Nephew Jeremiah Williams married Madi Makinster on September 27, and I got a few (I promise) of the almost 700 pictures shot by brother David Crook. They were married at Jeremiah's family home in Mossyrock, Washington on a perfect September day. First, here are a few special shots: And following are two slide shows:
Archives for October 2008
By Guest Columnist Anne Caldwell President, Outsourcing Solutions How to Avoid Employee Burnout Helping employees keep their work fresh is another way to avoid burnout. Meeting with staff on a quarterly basis and giving them the opportunity to trade some functions not only keeps them from being bored, it creates a cross- trained pool that can be useful in a crunch. Take a half-day off once a quarter, splitting the crew in half if you need to maintain coverage. Take them to lunch and let them decide what to do with the afternoon - miniature golf, shooting pool, maybe even playing board games together. Take Them Out to Lunch Everyone appreciates being taken out to lunch and having the company spring for some entertainment, and it renews relationships within the group as well, releasing some of those resentments and differences that build up between co-workers. Find Creative Methods For Building Team Spirit Finally, find ways to let them acknowledge each other in some creative ways. Go to the local pawnshop and pick out the gaudiest bowling trophy you can find. Present it to a member of your staff, but make sure they’re chosen for a specific act of going beyond the call of duty. It then becomes their responsibility to pass it on after it sits in glory on their desk for a week. They need to select someone carefully, based on a specific act. All in all, people will tell you that a good salary is great, and a comprehensive benefits package is attractive. But the one thing you cannot undervalue is a positive, productive, and appreciative environment. Everybody wants to work there. Click here to go to Part 1 of this article Find H/R expert Anne Caldwell at Outsourcing Solutions. http://www.azoutsource.com
By Guest Columnist Anne Caldwell President, Outsourcing Solutions In a job market like the current one, attracting and retaining the best help is challenging. The key to finding and keeping good employees is creating an environment in which they would want to work. Comprehensive Benefits Package Start by providing a benefits package that is comprehensive. There are many good plans for medical and dental, plus other benefits you can make available at a good rate with little or no cost to you. Some of these include the following: • Legal plans • Pet insurance • Employee assistance plans • Vision care • Credit union memberships • Auto club discounts. By providing the vendor with a pool of employees, you automatically qualify for group rates, which are paid by the employees who want the benefit. Define Performance Expectations Next, make sure that you are defining performance expectations. Nothing enhances an employee’s chances for success more than being clear about what is expected of them. Knowing where they stand, and what they need to do to increase their compensation or be considered for a promotion provides a powerful incentive to stay. Be certain that you are acknowledging the efforts that people make. When employees feels like their contribution is noticed and appreciated, it solidifies their connection with the company. I often ask management groups to close their eyes and remember a time when they felt that their efforts were entirely understood and totally acknowledged. It usually takes them some time to come up with something, but when they do, it’s a vivid memory. This tells us: 1. That it doesn’t happen very often 2. That it feels so good, we remember it for years Remind Your Staff That You Appreciate Them Why not make it part of your routine to remind your staff that you appreciate their contribution? Be specific. Don’t just tell them they did a good job. Tell them how effective it was that they found such an innovative way to turn that irate customer into a satisfied, even delighted one. I often suggest to skeptics to try it for a month as though they really see the value, and they are often surprised with the result. Click here to go to Part 2 of this article. Find H/R expert Anne Caldwell at Outsourcing Solutions. http://www.azoutsource.com
Ever gotten confused as to when you ensure something or insure it?
What about assure? Let's clear things up!
Ensure: to make sure or certain; guarantee; to protect.
Example: I will ensure its delivery.
Insure: to take out or issue insurance; to pay or be paid money in the case of loss.
Example: I will insure it for the full amount.
Assure: convince, make sure of something, to give confidence; to declare or promise confidently.
Example: I assure you, it will arrive on time. And here's a word of wisdom from Professor Paul Brians.
Tips by Judy Vorfeld, aka Webgrammar®, of http://www.editingandwritingservices.com
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