The Greatest Gift Your Company Can Possess… How To Keep Your Employees Happy


Happiness is the greatest gift that any employee can possess. But, with increasing competition in industry, as well as tighter regulations, as an employer, you can feel the pinch in so many ways. We all know the devastating impact of a sour workplace atmosphere, it leads to lots of whispers, and the rumor mill inevitably builds up. In addition to this, your business could be going through a tough time, which is why you need to ensure that your employees are happy, healthy, and have an attitude to work that is productive but also contributes to a positive workplace culture. What can you do to make sure that your employees stay on the right side of the tracks in this respect?

Clarity Avoids Confusion

It’s often discussed, the benefits of transparency and communication. Clarity, in every aspect, makes for a happier workplace. From how you deal with your employees on a personal level, all the way through to simplifying complex jargon that turns up in employee contracts. In fact, contract drafting is a fine art, and while you need to remain firmly on the legal side, when stating your intent with your employees, especially if you are working with them in a freelance capacity, it’s important to ensure that everything is as transparent as possible on paper. There are infinite resources relating to this, and drafting attorney Andrew Weisblatt and his explanation of contract drafting is one of the many professional resources you can go to. The contract, as well as the communication, needs to be clear.

Don’t View Them As “Only Workers”

Once you get into this frame of mind, it’s very difficult to back pedal. As a leader, your enjoyment of bossing people around begins to take center stage, and the great divide presents itself. Instead, look to moving forward as a team. Don’t view them as just workers who are there to do your bidding. This is a sure-fire way for them to jump ship, so, work at congealing your relationships. This can be done, not just by an open door policy, but also, by focusing on more prominent values. From the work-life balance to the most basic of perks, they all add up to a happier environment.

Take A Step Back

You can be so preoccupied with the business side of things, that you can completely avoid the overall human impact. You might find yourself calculating how much money you’ve wasted in a particular day due to downtime, but this isn’t healthy. Remember, lead by example, and if you are a stressed out person, this ill feeling will easily transfer to your employees. Instead, take a step back, assess the situation, but also, work at making yourself a better person. Relaxation, mindfulness or anything that makes you feel rejuvenated is a major asset to the company.

We don’t have to walk around with smiles fixed onto our faces, but if there are very obvious reasons why morale is low, or productivity is down, you should work hard at happiness. Content workers can complete tasks better. And you may have a pool of talented employees, but if they aren’t working their best, the onus is on you to fix this, not to place blame on them.

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Pardon? How To Deal With Hearing Loss Without Becoming Anti-Social


Losing your hearing can be a horrible thing at any age. You suddenly can’t listen to your favourite music anymore and you can struggle to hear what your friends and family are saying to you. It can be easy to become antisocial when you are hard of hearing, however this can be damaging to your friendships and relationships with people as a whole. Here are some ways to make sure that you don’t struggle with your social skills when you are hard of hearing.

Use technology

You can use lots of helpful technology such as a hearing aid to make sure you can still listen and join in with conversations with the people you love. You can use adjusting hearing aids to make sure that you can always stay part of the conversation and that you are never left out of anything.

Use visual aids

When you can’t hear as well as you would like to, you might need to start using visual cues to make deciphering what others are saying a little bit easier. Even if you don’t lose your hearing completely it can be helpful to learn sign language for watching your favourite TV programs, and you can learn how to read lips so that you always know what people are trying to talk to you about even if you can hear small fragments of it already. Visual cues can be a lifesaver for those who cannot hear every well so make sure that you take the time to learn some of them.

Network with similar people

If you are hard of hearing and you are struggling to cope with it all, you can actually help make a difference by networking with other people who are also hard of hearing. You will find that you make some great new friends by attending different events and meeting with other people who struggle with hearing and you will also likely be able to gain some tips and tricks to make your life easier in the future.

Stay online

If you struggle with your hearing it might be much easier for you to stay online and use things such as social media to stay in touch with you family and your friends. It can be a great tool to use because you can still talk to people without having to make phone calls and it will make it easier for you to stay in the loop with your family and things which are going on in other people’s lives.

