WAYS TO MAKE A BAD DAY BETTER

WAYS TO MAKE A BAD DAY BETTER

How many of us always have great days? I suppose that how we define a “great” day is subjective depending on what a great day means to each of us individually. More often I find myself hearing people say in response to their day, “Well today, at least I’m vertical” or “I’m on the right side of the grass.” I usually find these kinds of responses really humorous, but a little sad. One thing that I am beginning to value more often is time. I am realizing that time is the one gift we receive that is so incredibly valuable. Our days consist of 24 hours of time which must be used wisely. How horrible it would be to live each day in a state of sadness or despair. However, we all have “bad” days from time to time. It’s all a part of life, and each of us face irritations throughout the day. Traffic congestion, poor customer service, car problems, a difficult person that we’re dealing with, etc. can cause us to think that this is turning out to be a really bad day. ......
WAYS TO BECOME MORE LIKEABLE

WAYS TO BECOME MORE LIKEABLE

How many of us have to deal with “jerks” from time to time? Well, I can say with a great deal of confidence that most of us have interactions with individuals who truly have no clue as to their lack of people skills or how they come across to others. I realize more and more in my interactions with others that individuals who are truly likeable leave a lasting positive impression on others. These are folks who are genuine in their relationships with themselves and others. The fact is that no matter what business we are in; we are definitely in the people business. And guess what? The more that people like you, the better and easier your life becomes! Likeability is a major facet of who we are that can get us to where we want to go in life. Likeability plays a tremendous role in everyday experiences such as getting good service at a restaurant all the way to whether we are elected to a political office. ......
ARE YOUR EMPLOYEES CLASSIFIED & PAID PROPERLY?

ARE YOUR EMPLOYEES CLASSIFIED & PAID PROPERLY?

Have you ever been a little unsure as to the classification of your employees as being exempt from overtime compensation, or being eligible for overtime compensation - which is called being “nonexempt”? This issue causes a tremendous amount of confusion for many employers, which can lead to major headaches, and oftentimes, monetary awards for back wages that are determined to be due by the Department of Labor (DOL). Wage and Hour Investigations by the DOL have been increasing in recent years and actually set an all-time record in 2016. This area has seen aggressive scrutiny and focus by the DOL in recent years. Wage and hour cases are the most active types of litigation in the field of employment law. The year-to-year increases have become a pattern since 2000, going up by more than 450% since that time. Every employer must follow wage and hour laws to the fullest. There is no room for shortcut or a lax approach when dealing with employment laws. So, what is the major mistake that many employers make that is getting them into hot water? There are actually two major mistakes and one of them revolves around misclassifying employees and how they have to be compensated. We will talk about that one in this article and then cover the other in our next newsletter. ......
LEAVE IT ALL ON THE FIELD

LEAVE IT ALL ON THE FIELD

I have great memories of a friend back in my high school days who was a tremendous all round athlete. This was a guy who was generally understated and over shadowed by other athletes until he was tapped to substitute for a key injured player during a critical varsity football game. The following minutes were incredible! This was a guy who actually ran the ball in for a touchdown the first time he touched a football during a game! What a shock! The stadium went wild for this guy who was a second string player. ......
THE POWER OF ENCOURAGEMENT

THE POWER OF ENCOURAGEMENT

What would your response be if someone told you that you have the power to influence someone’s life in a major way? Many of us may say, I guess that could possibly be true, and then not think anything else about it. But the real truth is that you have the power to encourage and affect many lives on a daily basis! ......