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Are you a good candidate for a grocery delivery service? This can be as simple as getting your produce and frozen foods delivered or signing up for a meal prep subscription. No matter your cooking or eating style, there are many people who can benefit from this service.

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If This Sounds Like You, You Should Try Grocery Delivery

Are you a good candidate for a grocery delivery service? This can be as simple as getting your produce and frozen foods delivered or signing up for a meal prep subscription. No matter your cooking or eating style, there are many people who can benefit from this service.

You’re a Mom

A grocery trip with small children can be a nightmare. From a crowded parking lot to too many distractions for your little one to handle slow checkout lines, you may feel that your energy could be better directed than dealing with grocery shopping. If you are a little squeamish about someone else handling your food, remember that several people already have. From the picker to the packager to the truck to the shelf, your groceries pass through many hands. Convenience and stress-free grocery procurement are a small price to pay to have to wash your produce, which you’re probably doing anyway.

You’re Sick or Injured

If you’re temporarily injured, such as recovering from a broken bone or surgery, you may not have access to a handicapped placard. While the cast on a broken arm may not make it hard to walk across the lot, you may find that letting the cast get cold can, in fact, be very painful. Broken bones, in particular, can make getting around complicated, especially with multiple fractures or complicated fractures that required open reduction internal fixation (ORIF) surgery for repair. Your body is busy healing, so exposure to anything from a nasty cold to mononucleosis can set you back. 

You Eat a Consistent Diet

For some people, cooking is a creative act, and shopping for food is fun. However, if your diet is fairly steady and your cooking style simple, grocery shopping can get boring. Anyone who has a pretty standard meal rotation could benefit from a delivery service. In fact, you may feel compelled to tip your delivery person for the time you save shopping for the same things each week. 

You Are Insanely Busy

You know you should be eating better, and you’re happy to do that when life slows down a little bit. However, life will stay crazy busy for the foreseeable future, so you keep hitting the drive-thru at the end of your long days and struggling with the guilt you feel for making poor food choices. Sound familiar? Indulge in some self-care. Have your Instacart shopper (or whichever grocery delivery service you choose) bring you good food, so you don’t have to find time to shop. Rather than spending your limited free time shopping, you can spend it preparing good food for the week to come. You’ll be investing in your future health instead of feeling bad about that burger and fries.

It’s said that time is money. This is inaccurate. Money can be found in an old pair of jeans or your sock drawer, and technically you can make more of it anytime you please. Time, once gone, is out of your hands forever. Grocery delivery services serve multiple purposes, and one of them is to provide you with the time you would have spent at the store back in your hands to use as you wish.

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Zoom work relationships are a lot harder to build – unless you can pick up on colleagues’ nonverbal cues

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Professor of Industrial-Organizational Psychology, University of Waterloo
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Workers who communicate with their colleagues mainly through videoconferencing are far less effective at building relationships than when the communication is done face to face, according to a study we recently completed and just submitted for peer review. We also found two important ways employees can overcome the downside of video meetings.
Workers in our study reported a sharp deterioration in their work relationships after more of their communications were done via videoconferencing during the pandemic, which our analysis suggested made the employees three times less effective at building relationships.
Participants reported that it was harder to understand their coworkers’ nonverbal cues and to listen intently to what others were saying during virtual meetings compared with their in-person communications. Without these two crucial elements, the positive effects of relationship-building – such as coordination and efficiency – were tough to establish.
Looking at the data more closely, we found that those who reported that they focused on nonverbal communication cues from their colleagues or said they tried harder to listen attentively were less likely to see any change in the quality of their work relationships. In fact, we found that when these two communication behaviors were present, video calls were comparable to meeting face to face in promoting team efficiency and even more effective in coordinating team activities.
Relationship-building is known to be key to improving team outcomes – and even more important when employees are communicating over video. But it’s also more difficult.
But since the COVID-19 pandemic began in the spring, when about 79% of those polled by Gallop said they were at least sometimes working from home, many companies and workers have complained about the drawbacks of remote work, such as declines in innovation and a lack of social connection.
While more people have returned to the office since the spring, almost 60% of U.S. workers said they were still telecommuting part time or full time in September. Given that about two-thirds of workers say they’d like to continue working remotely at least some of the time after the pandemic ends, there’s a clear need to find ways to make it better.
Our findings suggest companies and workers could offset some of the downsides, which could pay dividends in the post-pandemic world.
Our findings are based on a survey of employees in the U.S., where workplace communication norms are often direct, meaning that people tend to use explicit verbal messages. U.S.-based results don’t easily apply to other cultures, such as those with communication styles that are indirect and relational.
Through Amazon’s Mechanical Turk platform, which researchers like us use to recruit participants from around the world, we surveyed 324 American working adults who, before the pandemic, conducted the vast majority of their meetings in person and now use videoconferencing for a substantial share of them. We asked them about their work relationships, their communication behaviors when working in person and over the web and their work unit’s performance now compared with before the pandemic, and used a form of statistical analysis to reveal patterns.
We conducted the research with the help of Ye Zhang, who just received her doctorate from Peking University, as well as Jeff Russell, managing director of InterCulturalEdge, which the four of us co-founded in 2015.
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Fired for storming the Capitol? Why most workers aren’t protected for what they do on their own time

