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5 Tips To Overcome Procrastination

Many of us instinctively find ways to avoid the boring, frustrating, and stressful tasks we are accosted with every day. According to Piers Steel, author of The Procrastination Equation [*1], 95% of us have openly admitted to procrastinating at some point. With those sorts of numbers, you can only wonder about the integrity of the remaining 5 percent, who most likely haven’t been entirely honest with their answers.

If you examine the consequences of procrastination, the logic for putting off important tasks flies out the window. It just doesn’t make sense to disappoint bosses or clients by missing deadlines, failing a critical grade paper, or getting the power cut off because of late bill payments.

There are many documented reasons for procrastination. Anxiety and self-confidence feature heavily in many discussions, with fear of failure leading to avoidance issues and procrastinators often gravitating towards more stress-relieving activities.

Avoiding unpleasant and boring tasks is another popular reason that always leads to the inevitable Christmas rush, or late nights cramming for an exam. Now that you have a good idea about why humans spend so much time procrastinating here are a few tips on how to overcome this debilitating human condition.

1. Think Differently

Instead of thinking about how boring a task is, turn it into a challenge. If you’re dreading writing that sales report for your boss, create a more interesting challenge for yourself. See how many words you can churn out in a 15-minute increment. In the next 15-minute block, try to beat your previous record.

2. Break it Down

If you’ve got an important test coming up but dread the inevitable long hours of study, ask yourself what’s the maximum amount of time you think you could spend continuously hitting the books. You’ll resist starting if you think about how boring 3 hours of study is gong to be, but what about 30 minutes? Find the period of time you are most amenable to dedicating towards the task, and then do it.

3. Start

If you’ve been staring at a blank document for over an hour get a word down, any word. The page won’t be blank anymore, and the creative juices will start to flow.

4. Total up the Costs

If you’re afraid to get started, you should spend five minutes tallying up the cost of what it will cost you not to do what’s required. If it means annoying your boss, failing an exam, or never retiring because you failed to start on your savings program, then you may just scare yourself enough into getting started.

5. Turn off the Distractions

If you’re faced with yet another tedious spreadsheet analysis and find your attention wavering between Facebook, YouTube, and texting your friends then turn off the phone, or put it in another room.

If the allure of the web is your Kryptonite, then turn off the WiFi. If that’s not enough, use an app like Freedom [*2] to block all forms of access to social media. Freedom works on almost everything, from smartphones to PCs, so your technology no longer has the ability to distract you from what’s important.

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Tips Every Employer Should Follow This Halloween

This Halloween, don’t scare your employees away. Increase their job experience instead! The hiring process can be a real drain on resources. Not only does it take time, but there’s no guarantee your new employee won’t leave after you have gone to great expense training them. They’ve gained some excellent work experience, but have more than likely left your company in a very tight spot while they take their new-found skills to another employer.

The solution, then, is to ensure your employees never have a reason to leave, and every reason to stay. While life’s too complicated to expect every employee to stay with your company for the entire duration of their career, it’s not unreasonable to assume at least a few years of service before they move on.

Maintaining a high level of morale is not always about the size of the pay packet, as there are many other variables which go into producing an enjoyable and rewarding work environment.  It should be emphasized here that happy and content employees directly correlates to positive customer experiences.

We’ve gathered together a few tips you can use to ensure your employees look forward to clocking on every day and enjoy the time they spend as a valued employee of your business.

Get Regular Employee Feedback

Regularly surveying employees using one of the aptly named pulse survey tools, helps a company keep abreast of work-life balance issues and employee performance challenges. A pulse survey tool is a fast and frequent survey system which does away with complicated questions. This method allows the survey to be completed weekly, and provide a quick insight into the emotional health of the company.

In the past, the strategy for many companies was to take care of shareholders first, customers second, and put their employees’ needs on the backburner. It turns out that taking care of employees needs first results in a more positive customer experience. By taking care of employees and ensuring they maintain a high level of job satisfaction, the benefits cascade up the line to cover the needs of everybody associated with the business – customers, employees, and shareholders alike.

Provide Options for Optimal Work-Life Balance

Never forget that your employees have a life outside of work that is important to them. A steady work-life environment can help to keep everyone happy and stable. When life happens, the chances are high that an employee’s work will be affected, even if they have no intention of letting it do so. Loved ones pass, divorces happen, and kids can go through all manner of drama and often need their parents at odd hours.

It’s important to engage with employees at a personal level and cut them some slack when they are going through a difficult time in their personal life. If extended time off is not an option, try reworking their schedule, so they have at least some leeway to work through their challenges. Employers who work with their employees through challenging life events will be rewarded with loyalty and a worker who makes rational decisions about their career and choice of employer.

