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Tuesday, 18 October, 2011, 12:00am

Paid leave key for stressed workers

It seems rising stress levels are taking a toll on the city's workforce.

While a global survey finds that workers around the world say pay is the most important factor when deciding if a job is attractive, Hongkongers rate paid leave days at the top of their concerns.

22 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Find ways to ease classroom stress

Stress and education seem to go hand-in-hand too often in Hong Kong. Teachers and students regularly complain about having to do too much work in the classroom and after school. As another school year starts, those concerns are again being expressed.

1 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Stressed teachers suffer in silence

Up to 40 per cent of teachers suffer anxiety because of work stress, but most of them say they are too busy to seek expert help, a study has found.

The online study, conducted in November and December last year, showed that teachers work an average of 11.6 hours a day and spent about 2.6 more hours on work-related training or studies.

29 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Racy police blogger hit 'send' too soon

Think before you blog.

If there is one clear message from the saga of the online posting of photographs of Hong Kong policewomen clowning around, that is it.

15 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

New light on 'fight or flight'

For thousands of years, ever since humans first came down from the trees - only to meet greater dangers - we have developed biological mechanisms to protect us. The visual receptors in our eyes can react to stimuli - such as fast-moving leopards and cars - in tenths of milliseconds. We are built to react quickly and efficiently.

3 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Health must come first

Overworking is a new social problem. Most people think a white-collar job is the best, because it earns people a high salary. People also think these jobs don't require much effort, as you sit in an office all day.

18 May 2011 - 12:00am

The WOW factor

The name may not conjure up anything you'd want to smell like, but Lush's Gorilla perfumes will not actually make you smell like an ape. The new collection features seven powerful scents hand-blended by Lush perfumers - from its signature Tuca Tuca inspired by a playful Italian pop song and fruity Orange Blossom to the refreshing Smell of Freedom.

20 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

The dark side of perfection

The film Black Swan is about a ballet dancer called Nina who wants to be a perfect dancer. She finally gets the chance to dance the roles of the White Swan and Black Swan in Swan Lake

She wants to give the perfect performance. But she can't handle the pressure and begins to go insane.

3 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Mental patients cause stress for carers

Caregivers for mental patients suffer high levels of stress, a survey by Baptist Oi Kwan Social Service and City University of 276 such caregivers found. Eccentric and suicidal behaviour and unstable emotions caused the most stress in caregivers, 64 per cent of whom want the Hospital Authority to provide 24-hour emergency support services to ease their stress.

1 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Severe stress hits 1 in 15; turn new leaf, they're told

Under stress? Then drink green tea.

That is the advice of the Health Department for the more than 300,000 people said to be suffering from severe psychological stress.

A survey by the department found 6.7 per cent of the respondents suffered such distress, meaning they had temporary or long-term negative emotions.

23 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Prevention is better than cure

Last week we looked at the extent of workplace stress in Hong Kong and its causes and implications. In the final part of the series, we examine some possible solutions.

The new mantra for successful personnel management, especially in Hong Kong's stressful work environment, is 'fix it before it's broken', according to a senior human resources executive.

19 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Don't put things off till tomorrow

I am writing in response to the letter 'Tomorrow, the future of today' (Young Post, March 24). We always say we have a lot of time and we put things off till tomorrow. But that's just an excuse. I like the Spanish proverb which says, 'Tomorrow is often the busiest day of the week'.

19 May 2010 - 12:00am

HK learns to deal with stress

One surprise in the findings of a recent business survey was that Hong Kong's privately held businesses reportedly coped with the stresses of last year much better than their counterparts around the world. That was the headline conclusion of a study commissioned by international accountancy firm Grant Thornton but, as with many such broad-based analyses, the devil is in the detail.

10 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

A guide to truly happy meals

Jennifer asks: As stress and my workload pile up, late nights become inevitable. That weakens my immune system and often leaves me tired during the day. What can I do to alleviate this problem?

Wynnie says: Stress is a normal evolutionary reaction - it's a way of helping you protect yourself in tough situations such as facing physical danger, or sitting exams.

14 Mar 2010 - 12:00am