Stressed-Out Workers are Costing Companies

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Companies feel like they are doing as much as they can for their employees by spending more money on health benefits than they do on some of their own products. But they do not realize that the real issue lies with the stress that comes along with the job. Employee stress is usually due to an overwhelming amount of work hours, little to no autonomy over their jobs, and economic instability. These are things that affect people in all careers, whether they are blue- or white-collar jobs. This great amount of stress on the employees is not only affecting their mental health but also the company’s profit. The pressure causes the workers to miss their shifts, and if they do show up, they are unproductive.

According to U.K. government figures, more than half of the country’s working days lost to ill health in 2017-2018 were caused by stress, depression, or anxiety. Jobs expect employees to use their sick days when they are physically ill, but they usually don’t consider mental illnesses as a valid health concern. Companies definitely do not expect that they are at the heart of the issue.  The Wall Street Journal says “companies spend $190 billion in excess costs to workplace stress and 120,000 annual deaths—enough to place it sixth amid causes of death in the U.S., ahead of diabetes and kidney disease.” This statement contradicts itself because workers’ jobs are the reason they are stressed out, and it is costing the company whenever employees miss work. Companies are aware that they are losing money to these issues but aren’t doing anything to change it.

What can companies do to avoid these expenses to employees and employers? Companies like Zillow and Patagonia have enhanced their teams’ health and productivity by implementing some direct strategies. These include providing employees with regular, limited work hours, allowing them more control over their jobs, and providing them with more economic security. The solutions to these issues are clear, but it is up to the companies to decide if they want to invest more money on the well-being of their employees.

For more on this, check out Jeffrey Pfeffer’s essay “The Hidden Costs of Stressed-Out Workers”, Wall Street Journal (Feb 28, 2019).

Everyone Benefits from Local Thrift-Shopping

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College is a time for self-expression. It can be hard to do this when brand name or high-quality clothing is so expensive. Thrifting is the best way to get the luxury feel without the luxury price, and Flashbacks Recycled Fashions is the premiere shop in Gainesville for your fashion needs. At Flashbacks, we have an abundant selection of modern clothing, but also sell authentic vintage pieces in great condition, mostly donated by the eclectic student body nearby.

There are several benefits of thrifting locally:

Find your Perfect Style

We are not just a thrift store, but also a consignment store. This means that we buy and resell hand-picked clothes that represent the best in fashion. Since Gainesville is filled with young and stylish students, it is easy to find clothes that are cool and modern, unlike the big box thrift stores that are often filled out outdated and unappealing apparel. At Flashbacks, you are guaranteed to find unique pieces that will make your style stand out.

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Imagine going into your closet and being able to decide who you were going to be that day. By shopping with us, you can change your style with more ease than a regular store. Instead of being limited to trends, Flashbacks offers so much more to customers. Interested in plaid, but don’t want to break the bank to later discover it’s not your thing? Take it for a spin here knowing you’re going to get something stylish and durable for a low price. Worst case scenario, you sell it back and it’s not a total loss.

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If modern fashion isn’t your thing, you’re still in luck! We have an entire section dedicated to authentic vintage clothing in mint condition. It is trendy to be wearing clothes from the past, and major stores sell clothes that are vintage inspired for premium prices. Here, you can buy authentic vintage pieces for a fraction of what it would cost you to purchase fake ones. When you shop with us, you can discover pieces such as leather jackets, pin-up dresses, bell-bottom jeans, and fur coats that were made decades ago and are coming back into style.

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Support Your Community

Flashbacks has been a Gainesville staple since 1986, when former gator Steve Nichtberger used his finance degree to open up Flashbacks Recycled Fashions Inc. because he wanted to create a spot where people could enjoy themselves while shopping and build lifelong relationships with fellow customers. Most of the profits that Flashbacks makes gets recycled back into the Gainesville community, unlike larger thrift stores where you aren’t able to know exactly where your money is going. All of our supply comes from the community, so we are always supporting other local establishments in order to give back.  Many chain stores, on the other hand, have the tendency to get their goods from corporate, and are often not as personally invested in buying local. By supporting us, you’re also supporting your favorite coffee shops, pizza restaurants and nightclubs at the same time.

