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While most people look forward to getting out of the office for a vacation, there are some people that are dreading the day, specifically the co-workers of that person taking time off.

A new poll finds that 53% of Americans say covering for a co-worker when they are on vacation is a stressful event, with 37% of Americans feeling resentment towards having to cover for someone while they’re out.

Overall, the survey finds an employee’s workload increases by a third when someone’s out, and it sounds like they aren’t doing such a great job of covering for their vacationing co-worker. In fact, 40% of those surveyed say they phone it in when they cover for someone on vacation, and don’t really care if they do their job well or not.

  • So, what could change the attitude of these covering co-workers? Well, 51% of employees think workers should get paid extra to cover for co-workers on vacation, with 22% saying they “strongly agree.”
  • But if it makes employees feel any better, vacationing workers do feel some guilt about leaving their workload for other people to handle In fact, 56% of workers say they feel guilty when their co-workers have to deal with their responsibilities.

Source: New York Post


If you’re thinking about getting the kids in your life some toys this holiday season, you’re certainly going to want to get the best out there, and now "Parents" magazine is here to help you with your choices.

The mag just came out with their Best Toys of 2018 list for kids of all ages and interests, with the picks based on responses from 70 kids and their parents who were invited to play and test 350 of the newest toys to hit the market.

Toys making the list are broken down into several categories, including Best Big Wows, Best of Surprise Toys, Best Pretend Plays, Best Character Toys, Best Wearables, Best Robots, Best Big Kid Toys and Best Early Learners.

Check out some of this year’s winners below and click herefor a complete list

Best Big Wows

  • LEGO Jurassic World Indoraptor Rampage at Lockwood Estate; 8+ years, $130
  • American Girl RC Sports Car; 8+ years, $215

Best of Surprise Toys

  • Party Popteenies Double Surprise Popper; 4+ years, $10
  • Hatchimals' Hatchibabies; 5+ years, $60

Best of Pretend Play

  • Dynacraft Jurassic World Triceratops 6V Plush Ride-On; 3+ years, $149
  • Shopkins' Happy Places Rainbow Beach Camper Van; 5+ years, $30

Best Character Toys

  • Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Epic Sewer Lair Playset; 4+ years, $120
  • Barbie's Dreamhouse; 3+ years, $200 

Best of Wearables

  • Pomsies; 4+ years, $15
  • Twisty Petz; 4+ years, $6

Best Robots

  • Lakeshore Learning Remote-Control Gear-Bot; 4-10 years, $50
  • Spin Master Boxer; 6+ years, $80

Best of Early Learners

  • Radio Flyer Busy Buggy; 1-3 years; $35
  • Baby Einstein Magic Touch Drums; 6+ months, $20

Best of Big-Kid Toys

  • Mattel Lil' Gleemerz; 4+ years, $20
  • Air Hogs Supernova; 8+ years, $40

Source: Parents


Nobody wants to be the house that runs out of candy on Halloween, but buying enough goodies for all your neighborhood’s trick or treaters can get quite pricey. A report by CandyStore.com finds that folks will shell out an estimated $2.6-billion on Halloween candy this year, but not everyone can afford to go hog wild.

So, what are folks to do if they want to stock up, but not break the bank? Well, there’s always the option to buy less popular candy, but who really wants to do that. Instead, there are plenty of online options for saving money by buying candy in bulk and a new report reveals the best deals out there.

Cheap places to buy Halloween candy, and the options offered, include:

Amazon

  • Huge Assorted Candy Party Mix Box (6.25 lbs), $36 – Includes all your kids’ favorite fruity treats, like Sour Patch Kids, Skittles, Twizzlers, Jolly Ranchers and more.
  • Nestle Chocolate Assorted Minis Bag (40-ounces) $10 – Includes 100 pieces of Butterfinger, Nestle Crunch and Baby Ruth.
  • Halloween Assorted Candy Party Mix (90-ounces), $38 – A whopping 200 pieces of Twizzlers, Nerds, Swedish Fish, Sour Patch Kids and Skittles.
  • AirHeads Bars Variety Pack (90-Count Box ), $12 - Includes 38 to 40 mini-Airheads in flavors like cherry, orange, blue raspberry and watermelon.

