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Full Text of Study Highlighting Hostile Workplace Environments

My rule of thumb is that whenever you hear about reports, studies, papers, surveys, etc, always try to get your hands on the original copy. Why trust secondhand sources? The title is Working Conditions in the United States: Results of the 2015 American Working Conditions Survey published by the RAND Corporation. Some of the key findings:

  • The clear majority of Americans (eight out of ten) have steady and predictable work throughout the year, but many fewer work the same number of hours on a day-to-day basis (54 percent).
  • Nearly three-fourths of Americans report either intense or repetitive physical exertion on the job at least one-quarter of the time.
  • More than one-half of Americans report exposure to unpleasant and potentially hazardous working conditions.
  • Nearly one in five American workers are exposed to a hostile or threatening social environment at work.
  • Most Americans (two-thirds) frequently work at high speeds or under tight deadlines, and one in four perceives that they have too little time to do their job



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Paper Books Still Rule!

At least according to this recent Pew survey: “Fully 65% of Americans have read a print book in the last year, more than double the share that has read an e-book (28%) and more than four times the share that has consumed book content via audio book (14%).” (2) The report goes on to detail how dedicated e-readers are falling out of favor, and that people are reading materials off their phones or tablets. Many graphs supplement this report; the questionnaire utilized is also included.


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How Do You Use Your Time?

How much time do you spend reading? Or engaged in a leisure activity? How many of us telecommute? And in what sectors is telecommuting more prevalent? Do men work longer hours than women? These and many other questions are answered in the 2015 American Time Use Survey that concerns itself with four major areas:  worklife; household activities; leisure activities; and household childcare.  Issued by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this report is supplemented with very detailed data tables. For example, table 11 reveals that men on average  spend .31 hours of reading during weekend days; women come in at .38 hours. Obviously, they did not include us in the survey; we would have skewed it upwards!

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The American Public’s Priorities for 2016

This annual feature from Pew Research Center is accompanied by numerous infographics that highlight what Americans are most concerned about, and how these concerns will affect the upcoming presidential election.

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What Provosts Think – 2016 Version

The 2016 Inside Higher Ed Survey of Chief Academic Officers  presents the musings of 539 provosts or chief academic officers.

“At a time of intense pressure on academic leaders, provosts are worried about the future of liberal arts education — not just at liberal arts colleges, but at all institutions that provide general education to students.

They have real doubts about their budget situations, some new MOOC-inspired forms of higher education and the ability to preserve academic integrity when pursuing big-time athletics.” (Intro)

The full report is available with free registration.

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Hundreds of Socio-Economic/Demographic Tables for Jersey City Released

The American Community Survey (part of the Census Bureau) has just released hundreds of tables of data pertaining to Jersey City and to every state, county, municipality in the country. Drilling down to the granular level, these statistics provide the foundation upon which planners, designers, and policy leaders can make informed decisions regarding the provision of services. This site is a must for all who have a stake in the future development of their communities.

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Millennials Prefer Print to Ebook

At least that is the upshot of a survey undertaken by Publishing Technology that “…has revealed that young people on both sides of the Atlantic are avid readers, but overwhelmingly prefer print books to ebooks.” This format choice is echoed by a recent Pew report  A Snapshot of Reading in America 2013. And here are nine additional studies supporting these observations. You might also like to peruse this February 22, 2015 article from The Washington Post: Why digital natives prefer reading in print. Yes, you read that right.

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