NATIONAL FUN AT WORK DAY
Fight the workday doldrums during National Fun At Work Day on January 28th! National Day Calendar makes it so easy to do when everyone around the workplace has a birthday for one example. Just head over to Search here! and enter any date for the current week (January 28 for example) to discover National Days to celebrate at work.
Many people spend a good portion of their lives at work, so why should they not try to enjoy it? While looking to find fun things to do at work, let your imagination be the leader. Make sure to obtain your boss’s approval for whatever fun and exciting things you choose to do. Better yet, get your boss involved in the fun!
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Dave Hemseth and Leslie Yerkes, co-authors of 301 Ways to Have Fun at Work say, “Organizations that integrate fun into work have lower levels of absenteeism, greater job satisfaction, increased productivity, and less downtime.”
HOW TO OBSERVE #FunAtWorkDay
Plan ahead and get the fun going. We supply a few ideas to make the day worth celebrating.
- Host a boss look-alike contest.
- Organize a chili cook-off.
- Go office to office singing random songs.
- Create a healthy potluck with a variety of fruits and veggies.
- Set up a corn hole game in the break room or in any appropriate space.
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Use #FunAtWorkDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL FUN AT WORK DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this fun workday holiday.
DATA PRIVACY DAY
Data Privacy Day on January 28th reminds us each year to review how our data is used. It’s an excellent opportunity to take stock and evaluate our personal cybersecurity.
Our personal data is collected and used through a variety of media and for numerous reasons. Part of the problem is most of the time, the people who have access to our data, don’t need it. Additionally, it gets redistributed legally and illegally. Thanks to the internet, massive amounts of personal data can be easily distributed. While the information may be out there due to our own carelessness or privacy violations, there are steps you can take to protect yourself.
- On any new device, set your privacy settings immediately. This includes new applications, social media, and programs.
- Never use unsecured WiFi – especially for banking or shopping.
- Check your bank and credit card statements regularly. When you spot anything questionable, contact the organization to stop payment on the purchase and cancel your card. In the same vein, check your credit report at least annually.
- Keep your software up to date. Out of date software is vulnerable to hackers.
- Never give personal information over the phone, email, or text.
- Stop taking online quizzes that ask random questions about your childhood, children, tattoos, marriages, pets, and favorite foods. Each time you take one of these, people trying to access your data gather a little bit more information about you that allows them to steal your data or identity.
- Use strong password phrases. The longer the password, the harder it is to break.
- Do not save your passwords on your device.
- Change passwords when your accounts may have been compromised or when you visit the dentist.
- Use virus protection and a firewall.
HOW TO OBSERVE #DataPrivacyDay
For more tips, visit staysafeonline.org for tips on keeping your data safe. Use #DataPrivacyDay to post on social media.
DATA PRIVACY DAY HISTORY
The Council in Europe first initiated Data Privacy Day in 2007. Their mission grew to a global platform. In 2009, the United States House of Representatives recognized National Data Privacy Day. The United States Senate later recognized Data Privacy Day in 2010 and 2011. Since then, various groups and organizations continue supporting the observance annually.
NATIONAL PLAN FOR VACATION DAY
National Plan for Vacation Day, on the last Tuesday in January, reminds us to plan our vacation at the start of the year for the rest of the year. The early bird gets to pack their bags and fly away to a little fun and relaxation!
With the frigid temperatures and growing snow piles, it’s easy to start daydreaming of sunny skies. Who else is dreaming of sandcastles and the vacation days to come? But, for many Americans, those vacation dreams turn out to be just that: a dream.
Each year, Americans leave more than 600 million vacation days unused. Our work martyr attitudes combined with a culture of silence in the workplace is keeping workers at their desks instead of using their time off.
To change this, National Plan for Vacation Day reminds us to plan our vacation at the start of the year for the rest of the year. When it comes to taking a vacation, it’s the planners of the world who get the job done. According to Project: Time Off, planners are more likely to take all their vacation time in a given work year and take more extended vacations than non-planners. They’re also happier with their jobs, relationships, and health, so don’t knock the planners who get out the door to vacation! Get planning!!
Three Easy Steps to Planning a Vacation
Planning a vacation doesn’t have to be a monumental task. Here are three easy steps to make it happen:
- Determine how much time off you earn. Look up the number of vacation days you earn by checking with your finance or HR team. Don’t forget to make a note of any office closures.
- Coordinate calendars. Use Project: Time Off’s vacation planning tool to plot out your year—enter the number of days you earn, put your vacation dreams on the calendar, and use your custom link to get your family and friends involved in the planning.
- Share your plans. Once you have your days determined, use the calendar to export your plans to Outlook, Gmail, or other electronic calendars to share with your boss, co-workers, and family.
