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Exclusive: ‘High Times’ magazine to go public – sources – The iconic marijuana magazine is set to launch an initial public offering as the pot industry booms. http://ow.ly/ehLn50d4Gdc

Dear international friends, here is a simple way to learn more about my country, #singapore 🙂 http://ow.ly/c8n230aYtnt

Drones travel far to get off the ground – Amazon or UPS packages won’t be dropped by drones anytime soon, but drones are finally getting a flight plan for business. And it starts in Rwanda. http://ow.ly/q2Zy50068mA

The conflict is over the restrictions that are restricted to equity by compensation in his package http://ow.ly/VgEt30008qf

Will Arctic chill dampen Valentine’s Day heat? – Retailers usually expect a nearly $20 billion bonanza on a Valentine’s Day weekend — but with an Arctic chill forecast for parts of the United States, will paramours be able to keep alive the retail heat? Mana Rabiee reports. http://ow.ly/3bgoWp

Oregon governor plans minimum wage hike – The minimum wage in Portland could increase to $15.52 an hour, and $13.50 an hour in the rest of the state, according to a plan unveiled by Oregon Governor, Kate Brown. Jillian Kitchen reports. http://ow.ly/3a9lb0

Mustard prices surge, squeezing producers – Mustard prices have jumped this fall to their highest level in seven years as growers in Western Canada, which supplies three-quarters of the world’s traded mustard seed, turn in their smallest crop in nine years, threatening to drive up costs of the yellow condiment for producers. http://ow.ly/360Axm

For cancer patients, a chance to create a musical legacy – A recording studio in Virginia offers musicians battling cancer a chance to leave behind a musical legacy for their friends and family. Rough cut (No reporter narration) http://ow.ly/2YN9L8

Stress in the working environment is unavoidable, however it bears a significant cost to companies if it is not kept in check. Drops in productivity, high turnover rates, absenteeism are among the primary concerns that affect the individual that is seen clearly.

However there are other issues that would arise that affect more than just the individual. Stressed out workers with no nowhere to turn to might start to exhibit unethical behaviour, being negligent regarding work protocols and lying to circumvent further discomfort have been reported. In some cases for groups who were in a high stress environment, certain individuals would display anti-social behaviour, mistreatment, harassment and workplace bullying were prevalent.There is a distinction between someone having a bad day, and to having colleagues or friends use the classic response of “he’s like that” as a valid reason for the behaviour.

Why is it then that some people handle stress well, and manage to keep a cool head under fire, where in a similar situation someone else would seem overwhelmed? Is there a discernible difference between the two? Most of the work related stress was attributed to two factors: the work situation or the environment. And what makes or breaks the individual boils down to the perception of these two Work related stress piles up, like a slow boil. Left unattended people get worn and broken down. We don’t need to wait for a healthy worker to turn a nervous wreck before we intervene. With the right kind of awareness, we can see help our colleagues who are otherwise stressed out find an outlet. Firstly, the perception of being stressed out should not be seen as a weakness, and those who would seek to improve their situation should not be looked down upon, project managers who cultivate such a culture would effectively not give work place bullying a chance to latch on and be more aware of the mental and emotional well being of the workers.

Scheduled workplace gatherings where clear and open communication between parties can help mitigate small inconveniences before they become too big to handle, to aid and provide direct contact with project managers regarding stress related issues will help in work place morale immensely. To be able to specifically identify the source of the stress is paramount, is it the work situation where the project time lines are unrealistic and the load the team bears is grossly uneven? Or the environment where colleagues might get offended with the quirks and behavior of their colleagues or certain work place cultures that an individual would need to get accustomed to?

There are many considerations under the two factors, having the emotional awareness and social sensibility to spot them are both skills that can be worked on to make everyone more aware of the stress levels in the working environment. Head on to SEC where we have viable solutions to help make your workplace more conducive an environment in which your workers can give you their best.

Having this awareness and making it known is an important skill to have in the workplace. And like all skills they can be trained to be made better with practice. Come on down to Acuteen Academy where they offer corporate courses for a more productive and fun working environment.

Greek shops running out of stock – Greece’s organization for medium and small businesses says the country risks product shortages as early as May, as businesses face liquidity problems and foreign suppliers will only accept cash for imports. Ciara Lee reports. http://ow.ly/2WKBH1