing slit to get a pop of your trousers underneath, otherwise what’s the point?

‘Atlanta’ Takes Home Two Golden Globes


FX’s critically acclaimed “Atlanta” has won the Golden Globe for best television series comedy in its first year of eligibility.

The win continues a five-year streak of first-time nominees taking the prize, following Amazon’s “Mozart In the Jungle” (a first-time nominee in its second season) and “Transparent,” Fox’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” and HBO’s “Girls.”

“Atlanta,” created by and starring “Community” veteran Donald Glover, is the first FX series to ever land a nomination in the category. It triumphed over a formidable slate of nominees including “Mozart,” “Transparent,” ABC’s “Black-ish,” and HBO’s “Veep.”

“This is incredible,” Glover said in disbelief. “I want to thank Atlanta and all the black folks in Atlanta, for real. For being alive and being amazing people.”

Since its Sept. 6 bow, “Atlanta” has emerged as one of the strongest new contenders on the small screen awards scene, landing key nominations from the Producers Guild and Writers Guild in recent weeks and was the only half-hour series besides “Veep” to crack AFI’s top 10 TV list.

The series also ranked as the best reviewed new show of the year on Metacritic, and topped Variety critic Sonia Saraiya’s picks for the best TV of 2016.

Is Your Junior Staff Happy? Check on Their Wellbeing



The influx of young staff entering the workforce are increasingly expecting employers to provide fulfilment and work-life balance alongside a good salary. Yet, many managers are seemingly failing to acknowledge the shift in staff expectations with junior staff members ranking as the least happy within the workforce.

Your organisation’s future stars may very well be within your junior ranks, as previously demonstrated by rise of the likes of celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey, former General Electric boss Jack Welch and shelf-stacker-turned-Tesco boss Terry Leahy.


‘Junior’ and ‘assistant’ roles within companies are an important way for many ambitious career starters to forge their career in a particular industry or company. Meanwhile, for employers, hiring junior staff provides support to key existing staff on administrative and low touch tasks, allowing them to focus on important profit-driving duties.

Their energy, youthful insight, skills and growth prospects are also important to giving company growth a boost.

However, research into workplace happiness from office search engine  OfficeGenie.co.uk suggests that employers are not doing enough to cater for their junior staff.

The survey of 2,000 UK office workers found poor remuneration levels, overworking and the low quality of work on offer were among the major factors causing disgruntlement among junior staff.

Some 62% of junior staff feel they deserve to earn a higher wage and 75% want a pay rise and, despite feeling overworked, nearly a third (32%) of junior staff admit to not feeling fulfilled while 29% felt they weren’t being challenged in their role.

The denial of flexible working opportunities is also denting the morale of junior employees, with 46% believe working from home would improve their happiness.

When nearly half of junior staff report feeling overworked (46%), flexible working could provide a welcome solution. It may also help to prevent the presenteeism found among junior staff. Some 64% admit to going into work when they are ill – compared to 47% of senior management and 43% of business owners.

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CMI’s own Quality of Working Life 2016 report found that managers put in 29 extra days of work a year which cancels out the typical holiday entitlement of 28 days, with 54% of managers saying their working hours have a negative effect on their stress levels.

Sometimes, however, all that is wanted may even just be a bit of recognition from their colleagues. Almost a quarter (23%) of junior workers wanted more praise to help improve their motivation – more than any other level of seniority.

Peter Ames, head of strategy at OfficeGenie.co.uk, said: “The fact junior staff are the least happy is alarming but not surprising when you consider they appear to be underpaid, undervalued and denied basic rights such as flexible working.

“While junior staff may expect a lack of experience to result in a slightly lower paycheque – flexible working is a fairly universal right. It comes down to trust, I’d suggest that the more you trust employees by allowing things such as flexible working, the more you will get out of them.”


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From tech giants Google to sportswear firm Under Armour to medium-sized healthy fast food chain LEON, companies are increasingly investing in ‘staff happiness’ programmes to boost employee morale and engagement and are seeing results.

LEON, for example, achieved a 46% growth in earnings totaling £2.26million this year, and its founder John Vincent attributed the rise due to the company’s good relations with its staff.

In addition to paying its 600 staff the National Living Wage three months before legislation made it compulsory, LEON has also established a £600,000 programme of wellbeing and development events and training, equating to almost £1,000 per employee, which has seen employees receive massages and mindfulness classes.