No Fun In The Sun: Increasing Number Of Professionals Can’t Unplug On Vacation

Key Findings:

– Majority of workers (56 percent) connect with the office during break
– Professionals in New York, Charlotte, Los Angeles, Miami and Seattle check in the most; Cleveland and Minneapolis the least
– Seven in 10 millennials check in with the office, while majority of workers ages 55 and older fully disconnect on holiday
– Employees plan to take an average of 9 days off this summer, down from 10 in 2017
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Summer is typically when workers take time off to relax and recharge. But just because employees take vacation days doesn’t mean they’re completely checking out, according to a new survey from staffing firm Accountemps. While 44 percent typically don’t check in at all with the office, the majority will. In fact, 70 percent of respondents ages 18 to 34 will maintain some contact with work compared to only 39 percent of those ages 55 and older.

Professionals plan to take an average of nine vacation days this summer, but the frequency of office check-ins varies by market. Here are highlights among the 28 cities included in the poll:

  • Never out of office: Nashville, Dallas and Los Angeles lead in terms of the number of workers who plan to take no summer vacation.
  • Checking in constantly: Employees in New York, Charlotte, Los Angeles, Miamiand Seattle are most likely to connect with the office at least several times a week.
  • Leaving town and never looking back: Professionals in Cleveland, Minneapolis, Denver, Philadelphia and Salt Lake City are best at disconnecting from work while out of office.

View an infographic of workers’ summer vacation habits by city. Data tables of the research by age and gender are also available.

Findings from similar surveys show employees are more connected to the office than ever: In 2016, a majority of workers (59 percent) said they never check in while on vacation; that number fell to 47 percent in 2017 and 44 percent this year.

Michael Steinitz, executive director for Accountemps, gives insight into the trend. “Employees need time away from work to rest, relax and recharge. Yet for an increasing number of people, totally disconnecting from the office can have the reverse effect and add stress,” he said.

“Some workers enjoy greater peace of mind when they allow themselves to check in a few times — but not much more than that — while on vacation,” Steinitz added. “Doing so confirms that all is well, which allows them to stop worrying and focus on relaxing instead.”

About the Research
The survey was developed by Accountemps and conducted by an independent research firm. It includes responses from more than 2,800 workers in 28 U.S. markets.

About Accountemps
Accountemps, a Robert Half company, is the world’s first and largest specialized staffing service for temporary accounting, finance and bookkeeping professionals. The staffing firm has 325 locations worldwide. More resources, including job search services and the company’s blog, can be found at roberthalf.com/accountemps.

 

SOURCE Accountemps

The ILScorp offices will be closed Monday, May 21, 2018, to mark the Victoria Day holiday.

The ILScorp offices will be closed Monday, May 21, 2018, to mark the Victoria Day holiday.

Long weekends are an excellent break from the craziness of work. Unfortunately, they can often slip away quite quickly, somehow leaving you with more to do than before the weekend started and no idea of where your time went. So how can you make the most of your long weekend?

First, get your CE done. Does it sound lame? You bet. Will you be glad you did it? Yes. Get online and get to work. You know you’re going to be slammed entirely at the end of  May, that’s how things work.

So a least get a head start this weekend, spend a few hours completing your CE requirements, instead of fruitlessly trying to find time at the end of the month when you’re stressed out. With ILScorp accredited continuing education courses, you have unlimited access anytime and anywhere you have an internet connection. You can complete your CE on the patio, at the beach or wherever the long weekend takes you. True, not many people like looming continuing education deadlines, or studying/working on the weekend, but nearly everyone likes the bragging rights of when they’re DONE. Just focus on how much better things will feel afterwards.

The best part? Completing your CE online with ILScorp is fast and easy. You’ll have time to do all the long weekend fun stuff, and you won’t have to feel guilty or stressed.

ILScorp and ILSTV wish you a productive, safe and fun May long weekend. Your weekly dose of insurance news returns to your inbox on May 23.

Please note that our office will be closed on Monday, May 21.

Our staff will be back in the office on Tuesday May 22 at 9 a.m. PST to answer your questions.

Looking to complete your CE hours this weekend? You can purchase your ILScorp subscription online anytime and get started today.

You can still purchase or renew your ILS CE Subscription online and access your courses anytime and anywhere you have an internet connection.

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Valentine’s Day Exposed: 10 Fascinating Facts About Feb. 14

Valentine’s Day Exposed: 10 Fascinating Facts About Feb. 14

Excerpted article was written BY ROBERT KIENER, READER’S DIGEST

Although Valentine’s Day is thought to be named after a Christian saint, there’s nothing remotely religious about this day set aside for love and lovers.

There are references linking Valentine’s Day to courtship in the Middle Ages but it wasn’t until the late 18th century that the British began sending paper Valentine cards to one another. Americans adopted the custom and ran with it, turning February 14th into a mass-marketer’s dream day of chocolate, cards, flowers, and, lest we forget, love. Today Valentine’s Day is popping up in lots of places. Admittedly, in countries where it’s a recent import, it’s mainly celebrated by younger people.

