Tag Archives: Society

How to Throw A Fun (And Safe) Company Holiday Party

The holiday season yields plenty of opportunities to spread cheer, merriment and show gratitude to those that play significant roles in your life – including your employees. One of the most appreciated ways to express this is by giving the green light to let loose and socialize. We’re talking, of course, about hosting a company holiday party. Everyone can let their hair down, put work aside, and get to know each other on a more interpersonal level.

Regrettably, many corporate employees dread their annual holiday party because, well, they simply aren’t fun. Perhaps people feel as if they’re walking on eggshells, or maybe the environment doesn’t feel like a place where people can truly let their guard down around their superiors. Here are some helpful tips to help you throw a successful holiday party that your staff will look forward to each year.

Read, ‘How to Retain Top Talent: 4 Helpful Tips’ for more insight on boosting employee morale.

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Thanking Employees: How To Show Gratitude After A Job Well Done

Approximately 64% of working Americans leave their job because they feel underappreciated. Thanking employees for a job well done on a project is a great way to increase employee morale and motivation. Many people assume that employees are only motivated financially, but this simply is not the case. While it makes sense to financially compensate employees for continued successes, consistent encouragement from upper management is always welcome. Any employee that cares enough to put effort and quality into their work will also be motivated by acknowledgement of their efforts. Here are a few ways you can express gratitude for a job well done.

Read our blog post, “Showing Employee Appreciation” for more useful ideas on how to show appreciation.

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5 Small Business Management Tips

As of 2018, there are 30.2 million small businesses in the U.S. accounting for 58.9 million jobs in the country. It’s no secret that small businesses are a crucial part of the U.S. economy and their success should be important to us all.

Managing a small business comes with a unique set of challenges and opportunities. Often times, simply deciding which goals or tasks to prioritize can be a full-time job in itself. As a small business owner, you are probably under a lot of pressure with little room for mistakes. It’s easy to become quickly overwhelmed when managing the million different moving parts of a business but the good news is there are ways to make managing a small business easier. Here are five of our best small business management tips for juggling day-to-day operations.

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How to Keep Your Restaurant Safe From Cyber Threats

This entry is part 26 of 30 in the series Data Security

Handling electronic data is an unavoidable part of operating any business today, but what would happen to your restaurant if that sensitive information was the target of a cyberattack? We tend to remember big, scandalous data breaches like Equifax or Sony, but that’s only because they are highly publicized. In reality, an estimated 90% of cyberattacks affect small businesses and the average cost of one is $116,967. Couple that with loss of customer trust and suddenly it’s no surprise that 60% of small businesses go out of business within 6 months of a data breach.

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Succession Planning For Your Small Business

It’s about that time — as baby boomers begin to decrease their involvement in day-to-day operations and step away from their businesses, the big question arises: who will take over the reins? Considering nearly 10,000 baby boomers retire per day in the US, this decision is becoming more and more commonplace. Having a comprehensive succession plan in place for your small business will ease these major transitions so that the business doesn’t suffer.

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Solid Fuel Cooking: Protecting Your Restaurant

Solid fuel cooking has been an up-and-coming trend for many new restaurants because it’s a tasty way to prepare food – especially pizza and BBQ. These cooking appliances are fueled by a solid fuel such as mesquite, charcoal and hardwood; and while this cooking method yields different, interesting flavors, it also carries with it increased safety risks. With the right amount of understanding and preparation, restaurant owners can safely use most solid fuel appliances.

What Is Solid Fuel Cooking?

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What Types of Business Insurance Does Your Bar or Restaurant Need?

Before you serve your first customer, your business is at great risk and liability. Thankfully, there are many insurance options to help businesses protect their livelihood. Below are critical types of insurance that restaurants and bars should consider to protect their financial investment.

5 Types of Business Insurance You Shouldn’t Go Without

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Benefits of Stretching at Work

This entry is part 8 of 8 in the series Health & Wellness

I recently worked with fellow team members developing and presenting a stretching webinar. We needed to get the word out on the benefits of stretching at work and in our personal lives. Stretching is good for all walks of life including restaurant, hotel, factory, and construction workers. I decided to “practice what I preach” and made a conscious effort to stretch throughout the day. It helped make snow shoveling more tolerable this winter. And it even improved my sleep. I stretch before going to sleep every night and find myself more relaxed and sleeping better. Try it for yourself; you’ll be surprised at the results!

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4 Benefits of a College Internship Program for Employers

Cultivating the next crop of business professionals is one of the most rewarding things you can do. Not only can you work side-by-side with interns to equip them with the skills they need be successful in your industry, but your business can reap many rewards as well. From identifying new employees to increased productivity with the additional manpower, a college internship program is a solid investment for almost any business.

Most interns arrive at a company with little work-related experience under their belt, but this gives a company a great opportunity to raise the business world’s future talent. Companies can educate, grow, and mold interns to ultimately retain them as their own employees someday. 

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ALERT: Why You Should Replace Federal Pacific Electric Stab-Lok Panels

Federal Pacific Electric (FPE) Stab-Lok panels shouldn’t be inspected, but replaced. According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, FPE Stab-Lok residential circuit breakers may fail to trip properly with overload and short-circuiting. Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. (UL) standards require that breakers trip, or shut off the current, when overloaded to prevent electrical hazards. The FPE breakers did not comply fully with UL testing requirements, and are not UL listed. The National Electric Code (NEC) requires all electrical components and products be listed by UL or other registered testing agency to be acceptable for installation and use. 

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