These days, lots of employers offer their employees perks, incentives and benefits to attract top talent and keep them happy. A new poll finds that what employees want and what employers offer aren’t necessarily the same.
Perks employees are most interested in include flexible work schedules (88%), a compressed work week (66%), and the ability to telecommute (55%). Unfortunately, most aren't getting them. While flexible work schedules is a perk offered by a lot of places (62%), few businesses give employees a compressed work week (17%) or the ability to telecommute (14%). In fact, employers are more likely to offer social events to their employees (44%), when only 21% really want them.
There’s also another big disconnect when it comes to office incentives. The most desired office incentive for workers is an annual or biannual bonus (77%), when only 44% of offices actually offer them. Meanwhile, 49% of employees would like a profit sharing plan, while only 33% of businesses offer them.
One area where there’s less of a disconnect is benefits. Health insurance is the one benefit most employees want (69%), while 88% of offices offer that to their workers, and 67% want paid time off, something 80% of offices provide.
Source: Robert Half
Starbucks is getting into the Halloween spirit. The coffee giant just announced a new addition to their menu just in time for the spooky holiday – the Witch’s Brew Frappuccino.
Of course for Halloween the drink must not only taste good but look Instagram worthy, and there’s no doubt this one qualifies. It combines a purple blend of “toad’s breath," basically an orange crème Frap, with a swirl of “bat warts,” which is really chia seeds, and topped with vanilla whipped cream and dusted with green “lizard scale” powder.
Thisit isn’t the first time Starbucks has added a drink specifically for Halloween. They first added one to the menu in 2014 with the Franken Frappuccino, followed by the Frappula Frappuccino in 2015 and 2016 and the Zombie Frap last year.
The drink is available in stores now while supplies last. The chain is also offering some Halloween-themed snacks, A Mummy Cake Pop and a Raccoon Sugar Cookie, which will also only be available for a limited time.
Halloween costumes are always changing with the times, and what’s popular now was certainly not popular, or even around, back when you were a kid and dressing up.
So, how much have things really changed? Well, the site Rave Reviews has come out with their list of the most popular Halloween costumes, breaking costumes down by decade, and you can definately see the costume shift. The site judged costumes on things like cultural relevance, detail, expense and more.
According to the site, the most popular costume for the 1980s was any character from "Star Wars," while in the 1990s it was the Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtles, the 2000s it was Harry Potter, and in the current decade it’s Marvel’s Avengers. Check out the Top Five in each decade below.
Most Popular Halloween Costume of the 1980s
- Star Wars
- Jason (Friday the 13th)
Most Popular Halloween Costume of the 1990s
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
- Star Trek
- Power Rangers
- The Simpsons
- South Park
Most Popular Halloween Costume of the 2000s
- Harry Potter
- The Joker
- SpongeBob Squarepants
- Britney Spears
Most Popular Halloween Costume of the 2010s
- Marvel’s Avengers
- Game of Thrones
- Harley Quinn
- Wonder Woman
Source: Rave Reviews
With Halloween less than a week away folks better run to the store to get their candy for trick or treaters unless they want to be left with the stuff nobody wants. So, what candies do most people prefer to hand out? Well, turns out, it depends on where you live.
Online bulk candy seller The Candy Store has come out with their annual list of the most popular Halloween candy in each state, and while some candies, like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Candy Corn and Skittles, are preferred in a lot of states, there are some places that don’t confirm to the norm.
For example, folks in Connecticut are big fans of Almond Joys, while those in Louisiana love Lemonheads, and Hot Tamales are big in Indiana, North Dakota and Virginia. Another odd favorite? Salt Water Taffy, which is the most popular in Nebraska and Washington.
Check out some of the most popular candy per state and click here to see the complete list.
- Candy Corn - Alabama, Idaho, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, Rhode Island
- Twix – Alaska, Colorado
- Snickers – Arizona, Florida
- Skittles – California, Hawaii, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, South Carolina,
- M&Ms – North Carolina, Ohio
- Reese’s Cups – Kansas, Oregon, Texas, Wyoming
- Sour Patch Kids – Maine, Massachusetts, New York
- Milky Way – Maryland, Missouri, Vermont
- Jolly Ranchers – Arkansas, Georgia, Utah
Source: USA Today
There’s a lot of time and hard work that goes into creating your Halloween jack-o’-lantern, from picking out the ideal pumpkin, to cleaning it out, and finally carving your design, so you want that thing to last as long as possible. No one wants to see their holiday start disintegrating before trick-or-treaters make their way to the door for candy, so try these tips to prevent your pumpkin from rotting.
- Buy local - If you haven’t picked your pumpkins up yet, get them from somewhere local so they’re less likely to have bumps and bruises from traveling from somewhere far away. And the local ones last longer.
- Make sure you scoop the inside clean - When you’re cleaning out the inside of your gourd, make sure you don’t leave anything behind. Get all the seeds, guts, and gunk out because the leftover bits can mold and make your jack-o’-lantern rot sooner.
- A little Halloween alchemy (well, actually, chemistry) - Once your pumpkin is carved, give it a bleach bath. Mix a tablespoon of bleach per quart of water and spray the solution on the inside of the pumpkin to kill any bacteria and mold lingering in there.
- Don’t leave your pumpkin out all night … seriously! - Extreme temperatures will make your pumpkin rot sooner, so bring it in at night. If it’s really hot where you live, fruit flies could make a tasty treat of your jack-o’-lantern as well. Also keep in mind, once that pumpkin is off the vine, it’s slowly marching toward death and the candle you put inside is drying it out too. Spritzing it daily with the water and bleach mix should help extend its life a little longer.
- Don’t carve it at all - The only guaranteed way to keep your pumpkin from rotting is to display it whole and skip the carving altogether. But where’s the fun in that?