The Talk of Connecticut
Show Rundown for Thursday, December 3d, 2015
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The Brad Davis Show Thursday, December 3, 2015 The Talk of Connecticut

SHONTAYE HAWKINS - business coach and workplace culture expert

"NO VACATION NATION" -- WHY EMPLOYEES ARE RELUCTANT TO TAKE VACATION TIME! During the four years that Earle Richards spent developing marketing strategies for digital advertising firms, he rarely took a vacation day in hopes that he would impress his boss and alleviate a massive backlog of work when he returned. Even though he let his vacation days of two weeks expire year after year, the New Yorker never felt a twinge of regret despite consistently putting in ten-hour work days every week. Taking vacations was not frowned upon at the firms and Richards knew his team would cover his workload during his time off, but "you knew it was a rough re-entry," he said. "The work would be waiting for you," said Richards, who is now a freelance consultant for startups, media and agencies. "I just didn't see the point of being penalized when you returned." This sentiment is becoming increasingly popular as more employees want to take vacations, but are fearful of the backlash they could incur among co-workers. While they plan and schedule trips, they have found another method to cope with potential conflict by waiting until the last possible minute to inform them that they will be out of the office. Adopting a strategy of taking a "stealth" vacation, taking off last minute or not requesting or announcing an official vacation at all, is likely the product of a workplace culture which not only encourages, but rewards employees for putting in long work weeks. Of course, this method can affect project deadlines or client meetings. Despite encouragement by many managers to take time off, many employees still do not heed finding a better work and life balance. A recent survey conducted by Robert Half, a Menlo Park, Calif. staffing firm, found that 39% of workers do not use all the paid vacation time they receive; 38% of those workers attribute this hesitance to saving the days while 30% are fearful of falling behind at work. The pressure employees feel, whether it's internal or from their boss not to be perceived as a slacker, could wind up being counterproductive and result in burnout, said Bill Driscoll, a district director of Accountemps, a Menlo Park, Calif. staffing firm. "Not taking earned time off to relax and recharge could lead to higher stress and turnover and lower morale and productivity," he said. This is the month when we take off for the holidays, but how many of us will truly unplug? Employees are answering work emails and phone calls after hours. A recent survey found 55 percent of workers come back from vacation without feeling rejuvenated. Are we afraid that we won't have a job when we get back? Should bosses make using paid vacation days mandatory?

Fairfield GOP State Sen. TONY HAWNG

Tony checks back in to talk about Gov. Malloy's last ditch efforts to keep General Electric's corporate headquarters in Connecticut. If GE leaves, where's it going?

The Chocolate Expo - Executive Chef LAWRENCE ROSENBERG of "Bacon Bites"

Lawerence Rosenberg, the chef and founder of "Bacon Bites" was on the line with Brad to talk about the upcoming show at the Connecticut Science Center, the ideas behind the creation of "Bacon Bites" and the other products he has.

JOHN MATTHEWS - highly-decorated former law enforcement veteran. Author of "Police Perspective: Life on the Beat," available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble at the end of the month. Also author of "Mass Shootings: Six Steps to Survival." John trains schools across the country how to respond to a mass shooting event. He's also worked with Fed Gov't on developing response systems

At least 14 people were dead and another 17 injured in a shooting Wednesday in San Bernardino, California, when a trio of gunmen who were heavily armed and "on a mission" opened fire during a function at a center for people with developmental disabilities, police said. Up to three shooters, armed with assault weapons and "prepared to do what they did as if they were on a mission," opened fire around 11 a.m. at the Inland Regional Center, San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said. Investigators were still trying to determine a motive, but have not ruled out terrorism.

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