Bits ’n Pieces Fall 2015

by Shari Prest, InvestMN

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Did you know?

Let’s Get Engaged (Search Institute, Citizenship Project, www.civicroots.org)

Civic engagement is linked to important youth outcomes, such as:

  • Healthier individuals, including increases in the satisfaction and positive emotions. Kids feel good when they help others!
  • Fewer problem behaviors and higher school achievement
  • Stronger communities, where young people are valued and feel committed to supporting the greater good

Just so you know:

  • One-third of kids report their parents volunteer, follow the news, or work to improve their neighborhood
  • 40% of youth report they have too much schoolwork or would rather do other things than participate in extracurricular activities
  • 70% of parents report that their family discusses problems facing their community
  • 30% of youth report that their family discusses problems facing their community
  • 72% of youth feel supported by their parents
  • 54% of youth feel supported by their teachers

Values and Variables

  • $1.2 trillion – The amount spent in one year of fast-food and casual-restaurants
  • $545 billion – the amount spent on pre-k through secondary education by federal, state and local governments combined in 2014

A Time for Everything (extracted from Sleep Deficit, Kermit Pattison, ExperienceLife, May 2015.)

  • Adults need 7 to eight hours of sleep daily, according to the National Institutes of Health. Teens require 9 to 10 hours of sleep each day
  • 70% of American adults and teens get insufficient sleep
  • 31% of high school students report getting at least 8 hours of sleep on an average on a school night
  • The average American gets 2 hours less sleep per night than the average American did 40 years ago
  • There was a 34% increase in of-the-job performance in a study done of pilots who took naps and a 54 percent improvement in alertness
  • Functions like short-term memory and high-level mental tasks that require us to pay attention to several things at once, are particularly vulnerable to sleep loss
  • Studies consistently demonstrate that good sleep sets up the brain for positive feelings

Energy Overload

  • 50% of adolescents consume energy drinks
  • 32% of adolescents consume energy drinks on a daily basis
  • 46% of energy drink ads appear on TV air on channels favored by adolescents
  • According to a 2010 study, sugar-free energy drinks can increase the risk of adverse heart events
  • Research indicates that energy drinks make it harder for kids to pay attention in school
  • Middle schoolers who consume sugary energy drinks are 66% likelier to show symptoms of hyperactivity
  • Between January 2012 and November 2014, the FDA received 224 adverse-event reports from energy-drink companies

Considering Careers (based in part on Time Magazine, The Answer Issue, careers, July 6/13, 2015)

When students select a career path to pursue each of the following merit consideration:

  • Compensation (annual pay not including benefits)
  • Level of stress (measured by CareerCast.com based on 11 factors including travel and deadlines)
  • Growth of field (projected change in the number of jobs in that field from 2012 to 2022) (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • Satisfaction (measured individually and personally by level of interest, ability to contribute and workplace environment)

Currency Quiz

  • What woman should be represented on the next ten-dollar bill and why?
  • What Latin phrase appears “E Pluribus Unum” mean?
  • A mile of pennies laid out is $844.80. By this standard, America is about $2.5 million pennies wide, coast to coast
  • What does the so-called “all-seeing eye” that sits atop the pyramid on dollar bills represent?
  • What bill makes up 80% of all U.S. currency?
  • What bill has the shortest lifespan of any currency?

Definitions

Engage:

  • Occupy, attract or involve (someone’s interest or attention)
  • Participate or become involved in

Engagement:

  • The act of engaging or state of being engaged

Employee Engagement:

  • Employee engagement is the emotional commitment the employee has to the organization and its goals. (Forbes)
  • The harnessing of organization members to their work roles; in engagement, people employ and express themselves physically, cognitively, and emotionally during role performances. (William Kahn)
  • Emotional connection an employee feels toward his or her employment organization, which tends to influence his or her behaviors and level of effort in work related activities. (businessdictionary.com)

Community engagement:

  • The process by which community benefit organizations and individuals build ongoing, permanent relationships for the purpose of applying a collective vision for the benefit of a community (Wikipedia)

Quotable

  • The more engagement an employee has with his or her company, the more effort they put forth. Employee engagement also involves the nature of the job itself – if the employee feels mentally stimulated; the trust and communication between employees and management; ability of an employee to see how their own work contributes to the overall company performance; the opportunity of growth within the organization; and the level of pride an employee has about working or being associated with the company. (businessdictionary.com)

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