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Washington [US], March 19 (ANI): New research by the North Carolina State University suggests that people are more likely to take ‘microbreaks’ at work on days when they’re tired – but that’s not a bad thing. The study found microbreaks seem to help tired employees bounce back from their morning fatigue and engage with their work better over the course of the day.
At issue are microbreaks, which are short, voluntary and impromptu respites in the workday. Microbreaks include discretionary activities such as having a snack, chatting with a colleague, stretching or working on a crossword puzzle.
“A microbreak is, by definition, short,” says Sophia Cho, co-author of a paper on the work and an assistant professor of psychology at North Carolina State University.
“But a five-minute break can be golden if you take it at the right time. Our study shows that it is in a company’s best interest to give employees autonomy in terms of taking microbreaks when they are needed — it helps employees effectively manage their energy and engage in their work throughout the day.”
The new paper is based on two studies that explored issues related to microbreaks in the workday. Specifically, the studies were aimed at improving our understanding of how people boost or maintain their energy levels throughout the day in order to engage with work even when they start the day already exhausted.
The studies also examined which factors might play a role in determining whether people took microbreaks, or what they did during those microbreaks.
The first study surveyed 98 workers in the United States. Study participants were asked to fill out two surveys per day for 10 consecutive workdays. The surveys were completed in the morning and at the end of the workday. The second study included 222 workers in South Korea.
This study had participants complete three surveys per day for five workdays. Study participants completed the surveys in the morning, after lunch and at the end of the workday.
Survey questions in both studies were aimed at collecting data about each study participant’s sleep quality, levels of fatigue, as well as their engagement with their work and their experiences at the workplace that day.
In the studies, the researchers analyzed the survey data with statistical tools to examine day-to-day fluctuations in sleep quality, fatigue, work behavior and engagement in varying types of microbreaks.
The results were straightforward: on days that people were already fatigued when they arrived at work, they tended to take microbreaks more frequently. And taking microbreaks helped them maintain their energy level. This, in turn, helped them meet work demands and engage with work better.
“Basically, microbreaks help you manage your energy resources over the course of the day — and that’s particularly beneficial on days when you’re tired,” Cho says.
In addition, the researchers found that people were more likely to take microbreaks if they felt their employer cared about the health and well-being of its workers.
“When people think their employer cares about their health, they feel more empowered to freely make decisions about when to take microbreaks and what type of microbreaks to take,” Cho says. “And that is ultimately good for both the employer and the employee.” (ANI)

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BAFTA AWARDS 2021: ‘MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM’ PICKS TWO AWARDS

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LONDON: The unconventional 74th edition of the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) held its first of two ceremonies on April 10, with the second one scheduled for the subsequent day. ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ was the big winner on the opening night, taking home two golden masks.

According to Variety, the first night of the 2021 BAFTAs, which was hosted virtually from London’s Royal Albert Hall by TV and BBC radio presenter Clara Amfo, was a mostly craft-centered affair that also yielded wins for ‘Mank’, ‘Tenet’ and ‘Sound of Metal’. During the ceremony, eight primarily craft-focussed awards were handed out, including casting, costume, makeup and hair, production design, sound, special visual effects, British short film, and British short animation. The remaining awards — including the performance and best film categories will be handed out on the second night.

‘Rocks’ was the first winner, with Lucy Pardee scooping the award for Casting. The UK indie movie was nominated for a leading seven BAFTAs this year, joint most with ‘Nomadland’, which is a hot favourite for the Best Film prize on the second night.

Director and writer Noel Clarke, best known for the ‘Kidulthood’ film trilogy were honoured with the outstanding British contribution to cinema award. Supporting actor nominee Leslie Odom Jr. performed ‘Speak Now’, his Oscar-nominated song from One Night in Miami, for which he has earned a best-supporting actor BAFTA nomination.

Unsurprisingly, Netflix had a good evening, following its mammoth 34 nominations, by far the leading number for a distributor this year. The streamer took home prizes including Costume Design and Hair & Make-up, which both went to ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’s’, and Production Design, which was scooped by ‘Mank’.

