Lease Accounting and What We Need to Know

A lease is defined as a transaction that a company makes to have the right to use an asset. This, like any other financially-based transaction, needs to be accounted for in a timely and accurate manner. Thankfully, these days, software exists to make accounting for leases easier and quicker in terms of recording, gathering, and reporting the information.

How Does a Lease Work?

With a lease, a company will pay the other party an agreed-upon sum in exchange for the use of an asset. The asset can be a vehicle that is used for deliveries or plant hire that is used on a construction job. The latter is likely to be a shorter-term lease because the equipment may well be returned after a particular construction project has been completed.

Leases are popular with businesses as opposed to buying an asset because no down payment will be required, the monthly payments are generally lower than with bank loans, and a lease is easier to obtain where there are bad credit ratings to consider. So, there is certainly a market for leases and much to account for to keep track of them. The thing to be aware of with leases is that there can be mileage restrictions and the potential for extra fees for early terminations. This will all be in the small print and need to be taken note of on both sides where extra payments are involved.

Accounting for a Lease

Lease accounting is an important section of accounting and should be taken extremely seriously in terms of recording things accurately. Rules exist to govern the way leases are, for instance, defined. In fact, in most cases in the future, it will be as capital leases, albeit the ones that are for less than 12-months, which remain classed as operating leases.

In an accounting ledger, whether it be a paper record or a computerized one where there will be less chance of misreading figures, a journal entry will be required. This consists of debiting the lease asset account and, at the same time, crediting the lease liability account. The amount of lease asset or liability should be recorded as the fair value in terms of the total lease payments. The idea of debits and credits follows the convention of the double-entry bookkeeping system.

The principle behind double-entry bookkeeping, which computer software will take care of, as long as you enter everything from both sides, is that every financial transaction has equal and opposite effects in two different accounts. Where software accounting tools are used, all these separate accounts will be automatically integrated by the lease accounting software and appear as totals on the balance sheet to be reported on. Figures are then instantly accessible for monthly and year-end audit situations.

There are just three basic rules to accounting, whether to do with lease accounting or not:

Debit the receiver and credit the giver.

Debit the incoming and credit the outgoing.

Debit all expenses and losses but credit all income and gains.

If you know these rules, you cannot go far wrong with regards to the placement of figures in the accounts. The software can help you with this.

Accounting Standards

There is an added complication with lease accounting because there are more accounting standards to know. For instance, concerning how, in the future, leases need to be classified from a balance sheet point of view. In the past, it has not always provided a full picture to shareholders when the details of all leases were not visible. To rectify this, in the future, leases will need to primarily be recorded as capital ones, rather than be split between finance and operating leases. When they are longer than 12 months, that is.

So, it pays to know all the different accounting standards to accurately record figures in the leasing sections of your accounts. It is, after all, these figures that will ultimately be reported.

In conclusion, we need to think of the way that we record leases in our account in terms of there being debits and credits to record for each transaction and know that in the future leases will need to be predominantly recorded as capital leases. Lease accounting software exists to help us with all of this so that we can accurately record and report our lease figures in an accurate and timely way.

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How To Best Take Care of Your Health: A Systematic Approach

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It’s essential to take care of your health, and the first step is understanding your body signs. You all know what it feels like when you’re stressed out: tight muscles, headaches, elevated blood pressure. Luckily, there are many ways that you can try to avoid stress from building up in the first place. 

Understand Your Body Signs

Understanding your body signs can help you better know what to do in case of health problems. For example, if you are aware that your body goes into certain phases, you can act faster when something is happening and get over the issue more quickly than before. 

To understand your body signs, you should know what they are telling you. In other words, you need to spot these changes as soon as possible so that you can take corrective measures immediately if necessary. 

Avoid Stresses

Stress can be due to various factors, both physical and mental, that include family, work, and school. In addition, stress reduces your immune system’s ability to fight off illnesses such as the flu or common cold. As well it can increase your blood pressure which results in heart disease, hypertension, and stroke. 

