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Is the First Impression the Last?
Interviews are generally a make-or-break situation for people. With just one incorrect answer, all the efforts, preparation, not to mention the sleepless nights would have gone for a toss. Everyone tries to put their best foot forward; sometimes 'with their sheer confidence ' they win over the interviewer and sometimes they might lie about a thing or two to tip the scales in their favour. So, to check how many people have taken recourse to lies to clear an interview, we conducted a poll with 2,407 respondents. For most of the respondents (44.99%) honesty is the best policy as they have never fabricated facts for questions they didn't know. 23.51% say they have lied only once while 21.27% have been dishonest quite a few times. 10.22% of the respondents, however, have never faced this dilemma as they haven't been to an interview yet. Whatever be the case ' the objective for all seems to be the same: to clear the interview with flying colours.
The Era of Social Media Marketing
With a boost in digital advertising, the list of responsibilities for a social media marketer is increasing every day. Not only do they have to draw insights about their users, organise and schedule content, and work towards creating engagement, but they also have to overlook the smooth running of multiple brand accounts. And so that their passions don't turn into a nightmare, they rely on social media tools to streamline all their work. To further understand which tools are used by these managers, we conducted a poll with 527 respondents. Crowdfire (12.33%), SocialPilot (12.14%), and Buffer (12.71%) topped the list, followed by ContentCal (7.21%), BrandMentions (7.21%), and HootSuite (6.83%). While some people voted for KeyHole (5.31%) and BuzzSumo (5.12%), some found Iconosquare (4.74%) and Sprout Social (4.55%) easier to operate. A few other apps that made the list were Sendible (3.98%), CoSchedule (3.80%), TailWind (3.61%), and MeetEdgar (3.04%). Lastly, a few people were also comfortable with Agorapulse (2.66%), Klear (2.47%), and IFTTT (2.28%). The market is highly fragmented when it comes to social media tools, but it looks like each app is performing well as they have successfully met the tall order of a social media manager's requirements.
Peace in Parent-Child Land?
Some wars never come to an end; they tend to spill on over to the next generations. Rarely do we find a home where parents and children aren't at loggerheads. They both find themselves in a position where they end up saying: No one understands me! .And as strenuous it might be sooner or later ? they do find a resolution for their conflicts. So, for a deeper understanding of this subject, we conducted a poll with 2,587 respondents, asking them whether they think parent-child differences are normal or do they need to be addressed differently 49.36% of the respondents say this is an everyday situation and everyone goes through it, while 33.71% feel such conflicts aren?t usual and parents should have an open dialogue with their children. 6.65% of the respondents believe that parents and children hardly have any conflicts and, thus, this isn?t an issue to be worried about. 7.11% say 'kids will be kids', and parents shouldn't worry about them. Lastly, a small group of respondents, comprising of 3.17% of the people, don't know much about this issue. And with such dividing views, it seems the conflict of whether parent-children conflicts are normal or not can't be settled itself.
The Importance of Self-Defence Training in Schools
John Dryden wisely said, 'Self-defence is Nature's eldest law. Everyone should know how to defend oneself and simultaneously be aware of their surroundings. Apart from the obvious physical benefits, self-defence is also great to boost one?s confidence and inculcate a habit of discipline. Not to mention, if the training is initiated at a younger age, it has a positive impact on a child's life. To understand people?s view on the same, we conducted a poll with 2,440 respondents asking them whether they think self-defence training should be made compulsory in schools around the world. 79.22% of the respondents strongly believe children should be taught self-defence from an early age, while 5.45% feel it isn't necessary as kids are always safe. 8.44% say self-defence should be taught only to teenagers, and 2.34% think it should be only for girls as boys can take care of themselves. Lastly, 4.55% of the respondents are not sure about this issue and thus don't have much of an opinion.
School Dress Code: Formals or Casuals?
A much-debated topic, school uniforms for children as an issue has never been settled. Some people prefer casual clothing instead of school uniforms, while some think uniforms are necessary to maintain equality amongst children from diverse backgrounds. Consequently, we conducted a poll to understand the people's sentiment about the same. Out of the 2,599 respondents we asked, 60.87% of them are staunch supporters of uniform as it brings more discipline to a student's life. 13.70% of them think casual dressing should be adopted in schools as we should let kids be. 13.08% take a stand between these two opposing stances as they feel the dress code should be a mix of both during the week. 9.77% of them feel uniforms should be made compulsory till junior high and then senior high should have casual clothing. A small set of respondents (2.58%), however, don't care about the subject at all.
