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“Taking risks doesn't mean shirking responsibility, but embracing possibilities.” —Vick Hope  

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The skinny

Start surfing: Hybrid work is an effective strategy for riding the inflation wave.  

Thriller night. 

Forty years ago, a gallon of gas cost 91 cents and the late Michael Jackson dropped a 14-minute music video that is still referenced throughout pop culture today. Forty years ago, too, was the last time year-over-year U.S. inflation rates were this high: More than 9% overall. 

 Double digits. 

Gasoline, unsurprisingly, tops the charts, increasing a whopping 60%. From food and apparel to electricity and medical care, everything is giving sticker shock. What’s also doubled is employers’ concern for inflation-based pay increases, with two-thirds adding it to their meeting agenda.  

Ask and you shall receive. 

One in five employees plan to ask for double digit raises this year. As many workers have shouldered extra responsibilities from pandemic-related turnover, off-cycle pay discussions are especially imperative to retain valuable team members.   

I can be your hero, baby.

Here to save the day once again, a hybrid work model is a win-win. Lowering commuting costs and increasing free time, flexible working is a highly requested perk that can offset rising costs of living.   

Under the mask. 

Contrary to executive fears, remote arrangements consistently out-perform the traditional office setting. Hybrid has proven to be so wildly beneficial, the Netherlands made it a legal right.  

Date with Data: Due to inflation, real hourly earnings decreased 3.6% in one year  

Further Reading: Yelp’s chief people officer on why the company chose a ‘fully remote’ future


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The skinny

Do one small thing today to live healthier—your brain and bank will thank you.  

Break the bank.  

Health care spending has surged more than 600% in the last five decades, now averaging $12,531 per person each year. That’s a big pill to swallow. Individuals, hospitals, communities, and employers are bearing the systematic costs of entire populations experiencing preventable diseases. 

Habit hour.  

Bad habits, even those that seem inconsequential, add up big time. The stress and isolation of COVID-19 exacerbated everyone’s existing medical concerns and encouraged unhealthy coping mechanisms, particularly alcohol consumption.   

Ignoring warning signs. 

From rapid weight fluctuations to increased mental health incidents, the pandemic is revealing a general oversight in prioritizing preventable care. Improving daily habits can make an incredible difference to quality of life.  

Why wait?

Just like bad habits, good choices build one on top of another. Old habits don’t die hard—they resurrect every once in a while, but new routines can be achieved one small effort at a time.

Double Date: Nearly a quarter of adults reported drinking more to manage pandemic stress.  

For you: Small Lifestyle Changes Saved My Life 

 One more: Supporting sobriety at work: How Salesforce created inclusion with ‘Soberforce’  

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