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Ideas from Adventure

At some point or another, all of us wish to have an adventure.  Different people have different ways of seeking the excitement and thrilling uncertainty that an adventure might bring.  Backpacking in foreign countries, road trips across America, and planned vacations are common ways in which human beings set aside routine and responsibility, while throwing … Continue reading

The One Thing You Shouldn’t Forget To Pack For Your Vacation

Summer is a popular time to take those well-deserved vacations and long weekends. Perhaps your exciting adventure is hopping into the family RV to the majestic Grand Canyon, revving your ATV on desert trails, or competing in a fishing competition with your new boat. Whatever your dream vacation involves, make sure your prize possessions are … Continue reading

SCOTUS Gives the Affordable Care Act The Nod To Proceed

  In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court of the United States approved the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, on June 28, 2012.  While provisions mandating Medicaid expansion for all less than 65 years of age and identified as falling 133% below federal poverty lines were found to be “unconstitutional,” the … Continue reading

Summer Attendance

In a survey conducted by Harris Interactive and Kronos, Inc., a whopping 39% of full time employees have owned up to calling in sick to enjoy a day off during the summer months. As I am sure we can all guess, the most common days for one to be afflicted with these absences are Fridays … Continue reading

We’re Halfway to the Holiday Season…How’s Your Piggybank Looking?

June is a great month to step back and take a look at your finances. Since it’s midyear, you still have time to adjust your savings or taxes to meet your year-end target. Below are some tips for you to consider as you assess your personal goals. Midyear tax planning Is there an appropriate tax … Continue reading

Pride Over Passion?

“Good customer service is a must.  Organizational skills and excellent time management required for the  position.  Experience in the field is a plus.  Nights and weekends are expected.  College degree preferred.” In so many job postings, one might find that potential employers are seeking individuals who will exemplify pride in their work.  Additionally, any such … Continue reading

Pride and the Performance Evaluation

The performance evaluation can be a sore subject when it comes to staff.  Managers often wait until evaluation time to address any problems their staff may have; this causes employees to feel blindsided and defensive instead of receptive to the feedback on the evaluation.  Other times, staff and management view the employee’s work performance at … Continue reading

The Losing Bet – Gambling With Your Health

We all know someone who doesn’t have health insurance, whether it’s because they can’t afford it or because they choose to go without. Whatever the reason, they are taking the gamble – forced or by choice – that they won’t have an accident or be struck by a chronic illness. It’s a high stakes game … Continue reading

Organizational Pride

Vince Lombardi once said “The pride of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.” This saying holds true if you are the CEO, department manager or an employee. However, creating a workplace … Continue reading

It’s Just a Harmless Basketball Pool……or is it?

“Gambling Addiction” is a term that is becoming more prevalent in today’s society. In previous generations this was not an addiction that was discussed or even known to have existed. As time has progressed, gambling has become an acceptable part of mainstream culture. Gambling, for a long time, was not seen as an addiction; many … Continue reading