The Friday Five 11.29.19
Why do I need to get a Lost Wage Statement after a car accident injury?
The insurance companies will do whatever it takes to settle your accident claim as cheaply as possible, which means that they will fight paying you for the time you missed from work because of the wreck. That is, unless you can prove that your lost wages are directly related to the injuries you sustained in the accident. We help clients all the time who do not know where to start when it comes to proving that they should be reimbursed, especially when they used vacation days simply to get a paycheck. To obtain a Lost Wage Statement, your employer must outline the amount of time you missed from work along with the amount of money you would have earned had you been on the job. It is important to note that most insurance companies will not pay unless you also have orders from a doctor that you were not allowed to work for the same dates that your employer notes that you missed. It can be a confusing process and we would be happy to help walk you through it.
iPhone trick of the week: Using the Thesaurus can make your texts sound even better
Did you know that you can highlight a word you typed in your texts or emails and then select “Look up” to be given the definition? Take the knowledge a step further by adding a thesaurus to the mix so you can use words that have the same meaning. This article explains how to add the thesaurus to your phone’s dictionary settings to activate the synonym feature; be prepared to easily expand your vocabulary with this simple trick!
How your secret consumer score affects how you are treated and how to access your score
Have you ever waited a ridiculously long time on the phone or been told by a store that you could not return a previously purchased item? It could be because of a secret score that many businesses are now keeping on consumers that is affecting all types of things, including telephone hold times and whether you are privy to special offers. These customer lifetime value scores (CLV scores) are used to assign different levels of customer service based on how you have interacted with companies. Translation: the better your CLV score, the better customer service you will receive, hypothetically. One reporter was able to obtain her CLV report and found that the 400-page document was filled with everything from messages she exchanged with AirBnB to a log of every time she accessed certain apps on her phone. This article explains more about CLV scores and also provides instructions on how to obtain your score from five data-collection companies, including Sift, Zeta Global, Retail Equation, Riskified, and Kustomer.
52 ideas for random acts of kindness at the office to make your co-workers’ day brighter
We recently shared on our Friday Five a list of 100 acts of kindness for kids, but we thought it would also be fun to provide some ideas on how adults can get in on the giving without expecting anything in return bandwagon at the office. Since many of us spend more time with our co-workers than we do with our own families, it’s nice to show some unexpected appreciation to the people you share a workspace with. Bringing in a book you love to pass along to someone else, cleaning out the microwave when you weren’t the one to make the mess, or even creating a custom playlist of music for a co-worker are all simple (and free!) ways to generate some good will and lift up the office.
Muting notifications on your iPhone with Do Not Disturb can help you stay productive
If you are the type of person that is easily distracted each time a new notification pops up on your iPhone, this feature could really help your productivity. If you need to focus on a task for a specific amount of time but you don’t want to disable your notifications altogether, you can mute them temporarily by putting your phone on Do Not Disturb. There are settings within Do Not Disturb that allow you to pick and choose what calls and messages make it through when the feature is turned on, so that if there are people that need to get a hold of you in the event of an emergency (your kids, spouse, etc.) they can.