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MEGHAN MARKLE WILL NOT JOIN PRINCE HARRY AT PRINCE PHILIP’S FUNERAL

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WASHINGTON: Following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh- Prince Philip, his grandson Prince Harry is set to reunite with his family to pay his last respects at the funeral, but without wife Meghan Markle.

Page Six confirmed that the Duchess of Sussex who is due to give birth to the couple’s second child, a girl, in early summer will stay home in California on her doctor’s advice, Buckingham Palace announced. A source close to the royals told that Markle hoped to be at his husband’s side, but the trip, and the 12-hour flight, were deemed potentially too taxing.

“The Duke of Sussex is planning to attend. The Duchess of Sussex has been advised by her physician not to travel. So the duke will be attending,” a royal spokesman said, using Harry’s other title. Harry who currently resides in California with his wife Meghan Markle and son Archie Harrison will likely be in attendance at the service, which is set to take place at his and Meghan’s wedding venue, St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.

Page Six reported that the funeral will be an intimate affair, limited to 30 participants under strict UK social-distancing rules.

Even PM Boris Johnson will not attend the mourning ceremony, so as to allow space for as many royal family members as possible.

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KATRINA KAIF SHARES HOME QUARANTINE PHOTOS

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NEW DELHI: Bollywood actor Katrina Kaif, who recently tested positive for Covid-19, on Sunday shared her home quarantine photos while recovering from the virus.

The ‘Baar Baar Dekho’ actor took to her Instagram handle and shared a couple of sunkissed pictures of herself, along with the caption, “Time and Patience.” In the pictures Katrina could be seen sitting inside what seemed to be her room, sporting a no-makeup look with her hair open. The post got more than five lakh likes within the span of an hour.

Earlier this week, Katrina had announced that she had tested positive for Covid-19. She wrote in a statement posted on Instagram Stories that “I have tested positive for Covid-19. Have immediately isolated myself and will be under home quarantine. I’m following all safety protocols under the advice of my doctors. Requesting everyone who came in contact with me to get tested immediately too. Grateful for all your love and support. Please stay safe and take care.”

Kartina is among the growing list of Bollywood celebrities to be diagnosed with Covid-19 after Akshay Kumar, Vicky Kaushal, Bhumi Pednekar, Aamir Khan, Paresh Rawal, Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Aditya Narayan, Kartik Aaryan, and Aamir Khan among others

Earlier, actors Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Arjun Kapoor, Malaika Arora, and some others were infected with the virus.

Bollywood singer Kanika Kapoor became the first Bollywood celebrity to get infected with Covid-19.

Meanwhile, on the work front, Katrina and Akshay Kumar starrer ‘Sooryavanshi’, which was earlier scheduled to hit the big screens on April 20, recently got postponed due to the sudden surge of Covidcases in Mumbai. Apart from that, Katrina also has ‘Tiger 3’ with Salman Khan, ‘Phone Booth’ with Ishaan Khatter and Siddhant Chaturvedi, and a superhero film directed by Ali Abbas Zafar. 

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AMITABH BACHCHAN REVEALS INTERESTING TRIVIA ABOUT JALSA, AS ‘CHUPKE CHUPKE’ CLOCKS 46 YEARS

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NEW DELHI: As Bollywood director Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s ‘Chupke Chupke’ clocked 46 years on Sunday, veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan shared some interesting trivia about the movie on his social media.

The 78-year-old actor took to his Instagram handle and shared a still with Jaya Bachchan from ‘Chupke Chupke’ where both the actors can be seen standing against the backdrop of NC Sippy’s bungalow, now Jalsa. Along with the photo he revealed in caption, “‘Chupke Chupke’ our film by Hrishikesh MUKERJI.. closing today at 46 years ..!! This house you see in the picture is Producer NC Sippy’s house .. we bought it, then sold it, then bought it back again .. rebuilt it .. this is our home now JALSA !! Many films were shot here .. Anand, NamakHaram, Chupke Chupke, Satte pe Satta, and many more ..”

