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5 Great Ways to Improve Workplace Efficiency

As workplaces become more flexible and not all work needs to happen in the office, maintaining efficient work habits is critical.

1) Keep things temperate. If workers in the office need to dress in business professional, be aware that the men are probably going to be warmer than the women. Standard male professional dress covers several pulse points. The carotid artery is covered by a tie, elbows and wrists by a dress shirt, and ankles and the back of the knee are covered by dress slacks. If the women in the office are complaining that they’re cold, it’s because they are. Find a happy medium on the temperature or let the guys lose the ties in-house. Don’t leave people to freeze! It makes them lonely.

2) Build in activity. Standing desks and walking desks keep employees engaged and just feeling better. Focus is also easier to maintain because employees are up and feeling energized. The addition of a standing desk set-up has been shown to increase productivity in some settings by almost 50%. Working more exercise into the workday need not require new equipment. Encourage breaks that allow enough time for a quick refreshing walk to keep employees focused.

3) Prepare for the summer slump. Many people vacation in the summer; some would like to but can’t. Parents are dealing with changing schedules for their children. Employees are likely to be unfocused and may be less satisfied with their projects. Allow for frequent breaks and plan low-stress team building activities to bring up the happiness quotient in your office.

4) Give everyone the chance to close their doors. Working in a cubicle can be hard. When you finally get focused and rolling on a project, you get interrupted. How worker friendly is your set up? Are printers set up deep inside the pods? How much foot traffic are your employees putting up with? If you want dedicated, focused employees, give them a set up that makes focus possible.

5) Avoid unnecessary “everyone” emails. If you’re going to be out for the week and that’s already published on a schedule that everyone can see, do you need to send out an email to the whole organization? Summer is vacation season, after all. Admittedly, if several people report to you, you’ll want to let your team know. However, too many unnecessary emails can be maddening for people trying to focus and work efficiently.

One of the best questions a leader can ask is “What’s getting in your way?” You hire smart people, and they know what they need to do. Give them the tools and the chance to provide feedback on the current set up.

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6 Tips for Starting an Online Shop

There’s nothing difficult about starting an online shop. But there are issues you will inevitably face at the very beginning. Here are 6 tips that will hopefully help you deal with them.


Things You Should Consider When Starting an Online Shop


  1. Decide what you are going to sell.

Nobody can make this decision for you. The general advice would be: don’t sell things which you see in supermarkets and department stores. You will not be able to make a lot of profit selling compact discs, books, magazines, etc., because people are used to grabbing them in supermarkets without getting any advice from managers or inquiring about the best price online. Therefore, think of things you would most likely buy online yourself. At least you will narrow down the scope of ideas.


  1. Pick the right domain name.

Make sure your domain name evokes an association with what your business is about and is easy to remember. Don’t use words which are frequently misspelled (because they sound similar) and those which contain hyphens and numbers. In your work you will certainly have to tell the domain name over the phone. That’s why it is recommendable to make your domain name sound unambiguous.


  1. Get registered.

If you want to start an online shop, it’s time to think seriously about getting a reliable partner. Suppose you know how to find products for your shop. Now you should think of getting them without being duped. The obvious step in this direction is registering your business officially. Once you have a registration number, you will be able to contact reputable distributors and manufacturers. If you meet a supplier willing to sell you wholesale goods without verifying your registration number, be careful: you might be in for an unpleasant


  1. Differ from others.

Only a small part of owners of internet stores produce their products. As a consequence, we have dozens of sites which present the same product images and descriptions supplied by manufacturers. Many customers search for fuller information on products or want to take a closer look at an item without going to a stationary store. Meet their needs! Take your photos of products and rewrite descriptions supplementing them with additional information.


  1. Interact with customers.

We live in the era of social networking, and you shouldn’t stay aside too. Interact with your customers via Facebook and Twitter answering their questions, settling complaints and announcing the appearance of new products on the market. You should also supply your site with social share buttons and place the contacts block on the upper part of the main page.


  1. Don’t forget about SEO.

The key factor for your online store to become successful is getting high rankings in search engines. Unless your site has high rankings, you are not going to have a lot of visitors on your site. They will not find it because most of them rarely go beyond the first search results page. The practices of SEO change constantly and you are unlikely to be able to keep up with them unless you fling yourself into it. Therefore, you should consider hiring an SEO expert.


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3 Things to Consider When Choosing a Drug Recovery Program

One of the most serious diseases affecting individuals in the United States today is addiction. Many people will say that addiction is a moral issue and that those who struggle with it end up addicted because they have made bad decisions of their own volition, but medical experts would beg to differ.

