As I noted in my last blog, stress in the workplace is probably as high or higher than it has ever been. With that in mind, I thought I’d present a few more tools to help you cope.
At the Wisconsin State of the State (SOTS) address, Gov. Walker stressed that economic conditions were improving and introduced some workers who had secured jobs. The day after the speech, a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel column noted that one of the workers has a criminal past that includes a sexual offense and multiple incidents of drunk driving.
Seen that television ad for Cadillac? A young captain of the universe starts out in Hampton casual clothes admiring his in-ground swimming pool, strides purposefully through his California-modern house, slaps five with an overachieving daughter, hands off his Wall Street Journal to his trophy wife, emerges in a Brioni suit, and gets behind the wheel of his Caddy ELR. All the while he’s addressing his audience through the fourth wall.
The word “millionaire” typically conjures up images of a lavish, jet-setting lifestyle, but behind the scenes, that may not always be the case. Like Warren Buffett, who famously still lives in the relatively modest house in Omaha, Neb., that he bought in 1958 for $31,500, many millionaires (and billionaires) live a modest, if not downright frugal lifestyle — a lifestyle that may have helped them become millionaires in the first place.
When I was young I got a summer job at a French country restaurant in New England. The idea was to live at the restaurant in an effort to make big bucks and sharpen my French. The days were incredibly long. Breakfast at 7, serve coffee and pastry to the owner and the chef for their working meeting at 8, vacuum the dining room at 9, fold napkins and polish silver at 10. Lunch service from 11:30 to 3. Our dinner of leftovers at 4:30, followed by more folding, polishing, and vacuuming.
Ever since its IPO in November, Twitter has been soaring, not only as a stock (TWTR) but also as an enhanced social network for advertisers and content marketers. Feeling Wall Street pressure to monetize the value of its 230 million-plus active users, Twitter is launching new advertising and promotion offerings while enhancing those that have generated an estimated $582 million in ad revenue in 2013. These efforts are keeping it well on track to an estimated $950 million in ad revenue in 2014, according to eMarketer. Let’s take a look at the advertising and promotion opportunities on Twitter.
As the Wisconsin Legislature rolls toward a spring wrap-up of its work, economic development items on its agenda range from protecting intellectual property from “patent trolls” to setting the stage for more classified research to rethinking the state’s sore-thumb tax on capital raised by many young companies.
What you don’t know can hurt you, particularly if a disgruntled employee does know the ins and outs of employment law. Certainly it is fertile ground — employers spent nearly $500 million settling wage-and-hour lawsuits at both the state and federal level last year, mostly due to compensation rules that are too often misunderstood or misapplied even by the most seasoned HR professional. Here’s what you need to know to avoid contributing to that pool!
Open source software (OSS) is a great tool. It’s free. It saves time and money. It’s often secure and reliable. It fosters innovation and collaboration. However, OSS also comes with important restrictions — and many companies are not fully aware of them.
New rules from the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFBP) went into effect on Jan. 10. These regulations are reshaping the key aspects of the mortgage application process — and potentially the mortgage industry itself. The new rules will create wrinkles for some people seeking a new mortgage, either for a purchase or refinance.
I love sports. Not only are they entertaining, but they also provide examples that can be applied to life and especially to business. Right now the focus is on the Olympics, but a concept that’s intriguing to me came from the recent NFL playoffs and some of the great quarterbacks involved, of whom it was said “they make everyone around them better.” How does that relate to the business world? Everyone wants to be great, but how do you make everyone around you better at work?
Dane County has a multitude of good nonprofit organizations. In order to meet their fundraising goals, many host galas, celebrity dinners, and other types of parties that bring supporters out to enjoy a time of giving. My husband, Dave, and I have had the pleasure of attending a couple of these functions recently, and I’ve come away from each event proud of the caring and supportive people in our community.
Despite your best intentions, educating employees on workplace sustainability can be a groan-worthy exercise. “Turn off your computer monitor.” Yeah, sure. “Remember to double-side print.” Do I look like some kind of IT expert? “Recycle or compost your lunch.” Commence the synchronized eye rolling.
Tax time is upon us, and the IRS is finally accepting all tax returns. Individual returns were delayed this year, with an IRS first-acceptance date of Jan. 31. Despite this delay, the IRS did not extend the April 15 deadline. So once again we have a shortened tax season. But what else has changed?
In the face of mounting pressure from Apple, Intel, Marriott Hotels, and the fabulously gay NFL, among others, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer last week vetoed SB 1062, the notorious pro-discrimination bill that would have allowed state residents to refuse to feed, clothe, or shelter oppressed minorities in the name of Jesus.
When markets keep rising, we can forget why a long-term mindset is valuable. In a nutshell, investing over the long term is one of the best ways to minimize short-term equity risk exposures. Market cycles do exist, can be long, and are unpredictable, and if you’re not managing for them, they can have a significant impact — both good and bad — on your portfolio.
Since starting my career in the marketing field 20 years ago, I have never personally been part of a campaign that has received as much employee and customer support as Associated Bank’s new “A good fit” brand campaign featuring the Green Chair. It was an unconventional move to ask our customers to take such a large role in our campaign, but we know better than anyone that banking is personal, and we were humbled to find customers willing to speak on our behalf about why our bank is “a good fit” for them.
Bridging the skills gap has become a top priority for governors across the country, as well as the president and Congress. Even when unemployment numbers were at their highest, we continually read stories about companies in Wisconsin that desperately wanted to hire but could not find applicants with the necessary skills. While the unemployment numbers are thankfully coming down, that story is still all too prevalent today.
Whenever someone is described as a Machiavellian genius, it can be a compliment, a sign of grudging respect, or a five-alarm warning. In the IT workforce, personality profiles run the gamut. Some CIOs end up in positions where they don’t have much power, they take punches each day, and they are the very definition of lambs. Others are a bit like Eddie Haskell — they’re wolf-like bullies to their staff underlings but put on a polite façade when dealing with the chief executive.
In the past year or so, four seismic marketing events occurred that will forever reshape how companies and organizations develop new business and sustain it. There’s no secret about event number one — it’s Google’s highly publicized reformulation of its secret algorithm, which I have written about extensively. The second event was a new study from Cornell University about the importance of search rank, and how businesses search other businesses and consumers search companies.
1) An appliance store sells a particular TV set for $500. A government tax or regulation requires it to raise this price to $600. The store will likely sell: a. More of these TV sets; b. Fewer of these TV sets; c. The same number of these TV sets.