Bachchan shared the same post on his Twitter handle and a few more pictures from the 1975 film. The first photo was a behind-the-scenes one, featuring Amitabh with the film’s director, where Big B could be seen rehearsing a scene with the filmmaker. The second picture was a still from a scene that featured Amitabh with his co-stars Dharmendra and Asrani.

‘Chupke Chupke’ had an ensemble cast including Dharmendra, Sharmila Tagore, Amitabh, Jaya, Om Prakash, among others. In the film, Amitabh played the role of Professor Sukumar Sinha with his co-star and wife Jaya, who played the role of Vasudha Kumar. Dharmendra was cast as Parimal Tripathi, a botany professor. Their camaraderie as friends was one of the major highlights in the movie and is still remembered.

Amitabh was recently cast for the Indian adaptation of ‘The Intern’ opposite Deepika Padukone.

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TAAPSEE PANNU LOOKS ELEGANT AS SHE GAZES AT HER LOCKDOWN SUNDAY

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NEW DELHI: Exuding elegance over the internet, Bollywood star Taapsee Pannu on Sunday reflected on how she is gazing at her weekend lockdown on social media. After one of the major hotspots for coronavirus in India- Maharashtra announced to observe a weekend lockdown in the state, Bollywood celebrities have started to share how they are reviving their isolation days by posting pictures and videos on social media. Joining the bandwagon, Taapsee Pannu also hopped on to her Instagram handle and shared an elegant monochromatic picture that shows her sporting a formal attire with sober makeup look and loosely tied hair bun. “My lockdown Sunday gaze,” the ‘Pink’ star wrote. The enchanting picture managed to gather more than 1 lakh likes within a few hours of being posted. Ace filmmaker Anubhav Sinha with whom Taapsee collaborated for her critical and commercial hit drama ‘Thappad’ also liked the picture. Meanwhile, on a professional note, the actor will be next seen in sports dramas ‘Shabaash Mithu’ and ‘Rashmi Rocket’. She also has an impressive line-up of films that include, ‘Haseen Dillruba’, ‘Looop Lapeta’ and the sci-fi thriller titled ‘Dobaaraa’.

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‘THE SARKARI KARYALAY’ ACTOR OPENS UP ABOUT HIS LIFE, WORK AND MORE

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Relatable content is always enthralling to the audience. Binge’s The Sarkari Karyalay is one such affair, where, taking a jibe at the challenges government officials make you go through for something as simple as updating one’s Aadhaar card, makers and cast of the show take you on a bittersweet journey with them.

Vaibhav Shukla, the male lead who plays Rohan in the show, in an interaction with The Sunday Guardian, shared insights from his personal and professional life. 

Being an NIT graduate with a decent job, Vaibhav decided to pay heed to his calling, which was, of course, acting. “I left my job and enrolled myself into a theatre group in Delhi and started to work towards my dreams, without ever looking back at what I left behind,” he said.

Hailing from Chhattisgarh’s Bilaspur, Vaibhav has had his share of hardships but he makes it all sound like a cakewalk. “Things finally started to fall in place after I got a job as a writer at The Viral Fever, after having served as an intern for a period of three months.”

According to Vaibhav, the first time he ever acted was for a Nukkad Natak in his college on a friend’s advice. After coming to Delhi, he faced countless auditions, rejections, ups and downs but what remained stuck in his head was the determination and eagerness to live up to his dreams. For his fanbase which is flourishing already, Vaibhav is currently working on a number of projects, one among them is his new show, Teen Tigaada.

As a fan of Shah Rukh Khan and Sushant Singh Rajput, Vaibhav believes that content is the king for a show. On the quick decisions he took in his life, he said that he never contemplated or gave second thoughts to his desires. “I just worked towards them as no matter how intense a situation gets, it still passes,” he said.

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