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The Flack™ for Friday, August 26, 2022

The Flack highlights changes and trends in the news, examples of communications practices, and content we at BYRNE PR thought you might find useful.

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What is ‘Quiet Quitting,’ and How it May Be a Misnomer for Setting Boundaries at Work – Remember the days when we would get organized for the next day, close our laptops at 5 p.m. and enjoy evenings and weekends with family and friends? Neither do we. However, after years of expecting employees to be reachable and working at all hours of the day, some employees are fighting back. These days, turning work off and enjoying personal time is being referred to as “quiet quitting.” NPR digs into the issue and the term.

Hangover Leave Tops Houseplant Bereavement in Job Perks Wish ListThe great resignation and the war for talent have caused many employers to offer benefits and job perks that would have been unimaginable just a few years ago. So with employees having it pretty good, Trusiac wanted to know what they want next. The answers might surprise you.

Who is Collecting Data From Your Car?Many of us are connected to our laptops and smartphones nearly every waking moment and worry about the data that’s being collected. It seems the only break we get is in our cars. Satellite radio, streaming services, podcasts, etc., have made commutes better, but are you really alone? The Markup takes a look at 37 companies that may be collecting data from your car.  

Why Competitive Chess is as Vicious as 10 Rounds in a Boxing Ring – Over the past few years, the Netflix series, The Queen’s Gambit and the pandemic have contributed to the growing popularity of chess. And, from a distance, chess seems quiet, peaceful and maybe even relaxed. Take a closer look, and you will see a much different story. InsideHook takes a look at the current state of the Game of Kings.

The Rise of the “Morally Dubious Podcaster” in Pop Culture – Podcasts have become like trash cans: everyone has one, and most of them stink. And now, the interesting character of “morally dubious podcaster” seems to be creeping into more and more movies and streaming series. How did this start, and why is it such a huge trend? NPR will tell you in four quick minutes.

The Rise of Workplace SurveillanceThis year many workers returned to the office, but many others have continued to work remotely. Remote work eliminates the commute, reduces dry-cleaning bills and, for many, allows a better work/life balance. But more and more remote employees are becoming aware of one potential downside. This New York Times report revealed some employers are monitoring their employees by tracking their time online, grabbing screenshots of their computers throughout the day and even taking pictures of employees while they work. Dig into this disturbing 30-minute listen from The Daily.


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