It’s okay to be independent

If hearing loss makes you be more solitary and independent, there isn’t anything with that. The loss of your hearing might force you to be more independent as a person and this might actually make you feel so much more strong as a result. You don’t have to rely on the help of others, however you should at least make sure that you stay connected with your friends and your family for the best possible life.

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The Secrets All Parents Need To Motivate Their Teens

There is no denying that teenagers can be extremely lazy at times. I’m sure you will already know this yourself from living with your child! Teenagers are notoriously late sleepers, and you might have trouble trying to wake yours up before midday at the weekends and during holidays. Plus, when they do eventually wake up, teens are hardly the most motivated people on the planet. Most will just want to laze around watching TV, scrolling through their smartphone, or playing games consoles. When they do leave the house it might just be to go to the mall or to hang out with their friends. Because of this very lazy and self-centered behavior, many parents worry about who their teenagers will cope once they finally enter the adult world and need to find a job.

Thankfully, though, teenagers still have plenty of motivation in them to do well. It’s just that they are more inclined to be lazy as they don’t have any real responsibilities yet, and don’t need to ever push themselves too hard. But there is plenty that you can do to change it. You will find that by motivating them yourself, they should find all of the motivation that has been hiding inside them.

Ready to ignite a fire in your teens and inspire them to do as well as they can? Here are some ways you can successfully motivate them without hearing too many moans from them!

Tell Them What They Will Get Out Of Something

I’ve already mentioned that teenagers can be ever so slightly self-centered. That’s just because most of them haven’t learnt the benefits and advantages that come with doing things for others. So, if you want to persuade your teen to do or achieve something, you need to point out that it is going to be worth it for them in the long run. For instance, you should explain that they always need to work hard at school and try to aim for high grades so that they have a better chance of getting into the University Of California or a similar well-established educational institution after high school. Something else that many parents struggle to motivate their teens to do is to find a weekend job so that they can start earning a bit of cash before they head off to college. Obviously, they will get something out of working – a wage! You just need to remind them that they will finally have their own income, even if it is only quite small, but they will still be able to spend it on what they want or save for a special purchase.

Listen To Their Views

It is really important that you listen to your teenager’s views. After all, they are almost adults and will have plenty of their own opinions. Even if they clash with your own, you should still listen to their ideas and views to see if you can come to some kind of compromise or understanding. Hopefully, you won’t need to come to too much of a compromise when you are trying to encourage and motivate them, though! But you should always listen to them or else you might find that they don’t take too kindly to your requests or advice. If you just tell them to do something because you say so, you might find that they hit back against this. This will create a very demotivating environment, which is of course the last thing you want to do. One of the best things that you can do is to sit down with your teen and to discuss what it is you want to encourage them to do and all of the benefits that will be associated with it. By treating them like adults and discussing all of the reasons why they should do something, such as study hard at high school, they will feel like they are being respected and that they will also be able to have a say in how things pan out from now. They might even have a few suggestions as to how you can help them achieve their goals too!

Remember That Teens Are Forgetful

Teenagers have terrible memories. This isn’t just a bad stereotype that people have made up about them – there is actually some science that backs it up! Teenagers’ bodies are constantly changing, and this is all because of the changing levels of hormones as they grow and develop into adults. If you remember that your teens are likely to be quite forgetful, you can then alter how you try and motivate them to take this into consideration. So, it is always worth writing down plans and to-do lists. That way, there is no way they will forget anything that they need to do in order to achieve their goals and targets. You might find that creating a routine for them also helps them to set things in their mind. If your teens are really into their tech, you might want to get them to set certain reminders in their apps and tablet devices.

Make Them Learn From Mistakes And Failure

It can be very difficult to achieve a goal or target without encountering any failure or making any mistakes at all. There are always going to be ups and downs in life, after all, and these are just things that we need to deal with. As your teen might not have encountered too much failure in their life to start with, and they might find that their first few failures and mistakes are difficult to cope with. You can help them get over them, thankfully. All you need to do is inform them that these are great learning opportunities. Once your teen has learned from a certain mistake, they can be sure not to make it again in the future!

