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Salvation Army event gives Fountain Square families back-to-school supplies

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The start of a new school year is just around the corner and some families are already gathering supplies.

The Fountain Square Salvation Army hosted the Back to School Community Fun Day on Saturday. The event gave kids who live in the 46203 and 46225 zip codes a free backpack, school supplies and an IPS uniform polo courtesy of Walmart.

Kids also got to enjoy free carnival games, face painting and snacks.

“I think that’s the most important, if we can get kids excited for the school year, have a backpack full of everything they need, then we help teachers be successful, we help families be successful, and ultimately we can impact a community in a big way,” explained Vinal Lee.

The Back to School Community Fun Day is the first of two events over the next week that will be helping local kids prepare for the new school year. 

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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.

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