It also causes anxiety disorders and weight gain through increased cortisol levels, a hormone that increases appetite. Hence, you eat more than you should, resulting in obesity and insulin resistance leading to type II diabetes even if someone does not have genetic predispositions towards developing these diseases.

To avoid stress, you must learn how your body responds to stress, take responsibility for your actions, and learn how to prioritize.

The best thing to do is take steps that reduce the stresses in your life whenever possible. You can achieve this by avoiding stressors, planning out how to cope with any unavoidable stress or learning methods for dealing with even the most difficult stressors.

Always Consult Your Doctor

Always consult your doctor when you have a doubt, question, or issue. It is essential to follow the doctor’s instructions and take care of your health systematically if you want it to function at its best.

Consulting your doctor about your problem is the first step. They will give you a complete examination and suggest relevant tests if needed. Then, follow their advice to best take care of your health.

It helps determine if you need to take medication or not. If so, follow the prescription carefully and report any side effects of the drugs identified by your doctor immediately. In addition, avoid drug misuse or abuse to prevent any drug resistance that may arise. For example, you can you get addicted to Ambien after continuous and unprescribed usage that will cause you to be dependent or resistant to the drug. Also, never forget that lifestyle factors also play an essential role in health care management.

You should consult with your doctor when you feel like you need to take a break from work. If you feel stressed or anxious and want to get rid of them using medication, it may not always be the best solution for your health conditions.

Follow the Doctor’s Instructions

It is an essential part of taking care of your health. However, it is straightforward to become lost in the sea of information out there. In addition, it can be hard to know what you should do if you don’t have medical training or experience with different diseases and conditions.

That’s why you need to follow the doctor’s instructions precisely, which include: taking medicines at the correct times and dosages, doing all exercises prescribed by the doctor, following recommended dietary requirements, undergoing regular check-ups so that they can detect potential problems before they even show up. 

Work Out

Working out at least three times a week can help your body fight against many diseases. If you are not used to working out, make sure that the first workout is at low intensity and increases gradually as you progress with time. You should also set clear goals for yourself regarding the exercises not to lose motivation over time.

Have the Right Dietary Requirements

Moving further, you need to follow proper dietary requirements depending on your lifestyle if you want good health throughout your lifetime. You need to make specific changes in diet after consulting an expert or doctor because everyone’s metabolism rate varies differently based on age factors. 

Most of you have shifted from eating healthy foods like vegetables, fruits, and whole grains towards unhealthy food habits due to lack of time & resources available. However, it would help if you made time to care for yourself. 

Conclusion

In conclusion, you must follow the doctor’s instructions. It would help if you worked out and always consult your doctor when needed. It is also imperative to understand your body’s signs, avoid stress, and have proper dietary requirements.

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Preparing Teens for the Real World: Life Skills Schools Should Teach in 2021

We think only adults suffered during this period. But teens surely had trouble, too. The pandemic distorted their view of the real world, making it scary instead of exciting. The reopening of schools didn’t help much; many kids continue to stay at home due to the rising COVID-19 cases.

This can make one wonder, “what if another crisis happened again?” While pessimism is the last thing we need right now, we can’t afford another pandemic or any other crisis to catch us by surprise again. Sure, we’ll never be prepared enough for crises, but we don’t have to feel helpless against it.

As such, teens should start learning useful skills in school. And not just cooking and cleaning; rather, skills that will help them keep their lives put together in case outside help isn’t available.

Without further ado, these are the skills schools should start teaching teens in 2021:

1. Basic HVAC Repair and Maintenance

Now that everyone’s staying at home for longer periods, HVAC systems work harder than usual. If the machine suffers a problem, it’s easy to call a repairman. But some HVAC issues require only quick troubleshooting. Calling a pro would’ve been a waste of your money and theirtime.

Likewise, relying on a pro for basic HVAC maintenance is a waste of money. So teens should learn to do it instead. Besides, they’re typically possessive of their spaces. They don’t like it when a stranger comes in, even to repair appliances.

