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Stress in dual career couples.

Stress at work can, as most of us know, be transmitted to one's partner. However, new evidence has come to light suggesting that men in dual-career families suffer more ill effects of their partner's stress than women. Researchers from the University of Hertfordshire studied 78 dual-career couples and asked them about their perceptions of both the positive and negative aspects of their lifestyle. The results, presented at the recent European Congress of Psychology in London, suggest that men's levels of anxiety and depression were related to the stresses experienced by their female partners - particularly in couples who talked a lot about work. In contrast, women did not show any adverse psychological effects of their partner's stressful workplace experiences.

More overtime equals less sick leave.

People who do a lot of overtime at work are less likely to take days off sick, according to Swedish research published in the journal Occupational & Environmental Medicine. However, employees who struggle through work when they are ill actually end up having more sick leave. The study, which analysed the sickness absence records of around 3,500 staff at the Swedish mail service, also suggested that older workers were less likely to take time off for sickness than younger workers, and slightly more women than men took sick leave.

Modern contracts required Wide ranging changes in employment contracts are called for in a new report from the Industrial Society. Modern working conditions and the shift from industrial manufacturing to 'knowledge' based work has made many contracts outdated, it claims in Cool Contracts - modernising employment contracts. In particular people need increased flexibility over how they work at different stages of their lives; far better statutory minimum notice; strengthened entitlements to references; and an end to unnecessarily harsh 'restraint' contract clauses, meant to protect their previous company's trade secrets.

Stuck for a career? - consult the doctor.

GTI, the UK based publisher of careers information and advice for students, has launched a new look careers information website targeted at university students and recent graduates. The site - www. doctorjob. com - includes a directory of over 365 employers connected to a powerful search engine that helps students to find companies matching their interests.

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