Add Some Fun

You should always try and add some fun when you are trying to motivate your teenager! This will give them a better chance of responding well to everything that you try and do for them. If your teens know that they are going to have plenty of fun, they will be easier to get out of bed in the morning and will be more willing to turn off the TV and get active. Lots of teenagers, especially boys, respond exceptionally well to competition. So, if it is at all possible, you might want to try and add a competitive side to all the things they need to do to achieve their goals. Even if they don’t have anyone who they can compete against, they can always try and better themselves. Sometimes, there is nothing better than trying to compete against ourselves!

Make Sure There Are Some Incentives

If there are no incentives at all, then your teen may be very reluctant to try and work hard in order to better themselves. So, you should put some clear incentives in place for them to work towards. This is especially important when certain tasks won’t necessarily result in a big outcome that your teen can be proud of. If you just want your child to try and do better in high school, then you might want to set them a target of achieving certain grades at the end of the year or in their next report card. If they do, then you might want to buy them a gift or take them for a meal at their favorite restaurant.

So, how will you motivate your teen to do well in life?

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Taking Care Of Your Elderly Relatives

Something that is likely to be a concern for all of us at some point in our lives is when it comes time to take care of an elderly relative. This can happen at any point, and in some circumstances it could be quite sudden. But however it happens, when you feel the need to step up you can be sure that it can be quite a nerve-wracking experience. Nonetheless, it is necessary to do whatever needs to be done, and that means having a clear idea of what that actually is. For most people, this means something of a learning curve needs to take place, but you can make it at least a little easier on yourself too by taking a look at the following. Here are some of the major things to prepare yourself or if you are suddenly about to take care of your elderly relatives.


The Common Problems

Whatever the underlying cause, there are a number of extremely common problems which come hand-in-hand with old age, and the more aware of them you are, the better prepared you will be to deal with the as they arise. One is hearing loss, which can be frustrating for everyone involved and surprisingly upsetting for the individual in question. You should get their hearing tested and make sure to get them a hearing aid if necessary. This will make things easier for everyone. You might also have to deal with the gradual onset of dementia, which can be particularly upsetting, especially if you are close to them. However, again, with the right care you can make it a little easier on everyone involved.

The Nursing Home

At some point there is bound to come the inevitable question of whether it is time to try and find them a good home to live in. This can be one of the most upsetting situations of all, and it is something which you need to deal with sensitively and in the right manner. That being said, once it is clearly time for that to happen you should make sure that you are not delaying by too long, as that could lead to further problems than if you go too quickly. Choosing the home itself can be difficult. If you take a look at you will see that there are many good qualities which you should expect from a home, and it’s important to make sure that you check all of the home’s in your area thoroughly.


Medical Help

At times you will need to get help from the medical experts, and when that happens don’t try to do those things yourself. It is always best to allow the professionals to carry out medical procedures of any kind, no matter how simple they might appear to be. Unless you are directed by someone to do something, be sure to leave it alone. And make sure you are getting all the help you need – there is no need for you to struggle when the help is readily available.

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Decrypting The Emotional Arguments In Each Transaction

It doesn’t matter how often you’ve heard that business and emotions don’t mix. In truth, they do. Emotions are a crucial part of each business transaction for the excellent reason that you can’t buy without creating a trust bond. In the Chinese culture, for instance, there can be no business discussion with new partners or clients without first establishing a personal relationship between parties. For many who are not used to working with China-based companies, the approach appears like a waste of time, but ultimately there is a real need for buyers and sellers to understand how emotions affect a transaction. Indeed, the correlation between emotional engagement and finances is often used as a joke – don’t we all know the story of a shopaholic who responds to crisis with a trip down the shopping mall – but the better you understand the principles of emotional purchase, the better you can control financially unhealthy urges – or encourage them if you’re a seller.

