Cake Culture, and Other Industry News

Our weekly roundup of workplace news from around the web.

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  • “British dentists are calling for an end to ‘cake culture’ in the workplace as they claim the sugary treats are contributing to health problems such as obesity, tooth decay, and diabetes,” reports CNBC. “The Faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons in London put out a statement Tuesday identifying the workplace as one of the main places where people consume a lot of sugar each day.”
  • According to The Christian Science Monitor, “A new French law that took effect Jan. 1 asks employers to protect their workers from having to respond to work-related texts or emails after office hours.” But will it take hold, they wonder, suggesting that there may be advantages and disadvantages to the law based on employees ages.
  • In any case, The Guardian has advice for reaping the benefits of avoiding work-related tasks, regardless of the hour: “Get outside, switch off your phone and set boundaries. Don’t start your day by looking straight at your phone. Make a concerted effort not to respond to non-urgent queries outside of office hours. Take a lunch break and do something other than work or surf the internet. Learning to breathe properly is a small change that has remarkable effects in helping to cope with stressful periods.”
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