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>Stepstone: Burnout looming over every fifth employee

>According to a survey conducted by StepStone:19 per cent of European specialists and executives suffer from burnout symptoms caused by stress on the job Stepstone, Duesseldorf, Mai 2007. About 19 per cent of the European specialists and executives are feeling distinct physical and mental symptoms of exhaustion which they attribute to stress at their workplace. For another 27 per cent the raised pressure is increasingly effecting them deeply. This was the result of a current survey of the European job board StepStone conducted among 21,586 visitors in eight European countries. According to the survey merely 54 per cent of the respondents are coping with their workload. The results coincide with the analysis of the German Universitätsklinikum Freiburg (University Hospital Freiburg) where the emotional exhaustion symptoms caused by job-related stress is being researched internationally for years. “When there is an increase of the workload and at the same time there is a lack of acknowledgment and given credit for the accomplished tasks there is a dramatic rise in the risk of burnout”, says Prof. Dr. med. Joachim Bauer, head of department of at the psychosomatic and psychotherapeutic medicine-center of the Universitätsklinik Freiburg. Compared internationally the German specialists and executives are the sad front-runner. Here, 24 per cent suffer from burnout syndrome while only 44 per cent are able to cope with their workload. Best prepared are the specialists and executives in Denmark where two thirds of the respondents (66 per cent) […]

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>Living abroad, but still able to speak Romanian

>I have been living for four years in Belgium now. Actually, for four years and almost two months. I go home to Romania once or twice per year, depending on my work or studies. In the first three years in Belgium I used to speak a lot of French (after I became fluent, of course, as at the beginning I was speaking a gibberish French), but in the past months I spoke mostly English (work and home). And in spite of all these four years spent on this foreign ground, after studying and working in these French and English European languages, I must admit that I am still able to speak my own language – Romanian. Indeed, not only I can speak Romanian, but I haven’t lost my accent (now it is more Moldavian, due to my native town’s influence) nor the language’s tonality. I can still speak Romanian! You may think that this statement is a bit absurd. Unfortunately there are many Romanians who, after only a few months spent outside their nation Romania, seem to totally embrace the language of their new adoptive country. They come back to Romania, now and then, very proud of their achievements “outside”. They like to show off with their expensive cars, their branded clothes, their Louis Vuitton bags (faked or not) and with their ability to spend loads of money. Aside these, they speak a Romanian with various accents, topped with all […]

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>Fabulos ride to my town with a long vehicle and a horse

> Got back to Romania for almost a whole month. Need to say “Hi” to a few doctors that I believe more trust-worthy and a lot cheaper, and ask them to do to me some mambo jumbo so I can be brand new. :))) I landed yesterday, after a flight with some air turbulences. When I left Belgium, the wind was blowing so hard, that I thought the car I was in would have taken off before the airplane. Getting back home was extremely adventurous. From Baneasa airport to my town – Focsani, it is more or less 3-4 hours to drive. And it was dark and cold (it’s strange how the Romanian cold has a specific smell. I smelled it as soon as I got off). It took us almost an hour to leave Bucharest. The queue of cars was huuuuge, forming a never ending constrictor snake, that moved so so so slow. Once we were on the national road, the adventures began. The first think my brother did when we got out from Baneasa/Bucharest was to put the anti-radar device. It is absolutely normal in Romania, where the roads are the biggest smugglers. We didn’t want any fine for speed excess, but in the same time we wanted to get home as soon as possible. My brother had to come back to Bucharest in the same night. (well the University requires sacrifices). The highway was extremely crowded. Some […]

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>Bulex – the place to BE, NOT

>On Saturday night was one of the biggest parties in Brussels. Close to Tour & Taxi, in Yser area, a couple of thousand youngsters, or even more, gathered to party all night long. At the beginning of every month, Bulex is apparently the place to be in Brussels. There are several rooms with various types of music: house, techno, rock, world music, and everybody wants to be there. So I tried it – took a taxi, dragged my friends (poor Malcom) and we found ourselves THERE – in front of interminable queue. But it didn’t take long and we were IN – meaning “in the garden”. There, another two queues: to buy tickets, or to get cash. One ticket, 10 euros!!! At least a drink was included in the price. With the shiny bracelet-ticket decorating our wrist as if we were to be admitted to hospital, we got in. (Guess what? Another queue at the entrance). Then the shock! BULEX, the famous, coolest Brussels party – the so called place to be. Actually it was a dump. The “venue” was a huge deserted high-school, ruinously decorated with graffiti, pieces of garbage, posters and drawings. A real place for waste or to get wasted! The big walls once used to be white; in any case, the venue looked like the aftermath of a war, or something not too disimilar. In the long corridors, hundreds of students were walking like ghosts, hobbling […]

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>Collocation can be wonderful or simply. .. DISASTROUS

>New lease signed. New tenant for my old room found. Deposit recovered today at the bank after a complicated procedure. Hence, what was more difficult has passed. It is time to say “Good bye” and face with a smile a new beginning. Fingers crossed. Compared to the previous wonderful flat-sharing experiences, the collocation this year was extremely challenging. It required a lot of management skills and taught me a lot about people who are not always what they seem to be. Outdoor some of us can be lovely, fantastic, friendly, trust-worthy and energetic. Indoor the same people can be mean, greedy, lacking of respect, tyrannical, sometimes dishonest or simply ignorant. To deal with these kinds of attitude and behavior changes is really tricky, especially when the person in cause used to be a so-called friend or at least acquaintance. It is strange how sometimes you manage to get a long in a collocation with a person that you hadn’t previously met/known, than with somebody with whom you spent nice time in the past or you helped, hence you knew before. I learnt that we can NOT be loved by everyone (it is impossible) and that in order to avoid a conflict, it is better to face it from the beginning, hence generate it and solve it, at least when it is still not very serious. Small misunderstandings can create HUGE conflicts that can degenerate easily in intense animosity, to put […]

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>Time management eficace cand sedintele dureaza cu orele si computerul intra in greva subit

>De la o vreme, mi se tot reproseaza intr-una ca nu imi gestionez bine timpul. Nu stiu cum se face, dar ma regasesc cam des la birou la ore cand nimeni nu mai e prin imprejur sau, mai rau, acasa, in timpul we-ului, cu dosare si timp alocat pt lucru la nu stiu ce proiect. Pe vremuri, eram un trainee, fara prea multe responsabilitati. Iar de la trainee am trecut la angajat, cu acte in regula si responsabilitati si mai in regula. Insa, daca pe cartea mea de vizita titulatura ma indica drept Cordonator, de multe ori in birou sunt numita ca manager. Iar sarcinile sunt numeroase, pe masura celei de-a doua titulaturi. Ba mai mult, am multiple caschete, asa cum se zice pe aici, vezi Doamne, ai mai multe roluri in companie. Asa ca ma regasesc facand si alte lucruri, care au mai mult sau mai putin legatura cu proiectele mari de comunicare la care lucrez. O comanda de rechizite pentru birou, ba niste facturi de tratat, o sala de sedinte de aranjat si bineinteles rapoartele la timp de dat. Tine-l pe client fericit, sugestii excelente de ginit, la brainstorming sa fii creativ, cand iti gestionezi timpul sa fii inventiv. daca se poate, cu cinci maini si doua capete sa lucrezi, si vertiginos emailuri si analize sa tastezi, sa citesti un articol sau doua, iar pe blogul firmei sa mai scrii inca o intrare noua; in week-end sa fii […]

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