Links to Awesome Stuff Vol. 2

Sometimes I find cool stuff on the interwebs (first edition here). Here’s what I found this week.

 Cool Stuff I Found On The Interwebs #linklove

If you’re a Harry Potter fan (have you picked up the fact that I am too?) you’ll love this clip of Daniel Radcliffe sorting celebrities in to Hogwarts houses.

How to make a ginormous fluffy pancake in your rice cooker. Looks like I know what we’ll be having for breakfast.

The Secret to Baking the Best Chocolate Chip Cookies. You know how sometimes you think you made the exact same recipe as the last time but they just turn out different? This will help you figure out how to make the exact chocolate chip cookies you want.

Work-Life Balance is Non-Existent in the Connected AgeRecent research shows that American’s work-life balance is crumbling (shocker). 

The research discovered that 45% of workers feel obligated to respond to emails after hours, while 47% feel guilty if they don’t work — either on site or from home — when sick.”

For millenials, the data was even more extreme.

Employees born between 1982 and 1993 are most inclined to remain “on” during off hours, with more than half feeling compelled to respond to emails outside of work. Additionally, 40% of millennials surveyed expressed guilt about using all of their vacation time, more than double the 18% of baby boomers who reported a similar sentiment.”

Wait for it, I have commentary…

In over two years, I have not taken a sick day. In my current workplace, the sick day policy is kind of that we don’t have one. If I’m not feeling well, I work from home. The only time I’ve used an actual sick day is when I had surgery that I was completely knocked out for and was therefore incapable of answering emails. I’ve often wondered if this is healthy. Because of what I do (working so closely with kids with cancer) there have been many occasions that I’ve felt I needed a mental health day. Are those even acceptable?

I think most people, millenials in particular, would benefit from clear work-life boundaries in terms of communication.

The Worlds Ugliest Dog was crowned this weekend. I can’t be the only one who still thinks these pups are adorable. Peanut looks like he’s smiling!

Humans of New York. I’m not sure how I hadn’t heard of this project until I came across it on Instagram. So fascinating. Such a wonderful reminder that every person is a completely unique individual.

Hope you’re enjoying your weekend! Any thoughts on work-life balance? I’d love to hear. 

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  • I wholeheartedly agree! I was born during that period. (Does this make me a millennial? I’m never quite sure where I fall in that) I work from home 100% of the time as my entire organization is remote. This means you are always on. If you’re not at your desk, you’re expected to have your cell phone nearby to answer emails, respond to instant messages, hop into meetings if necessary. Since I work for a social media company, we have people working around the clock. The internet never sleeps. So there is always someone working that may have questions. Also, as I am closer to the west coast time zone wise in Phoenix, I will have east coast co-workers emailing when they come into the office in the morning their time. Three hours ahead. I start my official work day at 530am. And I try to call it a day around 3 pm. Some do workers keep different hours and therefore will be starting their day when I am well into mine. So they will decide they have dozens of questions about something when I am finishing up or have left my office for the day.

    I took a vacation,last year, and worked a good portion of it. Including taking phone calls in the middle of the airport, sending emails from the plane before take off, even doing meetings during the day.

    I was involved in a very serious auto accident last year while my husband was living overseas in Korea. My first concern wasn’t trying to track him down and alert him. It was making sure work knew that I may not be able to respond to emails right away because I was currently strapped to a gurney in an ambulance. While my boss was completely understanding. That stress is there. It’s hard to disconnect. It’s stressful to disconnect. I seriously question if it is indeed healthy or productive.

  • Um I loved that Daniel video. haha when he got to Beyonce “I don’t know any of these people!” He’s so adorable. He needs a better haircut though.

  • I feel like I have a work life balance. I bet I don’t, seeing as how I have my work email on my personal phone. Oops. But I still manage to keep my hours down. On the other hand, I’m always working on something! My boss feels like people are more productive that work part time. I would have to agree with that. I get a lot done at work in a shorter amount of time, but it has also motivated me to take on several other part time type jobs. I make novelty skirts and I blog, both of which take up the rest of my time, along with other endeavors. We do use all of our vacation though! It’s a bummer that it costs so much to live nowadays. I think that makes it difficult for people to feel like they can take time off.