The Trend of New Year Travel Plans
On hearing the word '2020', the first thing that comes to mind is the panic ensued by the pandemic. The year ushered in thousands of adversities on a completely unimaginable scale. All major festivities went by as people were trying to observe the necessary precautions. A gigantic question mark loomed over all the travel plans throughout the year. And when it came to the New Year, we couldn't help but wonder what happened with those plans. Were people fed up by the situation and had decided to carry on with their plans or the scare of the virus still persisted in the minds of the people? We conducted a poll with 2,204 respondents which revealed 48.87% of them aren't travelling till the coronavirus is over. As far as international travel goes, 4.85% of the respondents are travelling alone while 8.44% of them are travelling with their families and 4.17% are travelling with their friends. Coming to travel plans within the country, 3.58% are travelling alone; 7.30% have a trip planned with their friends, and; 9.75% have plans with their families. 13.02% of the respondents, however, don't have a plan yet. Travel plans or not, we feel one thing is certain no one will forget how they spent this New Year.
The Superhero Fan Club
Everyone has a superhero in their life they look up to. Some real, some fiction. But what matters most is what place that particular superhero assumes in their life. These characters in the movies are not just a source of entertainment anymore. Their following is no less than that of a cult where people follow their every move and action. They sit with their friends for hours to discuss their superpowers and what all they can do with them. So, we conducted a poll with 1,830 respondents and asked them whether they are a superhero fan and if yes, which is their favourite universe. For 47.70% of the respondents, Marvel is the real deal, and for 6.34%, C Universe beats everything else. 29.34% of the respondents are fans of both, while 13.93% of them don't watch any superhero stuff. There is also a set of respondents (2.68%) who is completely oblivious to this world of superheroes. It seems their superpower is yet to do their magic on them.
Superheroes on Silver Screens
What's better than watching your favourite superhero on the big screen with a bucket of extra-large popcorn? Nothing, right? We thought so too. So, we asked 4,987 respondents which of the upcoming superhero movie they are looking forward to the most. We presented them with an extensive list from which they had to pick their top three. The highest votes go to Spider-Man 3 (17.18%), followed by Black Panther 2 (11.99%), and THOR: Love and Thunder (10.89%). The movies that score high on the list next are Captain Marvel 2 (10.01%), Deadpool 3 (9.85%), Black Widow (9.75%), Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (8.78%), and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (7.72%). Following these superhero movies are Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantomania (5.03%), Eternals (4.43%), and last but not the least Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (4.37%).
Training Towards a Better Tomorrow
When a company puts its employees first by looking after their overall growth, they win their employees forever. Nurturing them and giving them a skill set for their future with Training and Development Programs are seen as an upside by the employees. And to get a clearer picture of workplaces, we asked 762 respondents whether their current workplace provides any Training and Development Programs or not. The majority of the respondents (42.26%) have such programs conducted in their offices annually, and 38.58% have them more than once a year. 11.55% of the respondents do not have any kind of training sessions whatsoever. 4.07% claim their previous organisations used to conduct those sessions while the current workplace doesn't. Interestingly, 3.54% of the respondents are moving on to a better organisation where such programs are being offered.
The Importance of Training & Development Programs
The heart and soul of any organisation is its employees. For the employees to work to their fullest potential, it is imperative that they remain happy and satisfied with the organisation. And a recent trend noticed by researchers is that employees want their organisations to look after them their overall training and development that allows them to possess a skill set that might come in handy. So, many workplaces have started organising such programs, and to get clarity on how essential they are, we conducted a poll with 1,119 respondents. 30.56% of the respondents believe they are great for boosting employees performance, satisfaction, and morale. 19.03% of the respondents think such programs make the employees feel good and this, in turn, builds loyalty towards the firm. 13.23% of people opine, this adds to the organisation's reputation, and 15.82% feel it gives employees a chance to learn about new ideas and products. 16.53% of people believe that all of the above points matter. On the other end, few think that such programs are a complete waste of time with no return on investment and 1.25% feel work is more important than such training. 1.43% of the respondents, however, don't know have an opinion whether they are essential or not.
The Overuse of Single-Use Plastic
Consciously or unconsciously, we make hundreds of choices in a day that involves the use of single-use plastic. Be it grabbing a plastic straw for a tall cup of latte or buying a bottle of water or using plastic bags to carry fruits and vegetables. We are surrounded by plastic items, and what's worse is the way it has become a part of our lives. It feels natural for us to pick a plastic lid for a take-away coffee or get food delivered in Styrofoam or plastic containers. With such excessive amounts of plastic being used and no respite in sight, we thought we'll conduct a poll to check what people think about this issue. Out of the 2,083 respondents, 34.42% of them claim to be frequent users as they use it all the time in restaurants, markets, and shopping centres. 36.49% are judicious users as they use it only when there are no alternatives available. Sadly, 6.24% of the users are not even familiar with what constitutes single-use plastic and consequently are unaware of the damage they cause. What's uplifting is the set of 22.85% of respondents who swear by using only their eco-friendly replacements in place of disposable plastic items.
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