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If you’ve been worried lately that it seems like more and more Americans are being truly awful to one another, you are not alone. A new survey finds that 93% of Americans believe we have a civility problem in society, with 69% classifying it as a “major problem.”

But despite that problem, most Americans say that lack of civility doesn’t translate to the workplace. In fact, 92% of Americans describe their place of employment as either very of somewhat civil, which is a 27% improvement from a few years ago.

For those who say they work in a civil environment, the tone is set from the top, with 49% of people working in a civil workplace likely to say their leadership is perceived as civil, as compared to 10% of people who work in uncivil environments. Not surprising, those working in uncivil environments are also more likely to distrust higher ups to handle complaints about incivility (48%), compared to those working in a civil environment (13%).

  • But regardless of whether a workplace is civil or uncivil, half of employees believe it is up to a company’s leadership to enforce civility at the office. If they don’t, things are bound to just get worse, with 37% of people in uncivil workplaces saying they hear more uncivil comments at work than they used to, as compared to 16% of those working in civil environments.
  • One major key to civility seems to be diversity and inclusion. The survey finds that 83% of workers describe their place of employment as diverse and inclusive, while workers who describe their office environment as uncivil are twice as likely to say their employers are weak when it comes to diversity and inclusion (37 % vs. 15% of civil workplaces).

Source: Market Watch


These days, more and more companies are embracing co-working spaces instead of typical offices with the co-working industry growing 16.1% since 2007. While there are certainly plenty of benefits to such spaces, it seems most workers aren’t exactly thrilled with the idea of them.

A new Harris Poll finds that 82% of Americans have a negative opinion about co-working spaces. As for what’s causing that bad reputation, 43% of people see them as lacking privacy, while 38% feel they are noisy and 31% think they are too crowded. What’s more, 51% of workers currently in a traditional office think co-working spaces are only good for young tech start-ups.

Not surprisingly, Millennials have the most positive opinion on such working spaces, with 35% saying they are great for collaboration and 33% saying they’re good for networking.

  • Another office trend on the rise in recent years is the open office aesthetic, but a lot of folks aren’t into it. Overall, 83% of those in traditional office spaces believe that private offices are just as needed as communal areas.

Source: Harris Poll


While some say money can’t buy happiness, a new poll doesn’t necessarily agree with that. A survey by Northwestern Mutual finds that 87% of Americans say they feel happiest and most confident when their finances are in order. 

Of course, not everyone feels such happiness all of the time. The poll finds that 68% of Americans say they feel happiness about their financial situation at least sometime, but there are still plenty of those who admit to having more negative feelings about their money situation. Those feelings include:

  • Anxiety (54%) 
  • Insecurity (52%) 
  • Fear (48%)

Not surprisingly, money is one of the biggest sources of stress for people (44%), far exceeding things like personal relationships (25%) and work (18%). One of the biggest financial stressors for people seems to be the rising cost of healthcare (59%), followed by an unexpected financial emergency (55%), and an unplanned health emergency (53%).

Source: Harris Poll


While some people hate vegetables, there are others who just love them, but it seems which veggies you prefer may depend on where you live.

Sunday is National Eat Your Veggie Day, and in honor of the occasion, Green Giant polled 4,000 Americans to determine the most popular vegetable in each state, and broccoli is by far America’s favorite.

Overall, broccoli is the favorite veggie of 47% of U.S. states, with corn coming in second, a favorite of nine states. Interestingly, the potato state, Idaho, chose peas as their fave, the only state to do so, while no state chose onions, peppers, celery or spinach as their favorite veggie. 

For what it's worth, most of Arkansas likes broccoli, but apparently potatoes are our favorite in the Northwest corner of the state.  Oklahoma and Missouri are potato-favorite states, too.

Source: Market Watch


We hear a lot about how people don’t get enough sleep and that it’s bad for their health, but new research shows that getting too much isn’t good for us either. A new study from the Seoul National University College of Medicine looked at how much sleep 133,608 Korean men and women between 40 and 69 years old were getting and what kind of health problems they had.

Researchers found men who slept for six hours or less a night had a higher risk for developing a metabolic syndrome, like high blood pressure, or high cholesterol, and fat around the waist, than those who sleep eight hours. And both men and women who slept less had a higher chance for a bigger waist.

But on the flip side, those who snoozed for 10 hours or more (?!?) weren’t much better off. Men and women in this group were also more likely to develop a metabolic syndrome and women had a higher risk for excess fat around the waist. So what is the ideal amount of sleep for optimum health? The study from Seoul couldn’t determine one. But if you feel like you need more sleep, you probably do and that’s what weekends are for.

Source: Business Insider

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