Posted 7/11/14 at 9:34 AM | Phil Cooke
Ron Friedman writing on the Harvard Business Review blog has a beef with people who constantly check their email. And you know what? He’s got a point. Friedman says, “Shifting our attention from one task to another, as we do when we’re monitoring email while trying to read a report or craft a presentation, disrupts our concentration and saps our focus.” And all these distractions take their toll on your productivity. He cites a University of California-Irvine study that indicates trying to get back to your original momentum after these interruptions can take more than 20 minutes. So how many of these interruptions does it take to completely ruin your day? FULL POST
Posted 7/10/14 at 1:27 AM | Sylvie Simms
As the weather starts to heat up and we get entrenched in the summer months, people begin to crank up their air conditioners to bring some welcome relief into their homes. However, energy efficiency is an important part of your daily routine so that you can lessen the impact on the environment and keep your electricity bill from skyrocketing. Keeping a few tips in mind will help you achieve these efficiency goals.
Posted 7/9/14 at 1:11 PM | John Dillard
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Who You Gonna Call When the IRS Tax Man Comes Knocking on Your Door?
Put our decades of experience to work for you to make sure your back taxes are right ensuring only your lowest legal possible tax is paid. Be sure you work with a CPA in your area who has proven tax record of successful IRS Representation. The below is a sample letter we might send to a client to process a taxpayers IRS Form 656/Offer in Compromise.
Posted 7/9/14 at 12:34 AM | Sylvie Simms
Finding new and interesting ways to reach your audience will help you draw in more customers and reach your business goals as you continue to grow. One of the best ways to achieve this is through printing graphics and advertisements that gain attention. Lenticular printing is a unique way to bring eyes to your graphics because the image that you print changes at every viewing angle. When done effectively, lenticular printing can create visual effects such as flips, morphs, animations and 3D images.
To create this effect it is necessary for your graphic designer to select suitable images, in a sequential order, and a lenticular material. When all is said and done the images will appear to move depending on the viewing angle through the lens material. In order for the effect to be achieved each image is divided into strips, interlaced and printed onto the back of the plastic lenticular sheet. Due to the arrangement of the strips and the placement of the lenses your viewers will be able to see a different set of image strips.
Think about how lenticular printing can transform your business. From promotional posters that you can give to your loyal customers to various images in and around your shop, lenticular graphics are much more visually appealing and interactive than standard options. The key is to find a set of images that will create a lasting memory and fit nicely into your current marketing and promotion plan. Doing so will help you stand out from the crowd and connect with those that are the most important to your success: your customers. FULL POST
Posted 7/8/14 at 12:11 AM | Sylvie Simms
Buying a new car is an exciting time for anyone, but the process can become overwhelming quickly. Before you start the car buying experience, you should know what you want. Not sure what you want? Consider the 2014 Jeep Cherokee.
Jeep has long been a favorite and respectable brand, with many models available each year. This year, Jeep has outdone itself with the 2014 Jeep Cherokee. This spacious SUV comes equipped with standard and optional features that are top quality. You can expect to see an aesthetically pleasing exterior, as well as a safe yet comfortable interior. The 2014 Cherokee incorporates high-tech features in all models, as well as additional features in the luxury models.
Want to learn more? See our infographic below on the 2014 Jeep Cherokee!
Posted 7/3/14 at 1:21 PM | Brian Wallace
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Posted 7/3/14 at 9:06 AM | Bill Blacquiere
We all know that interpersonal conflicts can wreak havoc on businesses and corporations, but Christian organizations sail along in peace and harmony, right? I can almost see your eyes rolling. If you work for a church or other faith-based non-profit, you know that conflict not only exists, but often impairs our effectiveness in serving others in the name of Christ.
I’d like to think the organization I lead, Bethany Christian Services, has a stellar record when it comes to conflict, but my guess is that our performance in this important area is about the same as it is with every other business or non-profit. According to at least one report, the typical manager in an organization spends from 25 to 40 percent of his or her time dealing with workplace conflicts. That’s practically 1 day a week of patching up differences between people rather than focusing on the mission of the organization. Knowing that—and experiencing it—led us to deliberately address this problem of unresolved conflict through a program called the Coach Peace Initiative. FULL POST
Posted 7/3/14 at 12:28 AM | Sylvie Simms
The DNS Flooder DDoS attack toolkit enables cyber attackers to build their own botnets without needing to create an army of zombie computers. Learn more about this high-risk threat in this infographic from Prolexic (now part of Akamai), then get helpful DDoS detection and mitigation best practices by downloading the free threat advisory. http://bit.ly/1rIe9yi
Posted 7/2/14 at 4:45 PM | Barry Bowen
Here's an interesting fact: Hobby Lobby pays its employees a higher minimum wage than Starbucks.
In April 2013 the craft supplies retail chain Hobby Lobby raised its full-time wage to $14 per hour and part-time pay to $9.50 per hour.
Hobby Lobby CEO David Green announced in a press release, "We know that if we reward our employees for their hard work, we will be rewarded in turn with their loyalty and dedication to their job and to our customers."
The famous coffee chain Starbucks pays its average employees $8.80 per hour, according to Glassdoor.
Earlier this year Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz announced support for an increase in the United States minimum wage. President Obama signed an executive order to require businesses with government contracts to pay a minimum of $10.10 per hour beginning in 2015. FULL POST