While you may think working hard and being good at your job is all you need to get yourself that promotion you always wanted, there’s really more to it than that. In fact, according to a new survey, what you wear to work can have a big effect on whether you climb that corporate ladder.
According to a poll by OfficeTeam, 86% of professionals and 80% of mangers say clothing choices can play a role in whether someone gets promoted or not. And these days folks aren’t necessarily getting away with not dressing well at the office. The survey finds that 44% of senior managers have talked to an employee about inappropriate attire, while 32% have sent someone home because of what they were wearing.
But what is deemed appropriate in the office has changed over the years. HR mangers report that things like jeans, tennis shoes and leggings are more acceptable now than they were five years ago, although in that same time, employers have become less okay with tank tops, tops that expose one or both shoulders and shorts.
So, based on all of this, it seems pretty important to put a bit of thought and effort into what you wear to work, and it seems a lot of folks are doing just that. In fact, the survey finds that workers spend an average of 11 minutes deciding what to wear. And while you think women would be more concerned with their appearance, it turns out that men actually spend more time picking out their work clothes than women (12 minutes vs. nine minutes).
It’s no secret that many workers are not using all their vacation time, but there is some goods news. According to a new report, workers are actually using more vacation days than have in the past seven years. Project Time Off reports that the average American worker used 17.2 vacation days last year, up from 16.8 in 2016 and the highest amount since 2010 (17.5)
But even with this increase, the report finds that 52% of employees still wound up with unused vacation time by the end of 2017, which is a decrease of just 2% from 2016. That translates to 705 million unused vacation days, which is an increase from 662 mil in 2016, with the increase in unused days likely due to employees earning more days.
Overall, most Americans do think it’s important to travel during their time off (84%), yet most use less than half of their time, just eight days, to escape somewhere. As for what’s keeping them from traveling, cost is the biggest barrier (71%), followed by kids (45%) and pets (39%).
But interestingly, cost, kids and pets don’t actually affect the amount of vacation time people take off. The one factor that most affects the days people use is work. Employees concerned about how taking vacation would make them look at the office are the least likely to use all their vacation time (61% not used vs. 52% overall), while those who felt their workload was too heavy left 57% of their days on the table, and those who feel no one else could do their job left 56%.
Source: Project Time Off
With the big royal wedding only weeks away, the world is getting pretty excited about the upcoming nuptials. When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle say “I do” on Saturday, May 19th, the closest most of us will get is watching it on TV, but thanks to Dunkin’ Donuts, we can snack on a special sweet treat to mark the occasion.
Dunkin’ is releasing the “Royal Love” doughnut next week, which is a limited-edition heart-shaped treat filled with jelly and topped with chocolate icing and a strawberry drizzle. And it’s only available from May 14th through May 20th at participating locations, but you could have one on hand for your early morning royal wedding viewing party.
Life can be hectic and nerve-wracking, so we’re always looking for new ways to help us manage our anxiety and stress. Meditation is supposed to help us calm down and focus, but it’s not always easy to quiet your mind when you’re all worked up. And that’s exactly why Todd and Vanessa Steinberg came up with the idea for their new jewelry line, which is supposed to help wearers relieve tension.
Todd says he and his wife tried to learn meditation to help quiet their busy minds, but found it hard to stay consistent. So after learning about using breathing to calm down, the couple worked with their psychotherapist friend Dr. Daniel Epstein to create The Shift necklace, which claims to “promote a state of stillness in the mind.”
It works when the wearer breathes in through the nose then exhales through the whistle-necklace’s tube for 10 seconds. Do it five times in a row and they say you’ll achieve a Zen state. “After five exhales through the Shift; your heart rate lowers, (stress hormone) cortisol decreases, blood pressure comes down, more toxins are released and muscles loosen,” Epstein explains.
Science shows meditation and deep breathing can ease stress and improve concentration, so this could really work. And these pieces are affordable, they range from $85 to $115, and it comes in silver, gold, and trendy rose gold. And there are plenty of other wellness-inspired jewelry designs on sites like Etsy, Goop, and Urban Outfitters if you want to give stress relieving accessories a try.
While some parents shed tears at just the idea of sending their precious child to sleepaway camp, others happily pack their trunks and send them away for six weeks. And if you’re trying to find the best camp for your kid, how do you choose from the more than 8,400 overnight camps in the U.S? Here’s some advice from professional camp consultants to help you narrow it down.
The place - How far are you willing to travel? Are you okay with putting your kid on a plane alone? Do you want bunks with Wi-Fi or something more old school? And how long do you want your kid to be gone at camp? You’ll need to know these answers to start your search.
The people - Some camps are co-ed and some are single sex, some are small, others have 500 campers. Do you want your camper to wear a uniform at camp? When you decide about these factors, you can zero in on possible camp matches and then call or arrange a visit to get an idea of the “culture” of the camp. Every camp isn’t right for every kid and you know your little one best.
The program - If your kid is into musical theater, they might not enjoy a camp focused on wilderness skills, but there’s more to consider than that. How many kids are first-time campers at 12 and how many campers have been coming since kindergarten and forming friendships every summer? Some programs are super structured, others allow a lot of free time, and you know what would be ideal for your kid.
The policies - Camps have procedures to deal with everything from homesick kiddos to peanut allergies, but you should ask about them before you send your kid there. Talk to parents of an older camper to learn their experiences over the years so you can know what to expect.