Match Employee Goals with Corporate Purpose

In the early days of a start-up, when there are fewer employees, it’s more common for employees’ career goals to be in line with the corporate purpose. As more employees enter into the fold, however, matching their career vision with the company’s goals becomes more difficult. It’s essential for a company to have defined goals, and to also communicate those goals from the top down, to create a cohesive business culture which shares similar values, vision, and the expected behaviors of employees. This well-defined structure highlights the company culture and provides direction for employees to help them progress the company towards that vision and be proud that they are an essential part of it.

It’s not easy to keep all employees happy all of the time. By communicating with and connecting with employees at a personal level, helping with their work-life balance, and regularly communicating the company vision, you will be more successful at retaining your skilled workers for a longer duration.

6 Deadly Sins For Entrepreneurs

The word “entrepreneur” conjures up different images for different people; bold, clever, gutsy, reckless. To the entrepreneurial spirit, a life spent in the 9 to 5 may as well be a life spent in shackles.

Entrepreneurs want, need to experience all the highs that life has to offer, and aren’t afraid to plow their way through the down times to get to them. Tell the entrepreneur that 9 out of 10 businesses fail, and they will get to work building ten businesses – just to revel in that one success; to them, a failure is nothing more than a learning experience.

Building a successful business is about taking a chance. The trick is to know the difference between taking a chance and pure recklessness. The same gutsy attitude that carries many entrepreneurs to the top can also bring them crashing down if enthusiasm isn’t tempered with a little wisdom along the way.

Many of life’s harder lessons can be avoided if you take the time to learn from the failure of others. Get your idea off to a flying start by staying away from these six deadly sins many fledgeling entrepreneurs make before they learn to fly.

1. Have a Great Product Without a Market Strategy

Just because you have an idea for a great product does not mean customers are going to be knocking down your doors to get to it. They need to hear about it first. From the very first germ of an idea, start work on fine-tuning the details of your marketing and distribution strategy. Only when you have all the pieces in place should you launch your business.

2. Trusting in Yourself Too Much

Sure, self-confidence can carry you a long way, but no one person can take care of all the necessary details of the modern small business. Know your weak spots, and then take steps to shore them up by surrounding yourself with those who specialize in those areas.

3. Don’t Lose Focus

One bright idea often leads to another before the first even gets off the ground. While the enthusiasm is running high, you feel invincible and think you can keep everything up in the air. Most end up losing focus, however, and everything soon comes crashing down.

Give 100% attention to your current objective. Taking on more will only extend you to a breaking point, and something will eventually have to give.

4. Moderate Your Passion

Passion is the driving force behind many businesses, but lots of success happens outside the realms of our passion.The point we’re trying to make is there is no sense in blindly pursuing your passion when you could be seeing more success in some other rapidly growing trend or industry.

5. Stay Professional

Many new entrepreneurs want to be friends with everybody, it’s only natural, they’re still human after all. So, they make the mistake of forming bonds with employees and clients and start hanging out at clubs, and bars, and popping over for a barbecue. This behavior is an excellent way to make new friends, but it can also rapidly bring your business to a grinding halt.

Keep it professional, and be the business person they can look up to, rather than just another buddy with which to hang out.

6. Don’t Avoid Confrontation

Confrontations are unpleasant, but sometimes they are a necessary component to getting things done. If you don’t deal with awkward situations today, they could come back to destroy your business tomorrow.

Not sure if your employees need life insurance?

For many people, life insurance is an afterthought, and often employees don’t realize the importance of getting a proper plan. On the other hand, those who do apply for it usually have to face tons of paperwork and the risk of paying exorbitant amounts of money. This issue can be due to the nature and complexity of insurances in general; misinformation from those who sell it, and ultimately it’s not a topic that people would rather talk about and discuss with their family members. The truth is, life insurance is one of the pillars of personal finance! That’s why employer-sponsored group plans can be an especially attractive benefit for prospective employees.

With the proper guidance from the right insurance company, such as Lewis & Palmer, we make it possible to simplify the decision-making process and choose the right insurance plan for employees, employers, and their families. Here are three reasons why this is important:

1. Makes Your Employees (and their families) Feel Safe
Offering life insurance plans to your employees is a way to let them know that you care and if something happens to them, their family can be financially supported and protected. Many employees might feel intimidated by the thought of something happening to them, and for that reason, it’s important to offer a proper training. Teaching employees about the importance of life insurance will help to increase loyalty to the company as they better appreciate this benefit.

2. Keeps Your Employees Happy & Satisfied
Instructing employees on the importance of obtaining life insurance through your group plan can help increase awareness, boost loyalty, and support hiring and retention initiatives. If you offer proper insurance plans, the chances are that they will remain working for you in a grateful way because they would have a good backup plan which the can rely on. As a matter of fact, many employees when looking for a job make sure that the company offers insurance plans; if you don’t offer them, potential employees are more likely to move on and find another job offer.

