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These days a lot of companies offer a variety of perks to attract new employees, and while daily happy hour and weekly massages may sound great, they aren’t necessarily what workers are really looking for.

According to a new survey, the job perk most employees are actually looking for is flexible hours, with more than 40% of full time employees saying it is the most important perk they get, and 54% saying it’s the perk that’s key to their job satisfaction. 

Luckily, flexible hours seem to be the most common perk offered, with 32% of employees saying their company gives them the option. Other common perks include: 

  • Professional development (28%)
  • Fitness/health perks (19%)
  • Food/snacks (19%)
  • Working from home (14%)

And while you may think perks aren’t necessary at your job, they are actually pretty important to keep employees happy. In fact, 53% of employees say company perks contribute to them having a better quality of life, while 49% say it makes them feel valued by their employer.

Source: Market Watch

More and more kids these days barely look up from their smartphones and it’s a subject that’s really concerning to parents.

A new poll finds that 47% of parents are worried that their kids are addicted to their smartphones, while half of parents are worried about the affect such devices will have on their kids’ mental health. What's more, nearly 20% of parents are “extremely” or “very” concerned about how those phones are affecting their children. 

Overall, 89% of parents admit they are the ones responsible for controling their kids' screen time. And when they are on their devices, it seems many parents aren’t that aware of the things they could be doing to protect their kids from what they see. For example many parents aren’t aware that devices and sites allow them to have control over what their kids view.

  • The survey was particularly interested in kids watching content on YouTube, and it finds that 22% of parents didn’t know YouTube offered parental controls, with 37% never using them. And that’s alarming, considering 62% of parents say their kids have seen inappropriate videos on the site.

 ONE MORE THING! While a lot of parents may be concerned about their kids being addicted to their phones, they are apparently not nearly as self aware. The survey fins that only 32% of parents think they themselves are addicted to their phones.

Source: USA Today

There are few things more nerve wracking than a job interview. If nerves alone aren't bad enough, it seems job seekers don’t really have a lot of time to make a good impression. A new CareerBuilder survey finds that 49% of human resource managers say they know within the first five minutes if a candidate is right for a position, and only 8% say it takes a half hour or longer. And it seems a bunch of folks have been failing miserably in those first five minutes.

The survey asked hiring managers to share some of the most unusual things job seekers have done during an interview, and if any of these people really thought they had a shot at the job, they're totally delusional:

  • Candidate did not have the skills to do the job and stated, "Fake it until you make it" as his personal philosophy.
  • Candidate asked interviewer if she was qualified to be doing her job.
  • Candidate asked for a cocktail.
  • Candidate asked to taste the interviewer's coffee.
  • Candidate called a government job "something government-y."
  • Candidate came to interview wearing slippers.
  • Candidate wore a Darth Vader outfit to the interview.
  • Candidate spent a lot of time quoting Dwight D. Eisenhower, which had nothing to do with the position he was interviewing for.
  • Candidate leaned far forward with his head down during the first five minutes of the interview.
  • Candidate offered interviewer pumpkins and said they transfer good energy.
  • Candidate pulled out a bag of drugs with his keys.(?!?)
  • Candidate broke out in song in the middle of the interview.

ONE MORE THING! Hiring managers say that body language is very important in job interviews and many people are making huge mistakes in that department. The biggest mistake is failing to make eye contact (68%), followed by failing to smile (38%) and playing with something on the table (36%). And there are certain things that are absolute deal breakers when it comes to getting a job, with getting caught lying the biggest error (71%), followed by answering a cellphone of text during an interview (67%) and appearing arrogant or entitled (59%). 

Source: Market Watch

Everyone loves a great food mashup these days, and Olive Garden has just come out with a doozy. The chain is now selling what they call a meatball pizza bowl. The dish, which is part of Olive Garden’s Lunch Duos, features a pizza bowl, which Delish says "tastes just like an Olive Garden breadstick thanks to the same herbs and spices on top,”  filled with spicy meatballs, of course, as well as three kinds of cheeses (parmesan, mozzarella and asiago), and meat sauce.

You probably don’t think of McDonald’s as a place to grab a healthy meal, but they’re everywhere and sometimes it’s the most convenient option. These days, they have plenty of healthy menu items to choose from, so you don’t just have to eat a salad.

  • Hamburger - IF you’re craving a burger, go ahead and get the classic hamburger. The 3.5 ounce serving of meat has 12 grams of protein, 240 calories, and only eight-grams of fat. Want to add cheese? It adds 50 calories and four-grams of fat.
  • Fruit and Maple Oatmeal - It makes a good quick breakfast, just avoid the raisins and brown sugar if you have diabetes or blood sugar issues.
  • Grilled Ranch Snack Wrap - Anything with that keyword “grilled” makes it a safer pick at McDonald’s. Anything that has “crispy” in the name means it’s fried and has more fat. Skip the ranch dressing and this has 21 grams of protein and just 300 calories.
  • Bacon Ranch Grilled Chicken Salad - This salad has a lot of sodium, but it’s low carb and has fewer calories than other menu items. Don’t use the whole dressing pack and you’ll cut more calories, because most of the calories come from the ranch.
  • Egg White Delight - This breakfast sandwich only has 260 calories, eight-grams of fat, 16 grams of protein and 29 grams of carbs. Leave off the cheese and cut 50 calories.
  • Pico Guacamole Artisan Grilled Chicken Sandwich - The guac adds healthy fat, the pico gives you some veggies, and you can get it without ranch to save calories and sodium without skimping on flavor.
  • Fruit 'N Yogurt Parfait - It’s only 150 calories and has four grams of protein, so it’s a good healthy snack or add it to a Grilled Chicken Salad for a healthy meal.
  • Chicken McNuggets and a Side Salad - A side salad and four chicken nuggets gives you greens and protein, which adds up to a nutritious meal. If you need more food, fresh apple slices make a great addition.

Source: Shape

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