A new survey finds that most US workers are very stressed (big surprise!) —and that for nearly a quarter of all employees, the top priority is simply showing up at work.
The study found that:
More than 60% of employees report high levels of stress, and another 32% report constant, but not as high, levels of stress. Low stress? Only 5% of those surveyed are that lucky.
As for that top priority, 22% listed "presenteeism"—just being present—as their main concern and the most important thing to do at work.
Why so stressed? Almost 40% say it's because their workload is increasing.
Stress causes 36% of workers to waste an hour or more each day, the study found. It also causes almost 30% of employees to miss anywhere from three to six days of work per year.
"As employers continue to take a wait-and-see approach when it comes to hiring, people who currently have jobs—many of whom have taken on extra work—are starting to show signs of prolonged stress," warns the ComPsych CEO. "This can result in burnout and reduced performance."
Again, no big surprises here. I say just showing up is 99% of the battle.
Others called it a candy stick with a little bit of red dye on the end.
Ah yes, I'm talking about candy cigarettes, which used to available down at the corner store for kids of all ages to enjoy, so they could act like all the really sophisticated grown-ups. I remember buying packs of them at Ray & Gen's Grocery Store, which was just down the street from where I grew up in Stevens Point. I'd share them with my friends, and we'd be sure to warn each other if the wrong, fiery end of the cigarette was accidentally put into our mouths.
There were lots of brands, and they also came it small "fun-size" for trick or treaters (about 3 "smokes" to a pack).
A lot of people probably look back that in shock and dismay, but if candy cigarettes did not exist, I probably would have found a way to improvise, with a licorice stick or something.
And besides, if the tobacco companies didn't get me with those, there was a chance that the great neighborhood game we used to play would. Did any body else play "CIgarette Tag/?" I don't remember quite how it worked, but I'm pretty sure we didn't chase each other around with lit cigarettes.
(I did smoke when I was a teenager--for around a month, until a little incident with lighting a cigarette on a gas stove singed my bangs and made me quit, cold turkey).
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The Pipkins took it all the way to #9 in the summer of 1970. The Pipkins weren't a real group..they were Roger Greenaway and Tony Burrows, who took care of lead vocals on songs for other groups around the same time: Edison Lighthouse, White Plains and The First Class.
We'll have to look...but he may have made more than one appearance on that ridiculous iPod.
Green Day has announced it's canceling a club tour that was scheduled for the end of this year, and is postponing concerts scheduled for January and February, 2013.
That includes the show originally scheduled for February 2nd in Madison at the Alliant Energy Center.
According to a press release on the band's website, the show in Madison and the others in January and February will be rescheduled, and tickets purchased for those shows will be honored at the future dates. They say those dates should be announced soon.
The band acknowledges that the timing of this isn't ideal, but say the well being of lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong is the most important thing. Armstrong entered rehab after freaking otu at a concert in Las Vegas in September.
Meanwhile the band says it has moved up the release of it's album Tre! to December 11th.
According to Green Day drummer Tre Cool, "We feel bad we have to delay our tour, so to make up for it we want to give our fans the music earlier than we had planned."
It was the summer of 1979, and this song was on the radio pretty much non-stop. It got all the way to number 1, which is much better than Robert John's followup did. "Lonely Eyes" just didn't have the same ring to it.
Since Halloween is almost here, you're probably wondering "What are those gosh darn Zombeatles up to?"
You may remember their album "Meet the Zombeatles," or their highly acclaimed documentary "The Zombeatles: All You Need is Brains."
These days the undead alteregos of our friends the Gomers are getting very restless, as they search high and low for more brains to hold! They're hoping to create an animated feature all about the band and their flesh eating ways, and need your help via kickstarter. (Click here for more info).
But despite their busy schedule, they have gotten caught up in the "Gangnam Style" craze, with a very Zombeatles twist.
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