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The ‘OMG I need this so much right now’ shopping: All emotions, no financial sense

According to Ryan Howell, PhD at Psychology Today, emotional and compulsive shoppers shop in response to negative emotions, whether it’s stress, anger, low self-esteem or even anxiety. Ina society where the consumerist message conveys that shopping equals happiness, it’s easy for individuals to internalize the message in their everyday lives. As a result, feelings such as instant gratification, escapism and social competition dictate a lot of purchases. But more importantly, they can also create significant debts and financial stress, which can lead to further emotional shopping. The good news is that you can get a handle on emotional spending through budget strategy and digital detox.

Surprisingly, cars are the least emotionally involved purchase

We love cars. In fact, for a lot of people, the car is an extension of your personality. As a result, it’s natural to think that buying a car is an emotional decision. In reality, most buyers narrow down their research through finance-based criteria from price with Bob Ford inventory priced to sell to age – we all know that old vehicles have high maintenance needs. From the selection that matches their requirements, the last choice is often an emotional one, namely defining which car they prefer out of a carefully selected list of vehicles.

You buy a house with all your heart and all your brain

Buying a house is both a financial and emotional investment. It’s not only, for most homeowners, the place that ties them up to a mortgage, but it’s also the place where they can watch their family grow. In other words, if you’re selling your house, you need to understand how to address financial and emotional arguments best. For instance, a lot of buyers can pass on an otherwise fantastic property because they dislike the seller’s attitude. Similarly, bringing too many personal decor touches in display can discourage buyers to imagine what the house would be like if it were theirs. The secret is to manage the balance between a well-maintained property and a cozy but not overwhelming home feeling.

Home sweet home

In short, shopping is a rollercoaster of emotions. From stress relief to feeling at home, your emotions guide your decisions. But don’t let them get hold of your credit card!

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How to Help a Loved One Recover After an Accident

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Accidents happen all the time but somehow we never think that they will happen to us. While you might take every precaution when driving or at work, you simply can’t predict what other people might do. Worse, there’s nothing you can do to prevent a loved one getting caught in an accident.

Though accidents are never pleasant, you can help make the aftermath much easier for your loved one. While they may struggle to make any real decisions about their care or not know whether they can get compensation or how to get it, you can step in to make sure that they get the best treatment and care possible.

Choose the Right Hospital

If your loved one requires surgery after their accident, you should look at which hospital will be right for them. Contrary to what you might think, the right hospital may not be a world-famous teaching hospital but a smaller rural hospital with excellent ratings. When you are helping them choose where to go, have a look at the data produced by the hospitals and don’t be mislead by advertising.

Surgery can be quite scary so another factor you should think of is how close you will be to the hospital. If you need to travel and stay in a hotel close-by this will add a lot to your expense whereas if you can choose somewhere closer to home you will be more comfortable.  

Get a Lawyer’s Advice

In many cases, where there is an accident, there is someone at fault. Perhaps the accident was at work where someone did not perform their due diligence or maybe your loved one was in a road accident on our ever more dangerous roads. Whatever it was, it is worth contacting a lawyer to see if you could claim compensation – especially to pay for earnings, necessary surgeries and other damages.

If you have a family lawyer, you could contact them for a recommendation, otherwise you should search for a lawyer with plenty of experience in dealing with your type of case. For example, if your loved one was hit by a drunk driver, you might contact a practice with lots of experience dealing with drunk driving injuries as listed under our practice areas.

Be There No Matter What

As your loved one recovers and life returns to your more regular routines, it is important that you also watch out for mental health issues that may appear or flare up. Post-traumatic stress, depression and anxiety may all appear after an accident. The sooner you notice and start treating a mental health condition, the easier it will be to recover from.

After finding the best professionals to help support and fight for your loved one, the very best thing you can do is be there for them. Having an accident can be terrifying and recovery is an isolated process in many cases. Just knowing that you will come and visit as well as hold their hand through the hard bits will make all the difference in the world.

