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Work-Related Stress: How Much is too Much?

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Thriving in today’s fast-paced society calls for excellence and quick turn around. Employees are faced with multiple job tasks and thinner and thinner deadlines.  Experts agree that a healthy level of stress known as eustress can yield productivity and enhance work performance. Unfortunately, poor management can push employees beyond healthy stress, leading to physical and/or mental burnout.

How Much is Too Much? 

Each person has his or her own stress threshold. It’s important to keep this in mind when taking on new job responsibilities or promotions within the company. Share with your employer areas of strengths and the areas you are working to improve.  It’s just as important for leaders to examine job assignments, workloads, deadlines, competency & skills, and employee availability before designating assignments. Stepping into new job roles is a great opportunity for success, yet it can add stress as employees are in the process of learning new skills and responsibilities. Proficient leaders are mindful of such circumstances, allowing ample time for deadlines during periods of training and transitioning.

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Keeping Your Cool on the First Day of Work

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The first day of work has arrived! You're anxious, scared, and intimidated by other experienced employees. Everyone knows you’re a new graduate, and the look of fear on your face clearly spells out "rookie". What is the key to integrating with successful peers? There are ways to make your first impression on the job a positive experience. Yes, even if you are fresh out of graduate school!

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6 Tips for Keeping a Tidy Workstation

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It’s Monday morning, and your boss asks for the job applications that were left on your desk last Friday afternoon. Your palms get sweaty as you see the piles of cluttered files decorating your wooden desk. The request must get done in a timely fashion, but were do you begin? There’s no one around to shuffle through these batches of documents, and if a volunteer were to miraculously appear, would you even know were to direct their search? Sound familiar? Read on to learn some indispensable tips for maintaining a clean and orderly work environment.

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The Affordable Care Act: It’s Influence on Small Businesses

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Small businesses are faced with challenging decisions under the Affordable Care Act, some of which include—capping full-time employees, hiring more part-timers, and increasing consumer prices to compensate for additional healthcare expenses. The ACA requires businesses with more than 50 full-time employees to offer healthcare benefits to such workers. Organizations that meet the cut-off guidelines —yet refuse to provide insurance to full-time employees— inquire a financial penalty. There are many factors to consider before initiating such dire changes within any organization. Let’s examine the ACA, and it’s shaping in the future of small businesses.

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Raising U.S. Minimum-Wage: The Impact on Businesses & Employees

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Much discourse is in the topic of raising the Nation’s minimum-wage from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour. While it’s a great incentive for low-income job seekers; will raising the bar on the starting pay negatively affect business owners? A research conducted by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) titled, The Effects of a Minimum-Wage Increase on Employment and Family Income, projects positive and negative outcomes of increasing minimum-wage. These findings are based on two options developed by the CBO. First is the “10.10 option”, which increases minimum-wage to $10.10 over the course of 2014, 2015, and 2016. Second is the “9.00 option”- which raises minimum-wage to $9.00 in the course of 2015 & 2016.

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