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Don't sweat it! A clear vacation policy should take the heat off of you, your company and your employees

With temperatures heating up it is natural that we all start thinking of that ritual we all enjoyed as kids - the Summer Vacation. Unfortunately as adults we have many more responsibilities than we had in the past and fewer and fewer of us are taking advantage of not just a summer vacation, but ANY vacation. A whopping 75% of Americans fail to use all their vacation time, resulting in over $50 billion dollars in benefits being lost per year.

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5 Key Steps to Building Team Energy

This month's blog post is provided by Carl Robinson, Ph.D., Advanced Leadership Consulting

A few years ago, a client of mine was leading the marketing department of a major financial services firm: high profile, internationally respected brand. Many of his people worked long hours, and some traveled quite extensively. Yet, no one ever seemed to mind. In fact, there was always an energetic buzz about them.

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Encouraging Health and Wellness at Work

The new year is a great time to encourage employees to meet health and fitness goals. Many want to participate in wellness programs, but may feel it's too hard, unfamiliar or inconvenient. Employers and managers may see a wellness program as a frivolous cost with no way to measure the return on investment. In truth, with a little inspiration and planning, none of these arguments are valid.

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Paycards: Advantages for 'Banked' Employees too!

Employers and employees alike often think that paycards are mainly for those who either can not get or don't want a bank account. For these 'unbanked' employees it certainly is much easier and cost-effective for them to receive their pay on a paycard then by a paper check. But there are many advantages for 'banked' employees as well. Some use it as a savings tool, while others use a card to stay within a budget. To get to know all the advantages however, you have to try it.

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