Basic HVAC maintenance is just replacing air filters every three months or so. Onthe other hand, basic repairs can be a little complicated in the start, as it requires an ensemble of tools. But once teens get the hang of it, opening up an HVAC unit and changing its parts will be second nature to them.

2. Cleaning Gutters

A roof replacement is one of the most expensive home repairs ever. But if you maintain your gutters well, you’re less likely to deal with costly roof issues. Hence, schools should begin teaching teens how to clean gutters.

Gutters are often filled with debris during the fall. So the reopening of classes is the perfect time to teach gutter cleaning. Also, teens should learn how to tell if a gutter is already beyond fixing. This will teach them a greater sense of responsibility.

3. Basic Car Repairs

Teens as young as 13 start being interested in driving. By their 16th, they can already have a license. If their car breaks down on their way to school or home, they’d be helpless if they can’t perform basic car repairs.

Teens can learn the following repairs from school, even just by reading books or referring to visual aids:

  • Changing oils
  • Changing a flat tire
  • Changing batteries
  • Changing spark plugs
  • Replacing windshield wipers
  • Replacing air filters
  • Replacing a headlight or tail light
  • Changing brake pads
  • Jumpstarting a car

In addition, teens should know how to use the various tools and equipment for repairing cars. For example, if the tires are out of alignment, a teen should name a durable alignment car lift as the equipment that will fix the problem. Being familiar with car repair tools and equipment allows teens to make smart decisions when maintaining their own autos.

4. Transportation Skills

Just because a teen has a driving license doesn’t mean they should throw commuting out the window. It may seem like common sense is the only skill needed to use public transport, but navigating and safety skills are important, too. When teens are in an unfamiliar place, it won’t be easy to reach their destination without navigation skills. And if they’re riding a cab alone at night, for example, their safety skills can save their lives should a threat faces them.

5. Emotion Regulation Skills

Many Millennial and older Gen Z employees suffer from mental health issues. Their problems worsened during the pandemic. Though the causes of poor mental health vary, we can attribute a common root cause: a lack of emotion regulation skills.

True enough, people from older generations were never taught to be attuned to their emotions. They were seen as unprofessional or “bratty” when they became emotional.Thankfully, millennials are changing that, creating a safer environment for Gen Zs.

So from now, schools should also teach emotion regulation to prevent personality problems due to repressed emotions. This will help teens stay emotionally and mentally healthy if another crisis occurs.

These life skills are essential in living a healthy lifestyle. Remember, health isn’t just about nutrition. It’s also about mental and emotional stability and the ability to run a happy, peaceful household.

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Common Workplace Stressors And How To Manage Them

Common Workplace Stressors And How To Manage Them

As an adult, you will spend a large proportion of your life engaging in work so it may not come as a surprise that you will experience some form of workplace stress from time to time. While workplace stressors may not be uncommon they are not pleasant and can have grave consequences for your physical and mental health. Here are some typical workplace stressors and what you can do to manage them.


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Workload

One of the biggest culprits is a heavy workload. Expecting too much from employers is a sure-fire way to trigger workplace stress. If you find yourself victim to an unmanageable workload consider a few of the following;

  1. Make a priority list.
    Jot down your to-do list in order of priority. Starting at the top, work your way through your list task by task. Ensuring the most important tasks are not overlooked and dealt with first will help ease the mental load.
  2. Outsource.
    Where you can outsource tasks that you do not need to complete yourself. Can you hand over a project to a colleague? Or perhaps you are your own boss trying to do it all yourself. Consider using software such as Sage to take the load off of your accounting system or deferring to experts such as Securelogic IT provider to take on your IT management. Take a look at what is on your to-do list and work out if you are or need to be responsible for all of it.
  3. Communicate.
    If your workload is causing you stress be sure to inform your superiors or the team around you. It is not a weakness or anything to be shamed off. They may well be feeling the pressures too and just talking about it can help. Better yet, they may be able to offer up some practical solutions to alleviate your stress. Communication is key. 

Poor working relationships

Your relationships whether at home or in the office can have a huge impact on your mental health and wellbeing. Here are some ways to help alleviate the stressors of poor working relationships.

