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New feature at Indianapolis International Airport energizes passengers and phones

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The Indianapolis International Airport is once again leading the way with a travel trend. The Airports Council International has named Indy’s airport the best in North American five years in a row and leaders hope that cycle continues with this new addition.

It is a human-powered charging station. It first appeared at the airport on concourse B about two months ago and has since become a popular spot for active travelers and social media junkies.

The three-seated unit gives you a chance to get your heart rate up and charge your phone at the same time. You must pedal for the outlet to work.

Studies show that 30 minutes of gentle cycling a day not only helps improve cardiovascular health, but it has also been shown to improve your mental sharpness.

“I love to work out, so I was really fascinated by the fact that you could peddle while charging your phone,” Jessica Hawkins said. She is about six months pregnant and is traveling between Atlanta and Indianapolis.

“With me being pregnant, sitting on the plane makes my back hurt and I’m sitting, so I try to get as much exercise as I can,” Hawkins said.

The kiosks are made by a company called WeWatt, which is based in Belgium that is the most common place in the world to find them in airports, train stations, and businesses. Only two airports in the United States other than IND have the human-powered charging stations, they are Flagstaff Pulliam Airport in Arizona and Longbeach Airport in California.

The airport authority here says it has been so popular that they hope to get several more units to place in other parts of the airport. At last check, the kiosks cost more than $13,000.


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.