Not Everyone’s a Fan of Valentine’s Day

Plenty of people loathe February 14th, among them single, divorced or just plain depressed folks who suffer from what’s been termed “the Valentine’s Day Blues.” Others are put off by the over-hyped marketing. Elsewhere, it’s been criticized as too western, too Christian or too immoral. Saudi Arabia bans the sale of red roses and other Valentine’s Day items, because it’s a western holiday named after a Christian saint. Malaysian religious authorities arrested more than 100 Muslim couples for celebrating Valentine’s Day in 2011 and Iran banned the printing of Valentine’s Day related materials.

The Origins of Cupid

How did a chunky, naked baby with wings, a bow and an arrow come to symbolize romance? Meet Cupid, off-spring of the Roman god Venus. Named after the Latin word for “desire” (cupido), legend has it that the chubby cherub can cause a victim to fall in love merely by shooting a golden arrow into his or her heart.

Valentine’s Day in France

Paris may be the world’s most romantic city, but the French villages of Saint Valentin and Roquemaure are competing hard. Every year, on the weekend closest to Feb. 14, Saint Valentin offers lovers the chance to marry in a rose-covered garden and pin love notes on the Tree of Vows. Roquemaure’s “lovers’ festival” boasts 19th-century costumes and music.

Valentine’s Day in Japan

Because of a supposed error in early Valentine’s Day candy ads in Japan, women thought they were supposed to give men candy—instead of the other way around. Candy makers dubbed March 14th as a “reply day” called “White Day” and urged men to give chocolates to the women. It worked. The custom caught on. These days, Japanese chocolate companies make 50% of their annual sales over Valentine’s Day.

Valentine’s Day in Thailand

Lovebirds flock to Bangkok’s Bang Rak district, Thailand’s “Village of Love” to be married on Valentine’s Day. They believe the aptly named village will ensure them a long lasting marriage, and they begin lining up outside the Bang Rack district office in the wee hours of the morning.

Valentine’s Day in Italy

Each year the city of Verona receives about 1,000 letters addressed to Juliet on Valentine’s Day. Verona is where Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet lived.

Valentine’s Day in Australia

An Australian family planning organization celebrates National Condom Day on February 14, encouraging lovers to “say it with flowers, do it with condoms.”

Valentine’s Day in the USA

One study claims 53% of women in America would dump their boyfriend if they did not get them anything for Valentine’s Day. Another US study found that 38% of men have considered ending a relationship rather than face the task of choosing a “really good” gift for their partner. Pets on the other hand, make out like bandits: Americans spend an estimate $367 million on Valentine’s Day presents for their fur babies.

Valentine’s Day in India

In 2009, members of a Hindu fundamentalist group named The Sri Ram Sene attacked women in a pub in Mangalore, and their leader Pramod Muthalik announced he’d deal harshly with anybody celebrating Valentine’s Day. A group of young women decided to fight back by asking women all over the country to mail the organization pink panties. It got thousands in the mail; more than 3,000 women participated int he campaign. It seems to have worked. Celebrations for the past several years have been quiet.

 

New Changes To The Employment Standards Act, 2000 Will Affect Calculation Of New Year’s Day Holiday Pay

Article by Christopher Sinal

Effective January 1, 2018, the method used for calculating public holiday pay has changed, meaning that the way employers are required to pay qualifying employees for New Year’s Day will be different than the method used for calculating Christmas and Boxing Day pay.

Prior to January 1, employers calculated public holiday pay by taking the employee’s earnings over the previously worked four weeks and dividing that number by 20. Now, employers must base public holiday pay on the total amount of regular wages the employee earned in the last pay period the employee worked immediately before the public holiday (i.e. before January 1, 2018), and divide that number by the number of days the employee actually worked. Please note that the “first and last” rule continues to apply.

As before, if an employer and employee agree that the employee will work a public holiday, the employer must provide the employee with either: 1) regular wages on the holiday and a substitute day off with public holiday pay; or, 2) holiday pay and premium pay for each hour worked on the holiday (and not substitute day off). One new wrinkle has been added in the legislation, effective January 1: where an employer gives an employee an alternate holiday, the employer must also give the employee a written statement setting out: 1) the public holiday on which the employee will work; 2) the date of the alternate, substitute holiday; and, 3) the date on which the written statement was provided to the employee.

A number of other changes came into effect January 1, 2018 as well regarding vacation time, leaves of absence, and personal sick days.

The content of this article is intended to provide a general guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought about your specific circumstances.

Last-minute gifts that give back: A holiday rescue guide

Last-minute gifts that give back: A holiday rescue guide

The holidays are fast approaching, which means last-minute gift shoppers are urgently searching for that special something to give their special someone. UNICEF Canada offers this holiday rescue guide, a list of meaningful gifts that will help children in need this season.

