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Supportive Supervisors: A Dream or Reality?
For a conducive work environment where the employees and the organization thrive, having a supportive and understanding supervisor is an absolute must. The employees should feel comfortable enough to walk up to their managers for any issue they are facing. It is also equally important that the managers look after the mental and physical wellbeing of their juniors. And if a person is lucky enough to find a manager like this, they can fully invest their time and effort in the work they are doing. Conducting a poll on the same, we asked 4,920 respondents whether they like the managers they report to at their workplace. The majority of the respondents (55.83%) are happy with their supervisors as they are incredibly supportive. 24.57% have mixed feelings about them, while 8.19% report working with unsupportive managers. 11.40% of the respondents, however, are indifferent to how their managers are. Going by the data, it seems, for most people, supportive supervisors do exist!
Email to the Rescue
The first thing that comes to mind on hearing the word office is emails. Lots and lots of emails. We can't mention one without the other. They have been a boon to humankind, speeding up the entire process of communication. The difference of millions of miles or the time gap doesn't hamper work in any way. With it, offices can employ staff sitting in different countries altogether. Today, there are a number of email service providers who offer their services to organisations. Taking a poll on this subject, we asked 5,119 respondents about the mail services used in their offices. 77.32% of the respondents trust Gmail, while 14.75% find Microsoft Outlook more convenient, and 3.22% depend on Yahoo for their official work. It is further bifurcated into several smaller players like ProtonMail (0.57%), Tutanota (0.47%), Airmail (0.43%), Aquamail (0.39%), Newton Mail (0.31%), Nine (0.23%), and Edison Mail (0.20%). 2.11% of the respondents also reported using Other email service providers not mentioned in our list.
From Face-to-Face Learning to e-Learning Interfaces
Learning, especially in India, has always been visualized as wisdom being imparted by gurus or teachers to students in an environment conducive to learning. It has an aura of purity that makes learning a sacred ritual. With time, tremendous changes have been introduced to this system, but learning more or less, was the same being conducted by teachers in a classroom that lends a personal touch to the entire experience. The onset of the pandemic, however, has altered the traditional way of life. Face-to-face learning now means sitting face-to-face on a Wi-Fi-enabled device to attend a particular class. Our latest poll tried to tackle this issue by garnering responses from 5,649 respondents. On being asked whether they think online learning will replace face-to-face learning anytime soon, 42.20% of the respondents reply with a definite: Yes. 30.04% are not sure and respond with an ambivalent: Maybe, while 24% are confident that this change will not materialise. 3.75% cannot say which way the wind will blow and perhaps will wait to see how things pan out in the near future.
Which Genre Makes You Groove?
Everyone has a genre that keeps them going. Just playing a song from that genre can put them in a happy mood. People have their playlists sorted one for when they are working, one for when they are working out, and one for when things are not working out. With music's magical healing powers, one feels energized and the world seems like a better place. But which genre of music is the most powerful of all? To seek the answer to this question, we conducted a poll with 5,980 respondents asking them which genre is preferred by them the most. For 22.65%, Classical music is an all-time favorite and for 18.49% and 18.25%, Pop and Hip-Hop, do the trick. 17.72% are fans of Rock, 10.57% prefer Indie, and 3.81% love some soothing Jazz. 8.55% of the respondents like other genres that are not mentioned on the list. Whatever be the case, at the end of the day, music is a fantastic therapy for all.
Does the Mode of Education Matter?
The most valuable possession one can own is education. It gives a perspective to view things in life, helping one grow into a better human being. What makes all the difference is to get access to quality education. With the changing times, however, the means of education are also evolving. From classroom learning, students have switched to online learning. But a few debates are floating around this subject as some people are skeptical about the quality of online educated graduates compared to traditionally educated graduates. On conducting a poll with 5,699 respondents on this topic, we found that 29.65% agree and 12.26% strongly agree that the education received from both the mediums are alike. A significant group comprising 22.25% of the respondents hold a neutral stance on this topic. While some respondents are not so confident about the online mode of education as 26.82% disagree and 9.02% strongly disagree with the statement posed.
Online Shopping in the Times of Corona
Unimaginable yet true, a single strain of a virus has completely changed the face of the earth. The way people worked, socialized, moved, and even breathed has undergone a major transformation. It has forced the world to find alternate ways to function, and one thing that has really eased this process is the internet. The online world has kept a semblance of our older lives alive. Be it food deliveries or money transfers, or grocery shopping everything is being conducted from the safety of people's homes. Taking this into account, we carried out a poll to see the trend of online shopping and how coronavirus affected it. Out of the 5,408 respondents we asked, 51.46% report an increase in their online shopping while 24.36% say there hasn't been any effect. 21.96% state that they witnessed a decrease and in some cases a complete halt in their online shopping patterns. 2.22% of the respondents have also noticed a few other effects since the onset of the pandemic.
From Diet Change to Climate Change
Switching to vegetarian dietary patterns has been scientifically proven to lower carbon, water, and ecological footprints. If we go by the data provided by the UN, 14.5% of all manmade greenhouse emissions come from meat and dairy products a number that is too huge to ignore. With the increasing awareness about this issue, people have already started to switch to vegetarian and vegan diets. And so, to take this issue forward, we conducted a poll with 3,217 respondents, asking them whether they will turn into vegetarians to control climate change. 22.47% of the respondents say they will change their dietary habits, while 20.61% have already made that switch. 16.07% are sure that they can't commit to this; 5.25% don't believe in the concept of climate change; 4.07% don't know if they can bring this change into their lives. The majority of respondents (31.52%) are fence-sitters as they reply with an open-ended maybe. The popular opinion on this one seems to be divided, and we'll have to wait a few years to see whether things change for the good.
Workplace or A Second Home?
After some time, a workplace isn't just a place where you go to work daily; it becomes your home. Your teammates turn into your family as you share some laughs over lunch and a few concerns over coffee. A safe and comfortable environment is an essential aspect of life that directly impacts ones mental health and wellbeing. Conducting a poll on the same, we asked 2,906 respondents whether they are satisfied with their workplace culture. 44.43% agree with the statement and 20.17% strongly agree with it. On the other hand, there are some not-so-happy respondents as 7.74% disagree and 4.09% strongly disagree with the statement. A significant set of respondents (17.21%) stand neutral to this claim, while 6.37% cannot say whether they are satisfied at their workplace or not.
The Temptations of Online Shopping
Who hasn't bought things online only to realize later that they never needed them in the first place That is the magnetic pull of digital marketing. The beautifully photographed product is placed in an eye-catching creative with a headline that taunts our every sensibility to click and purchase the product NOW! One has to be really impervious to their charms to scroll through the net without falling prey to the click bait. To get better insights into this phenomenon, we conducted a poll with 3,156 respondents. On being asked whether they often buy things online that they don't need, 24.30% respond with a resounding yes as they do this all the time. 34.25% also agree to this while adding that they indulge in such instinctual purchasing only once in a while. 34.51% of the respondents know how to resist such temptations and buy only the products they require, 4.97% reply with an indefinite maybe, and 1.96% can't say much on the subject.
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