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While some people need complete quiet when they are working, it seems there are plenty of people who’d rather their workday have a soundtrack. 

A new poll by Accountemps finds that 85% of professionals say they like listening to music at work, with that number going up to 95% for those 18 to 34, while only 66% of those 55 and older agree. Meanwhile, 71% of workers say they are actually more productive when music is played in the office, with pop, rock and country music most likely to increase productivity. 

As for whether offices are allowing people to listen to music these days, it apparently depends. Overall, 44% of workers say it is allowed, and there are no restrictions, while 38% say it’s allowed but there are restrictions, like wearing headphones. Meanwhile, only 9% say it’s completely not allowed at their office.

Source: Accountemps

Anyone who’s worked in the food industry knows it’s a thankless job, and serving food to people can sometimes be completely frustrating. Just how bad can it get? Well, many waiters and waitresses have taken to Twitter to share the most awful and annoying customers they’ve had to deal with, and if any of them sound familiar to you, you should be embarrassed. 

The venting began last week when someone tweeted, “Ppl that work in food are braver than the marines, I SALUTE you, Retail is hell but food…now that’s hell x100. I could never, I’d choke somebody.” The post soon went viral, sparking many folks in the food industry to share how truly bad things can get.

Among the shocking reveals:

  • “This one lady complained about a milkshake that ‘wasn’t made correctly’ so I transferred the same milkshake into a different cup with a new straw and she said it was ‘much better.’”
  • “One of my favorite things about my job is customers asking if we sell wings... i work at wingstop.”
  • “Had an old lady complain one time that her food came out too fast and she wasn’t ready for it. So she sent it back and we had to make one 15 minutes later.”
  • “I use to work at Cheddars & someone literally called and asked how much it was to eat... not to eat anything specific, just to generally eat...We are not a buffet ma’am. I couldn’t help but chuckle on the phone.”
  • “Yesterday a woman ordered a diet pepsi and I poured it myself so I know it was diet and when I brought it over she said ‘this is regular pepsi, it's too sweet’ so I went and got her another diet pepsi and suddenly it was fine I dont understand.”
  • “Had a guy once tell me the salad tasted like the greens came straight from the bag. I told him ‘yeah our garden isn’t working today.’”
  • “Working at Chili’s I had a lady tell me her pickles were too much like cucumbers.”
  • “I had someone ask me for a quesadilla w/ no cheese. She got offended when I offered a taco.”
  • “I once had to remake a man’s nasty footling sub 3 times because I cut it into 1/4th’s instead of just a half and it ‘wouldn’t fill him up’ if he had to eat it in 1/4ths.”
  • “My sister had a full on argument with a woman once because her chicken fried steak wasn’t chicken. She claimed to have ate it lots of times and it was always chicken.” 

Source: The Mail

When you have an infant you may think it’s cute to see them scoot around in an infant walker, hoping it will help speed up the time it takes for them to be walking on their own. But it turns out, these walkers can be really, really dangerous.

A new report is warning parents against using infant walkers, suggesting they are a safety hazard. According to a report in the journal “Pediatrics,” from 1990 to 2014, more than 23,000 children, ages 15 months and younger, were taken to emergency room because of infant walker-related injuries.

The study finds that 91% of those injuries were to the head and neck, while 30% were concussions or skull fractures. Walkers falling down the stairs caused the most of these injuries, while other issues include falls out of the walker, and the walker allowing a child access to something they normally wouldn’t be able to reach, like say the stove. 

These baby walkers are considered so dangerous that the American Academy of Pediatrics has been calling for a ban on them for decades, but they are still on the market at major stores. 

Source: CBS News

There’s always some new study coming out warning us about what we should and shouldn’t be eating to be healthy and today’s no different. But this time the research isn’t telling us our favorite foods are off-limits, it actually shows they could help keep us alive and kicking.

