Here’s an idea for creating a sense of accomplishment while you’re working over the holidays: change your password.
Security application company SplashData recently released its eighth “Worst Passwords of the Year” list, for which it “evaluated more than five million passwords leaked on the Internet,” according to Time.
“The company found that despite massive, headline-making data breaches, users continue using the same predictable, easily guessable passwords putting themselves at risk of being hacked and having their identities stolen,” Time reports.
The top two worst passwords? “123456,” and, simply, “password.”
SplashData CEO Morgan Slain adds in Inc. that hackers are also successful using celebrity names and terms from pop culture and sports to break into accounts because so many people use these words.
TL;DR: Security is important. Your password is probably terrible. Put some effort into it.
Fast Company advises to make the most out of the busy holiday season with effective networking. The face time, gatherings, and good spirits help to strengthen relationships, the pub adds. Here are some of Fast Company’s tips:
Harvard Business Review offers some advice for leaders on how not to stress their teams out during the holidays.
The HBR article notes a survey in which almost half of respondents said finances are their main reason for feeling stressed – and feeling overscheduled and remaining healthy are also contributors to stress.
Ellen Braaten, PhD, says increased multi-tasking during the holidays sends our brains into overdrive, causing higher levels of stress. And in the workplace, stress comes from shortened deadlines and meeting end-of-year requirements, to name a few sources. A study cited by HBR found that workers in the U.S., U.K. and Nordic countries report lower productivity in December.
Further, nearly half of the workforce experiences “festive fizzle-out” by Dec. 18, a situation where workers worry more about the holidays than work.
So what can employers do to help employees combat work stress during the holidays? “Bringing more awareness to the increased pressure your employees are feeling at home and at work during the holiday season can go a long way toward helping to keep both productivity and employees’ spirits up,” the author writes.
For one thing, ask employees how they want to celebrate the holidays this year. And be inclusive of the different ways that people do celebrate – make it a priority to create a comfortable environment for everyone.
HBR also advises that employers can provide more support in helping employees balance work and life. For example, consider giving employees an extra day off in the lead-up to the holidays to deal with their personal needs – family time, shopping, down-time, etc. As well, review workloads to see if any projects can be extended into the new year.
If you need an ice-breaker, a hit of nostalgia, or just a laugh, check out this Google Assistant ad featuring Macauley Culkin reprising his role in Home Alone, this time as 38-year old Kevin.
And here, Entertainment Weekly has compiled a list of the most popular holiday movies – debate and discuss at the dinner table.
Lastly, some lessons we can learn about work life from holiday movies – including not being a Grinch, and not letting work get in the way of family time.