There is more to voting than simply going to a polling place and casting your ballot. A lot of planning goes into an election day. Pollsters must be employed, trained, and dispatched to polling places. They start early and stay until the last person has voted. Then, election officials gather the votes in a central location and count them. All of this is done in order to have efficient and honest elections.
An election day for pollsters starts early and goes late into the night. A typical day is 12 hours long or longer. The pay differs from state to state, but usually it’s the minimum wage. Some polling places employ high school students. The request for bilingual pollsters to help out is immense. The question is, can you be a pollster?
Not just people are needed for an election day, but also funding, information, and technology. Funds are provided and spent to update voting systems with new technology. Timely information is announced to the public, such as where to vote. Mobile apps are the new technology used to track election results throughout the day.
In the next election day, think about the people who are helping you out. Think about the process election officials are going through. Finally, after you cast your vote, thank the pollsters for their services.
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Seventy-Seven percent of organizations reported a security event in the last 12 months. It is no longer if but when organizations will be faced with an attack. CSOs and executives need help in combatting cybercrime. Understand the reality and dangers of cybercrime with CSO’s infographic based on the findings from the 2014 U.S. State of Cybercrime Survey, conducted by CSO, PwC, the U.S. Secret Service and CERT Division of Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.
Check out the infographic to learn more about the effects of cybercrime, the concerns of cybercrime moving forward and how organizations are collaborating with security product/solution providers and strategically spending for solutions to combat the relentless attacks on their organization. [via]
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The dentist seems to give me bad news every time I go in to see him. For instance, when I went to the dentist around May for a standard teeth cleaning, he told me I needed to get my bottom two wisdom teeth removed. He assured me that on a scale of 1-10, my extractions would be a 2, since they weren’t impacted or anything. Easy peasy, I thought to myself. Naturally, I was wrong; it turned out I needed three teeth removed. Obviously, eating was a little difficult after that, but nothing significantly bad happened. I was still mad about the third tooth, though. A little warning would have been nice.
I don’t hold it against the dentist for giving me bad news. I suppose he’s only trying to help. I do get tired of the look he gives me when he tells me I’ve got a cavity, or warns me that I’ll soon get one if I’m not careful. And it’s not like I don’t take care of my teeth. (Alright, I could probably take better care of them.)
I must confess I’m not a fan of flossing, but apparently, neither is the average American. Which is bad, because according to this infographic, you miss cleaning 40 percent of the tooth surface when you don’t floss… Gross! It also turns out the average person doesn’t brush long enough. Dentists recommend brushing two minutes in the morning and two minutes at night.
If you’re not convinced flossing is important yet, scroll to the bottom of the infographic to read why brushing and flossing is so beneficial. Now go brush your teeth!
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Being and staying creative is important in all areas of your work and personal life. Everyone can be creative in any type of job and situation. Creativity comes in all shapes and forms, but sometimes we don’t feel inspired or cannot make the right decisions. Well there are things you can do to refuel, recharge, and increase your creativity. This infographic has 40 methods which you can use to stay creative.
There are several methods I already practice, but several others are new. Some of these methods are more involved than others. Like number 38 – eat different cuisine; I always wanted to try Indian food. Some of the methods you can do by yourself, or with someone else. Number 11 – be around creative people, you would definitely need to try. Face to face conversation helps in many parts of your life, not just creativity. Some are a little scary, like number 20 – getting feedback from peers.
Some methods are common sense and easily done. Like number 21 – listening to music, has been a favorite one of mine since high school. Number 31 – take naps, is very refreshing, but it is too bad it cannot be done at work. Another favorite of mine I do a lot is number 8 – read books. As you read the different ways, which method are you will to try to spark you creativity?
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Stress affects everyone. Living in such a high-octane society, the standards and results demanded of people have become absurd. So much so that our brains literally cannot handle it sometimes. The increase in mental health awareness has brought “stress” and the negative effect it has on our lives into the limelight of psychological, and even anatomical health discussions of recent years.
According to today’s infographic, stress is “a condition or feeling experienced when a person perceives that demands exceed the personal and social resources the individual is able to mobilize.” Although it is difficult to decipher the exact scientific workings that stress plays on our body, over the last half of the 20th century and well into the 21st century, more and more studies conducted by psychological scholars and practitioners have linked memory loss, heart problems, high blood pressure, and even physical pain (i.e. fibromyalgia) to “stress.”
The causes of stress varies from person to person. Most common causes stem from emotional/spiritual misalignment rooted in anxiety from work, school, or relationships. Traumatic events – such as the death of a family member, military combat, or childhood traumatic grief – are also main contributors. Stress is not entirely detrimental, though. According to Hans Selve, a pioneer in stress research, “stress is not necessarily something bad – it all depends on how you take it. The stress of exhilarating, creative successful work is beneficial, while that of failure, humiliation or infection is detrimental.” Whatever way stress affects you as a person, be it motivation (like Hans Selve), mental illness, or even physical health problems, there are ways to coping with it. Check out today’s infographic for some coping methods and statistics on the effect stress plays on your daily life. [via]