Just as any serious disease like cancer or diabetes needs to be treated with serious medical help, addiction needs medical help as well. And this is where drug recovery programs come into play. If someone in your life or you yourself needs addiction help, you will need to choose a professional drug recovery program where you can get medically monitored assistance for your disease of addiction. But before you make the final decision on your drug recovery program, make the following considerations.

1. How long will you stay in recovery and how will you pay?

Recovery programs come in all different lengths. You might go into recovery treatment for 2 to 3 weeks or 2 to 3 months. It all depends on what types of drugs you’re using, what underlying medical conditions you have and how long you have been using.

Much of what will determine the length of your stay at a recovery treatment program is money. How will you be able to pay for your treatment? Do you have insurance that covers drug addiction treatment? These are things you will need to consider.

2. In what city and state will you attend treatment?

Many people think that going to a treatment center in their local area is the best idea. And for some, it definitely is the best course of action. But you should also consider for treatment far away from your home area if you have a lot of negative influences and distractions there. Some people associate their location with their addiction, and in this case, you should change your location to get a fresh start away from where it was you first started struggling with drugs or alcohol.

3. What will you do once your treatment program is over?

Just as you think about what treatment center you should go to, you should also think about what you will do after your treatment is over. Many drug recovery programs offer after care, and for most people, this is a blessing. You should look for a location that can help you continue counseling and therapy once you finish your program.

In addition, many drug recovery programs will even offer sober living situations where you can live alongside other individuals who have recently left treatment. Together, you can stay away from temptations and learn to start your lives over as newly sober, happy and healthy individuals.

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7 Great Reasons to use Organic Products on your Lawn

Everyone wants a lush, green lawn, but using a conventional fertilizer is not the only way to attain one. Go green and choose an organic fertilizer to keep you, your lawn, and the earth gorgeous.

1. It’s good for your health
 Common lawn chemicals are known hormone and endocrine disruptors, and the long-term effects of many of the newer treatments are still unknown and will be for several decades. Several pesticides are linked to birth defects, reproductive disorders and increased risk of cancer. Chemicals can lead to long-term conditions like increased chemical sensitivity and short term effects, including dizziness, headaches and respiratory problems. The best way to protect your health is to use organic fertilizers that pose no threat to your body system.

2. It’s good for the earth.
Organic fertilizers give your lawn a gentle boost, giving it the nutrients to I dependently grow and create a stronger root system, while encouraging helpful species like earthworms lacewings ladybugs to make their homes there. A healthier lawn with deep roots needs less watering because it will be more drought tolerant than a lawn treated with synthetic fertilizers. Over-watering and chemical runoff are huge environmental dangers that can compromise water tables and harm local wildlife, so eliminating this helps keep the earth a little greener.

3. Conventional fertilizers are not good for long term use.
Conventional fertilizers are herbicidal, fungicidal, and insecticidal. Feeding them to your lawn is equivalent to eating antibiotics every morning for breakfast for your entire life. It will kill invasive species, plants and fungi, but it will kill all the good ones too, even the microbes in the soil that keep it healthy. Eventually nature will find a way to become resistant to these chemicals and stronger conventional chemicals will need to be used, harming native species and the ecosystem in the process.

4. It’s good for wildlife.
Earthworms aerate the soil which helps strengthen the roots, while insects like lacewings and ladybugs eat invasive pests. Using organic fertilizers supports the soil and these insects’ habitats. Having a healthy insect population means there will be plenty of pollinators if you are growing flowers or vegetables, and plenty of birds who will eat these insects and keep the population controlled. Wildlife that live on and around your property will not have a compromised water or food supply and your local ecosystem will be balanced.

5. It’s good for your pets.
Anyone who has a dog knows how much they get into everything in the yard, do you want them being exposed to harsh chemical and then tracking them inside to your kitchen and couch?

6. It’s sustainable
If you make your own organic lawn fertilizer, you eliminate packaging waste, transportation costs, and energy expended to produce the fertilizer. You can home grow your own fertilizer by getting creative and making your own compost from kitchen scraps or using yard and garden clippings. Making your own fertilizer also guarantees that it will be healthy for your lawn. Because the materials are home-grown and native to the area, there is no risk of introducing invasive species to your home ecosystem.

7.It is cost effective
If you care for the soil your lawn is growing on and allow nature to care for your lawn, it will be much more resilient and you will not have to send hundreds of dollars to keep it looking great. A healthy lawn treated with organic fertilizers will maintain itself better, look great and be great for the earth, and your wallet!

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