According to a new study, an anti-inflammatory diet that includes wine, chocolate, and beer can help you live longer. Researchers analyzed data from more than 68,000 men and women between 45 and 83 years old and followed them for 16 years. And it turns out, those who most closely followed an anti-inflammatory diet had an 18% lower risk of death over the 16 years.

So what can we eat to cut our risk of an early death by almost 20%? Foods high in anti-inflammatory properties, including fruits, veggies, tea, coffee, olive oil, and nuts. And since chocolate, beer, and wine are also full of antioxidants, we can enjoy those guilt-free - in moderation, of course. On the flip side, inflammatory foods like processed red meat, organ meats, fries, and sodas are still bad news for the body.

The study findings also show a 20% lower risk of dying from heart disease, and a 13% lower risk of dying from cancer, compared to those who followed the diet to a lesser degree. Lead study author Dr. Joanna Kaluza says even partially following the anti-inflammatory diet provides a health benefit, so even if you’re not all in, you’re still better off.

Source: Prima

Dressing for success isn’t just about what you wear to the office, what we wear to the gym can have an effect on our performance as well. Here are a few things you’ll want to ditch from your workout wardrobe ASAP.

  • 100% cotton clothes - Since it absorbs every drop of sweat, you end up feeling like you’re wearing a wet towel. And Navya Mysore points out the more damp it is, the more likely it is to grow bacteria. So skip the old cotton Tees and go for sweat-wicking fabrics made for exercise instead.
  • Worn-out sneakers - Old shoes don’t provide as much cushioning and shock absorption, so they can throw off the alignment of your feet, hips and knees as a result. If the treads on the bottom get flat, the shoes have holes or other signs of disrepair, it’s time to treat yourself to some new sneakers.
  • Regular bras or stretched-out sports bras - You need a supportive sports bra to avoid bouncing, pain, stretching and sagging, ladies.
  • Jewelry - Necklaces can beat on your chest and smack you in the face, or get tangled in your earbuds and rings can affect your grip on the weights and put pressure on your finger, so leave it at home or in the locker room.
  • Too-tight clothes - Compression clothing is designed to let you move while compressing the muscles, so it’s fine, but clothes that are so small they restrict your movement make it hard to get a solid workout. If you can’t bend over properly, raise your arms overhead, or do a full squat, it’s too tight. And restrictive shorts can cause chafing on inner thighs, you definitely don’t want that.
  • Super-baggy clothes - Hiding your body makes it harder for your trainer or instructor to see your form and help correct you.
  • A face full of makeup - Some women do it all the time, but Joshua Zeichner, director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital warns that “when you sweat, dirt and oil can build up under makeup, which leads to irritation and promotes acne breakouts.” So go fresh-faced at the gym to avoid all that.

Source: Women's Health

When you have a limited food budget, grocery shopping can feel intimidating. But instead of thinking about all the things you can’t buy, focus instead on getting the best bang for your buck and add these staples to your grocery list.

  • Frozen veggies - They’ll last a while in the freezer and you get more for your buck than you do with fresh. Plus, some frozen vegetables can be even healthier than fresh because they’re picked at certain times for nutrition.
  • Rotisserie chickens - You can make a lot of meals from that whole, cooked bird.
  • Pasta- It’s cheap, tasty, and versatile, and you can find it on sale all the time.
  • Beans and legumes - Black beans, lentils, and chickpeas are a good source of protein and you can snag cans for less than $1 on sale and they’re even cheaper when you buy them dry.
  • Eggs - They make an easy, cheap breakfast or dinner in a flash.
  • Fresh produce that’s in season - Learn which fruits and veggies are in season because they’re always less expensive.
  • Potatoes - They get a bad rap from carb-avoiders, but potatoes are pretty nutritious and they’re a bargain. Spuds are high in magnesium and potassium and can be used in lots of dishes.
  • Oats - Start the day with a filling breakfast on the cheap with oats. They’re healthy and delicious and you can customize them just the way you like.

Source: Insider

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