Employee Wellness

I was just listening to a webinar with guest speaker Diane Darling  She was discussing effective networking for companies whose employees are worn out from the economy and are trying to figure out how to do their jobs and keep their jobs. She teaches the employees how to network internally so they can get along better, know who in the company they can go talk to if they have a question and how to approach these individuals. Her discussion helps the company figure out what the real cost is of losing people, or having an employee on-line for two hours trying to figure out an answer to a problem when they could have spent 5 minutes going down the hall to get that answer. 

Another way to figure out your cost of doing business is by how much you are spending on health insurance, time lost from work due to illness etc. Just like internal networking to keep your business humming along, you also need to ensure that your employees are at their best. Putting together a wellness program and rewarding employees that embrace the program will allow your company to see a decrease in sick days and possibly a lower health insurance bill  in the long run.

Follow this link to read the full article on Tips on How to Plan a Wellness Program

Tips on How to Plan a Family Reunion

We recently added a new article to our News/Info page. Here is a small excerpt from “Tips on how to put together a family reunion:”  

What if you were asked to organize a family reunion? Where would you start? When should you start?

1.     Ask for other family members to help with planning activities and choosing the time and place. Get the word out – let others know you're planning a family reunion event. Give family members plenty of notice. If your family is spread out over the U.S or abroad, planning one to two years in advance will allow attendees to plan vacation time or make adjustments in scheduling.

2.     Assign each member of your newly formed reunion committee a specific task and hold them responsible. Plan on purchasing commemorative items imprinted with the family name and date of the event.

These two tips are the most important part of planning your event. You need to get the commitment of other family members to help make your event special, and to tell other family members about the event. You can still send out invitations, but I know from experience that some family members might need to be dragged to a family reunion, especially if they only get one vacation per year and they are not excited about the venue.  So make sure to recruit family members that have clout with other family members.

Each of the additional six tips gives a more elaborate explanation, suggested activities and keepsakes to remind family members of what a great time they had at the event. If you would like to read the full article you can read it at this link http://www.ceshoppes.com/Newsletters/FamilyReunionPlanning.asp  After reading the article you may have other suggestions you would like to add to help our readers and we would love to hear them!


We found someone to help with the data!

Over the past couple of weeks we have been working with Odesk and looking for someone to help convert data from our vendors so we can get it in to our web shoppes more easily. We placed the ad and then waited. We had quite a few applicants for the job. Some from the U.S., some not. We looked over everyones past performance scores, evaluated their reference comments, took into consideration their knowledge of the task and narrowed down our selection.

Last week we sent our candidates a snipet of the spreadsheets that we receive from our vendors and a copy of the structure they need to fit it in when they make the conversions. We asked each candidate to evaluate and give us their best estimate of how long they thought each conversion would take, we have over 50, and how they would go about making that conversion. Since DJ is the techie in our office, he speaks that language.  – We have finally selected our candidate and will be providing them with their first set of records. If this goes well we will turn over more records to be converted. Lets cross our fingers!