No More Sick Days?

No More Sick Days?

Several years ago, when employees came down with the flu, they took sick days to rest and recuperate. These days, the technology that makes working from home possible for those with administrative, sales or executive jobs also is making it more difficult to simply lie in bed and recover, according to a Jan. 10 New […]

4 Work Days, not 5

4 Work Days, not 5

For eight weeks last spring, an Auckland, New Zealand, company tried an experiment: It allowed employees to work four days a week but get paid for five. The result was encouragingly positive. Employees at Perpetual Guardian, a trust and estate planning firm, got the same amount of work done (if not more) in the shorter […]

‘The solar eclipse made me do it’ and other excuses

‘The solar eclipse made me do it’ and other excuses

Have you ever had the feeling the employee who just called in sick simply wasn’t? It’s possible. According to CareerBuilder.com, 40% of employees called in sick to work last year—but they weren’t under the weather at all. CareerBuilder.com, an employment services website, commissioned an online Harris Poll survey of 2,257 hiring and human resource managers […]

Mixing business and pleasure

Mixing business and pleasure

If you travel for your job and sometimes spend a few extra days for a short vacation after business is done, you are one of the growing number of people who mix business and leisure for “bleisure,” according to a new survey. The research, conducted by the GBTA Foundation, the research-and-education arm of the Alexandria, […]

Don’t drink the Kool-Aid: Avoid business jargon

Don’t drink the Kool-Aid: Avoid business jargon

Words have power. But if you use needlessly complex words and phrases, they can lose their punch. For example, take a look at these business jargon and buzzwords and phrases: Actionable. Best practices. Bottom of the funnel. Buy-in. Circle back. Close the loop. Commoditize. Core competency. Deliverables. Drill down. Drink the Kool-Aid. Future-proof. Ideate. Leverage. […]

Spring Air Focusing on Social Media with New Agency

Boston-based mattress licensing group Spring Air International has engaged a digital agency in keeping with its 2017 strategy to increase conversations with consumers using a variety of digital marketing methods. Spring Air is working with Trio, a full-service marketing communications firm based in Grimes, Iowa, that specializes in social media and web design. “We’re not […]

Serta Simmons Picks Up New Business at Mattress Firm

Houston-based sleep shop chain Mattress Firm and Atlanta-based mattress major Serta Simmons Bedding LLC have entered into a five-year agreement considerably expanding their relationship. The news follows the sleep shop chain’s 2016 acquisition by Steinhoff International Holdings NV, based in Johannesburg, and the subsequent severing of its relationship with Tempur Sealy International Inc. in the […]

Overwhelmed? 5 Steps to Make Your To-do List Manageable

Overwhelmed? 5 Steps to Make Your To-do List Manageable

Sometimes your workload seems impossible. Kat Boogaard offers these five tips on Inc.com to get your to-do list under control. 1. Prioritize. Prioritization is almost always step one. Boogaard recommends creating a matrix by drawing a square and dividing it into four sections. On the left, label the two boxes “urgent” and “not urgent.” At the […]

Why Hank Little Loves Fast Boats, Fast Cars—and Fast Quilters

Why Hank Little Loves Fast Boats, Fast Cars—and Fast Quilters

Under Hank Little’s leadership, Atlanta Attachment accelerates through challenges, acquisition. BY DOROTHY WHITCOMB Hank Little, president of Atlanta Attachment Co., says he has two real passions in life: “fishing and going fast.” Speeding at 75 mph in a souped-up bass boat to land a fish is Little’s idea of a day made in heaven. Perhaps […]

Supply-Side Economics: 10 Strategies for Building and Maintaining Profitable, Lasting Partnerships with Your Suppliers

Supply-Side Economics: 10 Strategies for Building and Maintaining Profitable, Lasting Partnerships with Your Suppliers

BY JULIE A. PALM Quick! Name the people most vital to your company’s success. Did you say your employees? Yes, definitely important. Customers? Of course. But what about your suppliers? They may not have jumped immediately to mind, but whether your business thrives or withers is rooted in your relationship with your suppliers. If  “suppliers” wasn’t your […]