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July 2013

07/29/13

Ultramarathon runner boosts mind and body through exercise

Nearly 30 top-level professionals are competing in the second annual Fittest Executive Challenge, presented by In Business magazine. Who will earn the healthiest marks? Find out at the In Business Expo & Conference on Oct. 23. This week, Darren Fortney, principal at Short Elliott Hendrickson, shares his experience participating in the “Fittest Men Under 50” challenge.

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07/29/13

Healthy regimen comes to Ryan Brothers Ambulance owner’s rescue

Nearly 30 top-level professionals are competing in the second annual Fittest Executive Challenge, presented by In Business magazine. Who will earn the healthiest marks? Find out at the In Business Expo & Conference on Oct. 23. This week, Erin Ryan, co-owner of Ryan Brothers Ambulance, shares his experience participating in the “Fittest Men Under 50” challenge.

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07/22/13

How to maximize productivity with an open office plan

Just kidding! That title must have thrown you, huh? I mean, when have I ever advocated for an increase in productivity? That’s crazy talk, kind of like if I said you should be nice to people or put the needs of your children before your own needs. What a crazy notion — after all, you can always make more kids.

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07/22/13

Ruling defines ‘supervisor,’ puts limits on employer liability in harassment cases

In Vance v. Ball State University, the U.S. Supreme Court recently considered the definition of “supervisor” to determine when an employer is liable for workplace harassment. The main question at issue was whether supervisor liability applies to harassment by any employee with authority to direct and oversee the daily work of his or her victim or whether it is limited to those harassers who have the power to take tangible employment actions (which might include hiring, firing, demotion, promotion, or discipline) over a victim.

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07/22/13

Worry more about employees who are dishonest in little ways

Let’s say you find out one of your employees sold a piece of company equipment on eBay and pocketed the cash. Let’s say this theft cost your company $1,000. That’s nothing to sneeze at, right? But now let’s say you have more than a dozen employees posting on Facebook throughout the day, cheating a bit on their expense reports, and taking company pens, snacks from the break room, and extra time at lunch. These “little” dishonesties cumulatively are costing your company far more than that one employee who stole big.

Posted at 10:44 AM | Permalink | Comments: 1

07/22/13

Fittest Exec challenger relies on (boot camp) drills

We all know the importance of physical fitness, but the difficult part is trying to find the time. I have a busy life, like most everyone I know. I have found that getting up at 4:45 a.m. to exercise is the only way I can truly enjoy my workouts and not feel guilty.

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07/15/13

Recent court decision offers property tax exemption for computerized equipment

As technology has evolved at an astounding pace over the past several years, businesses have been quick to adapt and incorporate advanced technology into their operations. Business owners and operators in Wisconsin who use computerized equipment should be aware of a recent Wisconsin court decision that could significantly affect their annual property tax assessments.

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07/08/13

Why am I in the ‘Most Improved’ challenge? Because I’m not a ‘Fittest Exec’

When my former publisher, Jody Glynn Patrick, asked if I’d be interested in being IB’s participant in the Most Improved category for the Fittest Executive challenge, I jumped at the chance. (I also noted that Jody knew me well enough to know I would not be a candidate for Fittest Exec.) I’d done virtually nothing to get my body moving over the past several years, and this would be an opportunity to change things and then write about the experience.

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07/01/13

Moving toward Affordable Care Act compliance

One year ago I spoke to employers about the U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA). My clients were, like me, surprised by the court’s decision to uphold the health care reform law. Yet employer groups in general were still hopeful that the November elections would lead to a repeal of the law and thus remove one more potential worry from their list. That did not happen, and starting in January 2013, the view regarding ACA implementation for many employer groups morphed from moderate interest to outright panic. As 2013 continues to unfold, there are still more questions than answers as to how employers and employees will respond to the law’s various provisions.

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07/01/13

Johnny Cash and the Better Business Bureau

Johnny Cash was not thinking about the Better Business Bureau when he wrote the song “I Walk the Line,” but he could’ve been. He sings, “I keep a close watch on this heart of mine, I keep my eyes wide open all the time.” He could have been writing about my job at the BBB.

Posted at 08:36 AM | Permalink | Comments: 1

07/01/13

What happens when interest rates rise?

Since the Great Recession of 2008, many investors have felt more comfortable in bonds than in stocks. The shift away from equities and into bonds was substantial and significant: Since the end of 2007, markets have seen over $1 trillion of net inflows to bond funds. Bonds are perceived as a safe haven, lower in volatility than stocks and a source of steady income for retirees. Given the emotional turmoil investors experienced with the S&P 500 declining 55% between March of 2007 and March of 2009, this flight to safety was understandable.

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