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New study suggests employers are “vacation shaming” their workers

first_img Previous articleRyan O’Neil sentenced for ghost employment chargeNext articleTrump not likely worried about winning Indiana Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Twitter (Jon Zimney/95.3 MNC) A new study shows employers are spending more time encouraging their employees to take time off work.It brings up what’s called “vacation shaming.” The definition of that has changed over the years.“It used to be vacation shaming was the guilt of wanting to take time off and use your vacation time, but the term has evolved. The new definition is being more pressured by your company to take your days or take your time off,” said Sonda Sorg, recruiting manager at the global staffing firm Robert Half, in an interview with 93 WIBC’s Terri Stacy. Sorg says Robert Half specializes in helping people with their “hiring and job search needs” in the Indianapolis area.Nearly 4 in 10 workers surveyed (38%) said their employer has encouraged them to take time off, up from 25% three months ago. Of those respondents, more than two thirds (68%) said their company has increased communication about the importance of using vacation days.“I think employers, and I can speak for Robert Half, have realized the importance of employees being able to take time off. It’s been proven that time away from work certainly increases productivity and that’s really important to employers,” said Sorg.Sorg said employers are asking their employees to take time off throughout the year as opposed to waiting until the very end of the year.“A lot of employers are working with reduced staff now (because of the coronavirus) and can’t afford to have a lot of people holding on to those days until the very end of the year,” said Sorg.Sorg said the biggest thing that stands out to her is that employees are still concerned about losing their job if they take time off. She believes there are things managers can do to alleviate those concerns and create a “vacation-taking culture.”“Most importantly, managers need to lead by example and show that they can take time off and handle their work. Then they also need to work closely with their employees and help them distribute their workload. It is possible to show them they can be productive and have that balance of taking your time off,” said Sorg.Sorg said there are other methods both employees and employers should consider.“Some other options are rolling over some time into next year. Some employees will allow employees to cash out and get paid for the time that has not been used. Others are allowing employees to give time off to other colleagues,” said Sorg.With the coronavirus forcing many people to work from home, Sorg believes remote work is here to stay.“I think a lot of companies will go to a hybrid model where they will have offices open and they will have employees that do want to return to the office. That may be two days a week, five days a week, etc. But I think the hybrid model will definitely be something to watch out for in the future,” said Sorg.You can see the full study here. WhatsApp Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest IndianaLocalMichiganNews By Jon Zimney – October 28, 2020 0 301 Google+ New study suggests employers are “vacation shaming” their workers Twitter Pinterest Google+ Facebooklast_img read more


Ohio Bailout Fall-out: AEP Refuses to Let Dynegy Bid on its Coal-Fired Power Plants

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享By Tom Knox in Columbus Business First: American Electric Power Company Inc. wants to sell the Ohio power plants not included in its recently won income guarantee, but it won’t sell them to the power producers who opposed them, according to the CEO of one of those rival companies.Dynegy Inc. officials have said the company could be interested in AEP’s plants. But AEP is taking its ball and going home, Dynegy CEO Bob Flexon said, because of Dynegy’s heated opposition to AEP’s plans.“The funny thing there is AEP has specifically excluded anybody that dare speak against them in Ohio,” Flexon told me. “My understanding is we’re not invited to the latest bid party for the assets they’re selling” in Ohio and Indiana.Neither, Flexon said, are the other independent power producers who opposed the power purchase agreements sought by the  Columbus utility. Ohio energy regulators approved those plans last week.AEP (NYSE:AEP) spokeswoman Melissa McHenry said a review of the company’s plants continues but declined to provide further details.Full article: AEP won’t let Dynegy bid on its Ohio plants, exec says Ohio Bailout Fall-out: AEP Refuses to Let Dynegy Bid on its Coal-Fired Power Plantslast_img read more


Alabama’s defense may have been biggest winner from Tide’s A-Day

first_imgTUSCALOOSA, Ala. — If Alabama fans hoped to glean anything of value from the Crimson Tide’s spring game on Saturday (as much as can be extracted from a glorified scrimmage, anyway), then they need only look at two plays.The first came on the Crimson Team’s penultimate drive of A-Day. Star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa had yet to throw a touchdown on the day. He remedied that when he found Jerry Jeudy between defenders for a 54-yard scoring connection, reminding everyone not only of what this offense can accomplish with the talent it has, but also that this defense must catch up to the offense in 2019. On the other side, the Crimson Team defense struggled to consistently defend against Mac Jones, who completed 19 of 23 passes for 271 yards and two touchdowns to one interception. His backup, Taulia Tagovailoa, completed 6 of 9 passes for 93 yards and an interception but also threw a beautiful touchdown pass to Jaylen Waddle while on the run. Freshman receiver John Metchie led all receivers with 133 yards on five catches.So, while the defense made plays, it still has a lot to work on as it prepares for the 2019 season.”We made a lot of progress throughout spring,” McKinney said. “I feel like there’s a lot of things to improve on, which we’ll do when we come back. But as of right now, we’re pretty happy with being done in the spring.” The second play was Tagovailoa’s final throw of the game, which was hawked out of the air by cornerback Trevon Diggs. It was one of four interceptions the secondary pulled down on the day, the proverbial nail in the coffin as the White Team prevailed over the Crimson 31-17, and a sign the secondary has made those strides in the spring.MORE: Alabama football: What to expect from Tide in 2019″So the coverage was tighter, the tackling was better,” coach Nick Saban said. “Everything was better when the 1s were playing against the 1s.”There’s no denying Alabama’s defense took a back seat in 2018 as the offense became the focal point of the team. The Tide enjoyed an unprecedented passing attack while their defense — which was by no means a weakness — looked mortal when compared to some of the great units Saban has coached in previous seasons.That said, the fact this secondary could limit Tagovailoa to 19-of-37 passing for 265 yards, with one touchdown and one interception — and that it routinely blanketed the talented trio of Jeudy, DeVonta Smith and Henry Ruggs — says a lot about the group. Diggs, Xavier McKinney, Patrick Surtain II, Josh Jobe and Jared Mayden combined for six pass break-ups, an interception and exceptionally tight coverage against one of the top receiving corps in the nation.It’s a positive sign for a group whose lasting impression from 2018 was when Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence carved it up for 347 yards and three touchdowns in the College Football Playoff championship game.”I thought they did pretty good,” Tagovailoa said of the secondary. “They did a tremendous job, not falling for a lot of things they did in practice. They were a lot more disciplined, they played as one. So I thought they did a good job.”The secondary wasn’t the only place where the defense excelled Saturday. Inside linebacker Jaylen Moody scored on a 30-yard pick-six. Anfernee Jennings, Eyabi Anoma, Raekwon Davis, Christian Barmore and DJ Dale each had a sack. The Crimson Team was held to 317 yards, including just 13 on the ground.MORE: Saban going ‘back to the well’ with latest coaching staffThat said, there were plays that Saban will be sure to point out. The defense gave up big gains to tight ends Miller Forristall and Cameron Latu, a converted linebacker. Smith caught six passes for 95 yards. Jeudy caught five for 104. Ruggs had a few drops, including one that could have gone for a touchdown.last_img read more