Hannah's Headlines -2/1/2019

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Survey: 17.2M Employees Will Likely Skip Work "Super Bowl Monday"

There’s a good chance when you go to work on Monday you’ll find the office emptier than normal. That’s because a lot of people will likely be out, recovering from too much partying on Super Bowl Sunday.  As we previously told you, a majority of workers say they know someone who called in sick the day after the big game, and now a new report reveals just how bad those absences can get.

A poll conducted by The Workforce Institute at Kronos Incorporated finds that 17.2 million employees are likely to skip work this Monday, which is the largest rate of expected post-Super Bowl absenteeism since the group started tracking such absences in 2005. The previous high was in 2016 with 16.5 million workers expected to miss work.

Of those skipping work Monday, about 8-million are taking a pre-approved day off, although 4.7-million plan to call in sick, even though they aren’t sick. And even if folks do come into work, employers are likely not to get a full day out of them, with 22-million employees expected to either come in late (3.1-mil), leave early (6.3-mil), or work remotely from home (12.5-mil).

Luckily, it seems some bosses don’t get too angry when folks skip work after the big game. In fact, the poll finds 62% of senior level execs actually think it’s funny when workers call out sick after the Super Bowl, while only 51% of junior and mid-level employees can find the humor in it.

  • With all this in mind, should companies just start making the day after the Super Bowl a national holiday? Well, it turns out most people don’t think so. Only 32% of workers think it should be a national holiday, although that number goes up to 41% for those 18 to 34.

Source: Kronos

Are Airlines Purposefully Splitting Up Passengers?

Most people like to sit with their family or traveling companion on a flight but it seems airlines' computer systems may be working against you when you book a flight. 

If you and your family has ever booked a trip online together only to have the computer randomly sit you separately there’s a good chance that website is doing it on purpose, this way the airline can get you to pay more to change your seat so you’ll be together. 

UX design consultant Harry Brignull calls this coding a dark pattern explaining it’s "where you're trying to do one thing, and the service tricks you into doing another thing that you weren't expecting."

  • And by the way? Low cost airlines are particularly guilty of this practice, and while they claim it’s not happening on purpose , Brignull doubts that’s true, noting that it actually takes more work for programmers to make a program that assigns seats at random than it does to assign them sequentially.

Source: CBC

Russian Driver Busted Over Carpet Surfing Stunt - Sometimes people have to hold off on posting videos of stunts.

Someone posted a video of a car pulling to guys behind it on a carpet and now the driver is in trouble. Did we mention this happened when there was lots of traffic?

Russian police were not amused by the guys getting their Aladdin on and the driver was fined. …… a paltry 15 bucks.

See the video here .

Source: UPI

Have Spam Calls Stopped You From Answering Your Phone?

A new report is out that shows the effect Spam calls are having on Americans’ overall smartphone usage. No surprise, one of the big takeaways is that we’re answering our phones less often. The company behind caller ID app Hiya has released its first State of the Phone Call report, which contains some pretty interesting findings. Based on an analysis of 11 billion phone calls, for example Hiya reports that Americans are only answering about 52 percent of all calls to their mobile phones. Dive into that a little deeper and things get more revealing. Thanks in part to the explosion in robocalls and spam calls, the nearly 50 percent of phone calls that go unanswered jumps way up to 76 percent of calls left unanswered — a little more than three out of every four — when the call comes from an unidentified or unfamiliar number.

  • Do you ever pick your phone if it’s an unidentified number? How often do you get spam calls?

Link: https://nypost.com/2019/01/30/spam-calls-have-stopped

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