  1. Find common ground.
    You may be working closely with someone you don’t like and while that can be hard to ignore, in the adult world, unfortunately there are times where you have to get on with it as best you can. Try to find some common ground or shared interests you can bond over or have positive conversations about to detract from the negatives of your relationship.
  2. Work on controlling your emotions.
    If you find yourself getting worked up by the actions of another, while this is not to suggest it is your fault, consider working on how you deal with and react in certain situations. It may well be the other person is being unreasonable but if you can learn to deal with it in a calm manor that doesn’t result in a negative atmosphere it will improve your working life envciroment.

Reduce contact time.
If you can’t find sufficient common ground and you are finding it increasingly difficult to handle yourself in a cool and collective way around a certain person then take the steps you can to avoid contact time with that person, even if you have to work closely. Try to keep your break times separate, so you get some space. Can you communicate via email or messaging services? Can you divide up tasks so you can work independently? Do what you can to keep your contact time to a minimum and your stress levels low.

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Can You Stage Your Home For Your Brain?

Can You Stage Your Home For Your Brain?


Most people understand the importance of adjusting their lifestyles to support the brain. Ultimately, the brain is an essential organ that reacts to our emotions, energy levels, and nutrition. A healthy brain requires a healthy lifestyle. The right diet can significantly improve your cognitive functions and focus. Indeed, brain food, such as walnuts, citrus fruits, and fatty fish, can help strengthen neural pathways. 

Exercise, both mental and physical, is indispensable. Whether you choose to solve puzzles or go out for a jog, you are constantly training your brain. Mental exercises train your cognitive abilities. But physical activity ensures your brain receives plenty of oxygen and nutrients. 

Finally, plenty of sleep and relaxation can help reduce pressure and maintain your mental productivity. A stressed-out or tired brain thinks slowly and is prone to mistakes. 

But there’s more you can do to help your brain. Have you ever considered staging your home decor to enhance your cognitive functions? Here’s how it could work. 

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Maximize natural light exposure strategically

Do you sometimes find yourself lying on the bed, unable to sleep after you’ve been scrolling through your social media feed? Using a screen device exposes you to blue light, which is the same wavelength as the sunlight. Whether you are watching TV, catching up with your emails, or listening to your favorite goodnight lullaby on Spotify, blue light exposure tells your brain it is daytime. As a consequence, your brain prevents the production of melatonin, the sleep hormone. 

But did you know that the reverse phenomenon can also affect your brain? If you are not exposed to enough natural light, your brain can struggle to prepare for daytime activities. Do you need direct sun exposure to feel mentally energized? The answer is no. Your brain feeds on indirect cues too, such as the window in your home office. Make sure you don’t obstruct natural light passage with furniture or obstacles. Additionally, it can be beneficial to consider window renewal by Andersen Windows & Doors to upgrade damaged frames and glass panes. Old windows can obstruct light in many ways! 

The brain needs plenty of oxygen

While we’re on the subject of windows, here’s a simple tip for you: Open your windows once a day. For a start, renewing your indoor air will improve your air conditioning system. But, more importantly, the process helps regulate air quality and oxygenation inside your home. Indoor air quality is often as bad or even worse than outdoor. Unfortunately, we don’t see particles and toxins in the air. Indoor pollution is one of the most important health concerns at home. From respiratory discomfort to irritation, bad air quality has a long list of consequences. But it can also affect your mental concentration, creating unpleasant brain fog. You help clear indoor pollution and bring more oxygen into your home when you open your window daily, supporting brain functions. 

Remove distractions that can affect concentration

Your brain constantly picks a variety of signals from your environment. While it can be hard to keep the world at bay while you’re working, you can target some of the most disruptive signals. Background noises can be frustrating, especially if you live in a busy town. Traffic sounds can affect your focus. But it may not be easy to wear noise-canceling headphones all day, as they can make you feel completely cut out from the external world. If you prefer some lighter level of noise management, you can find simple solutions such as noise-stopping panels to the inside of your wall. For tenants who can’t change their interior, a line of houseplants along the window can also act as a noise-reducing element. 

