Twenty-four little hours without grumping, frowning, grousing, or complaining. That’s the goal of the 12th annual Great American Grump Out, which is today (May 1).
The occasion is the brainchild of stress reduction expert Jan Hathy, who wanted to do something to help America after the trauma of 9/11. The first Grump Out was at Kalamazoo School in Michigan. Thanks to media attention, the idea quickly spread to other states and is now also celebrated in Canada, Japan, Europe, and Australia.
Just as “Stop, Drop, and Roll” is the mantra everyone has learned for what to do if ever on fire, many safety officials want “Run, Hide, Fight” to be the automatic reaction workers have if ever confronted with a gunman in the office. According to this article, people often freeze up when confronted with such a shocking situation and lose valuable time. By training the brain to have an automatic response, chances of survival increase.
Rewarding employees for meeting certain health standards vs. penalizing them for unhealthy results has been a hot topic in the news, with headlines such as “When the Boss Makes You Pay for Being Fat” splattered across major publications. While leaders often prefer voluntary programs featuring incentives to make health improvements – a gift card for participating in a fitness challenge or $50 off monthly insurance payments for regular blood-pressure monitoring -- some are not seeing sufficient change.
No, those new hires aren’t getting younger by the minute. Today is “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day,” meaning some 3.5 million workplaces will be hosting pint-sized guests eager to learn what their parents do when they disappear to that mysterious thing called “a job.” Now in its 20th year, this national public education program was designed to help children connect what they learn at school with the actual working world and encourage them to think about what they might like to do someday.