“It’s been a tough year for kids. From famine to war to hurricanes, children have borne the brunt of the world’s suffering,” said Simon Chorley, Acting Deputy Director of International Programs at UNICEF Canada. “The great thing is that we can each do something about it. These holidays, Canadians can send real gifts – items like therapeutic food and warm blankets – to vulnerable children around the world. What better gift than to have a real impact on a child’s life?”

Every day, thousands of children around the world die from preventable causes. UNICEF ships Survival Gifts to children in 140 countries to keep them safe, healthy, warm and protected. Through a quick online purchase at UNICEF Canada’s online Survival Gifts store at www.survivalgifts.ca, gifts are sent to some of the world’s most vulnerable children.

“Many of the children UNICEF works to reach are caught in conflict and living in hard-to-reach areas. They’re living in conditions that most Canadians would find unacceptable,” said Chorley. “This holiday season, Canadians can help us make sure that fewer children die by purchasing a UNICEF Survival Gift. We’ll send it straight to a child in need, delivery guaranteed.”

Last year, Canadians bought more than 37 million Survival Gifts, which UNICEF shipped straight to the most vulnerable children.

Five last-minute holiday gifts that give back

For Canadians looking for a convenient way to make a meaningful impact this holiday season, UNICEF Canada recommends these five life-saving gifts:

1) Bed Nets: “Malaria accounts for 800 child deaths a day in Africa,” said Chorley. “An insecticide-treated mosquito net is the most effective way to protect and save young lives.” A set of three bed nets is $11.

2) Plumpy’Nut®: “You can boost a malnourished child’s chance of survival with Plumpy’Nut®, a therapeutic, peanut-based food,” said Chorley. “Three packets a day can help an undernourished child gain up to two pounds in one week, effectively saving their life.” A 21 pack is $12.

3) Water Purification Tablets: “Diarrhea remains a leading killer of young children,” said Chorley. “The gift of clean water for drinking and bathing can mean the difference between life and death for a child.” 4,832 tablets are $31.

4) Restock an Emergency Medical Centre: “From the onset of crises, UNICEF is among the first to arrive with help,” said Chorley. “We support emergency medical centres, which provide vital medical supplies to save children’s lives.” $52restocks an entire centre.

5) Vaccine Pack: “When we vaccinate kids, we protect them from a host of deadly diseases like tetanus, measles and polio,” said Chorley. “You can help make sure fewer children die from preventable causes.” One pack is $47.

The UNICEF Survival Gifts online store is open 24 hours a day and features more than 60 life-saving items for quick sale.

About Survival Gifts
Survival Gifts are real gifts with real impact for children and families around the world. They are delivered year round to reach the most vulnerable children. When you purchase a UNICEF Survival Gift on behalf of a friend or loved one, the recipient receives a card or e-card that celebrates the good their gift is doing, while a vulnerable child or family receives the actual items. Real items come from the UNICEF warehouse in Copenhagen, Denmark – the world’s largest humanitarian warehouse. The gifts are sent to more than 140 developing countries where UNICEF is working with children, families and communities. For more information or to purchase UNICEF Survival Gifts, please visit www.survivalgifts.ca.

About UNICEF
UNICEF has saved more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization. We work tirelessly to help children and their families, doing whatever it takes to ensure children survive. We provide children with healthcare and immunization, clean water, nutrition and food security, education, emergency relief and more.

UNICEF is supported entirely by voluntary donations and helps children regardless of race, religion or politics. As part of the UN, we are active in over 190 countries – more than any other organization. Our determination and our reach are unparalleled. Because nowhere is too far to go to help a child survive. For more information about UNICEF, please visit www.unicef.ca. For updates, follow us on Twitter and Facebook or visit unicef.ca.

SOURCE UNICEF Canada

Holiday coping skills when someone you love has dementia

During the holidays it is not only hard for the person living with this disease, but it is also hard for family and friends to journey alongside and provide the required care.

Within the next 5 years an estimated 937,000 Canadians will be living with Alzheimer’s disease or some form of dementia.

Joy Birch, COO of Highview Residences, outlines these key points to consider as you plan for family gatherings

  1. Safety is the highest consideration.
    Keep things simple. Avoid decorations that look like food or candy. Limit sugar and alcohol consumption. Designate one strong person to assist with any travelling, even for short trips from the car to the front door.
  2. Determine what your expectations are and keep them realistic. Rather than long periods together with large groups. plan for shorter amounts of quality time, each with fewer family members.
  3. Ask yourself what traditions are most important? For each activity make a list weighing the challenges, for example, stairs, too many noise distractions, blinking lights, bathroom concerns, etc.
  4. You, and any hosts whose homes you might visit, will need to know what your loved one with dementia requires. Make a list identifying strategies to overcome each.

For example, if your loved one requires a quiet area, be sure to have a space readily available for them to rest and remove themselves from a crowd.

Joy Birch is the COO of Highview Residences, a specialized, purpose built care home for people with dementia. Joy combines years of operational and hands on experience to provide coping mechanisms that will help support caregivers this holiday season.

SOURCE Highview Residences

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