Another surprisingly overlooked factor is your office decor. Colors can significantly affect your focus and concentration. Blue tones, for instance, support mental focus. On the other hand, red and orange colors inject a ton of energy, making you feel restless at a desk. 

Add structure to your decor

Your thinking process requires structure. Therefore, it makes sense that working in a clear and decluttered place can assist the thought patterns. On the other hand, surrounded by clutter, your brain is likely to feel pressured and stressed out. 

Create a sense of reward for your mind

Last but not least, thinking spaces should engage positive feelings. Building a pleasant place with meaningful and personal decorative accents encourages your brain to produce happy and feel-good hormones. These help keep stress at bay, creating a rewarding environment for productivity. While creating a home office that includes only professional and practical elements can be tempting, little personal touches can boost your mood. A happy brain is energized, makes connections quickly, and keeps you focused. 

Is your home a brain-positive environment? Most of us fail to consider how our brain reacts to our surroundings. From natural light to mood-boosting decor, the brain responds to multiple stimuli every day. The better you understand how to create a brain-focused home, the more productive you’ll become. 

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Working Smart: How To Give Your Brain What It Needs

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A lot of time and effort goes into ensuring that our bodies are as fit and healthy as they can be, and for good reason. We certainly don’t want to be getting ill all the time, and taking longer to recover from every health issue. But there is something of a tendency among humans to set our bodies and our brains on two different tracks, and all too often we don’t consider our brains’ health with the same importance as our bodies’.

To make it clear, when we speak of brain health, we mean the whole category of health matters relating to the brain. That’s mental health, in the sense of issues like depression and anxiety, but also cognitive health – which relates to dementia and similar illnesses, but also developmental disorders like ADHD. Like our physical health, if issues in this department get bad enough we’ll go to a doctor – but unlike our physical health, we often don’t know where to start with looking after our brains from a mental or cognitive perspective.

Diet is important for your brain as well as your body

You’ll know instantly which foods you will favor when you’re on a health kick, or what you’ll eat before and after a trip to the gym. The good news is, to some extent, the same foods can help with brain health: oily fish such as salmon is a good place to start. To ensure that your brain is getting the nutrients it needs, it’s also a good idea to snack on walnuts and, if you’re familiar with the unpleasant experience of “brain fog”, try citrus fruits such as oranges and grapefruit, which contain antioxidants that help strengthen your neural pathways.

Exercise plays a key role

There are competing opinions on how effective brain gym programs are in actually boosting your brain, but what is not in doubt is that, like any muscle on the human body, the brain benefits from being used. Watching TV quiz shows, learning a language or an instrument, or doing puzzles will all give you practice in using parts of your brain. Even if you need to go over an answer repeatedly or occasionally rely on a jumble word solver for the trickier puzzles, you’re still using your brain and strengthening the parts that help you think, react and learn.

Rest is non-negotiable

Just as your brain will benefit from a diet and exercise regime, it is also important to bear in mind that sometimes you need to down tools and just relax for a time. It’s helpful for your brain to do some work, but it’s not beneficial at all to overwork it. Excess stress on your brain can lead to burnout, which affects you mentally, physically and emotionally – and will get worse the more you try to ignore it – so take some time to just chill out and enjoy a spell of serenity or a quick sleep. If meditation helps, go for it, but don’t imagine that it’s essential. What is important is that you rest your brain, just as you rest your body when you get tired.

Your brain and your body are very much alike; they need fuel and exercise to make them work at their best. Follow the above advice and you’ll find your brain serves you extremely well.

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The Dichotomy Of Phone & Relaxation

The Dichotomy Of Phone & Relaxation


Is a phone an object of relaxation or a stressful item that keeps you occupied? Answers differ greatly about the uses of mobile phones. It’s understandable. Everyone is different, and therefore, there is more than one way to manage your interactions with your phone. This naturally feeds to the ever-growing dichotomy about smartphones. One part of the population villainies phones for the adverse impact they have on human beings. Others praise phones for helping them cope with difficult situations and finding inner peace. Which statement is correct? The answer is both. Your attitude entirely depends on your personality and relationship with technology. 