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Before you decide to shop at department stores or thrift store chains, consider that thrifting locally is better for your community, is more sustainable, and the best way to find something unique that will impress all of your friends. At Flashbacks Recycled Fashions, you know that you are always going to find something that perfectly defines your style without a hefty price tag.  

Marie Kondo Floods Thrift Stores with Unwanted Items

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The reality TV show on Netflix “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” has taken the world by storm since it first aired in January 2019. This minimalist home improvement show has revolutionized the tidying up game, and all of a sudden everyone has begun cleaning out their homes of anything unwanted. In the show, Kondo stresses only keeping items that “spark joy”, which entails for a lot of stuff to be thrown out or donated.  Although this sounds great for the person cleaning out their home, it’s not so great from thrift store employees, who are suddenly being hit by a colossal wave of donations.

According to The Wall Street Journal, “Goodwill Industries International Inc., which operates used-goods stores across the U.S. and Canada, said January donations rose by more than 32% in Washington, 22% in Houston, 20% in Roanoke, Va., and 16% in Grand Rapids, Mich,” which is right around the time the show first aired. Donations are obviously a huge part of a thrift stores business, but recently the surplus of donations has been too much for the workers to handle. It is their job to sort through all of the donations that the store receives and they are also finding that a lot of the donations contain items that are inappropriate or unsellable. Some stores have even asked people to hold off on donations so that they can get through the backlog.  

If we don’t want them, and thrift stores don’t always want them, then what are we supposed to do with our unwanted items? Kondo is now proposing a new step to the decluttering method which, according to her, “encourages reflection on waste and action when it comes to reducing, reusing, recycling and respecting.” Instead of asking if something sparks joy when you are getting rid of it, you must ask if it will spark joy when you are purchasing it. Many times, people just buy things that they don’t really want or need, which is the reason they end up with so much junk in their homes in the first place.

For more on this, check out Rachel Pannett and Rhiannon Hoyle’s article “Marie Kondo Isn’t Sparking Joy for Thrift Stores”, Wall Street Journal (Mark 6, 2019).

Millennials: Generation Rehabilitation

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Historically, therapy has been a taboo subject, which required careful consideration and something to be “wrong” with the person. It seemed like people should only go if they felt like they had some sort of mental illness. Now, therapy seems like a first option for millennials.  They treat it more like an act of self-care than a chore. Society has set such high expectations for millennials, and it causes them immense stress when they can’t meet them. With the creation of therapy apps and online services such as TalkSpace and MyTherapist, millennials find it easier than ever to get the help they need.

The number of students seeking mental-health help increased from 2011 to 2016 at five times the rate of new students starting college, according to a 2017 report from the Center for Collegiate Mental Health at Penn State University. The stigma which was originally connected to psychotherapy has significantly decreased in the new generation of patients who are looking for treatment. Rather than being embarrassed about receiving mental health help, millennials are embracing it and are even able to casually talk about it with their peers. They are not worried about how many more sessions they will need, but instead are just happy to be able to talk to someone.

This is a complex situation, and the effects of this new approach to therapy have yet to be seen. On the negative side, apps may lead patients to think of therapy as a “quick-fix” rather than a long-term solution. If patients do pursue long-term therapy, it may also lead to dependency. Millennials also have different expectations of therapy, and they want someone to tell them what to do rather than someone to talk to. On the other hand, therapy is a coping mechanism that leans toward positive change. The stigma has been reversed and now patients are proud to be taking care of their mental health and seeking help.

For more on this, visit Peggy Drexler’s essay “Millennials Are the Therapy Generation”, Wall Street Journal, (March 1, 2019).

3 Tips for Organizing Your Home According to Marie Kondo

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Keeping our houses tidy is essential for progress, peace of mind, and happiness. Clutter often builds up over time and it can be difficult to deal with when we have been so used to it for so long. Here are some tips from best-selling author and world-renowned tidying expert Marie Kondo on how to organize your home.

