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A new report by Grub Hub reveals the trendiest foods of 2017 so far.  There seems to be an uptick in folks interested in bite-sized foods, charcuterie, and bowls, but favorites such as chicken fried steak and barbecue are as popular as ever.  Overall, bowls have seen the biggest increase in popularity, with orders going up 32% in 2017, with poke bowls specifically seeing a 365% increase in orders.

Meanwhile, vegan dishes have seen a 19% increase, and charcuterie, like salumi, prosciutto and blue cheese, is up 9%.  As for bite size food, pretzel bites seem to be very trendy, with orders increasing 238% over the past six months, along with mac and cheese bites (up 78%), and mini corn dogs (up 76%).

Source: Yahoo Finance

According to a new survey, the average worker spends about 56 minutes a day using their mobile device for non-work related activities, which translates to about five hours a week.  They also waste about 42 minutes a day on personal tasks, and when all that time is calculated together it comes out to about eight hours a week, or a full weekday.  30% of employees say they are mostly looking at personal email, while 28% are checking social media, 9% are checking sports sites and 5% are shopping online.

Source: OfficeTeam

A new global survey finds that 40% of employees say schedule flexibility is among the top three factors for them when deciding on a career.  The most sought after type of flexibility workers seek is being able to have flexible arrival and departure times (26%), followed by the ability to work from home or any other place (22%).  The U.S. has the greatest demand for unlimited time off, while in India more folks want location independence.

Other flexible options wanted include:

  • Choice in shifts (15%)
  • Part-time work from home (12%)
  • Compressed shifts/work week (9%)
  • Sabbaticals or career breaks (6%)
  • Caregiving leaves (5%)
  • Paid time off (5%)

Source: The Business Journal

Lay's just announced the three finalists in their annual “Do Us a Flavor” contest.  They include Crispy Taco, Everything Bagel with Cream Cheese, and Fried Green Tomato.  They’ll be available in stores starting Monday, and you can vote for their favorites through October 8th.

Source: People

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