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They hinder relaxation

Phones are a pain. You find them practical at times, but they cause a high amount of stress more often than not. Why is it so?

Phone management is stressful

Steve Jobs said it best when he described the first iPhone as a mini-computer that fits in your pocket. The label phone is misleading. Your smartphone is a fully functional computer. And unless you’re an IT geek, computers can be tricky to manage. Between upgrades gone wrong and running out of storage space, owning a phone can be a source of stress and anxiety. There are some helpful tutorials and applications around to guide you through some of the processes, such as this handy guide on the best cleaner apps for iPhone so you can reclaim your memory space without losing vital data. These tips can provide some sense of support and peace when using your smartphone. However, they don’t prevent some of the most common stress triggers with mobile phones:

  • Running out of battery or receiving a low battery warning when you don’t have any charging option available
  • Losing data or application through upgrade mishaps
  • Discovering that some features have inexplicably stopped working

It means you are cut from the real world

Here’s an interesting fact for you. According to a study, Americans touch their phones over 2,600 times in a day. Pings, notifications, and messages keep flashing on the screen. According to N. Carr, tech and culture author, we know enough to be worried about our smartphones’ influence over our lives. We are bound to check all those notifications, driven by the fear of missing out. The simple presence of a smartphone automatically encourages people to reduce day-to-day conversations and physical interactions. Why? Because we rely too much on phones. When something occurs outside the mobile realm, does it happen if there is no notification, data, or app to testify? More worryingly, people seem to be losing the ability to read emotional cues when they don’t have a screen covered in emojis for guidance. Yet, we can’t take the phone away from our routine because we’re too dependent on it. 

Blue light effect

The phone screen is often the last thing you see before going to bed. Whether you set up your alarm or check your emails a last time, the blue light can affect your sleeping patterns. Our circadian rhythms interpret blue light as a sign that the body and mind should be active. Blue lights mean daytime, as some of the sun UVs are natural blue light. Even though screens produce artificial blue light, it is sufficient to trick the brain into believing it’s daytime. As a result, you might struggle to fall asleep, or your sleeping patterns could be disrupted — so you wake up frequently during the night. Our screens harm sleep quality, making us more vulnerable to stressful triggers. 

They encourage relaxation

However, some people rely on their movies to soothe their worried minds. And guess what? It can be equally successful! 

Create a relaxing playlist and listen 

We all understand the role of music in our well-being. Music can generate positive emotions, helping people fight off stress or depression. Creating a soothing playlist that you can access with a click on your mobile can have a tremendous effect on your mental health. Music is proven to decrease cortisol levels — the stress hormone — and increase serotonin, dopamine, and endorphin levels — happy hormones. 

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Meditation and counseling support

Sometimes, you need to stop your mind from racing through anxiety-inducing ideas. Your phone can give you access to some of the best relaxing apps and contacts available. An app such as Talkspace allows individuals to reach out to a helpful and supportive therapy network. The app can also be part of your health insurance cover, providing access to live video therapy or text messaging as and when needed. 

If you prefer a self-help approach, countless meditation apps can also help you relax your mind and regain control. Headspace has grown in popularity during the pandemic for its accessible format, introducing the benefits of meditation to beginners and seasoned users. 

Is your phone stressful or a tool of relaxation? There is no black or white answer. Like most things in life, it’s often up to you to define what kind of interaction you want with your phone. 

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Common Mistakes To Avoid When Job Hunting

Finding a new job is no walk in the park, particularly in the wake of a pandemic. If you’ve been searching for a while, or you’re stumbling at the first hurdle, here are some common mistakes to avoid to improve your chances.

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Submitting dated resumes

One of the most important tasks to cross off your list when you apply for a job is updating your resume. If you’re submitting or uploading a dated version, you could be missing out on opportunities. Make sure your resume includes up to date information about your qualifications and employment history and double-check it before you apply for every job. 