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Rebuilding Your Life After a Serious Injury

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A serious injury can change everything. A split second and suddenly your whole life is set on a new course – and not necessarily one you would have planned for yourself. Rebuilding your life at any time is always going to be a challenge but with time you can create a new life for yourself that will be happy and fulfilled.

After any life-altering accident, the first thing you and your family should be thinking about is getting help. Though there is a lot of work for you to do yourself over time, a law company like Finkelstein, Meirowitz & Eidlisz, LLP will be invaluable to you in getting compensation and making financial arrangements. At such a stressful time, having a professional who can guide you through the necessary processes will make a huge difference.

Once you have someone on your side dealing with the practicalities, you should focus on rebuilding your life. Taking it one day at a time, your main job right now is to recover as best you can and to turn your attention to the future.

Talking to Your Friends and Family

It is no understatement to say that we all rely upon our friends and family. They are there for us through thick and thin, ready to lend an ear to our troubles and do everything they can to make us feel better. This is even more true after an accident and your family are vital to getting you through tough times.

Suddenly suffering a disabling injury can make you feel isolated in your experience. It’s unlikely that your friends and family can completely empathize with what you are going through, but they do know and empathize with you. Talk your troubles through with them, let them be there for you and be honest about how you feel. While putting on a brave face might be easier in the short term, eventually, you are going to have to face your problems sooner or later.

Taking Care of Your Mental Health

While you are busy focusing on your physical recovery, it is easy to lose sight of your mental health. Depression is common after suffering a life-altering injury and you should be aware of any significant mood swings or intense emotions. There is never any shame in feeling depressed or anxious, especially in these conditions and it is important that you talk to your doctor about what you are feeling as well as your physical progress.

Over time you are likely to work through the 5 stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. Having your family and friends around you as you work through your emotions will help you to get through this difficult time. Talking about how you feel will allow you to understand and reframe issues to find either a solution or a way to accept what has happened. It takes time, but you will get there.

Finding New Meaning

Everyone has existential doubts and for some of us, the anxiety of finding a purpose or meaning in life can be damaging. After an accident, especially one that has had life-altering consequences, it is perfectly normal for you to experience your own bout of existential doubt.

When you have had change forced upon you, it can be difficult to let go of the life you had before and figure out a way of living now.

The good news is that because all humans have this type of doubt at some point, everyone you talk to will understand broadly what you are experiencing. Plus, as doubt tends to force us to rethink our choices and make different decisions, you already have all you need to find a new purpose or meaning in your life, even if it is far from your original idea.

Instead of focusing on what you have lost, try to think about the things you still have and what you can do. It is easy to get sucked into the negative, especially when you are having to learn how to cope with lasting injuries such as amputations or severe damage. Try congratulating yourself on any progress, however small it is and do more of the things that make you happy. Watch movies, listen to music, read books – whatever it is, make happiness your main goal for now and everything else will follow.

Moving On

For a while, the only thing on your mind will be your recovery. You will notice every change, worry about how you may be affected and be consumed with the emotional fall out of your injuries. This is completely normal and given how much change there is for you to process, it makes sense that you will need time to come to terms with your new life.

However, there will come a time, no matter how long it takes, when you will begin to think about other things. Your future won’t seem so scary and you will be able to think more clearly about what you can do with your life. A major part of finding new meaning is figuring out how you want to spend your time. This sounds like a big deal, but it isn’t really. Take things one day at a time, then maybe start planning a little further ahead. Gradually, you won’t think so much about what has happened because you will start thinking more about what is happening now and what going to happen.

In other words, you will move on.

Rebuilding your life will always take time, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. You can work towards building a brighter future for yourself with the help of your friends and family, legal professionals who can promote your case, the doctors who will work tirelessly to improve your condition and with your own determination.

You have been the victim of fate, but don’t let that get in the way of who you can be. Remember how lucky you are and be grateful for something every day, even if it is just that it hasn’t rained. You can do it. You know you can.

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