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Can you be fired for joining a violent mob that storms the Capitol?
Of course you can.
Among the jarring images of white insurrectionists who broke into the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 was a man marching through the building holding a Trump flag with his work ID badge still draped around his neck.
It didn’t take long for internet sleuths to zoom in on the badge and alert his employer, Navistar Direct Marketing, a Maryland direct mail printing company.
The company promptly fired the man and contacted the FBI, issuing a statement that “any employee demonstrating dangerous conduct that endangers the health and safety of others will no longer have an employment opportunity.”
Even though the Capitol Police let all but 14 of the rioters walk away, the FBI and District of Columbia police have begun tracking them down. Other companies have also taken action against employees identified in the many photos from inside the Capitol. Even the CEO of a data analytics firm found himself without a job following his arrest.
Based on my experience as a law professor and lawyer specializing in employment law, I doubt that Navistar management is losing sleep over whether its decision was legally justified.
It’s not even a close case. Non-unionized workers in the United States – about 90% of all workers – are employed at-will. That means you can be terminated at any time, without notice, for any reason. It doesn’t even have to be a good reason. Unless the company has guaranteed your job in writing, or there is a specific law that protects your conduct – such as laws protecting union organizing or whistleblowing – your fate is up to them.
The law is more protective when it comes to unionized workers and government employees. These workers may have the right to be terminated only for cause, and they might get a hearing process prior to being disciplined. Government workers are also protected by the First Amendment, particularly when it comes to free speech in their capacity as citizens rather than speech related to the workplace.
That’s why the teachers and off-duty police officers spotted at the Capitol have only been suspended pending investigations, rather than fired outright. For these workers, their fate may depend on whether they were peacefully participating in the day’s earlier rally – an activity that would be considered protected speech – as opposed to engaging in violence or joining the capitol invasion, which would be unprotected illegal conduct.
Things get murky if these government workers were displaying white supremacist symbols, like a confederate flag, at the rally. Courts have recognized limits on the public speech of police officers to uphold public confidence, community relations and department morale.
But as the Brennan Center, a liberal-leaning law and public policy institute, observed in an August 2020 report, “few law enforcement agencies have policies that specifically prohibit affiliating with white supremacist groups.” The absence of such policies could make it harder for departments to later discipline off-duty police officers for their role.
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State lawmakers who participated are a different matter. Because they were elected by the people, they can’t be removed like ordinary employees. That might require a recall election or a state impeachment process.
But for most of the folks who snapped selfies in the Capitol – or ended up in someone else’s – if they don’t get a knock on the door from the FBI, they may soon be getting one from HR.
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Trump’s Twitter feed shows ‘arc of the hero,’ from savior to showdown

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I’ve analyzed over 30,000 tweets from Donald Trump’s Twitter feed from January 2015 to December 2020. They show Trump following a “hero’s journey,” from presenting himself as a savior as he first announced his candidacy for president to his post-election fight and showdown with his perceived enemies.
My paper, which is currently undergoing peer review, looks at Trump’s social media use through the lens of brand storytelling and what is known among scholars as the “hero’s journey,” based on the work of mythologist Joseph Campbell. In his 1949 book “Hero with a Thousand Faces,” Campbell explains that hero quests follow similar trajectories: The hero leaves his ordinary world and enters a place of supernatural wonders. He then faces a series of trials, survives, receives his reward and returns home.
Trump’s Twitter feed – now archived after his account was suspended – chronicles how the president left his comfortable life as a billionaire real estate magnate and entered the political realm as a savior who would protect Americans from immigrants, Muslims, Democrats and even fellow Republicans such as the primary opponents he vanquished to become the party’s nominee. As his Twitter feed tells the story, he also experienced trials that ordinary persons could not have endured, such as the “Russia hoax” and his first impeachment, emerging unscathed. “No collusion, no obstruction,” he frequently wrote, referring to his account of the result of the Mueller investigation into Russian election interference.
His election loss in November means his journey must come to an end, but, to him and his supporters, his job is not complete – and no one else can take his place. So it is no surprise that the hero of the story would fight back with all his might in a final showdown and call on the supernatural energy of his supporters to keep his journey going, such as by urging them to come to Washington and be “wild.” Just a day before his supporters stormed the Capitol, he tweeted: “Washington is being inundated with people who don’t want to see an election victory stolen by emboldened Radical Left Democrats. Our Country has had enough, they won’t take it anymore! We hear you (and love you) from the Oval Office.”
This tweet has many important ingredients of the hero: The enemy is established (“Radical Left Democrats”), their evil deeds are recognized (“election victory stolen”), the call to arms is sounded (“our country has had enough”) and his special bond with his base and their support are reaffirmed (“we hear you and love you”).
Trump used social media to fuel his political ambitions well before he descended the escalator at Trump Tower to announce he was running for president. From a few million then, his following grew to about 89 million at the time of his suspension, which put him among the top 10 accounts worldwide.
After the Capitol siege, Twitter and other social media companies finally banned Trump from posting on their sites after years of turning a mostly blind eye to his divisive rhetoric.
They joined other tech firms and large corporations and industry groups that have distanced themselves from the president – or even called for his removal using various strategies – following the Capitol incursion he fomented.
During my research, I also examined five other exemplary studies of Trump’s Twitter use. They show a penchant for denigrating perceived enemies, and personality characteristics that suggest narcissism, insecurity and lack of conscientiousness toward others.
My research confirms what these other studies found but also reveals how his tweets turned steadily more negative over time as his perceived enemies grew in number and his administration became engulfed in successive challenges.
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