OSHA data shows robots working alongside humans reduces physical injuries but increases stress
Are robots in the workforce helping or hurting their human counterparts? According to the OSHA Data Initiative, the presence of robots at a worksite decreases physical injuries among human employees. However, the research also finds that the fear of losing their jobs to machines increases stress levels, leading to an uptick in drug and alcohol-related deaths.
Rewarding someone for a job well done may be a mistake
People in creative professions who are overly praised can develop a fear of future failure that halts their career. In a study that appears in the Journal of Applied Psychology, researchers cite one-hit wonder, Harper Lee — author of To Kill a Mockingbird — as someone who was a victim of their own success. The study urges employers to give a second thought about how they’re motivating creative employees.
Pregnant women no longer have to give up caffeine
A study in the International Journal of Epidemiology determines that moderate coffee consumption during pregnancy will not lead to severe complications during childbirth. However, researchers caution that fetal development could still be affected in less serious ways that their narrow analysis has not yet explored.
One more reason to get your eight hours of sleep each night
And finally, there’s one more reason to get your eight hours of sleep each night. According to an animal study in Cell Reports, the left and right sides of rodents’ brains communicate more effectively when they’re moving at a fast pace. However, as they dream, the connection is even stronger. And since the communication affects memory storage, experts are looking to use this information to detect certain diseases, like Alzheimer’s, in humans.