Jeff Yanes of Kyle, TX was one-in-136 million when he was chosen as the winner of HGTV's Dream Home. The catch? The house is in Portsmouth, Rhode Island.
Yanes won the fully-furnished home, a $250,000 cash prize and a 2021 motorhome from Camping World after entering in the sweepstakes multiple times over the course of five years. HGTV's ambush crew underwent a virtual interview with Jeff and his girlfriend, Jody, who thought they would be on a show about HGTV fans. The two were shocked to learn they had actually won.
"I didn't think it was true. I thought someone was messing with me," Yanes told HGTV.
Jeff Yanes and girlfriend Jody couldn't believe that they had won the HGTV Sweepstakes. (HGTV.com)
As it turns out, Yanes isn't ready to leave to leave the Hill Country behind. He instead decided to take the $750,000 cash prize given to winners who do not want possession of the winning home.
That leaves the Cape-Cod style home now on the market for a cool $2.39 million. The home's price includes all of its appliances, nautical decor and red-white-and-blue furnishings, pushing its value up to 2.8 million. The home's nautical design reflects its location on the bank of the Sakonnet River.
Yanes, an independent contractor who owns a bread delivery route to Austin-area grocery stores and restaurants, helped deliver food as an essential worker during the pandemic. He and Jody may not be packing their bags for the Northeast, but they do admire the nearly 3,500-square foot home, especially its rooftop deck.
"It's everything you could want in a house, (so) it's hard to pinpoint one room," Yanes said. " (But) the rooftop deck overlooking the river (is a great place to) have a cold beverage or cup of coffee."
Take a look at the aptly-named dream home here:
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Some workers are done being overachievers.
Whether they’re consultants or software engineers, they’ve noticed they can get a full day’s work done and even if they have time to do more, they’re not going to. It’s a practice that has lately come to be known as “quiet quitting,” or not going above and beyond the required tasks at work.
Jill Chapman, a local expert with HR solutions company Insperity, talked about how different definitions of the phrase might come down to the employee’s attitude. Whereas one worker might be disengaged, another could be practicing some work-life balance.
“From an employer's point of view, if you're paying somebody you're paying them to deliver the results that you agreed upon, right?” Chapman said. “As long as people are meeting their deliverables, if they close down their computer at five o'clock, that's kind of the expectation.”
In Austin, a major tech hub and city that has flooded with knowledge workers in recent years, conversations around quiet quitting might be heightened.
“The tech workers would very often be the ones that were kind of leading the charge, with new ideas and new ways of working—we'd see them kind of permeate their niche before it went out to the rank and file,” Chapman said. “So I think that there is a significant number of people who are talking about this in that community.”
Still, this approach to work isn’t all that new even if the phrase is. Essentially, people are doing what they’re being paid to do, explains Andrew Brodsky, a professor at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin.
“When you come from a society… where you get as much work from your workers as you possibly can for as little compensation as possible, it shouldn't be surprising when you have workers take the same perspective and try to do as little work as possible,” Brodsky said.
He’s studied idle time in the office and remote work and says that for many jobs, eight hours isn’t needed some days.
“On the days you have less to do, should you just sit there moving your mouse every so often so that Microsoft Teams shows that you're active to your boss or should you try to find a way to view that time productively?” Brodsky said. “Maybe further your career training, or just taking a break and recovering from work so that you can come back fresh or on a day that you are busier.”
My take on #quietquitting
With Gen Z’s recent entrance into the workforce, young workers have been tied to the “quiet quitting” trend. The hashtag for the term has racked up 12.9 million views on TikTok and The Wall Street Journal said professionals of that generation “are saying no to hustle culture.”
But Brodsky says it’s likely more to do with how our employment psychological contract has changed. Boomers enjoyed rewards for being long-term employees with promotions and continual raises. Now, there’s less reward for staying loyal and giving 110%. For companies looking to reduce quiet quitting, however, Brodsky has some ideas.
“Many of these people feel like, whether they're Gen Z or otherwise, that they're doing what the company is doing. Organizations are using us, so we're going to use them,” Brodsky said. “In cases where you actually find ways to reward employees as opposed to paying external hires more… I imagine it would potentially make you stronger.”
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