3. Improves Employees’ Productivity
An ideal health status can impact an employee’s financial situation and increase productivity at work. According to the MetLife study, employees in bad health are more likely to report financial concerns. Once your employees feel safe and satisfied with the insurance plans you offer them; their productivity will increase because they will put their best effort to keep a job that gives them exactly what they need. One of the secrets of being a great employer and business owner is to keep your employees happy and safe as well as maintaining healthy relationships within the workplace.

As a conclusion, with the proper life insurance plan (among other group benefits) employees, will improve their financial and physical standing, wich will strengthen their relationship with their employers and this will result in greater retention, loyalty and increased productivity. In turn, having a committed and productive workforce will also help businesses reach their goals and achieve long-term success.

Does your organization offer life insurance as an employee benefit? Let Lewis & Palmer be part of your decision-making process! We can help you determine the best way to offer coverage that fits your budget and meets your employees’ needs.

The Great Importance of Life Insurance Plans for Employees

For many people, life insurance is an afterthought, and often employees don’t realize the importance of getting a proper plan. On the other hand, those who do apply for it usually have to face tons of paperwork and the risk of paying exorbitant amounts of money. This issue can be due to the life insurance’s complexity, misinformation from those who sell it or probably because it’s not a topic that people would rather talk about and discuss with their family members. The truth is, life insurance is one of the pillars of personal finance! That’s why employer-sponsored group plans can be an especially attractive benefit for prospective employees.

With the proper guidance from the right insurance company, such as Lewis & Palmer, it is possible to simplify the decision-making process and choose the right insurance plan for employees, employers, and their families.

Here we are some reasons why it is important to offer life insurance plans to employees:

1. It makes Your Employees Feel Safe

Offering life insurance plans to your employees is a way to let them know that you care and if something happens to them, their family can be financially supported and protected. Many employees might feel intimidated to the thought of something happening to them, and for that reason, it’s important to offer a proper training. Teaching employees about the importance of life insurance will help to increase loyalty to the company as they better appreciate this benefit.

2. It keeps Your Employees Happy & Satisfied

Instructing employees on the importance of obtaining life insurance through your group plan can help increase awareness, boost loyalty, and support hiring and retention initiatives. If you offer proper insurance plans to your employees, the chances are that they will remain working for you in a grateful way because they would have a good backup plan which the can rely on. As a matter of fact, many employees when looking for a job make sure that the company offers insurance plans; if you don’t offer them, potential employees are more likely to move on and find another job offer.

3. It improves Employees’ Productivity

An ideal health status can impact an employee’s financial situation and increase productivity at work. According to the MetLife study, employees in bad health are more likely to report financial concerns. Once your employees feel safe and satisfied with the insurance plans you offer them; their productivity will increase because they will put their best effort to keep a job that gives them exactly what they need. One of the secrets of being a great employer and business owner is to keep your employees happy and safe as well as maintaining healthy relationships within the workplace.

As a conclusion, with the proper life insurance plan (among other group benefits) employees, will improve their financial and physical situation, wich will strengthen their relationship with their employers, and this will result in greater retention, loyalty and increased productivity. In turn, having a committed and productive workforce will also help businesses reach their goals and achieve long-term success.

Does your organization offer life insurance as an employee benefit? Let Lewis & Palmer be part of your decision-making process! We can help you determine the best way to offer coverage that fits your budget and meets your employees’ needs.

Is your employee program in compliance?

Employee programs are notoriously hard for a small business to manage. In most cases, the laws governing the process change on a yearly basis. Not only do compliance efforts distract from your core business efforts, they can also have a severely detrimental effect on your bottom line if you are found be in non-compliance. Here are just some of the things a business owner or manager should be concerned with:

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) – The baseline set of rules for employer/employee relations, this set of guidelines establishes record keeping standards, the minimum acceptable wage and how to compute overtime pay. In short, it is the Bible of employee benefits.

Overtime rules – Certain workers are guaranteed overtime protection – usually those in managerial positions who are not salaried. It is a potential minefield for the inexperienced as companies such as Microsoft and CVS have been fined for non-compliance.

Exemptions – Similarly, other employees are exempt from from minimum wage and overtime rules as they are salaried. Nevertheless, the employment rules for executive, administrative and professional employees are just as strict – and penalty fraught! – as those for employees lower in the pecking order.

Equal Pay Act – This law prohibits wage discrimination between men and women. The major determining factor considered is whether the job requires substantially equal skill, effort and responsibility under similar working conditions.

Child labor laws – Designed to keep children mainly in school and to prevent their exploitation jobs that that are deleterious to their safety and health, this set of laws has some of the stiffest penalties associated with infractions.

Some of the rules included in these particular laws can be somewhat arcane and hard to interpret. For more specific information on compliance issues involving benefits programs, please contact the experts at Lewis & Palmer Benefits. We can be found online at LPBenefits.com or reached directly at 954-308-7204.