Sending the same resume and cover letter for every job

It is essential to tailor your resume and cover letter to each role, regardless of how many jobs you’re applying for and how many rejections you’ve had. If you feel like you are spending all of your waking hours submitting applications, you might not want to take the time to review and revamp your resume, but tailoring your application to each position will increase your chances of getting the job. Read the job description and tweak your resume and cover letter accordingly.

Your online image

Employers have access to information about candidates via online resources, sites, apps and channels. If you are struggling to get past the first phases of the recruitment process, your online image or reputation may be a contributing factor. If you have shared or liked posts that could be deemed controversial, or you have a criminal record related to charges that have been dropped, there are solutions. You can use professional services to remove mugshots and delete social media content. It’s also beneficial to check that your accounts and profiles are set to private so that the content you post or share is only visible to your friends. 

Looking in the wrong places

There are many ways to find a job in 2021. While applying for a job used to involve flicking through newspaper adverts or calling into stores or offices and asking about vacancies, most people now search online. Although there are some fantastic resources available for job-seekers, it is possible to find yourself in the wrong place. Try to focus on high-quality sites that are relevant to the industry in which you want to work, contact reputable recruitment agencies, and upload your resume to websites that have an excellent reputation and an impressive track record. You can also use social media apps to hear about job openings and find out more about companies and organizations if you have an interview. It’s also wise to network and to use your contacts to find out about opportunities. 

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Are you finding it tough to get interviews, or are you firing off applications to no avail? Job hunting can be challenging, especially during a very uncertain period. If you’re looking for a new role, make sure you’re not making the mistakes listed above. Tailor applications, update your resume, enhance your online image and use reputable recruitment agencies and job sites to find vacancies.

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Planning a Romantic Surprise Trip: 5 Ways to Make It Successful

Planning a romantic getaway is one of the ways to make your relationship grow stronger. You get to spend uninterrupted time together away from all the worries and the stress of everyday life. It allows you to explore each other’s personalities and connect at a deeper level.

To make it even more exciting, think of a surprise trip. Your partner will appreciate the effort even more. To make it a success, consider the following:

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Consider Your Partner’s Wishes

Planning a surprise means factoring in your partner’s preferences and tastes more than yours. Think of a place they’ve always wanted to visit and include activities they love. Coming up with a specific destination and itinerary will enable you to pack and plan accordingly. 

To make the trip successful, know what to bring along. For instance, key things include a tent, flashlights, matches, and a first aid kit if it’s a camping trip. Also, consider bringing along the best 18650 battery for flashlight. You don’t want to be stranded in an unknown location in the dark.

Choose a Date that Works for Both of You

Picking the right time to go on a trip is essential. A surprise trip can be better if your partner has nothing planned for that day or week. Think of dates they have off work during the year or national holidays that fall on weekdays. 

If you find it hard finding out about their schedule, consider asking them about their plans without hinting at the vacation plans. Another alternative is working with their boss to give them some days off without their knowledge. 

Pick a Destination that will be both Memorable and Interesting

A surprise romantic trip can get boring if you go to the same place every time. You don’t want to make it dull and predictable. Have unique options in mind so your partner feels loved, appreciated, and surprised. Think of new destinations and those off the beaten track and not overcrowded with tourists. Consider places that offer privacy as well as great scenic views.

Give the Planning Enough Time

You’ll need enough time to plan all the details. Doing so will allow you to study and research the location of your choice and reserve hotels and tickets in advance. Because you’ll be planning for two, in secrecy, it’s best to do thorough research- checking out reviews and photos online- for all your options.

It will also give you enough time to adequately pack the right clothes and make arrangements for passports if necessary. To make sure you don’t forget anything, use a list. Also, observe your partner’s routines for ideas on what to pack for them. 

Decide When to Reveal the Surprise

You can wait until you get to the airport to reveal the surprise or an hour before leaving the house. Alternatively, wait until you’re already at the hotel or destination. However, you’ll have to cook up a convincing reason to make your partner leave the house voluntarily. 