Walmart

  • Hershey Halloween Candy Snack Size Assortment, (91 Ounces), $20 - 315 miniatures of Reese's, Kit Kat, Twizzlers, Jolly Rancher Stix, Jolly Rancher Lollipops and Whoppers. Yum!
  • Fun Size Halloween Candy Grab Bag (3 92-Piece Bags), $15 – Features Life Savers, Skittles, Starburst and Hubba Bubba.
  • Smarties Candy Rolls (5 Pounds), $24 - What can be wrong with five-pounds of sugary goodness.

Dollar General

  • Tootsie Roll Pops (7.8 Ounces), $2 – Keep kids busy trying to get to the center of a Tootsie pop.
  • Brach's Halloween Candy Kiddie Mix, $5 – Filled with classics like Now and Later, Warheads, Chewy Lemonheads and Super Bubble.

Target 

  • Albanese Fruit Flavored Gummy Worms (5 Pounds), $20 – Perfect to creep out guests at your Halloween party.
  • Laffy Taffy, Bottle Caps, SweeTarts and Nerds Halloween Variety Bag, $10 – What’s better than a 200-piece bag of Nerds, SweeTarts, Bottle Caps and Laffy Taffy?
  • Reese's Pieces Peanut Butter Candy, $37 – No kid, or adult, would be unhappy getting a Reese’s

Sam’s Club

  • Utz Halloween Pretzel Treat Barrels (140 Bags), $15 – While everyone will be giving out sweets, you can satisfy kids’ salty needs with individual bags of pretzels.

Click here for more Halloween bargains.

Source: Today


Ladies, if you feel like you’re doing more work than the men around the office, that’s probably because you are. According to new research, women perform slightly more work than men and may be getting assigned a bigger chunk of it.

A new State of the Workplace Report from the productivity platform Hive pulled data from over 3,000 men and women in workspaces that use Hive to see how workers communicate, behave and approach working relationships. Their research finds that while women send around 20% more chat messages than their male colleagues, they’re still completing 10% more work. That may be partly because women are also assigned more work, with the data showing nearly 55% of tasks get assigned to women, compared to the 45% that go to men.

The report also reveals that both men and women tend to assign more tasks to people of the same gender. Male workers give 20% more tasks to men and female workers tend to assign 20% more tasks to women. And the employees are also slightly more likely to finish tasks assigned by someone of the same gender. But both men and women are only finishing about 66% of the tasks they’re assigned.

Hive also researched how workers use so-called passive phrases like “I think” and “sorry” and they didn’t find any major gender differences. It turns out, both genders use “please,” “sorry,” and “I think” at basically the same rate but women are more likely to use exclamation points and emojis and slightly more messages from men include “thanks.”

Source: Moneyish


When your babysitter arrives, there’s always a long list of things you need to go over with her before heading out the door. But when she shows up seven minutes before you have to leave for your meeting or to watch your bestie walk down the aisle, it can be hard to remember all the important things she’ll need to know while caring for your kiddo for the next few hours. Sure, she can text you a dozen times during your very important thing you’re leaving to do, but now Alexa can help avoid all that.

Yes, Amazon’s virtual assistant, Alexa, can use an easy Babysitter Blueprint to help your kid’s caregiver with the important info they need to know. You fill out a form and customize it so your babysitter can ask Alexa things like where to find extra diapers, which TV shows are not allowed and the name and number of your emergency contact.

So no more writing it down and taping it to the fridge or getting a flurry of non-urgent messages from the sitter while you’re at that work thing or wedding. And it keeps your babysitter from having to be the bad guy when your little one asks to stay up late. Your sitter can just say, “I’m sorry, but Alexa said your bedtime was nine.”

Source: Lifehacker

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