One key difference between the Anglo-Saxon world and Europe: In the former, conservative populist leaders/measures have recently won, while in the latter, they continue to be defeated. Another notable difference is shorter work hours in European nations. Malleret considers why – when shorter work hours lead to happier, more productive employees – companies bother with workplace wellness programs when they demand 10+ hour days.

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AuthorThierry Malleret, Economist and Founder, Monthly Barometer

The stats about our constant connection to devices are alarming. We check our phones roughly 50 times a day, while half of us check our phones in the middle of the night. It’s becoming too much for most of us to process, and burnout is mounting. Malleret ponders how difficult finding solutions will be. Will French laws mandating that employers cut the cord on communications after work be emulated elsewhere? Will wellness retreats focused on unplugging become “the new cool”? We need solutions…

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AuthorThierry Malleret, Economist and Founder, Monthly Barometer

A new study from Brown University analyzed the impact of weekly hatha yoga (versus health education classes) on people with severe depression that take antidepressants. Findings: While the yoga group didn’t see significant benefit at 10 weeks, they certainly did at three and six months. More than half of depression sufferers doing yoga saw their symptoms improve by over 50 percent.

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AuthorBeth McGroarty, Director of Research, GWI