In conclusion, planning a romantic surprise trip is thrilling and fun. When well mapped out, it’s the best way to spend quality time with your loved one.

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Working at Heights? Here’s How Employees Can Stay Safe

Worker safety is crucial for construction employees, especially if they are working at high altitudes. According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls remain the leading cause of work-related fatalities in the construction industry. This type of accident accounts for approximately 36.4 percent of the total number of deaths in this sector.

Far too many individuals end up passing away or injuring themselves due to their work on rooftops, ladders and other locations above the ground. Given this, team leaders, construction site managers and business owners need to be aware of the potential hazards employees face when working at heights. They should implement measures that will keep their personnel safe on the job to avoid injuries and fatalities.

Here are important safety tips that you can implement in your business to reduce the harm from height-related workplace issues:

  1. Conduct Safety Training for Your Employees

All workers performing work at high altitudes should go through and complete a Working at Heights Certification Training Program (or something similar) before they begin their first day on the job or construction site.

Employees must be aware of the risks involved with the task. Workers, for instance, should learn how to check the equipment they’re going to use to work at heights. If the manlift that the company rented doesn’t feel stable, for instance, they should report this finding to their team leader or bring up their concerns to the appropriate manlift rental provider.

  1. Promote the Use of Proper Equipment

Simply putting on regular Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is not enough. Construction personnel working at heights need to use a Personal Fall Arrest System to get the job done effectively and efficiently. The employer is responsible for providing the appropriate gear for these workers.

Take note, though, that not all PFAS are the same. The cost of these systems, for example, can have a major difference between them. The brand name, however, is not always the reason for the price hike. Some PFAS feature better materials that are more durable, support more weight and safeguard against other hazards, such as electricity or fire.

The method of fall arrest can also differ from one system to another. Depending on the working conditions in the job site, your employees may require PFAS with a fireproof feature, extra D-rings or an arc-safe design to stay safe while working at high altitudes. Fully understand the hazards present in the worksite and do your research before purchasing PFAS in bulk.

Also, never cut corners or skimp on fall protection gear. Say no to PFAS providers offering affordable but low-quality equipment. Always choose the best PFAS for your construction team regardless of the cost.

  1. Have Employees Check for Slippery or Fragile Surfaces

Check the surfaces that your employees will be working on. Make sure that the surfaces are stable and won’t collapse under the weight of a standing individual.

Even if the worker is using PFAS or similar fall protection equipment, they can still sustain injuries if the platform they’re working on breaks under their weight. If the working platform looks or feels unstable, workers should report this problem to the site manager and recommend replacements or repairs before work can continue.

You should also take into account slippery surfaces on elevated platforms. Similar to cases with unstable surfaces, a worker who slips and falls on an elevated platform can sustain an injury even while wearing the appropriate fall protection gear.

Employees, therefore, should put on the proper footwear for the job. What’s more, site managers should take measures to minimize the slipperiness of elevated platforms before sending workers to their respective job locations.

  1. Train Employees to Choose an Acceptable Anchor Point

The right lanyard and harness won’t do your employees any good if the anchor point is unable to hold the load. Workers, therefore, should know how to select an anchor point that will allow them to work safely at high altitudes.

What is an acceptable anchor point? It’s not a piece of steel you see on the roof. It’s also not a PVC pipe. You deem an anchor point as acceptable if it meets the following two conditions:

  • It can handle a load of 5,000 pounds
  • A professional engineer has calculated the anchor point’s expected load – and has approved it

You can have employees use structural steel with a proper beam clamp as an anchor point.

  1. Conduct Risk Assessments Periodically

Awareness of the risks and hazards associated with the work performed needs to be present at all times for both workers and employers. These hazards can change throughout a project. By performing regular risk assessments, your team can identify and address new hazards effectively. Your team will also be able to re-evaluate existing hazards to eliminate, prevent or mitigate workplace hazards.

Working at heights can be intimidating. As an employer, make your workers feel safe on the job by keeping these five safety tips in mind.

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