  • so the world’d ugliest dog contest is held in the town next to where I grew up and I use to go all the time when I was younger!

  • Work-life balance is non-existent in my job. They try to tell us it exists, but it doesn’t. It’s all very passive-aggressive, really. We need to work from 8:30-5 every day and if you leave RIGHT AT 5, expect to be judged. Rarely out loud, of course, but behind your back, checking their watch, etc. I work two jobs and I don’t know how many times I’ve been required to work on my weekends AFTER I finished working at my other job. The sick day thing is true, too. And you know, when I still enjoyed my work I didn’t mind working the extra hours … but now that my job is no longer fulfilling, I hate it.

  • So actually one of my classes this past term was all about the disappearing boundaries between the personal and professional spheres. And companies like Google, Facebook, etc. are perpetuating this even more through things like awesome and free meals for all meals (keeps you in the office longer), 20%time (connects your jobs and your interests), casual workwear (work time = just like weekend time!), etc. Interesting to think about.

  • I feel guilty for taking my sick/vacation days (my work, too, has a loose “take it when you need it” policy), but I don’t let that stop me from actually taking them. It helps that I work in a very small company and I see everyone else make maximum use of their off time too. But there’s definitely a pressure to be at least somewhat responsive to email (check it maybe once a day or so) and phone calls. Which sucks, but I think it’s just part of our generation’s “always connected” mentality, that we should always be available. I think the state of the economy plays into it too…jobs don’t feel secure, and the very real idea of being out of work is scary. I think to a certain extent, we’re trying to prove our worth to our employers.

  • Amy

    I’ve been reading this time and time again lately… what is “balance” really?! I totally think that mental health days are a necessity… being physically healthy is one thing, but being mentally healthy is just as much, if not more, important. I think this goes along with mental health in general and the stigma’s associated with it. Employers wouldn’t think twice about allowing you a sick day if your barfing your guts out, but will raise an eye brow if you say “mental health day”. Food for thought though… definitely gets you thinking!!

  • I find this topic very interesting. I may be in the minority, but the second I walk out of work I stop thinking about it, rarely check my emails at home, and feel 0 guilt for it. I work in healthcare, so I can’t really work from home because of HIPAA. I always use my vacation and personal days and occasionally take a sick day for a mental health day. I know people’s work can be very defining of who they are, but for me it’s a small part of who I am, and I have no problem cutting off from it. I think we all could benefit from forgetting about work on the evenings and weekends.

  • Luckily, I don’t work any hours at home, but the balance is still hard. I do feel guilty if I’m asked to stay and don’t want to, so most of the time I end up saying yes. Or coming in on days off. It doesn’t happen too often, but I feel very tied to my job and bad if I perceive that I let them down. I also drove my tiny car through snow storms multiple times, because I would not get paid if I didn’t show up at work those days. I wish we had the European work style of sometimes a month of vacation every year.

  • How did we ever get by without the internet, there are so many interesting stuff to be found

  • I’ve been loving the Humans In New York page on facebook!

  • I just spent the last 30 minutes on Humans of New York, and I’m not quite sure yet if this is a problem. Thought you’d like to know.

  • Katie

    Girl yes TAKE a mental health day!!! They’re absolutely necessary!! Granted, I don’t work in the same field as you, but there are some days where I just need to completely disconnect from everything (no phone, computer, social media, etc…)

    There’s nothing wrong with taking a day off here and there especially if it’s going to help you in the long term!

  • I watched that Daniel Radcliff video at work today – Kayne is Slytherin? Amazing!

  • Alexis

    I definitely blame you for my new found HONY addiction! This has to be the best thing ever! It literally makes you slow down and reevaluate certain aspects of your life. You never know someone’s story. I love it!

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