WISH Patrol heads back to school with biggest surprise yet

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — With students across Central Indiana back at school, the WISH Patrol once again partnered with Teachers’ Treasures to surprise an Indianapolis elementary school.

The WISH Patrol visited James Russell Lowell School IPS 51 in early August to surprise the students, teachers, and staff with a first day of school they will never forget.

“A lot of our students have faced a lot of adversity in their lives and they’d have a lot of the adverse childhood experiences that impact not just learning but it impacts their development as young people,” said Principal Pat Lumbley. “We have a great majority of our students that have those things in common.”

In total, 11 different Central Indiana businesses joined the WISH Patrol to surprise the students, teachers, and staff at IPS 51 with surprises worth thousands of dollars.

Preview the latest WISH Patrol surprise above. Catch the full surprise Thursday on News 8 at 10 p.m.

To nominate someone for the WISH Patrol, click here.


Hoosier cities ranked among ‘Hardest Working’

INDIANAPOLIS (Inside INdiana Business) — Two Indiana cities are among the top 116 metropolitan areas across the country identified as “2020’s Hardest Working Cities in America,” according to a new study from WalletHub.

The personal finance website places Indianapolis at No. 47 and Fort Wayne at No. 72.

The ranking is based on 11 key metrics. The data set ranges from employment rate to average weekly work hours to share of workers with multiple jobs. WalletHub says the average U.S. worker puts in 1,786 hours per year, which is much higher than many other industrialized countries.

For instance, U.S. workers put in 403 more hours each year than German workers. For an average 40-hour workweek, that’s ten weeks of additional time “on the clock.”

But WalletHub says working more hours does not necessarily translate into higher productivity.

“In fact, empirical research shows that as the number of working hours increases, employee productivity starts to decline,” said Stephanie Andel, an assistant professor in the IUPUI Department of Psychology.

Andel is one of five experts asked by WalletHub to weigh-in on the workload.

“We simply are not wired to be working constantly, and we lose valuable mental resources as the workday goes on,” explains Andel. “This reduces our ability to maintain our work engagement over long periods, and in turn, creates diminishing returns when it comes to employee output and productivity.”

The list also included data on average commute time and the number of workers leaving vacation time unused.

“Overworked employees also struggle to balance their work and non-work roles (such as family demands), which further impacts their stress and health levels,” Andel said. “These problematic outcomes can also be felt by the organization’s bottom line in the form of increasing health insurance costs, employee absenteeism and turnover.”

WalletHub says the hardest working U.S. city is Anchorage, Alaska.

Click here to view the entire list.