As we close out a month of resolutions, make this the year you focus on your bucket list—not your to-do list.
HOW TO OBSERVE #PlanForVacation
Visit Project: Time Off/Plan for more vacation planning tips and ideas. Get ready to plan your vacation and use #PlanForVacation on social media.
NATIONAL PLAN FOR VACATION DAY HISTORY
National Plan for Vacation Day, celebrated on the last Tuesday of January, is a day to encourage Americans to plan their vacation days for the rest of the year at the start of the year. Launched by the U.S. Travel Association’s Project: Time Off initiative in 2017, National Plan for Vacation Day provides an opportunity to come together at a single moment to rally around the importance of planning for a vacation. In its inaugural year, more than 600 organizations, representing all 50 states, came together to encourage Americans to plan for vacation. Learn more at ProjectTimeOff.com/Plan and join the conversation online with #PlanForVacation.
The registrar at National Day Calendar® proclaimed National Plan for Vacation Day to be observed annually in 2018.
About Project: TimeOff
Project: Time Off has uncovered an alarming trend over the last 40 years: Americans are taking fewer and fewer vacation days. To reverse this trend, we aim to prove that vacation travel is valuable and necessary for strengthening personal relationships, inspiring creative thinking, improving professional performance, and promoting better health.
NATIONAL KAZOO DAY
National Kazoo Day on January 28th recognizes nearly 200 years of kazoo music in the United States.
Alabama Vest of Macon Georgia made the first Kazoo in the 1840s. The instrument requires little effort to create a sound (though some skill is necessary to make intelligible music) the kazoo adds both comedic punctuations to just about any childhood song. If you can hum, you can play the kazoo!
Inspired by the African horn, the Mirliton, made from bone, gourds and a variety of other materials, Vest partnered with Thaddeus Von Clegg to produce his design in metal. Clegg, a German clockmaker, took Vest’s idea and put it into production.
The first U.S. patent for a toy musical instrument with the proposed name of “kazoo” was submitted to the U.S. Patent office by Warren H. Frost and granted patent number 270,543 on January 9, 1883.
Along came traveling salesman, Emil Sorg. He took great interest in the kazoo and carried the idea back to Western New York in 1912 where he partnered with Michael McIntyre. In 1915, McIntyre partnered with Harry Richardson, and they established The Original American Kazoo Company which began producing metal kazoos. They are still in production today in Eden, NY.
During World War I, another instrument made the scene. Larger and little more cumbersome for a child to manage, the bazooka was also touted as an instrument anyone could play (and build).
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalKazooDay
Play the kazoo. Make a kazoo. Learn more about the kazoo! Use #NationalKazooDay to post on social media.
Educators, visit the National Day Calendar Classroom for ways to celebrate the National Days with your students.
NATIONAL KAZOO DAY HISTORY
Founded in 1983 by Chaplin Willard Rahn of the Joyful Noise Kazoo Band, National Kazoo Day celebrates the humble kazoo and all the infectious joy it brings to people of all ages.
NATIONAL BLUEBERRY PANCAKE DAY
On January 28th, National Blueberry Pancake Day brinks the sweetness of blueberries to your pancake, flapjack or hotcake.
The early pancakes consisted mostly of flour and milk and were more like biscuits. Later, eggs, milk, a leavening agent (such as baking powder) and fat were added creating the fluffier, lighter pancake we know today.
Adding blueberries to the pancake batter when mixing up the ingredients may result in a bluish hue. To avoid this, add them right after dropping dollops of batter to the hot griddle.
Blueberries add a freshness to pancakes and nutrients like vitamin K, vitamin C, manganese and copper.
HOW TO OBSERVE #BlueberryPancakeDay
Whip up some pancakes with this recipe: Todd’s Famous Blueberry Pancakes recipe.
Use #BlueberryPancakeDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL BLUEBERRY PANCAKE DAY HISTORY
As we continue our search for the origins of this breakfast food holiday, another stack or two will hold you over. Add some real maple syrup and fresh blueberries, too. While you’re having seconds, be sure to include a dollop of real whipped cream. None of the fake stuff. Origin stories take time. Pancakes are forever.
Recipe of the Day
Baby Swiss And Tomato Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 5 mins
Total Prep: 10 minutes
Slice 4 pieces of Baby Swiss, and 3 or 4 slices of ripened tomato.
Spread one side of each piece of bread with softened butter.
Heating medium fry pan and place 1 piece of bread buttered side down in pan.
Cover bread in layers with two pieces of cheese, sliced tomato, and finally second two pieces of cheese. Place second slice of bread buttered side up.
Turn sandwich occasionally with spatula until bread is toasted and cheese is melted.
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