1. Organize by category rather than by location

Stop thinking about organization as something that has to be done a room at a time. Instead categorize your mess by: clothing, books, papers, “Komono” (kitchen, bathroom, garage, miscellaneous), and sentimental items. If you clean up by location, there’s a chance that you won’t realize that you have different places for things such as pens, batteries, appliances, candles, and more. By organizing by category, you will make specific locations for these items in your home rather than having some in every room of your house. If this gets overwhelming, you can even simplify it further and do smaller categories at a time. For example, if you are having a hard time organizing your clothes, start with just your trousers. You will find that this method will streamline your tidying keep your items organized for longer.

2. Determine which items “spark joy”

One rule that Marie always shares with her clients is that they must only keep items that “spark joy”. By this she means, physically pick up the item in your hands and determine how it makes you feel. If it makes you happy then it is something that you should keep. If not, you would probably be better off donating it or throwing it away. We all have the issue of keeping items around for so long because we feel like it could serve us a purpose in the future, but end up never using them. Holding on to these items ends up being more of a heavy burden rather than a tool. Everything in your household should be something that sparks joy, and only you can decide that.

3. Get it all done at once

Rather than tidying a little bit a day, it is better to just do it all at once and get it over with for good. You will never finish in this way because other things will always come up and clutter will pile up in other places. You are probably not going to get it all done in one day, but the quicker you get it all done, the easier it will be to keep your house organized. Marie Kondo says “Tidy a little a day and you’ll be tidying forever.”

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Watch Tidying Up with Marie Kondo on Netflix to see Marie help people declutter their homes and choose joy using the KonMari method. This show reveals the life-changing practice of tidying up, as Marie completely changes her clients’ lives in surprising and emotional ways.


Women Are Embracing a Different Type of Love on Valentine’s Day

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Are you tired of spending Valentine’s Day alone every year? Galentine’s Day allows for the celebration of friendships instead.

Originally created by the NBC show Parks and Recreation in 2010, Galentine’s Day is an ode to female friendships and self-love. This made-up holiday is usually celebrated on February 13th and is more prominent this year than it ever has been. Stores such as Walmart and Party City are taking advantage of this opportunity and have created an entire line of Galentine’s Day products that range from napkins to balloons.

Only 51% of Americans plan to celebrate Valentines Day this year, which is a huge decrease from its all-time high of 63% in 2007. Galentine’s Day means more people going out on the days that surround Valentines Day, which is extremely beneficial for restaurants. The Wall Street Journal quotes Amber Cote, a restaurant owner, “Why not have an event that enhances business on these ‘shoulder dates’ that wouldn’t otherwise be incredibly busy.”

Clearly, many restaurants and retailers have been benefitting from this holiday, but Galentine’s Day is also a huge part of the feminist movement. It opens up the concept of female empowerment, and is especially important in the midst of the #metoo movement. There is a reason as to why the term was coined in 2010 but has not emerged until recently. It is proving that women do not have to wait for men to being them flowers, and is encouraging them to find love in other places.

For more on this, check out, Anne Marie Chaker’s “Nobody Likes Valentine’s Day Anymore,” The Wall Street Journal , (Feb 9, 2019).

About Me

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Hi, my name is Oriana! I am a junior advertising major at the University of Florida with a concentration in studio art. I transferred to UF at the beginning of the fall semester from Broward College in South Florida. I discovered my love for the field about a year ago when I decided to switch from my major in graphic design to do something more meaningful to me.

My interests include drawing, painting, knitting and pretty much anything else art related. I have always loved drawing, but recently discovered my love for sewing and knitting. When I was a kid, I had always dreamed of being an artist, and I feel like in a way I am making that dream a reality with advertising. Hopefully, I will be a part of the creative department in an agency and eventually be a creative director.

My posts on this blog will mostly consist of trade press releases for trade publication topics related to advertising happening each week. This blog will be used to aid me in the use of social media in my career and to allow me to get used to writing blog posts on a consistent basis.