Labor Day 2016: The Value of Work

Labor Day 2016: The Value of Work

Work. Nothing happens without work. Work allows our families, community, and society to function. May you and your loved ones find opportunities…to do what needs to be done…ideally, doing something you love.

May we all pause on this Labor Day to appreciate the value of work, whether as employee, business owner, manager, home maker, or another role. For those who provide financial support for themselves and their families, may you find stable, sufficient employment throughout your lives. We hope you have a job, or soon will, where you are appropriately compensated, and can ultimately earn a living wage, and then one that provides you financial security. For those who work in other ways, running a home and raising children for example, know that your work is essential too, and may those around you make it clear that your work is valued. Many of us must do both to get by — for those who do, our hope is that you have the energy, health, and tenacity to handle the load.

May young people find their way as they approach their future. Stay flexible in your quest, alert to opportunities, and focused on your goals. Learn all you can from school, through mentors, internships, or apprenticeships, and on your own. Know, though, that one also needs to learn how to work…it takes practice. Do your best at whatever work you do, at every level. Do a good job, not just the minimum required.

If you are unemployed, underemployed, underpaid, or facing other challenges, we hope you are able to find what you need soon.

The path to work is not always smooth. Perhaps it never is, and never was. But nothing happens without work.

Here’s to all those who do everything they can through work to improve the strength, prosperity, and well-being of the USA…and Canada, as well. Thank you for your labor. Have a Happy Labor Day, and a year ahead in which your work may somehow be not just sustaining, but appreciated, and even fulfilling.

Encourage Your “Intrapreneurs” to Innovate!

Encourage Your “Intrapreneurs” to Innovate!

Are you trying to grow your business, and seeking ideas on how? Why don’t you give your staff the ability to be “intrapreneurs”? Most of us are familiar with the term “entrepreneur” but may not have thought about its internal parallel. An “intrapreneur” is someone who takes the initiative inside your company to create an idea and “turn the idea into a profitable finished product through assertive risk-taking and innovation.” (Pinchot University, 2015.)

Many staff members may feel as though their ideas would be rejected, or even looked down upon, if they openly communicated them. And some of the most promising intrapreneurs are naturally humble, quiet, and internalize their thoughts. They may only need your invitation and reassurance to fully participate!

As a business-leader, you are an entrepreneur…and understand the innovative mindset. Consider, though, that you can learn a lot from your staff. Have brainstorming sessions and allow your employees to freely communicate their ideas. Such sessions can benefit your firm by increasing employee morale as well as allowing you to receive direct feedback about the company’s procedures and strategies in a safe, non-judgmental environment.

If you communicate to your employees that all opinions are not only welcomed but encouraged, you are inviting your “hidden” intraprenuers to contribute to the growth and profitability of your company, while also building intellectual capital within your firm.

According to Pinchot University, “innovation is necessary if an organization wants to grow or stay competitive.” Allow your employees to be creative with their ideas and follow them through to implementation. This true empowerment can give your brand a new boost that you may never have thought of as an employer. Be supportive, be open, and be reassuring to your intrapreneurs. You may just be surprised with the outcome!

Have you thought about new ways to grow your business? We have….

Pinchot University (2015). Retrieved at

Happy employees = Satisfied Customers!

“A person who feels appreciated will always do more than what is expected.” Author Unknown

“If you take care of your employees, they will take care of your customers and your business will take care of itself.” J W Marriott

“Treat employees like they make a difference, and they will.” Jim Goodright

We have all seen these types of motivational quotes on posters on office walls – or as memes on social media – but how many employers truly take this to heart? It’s no secret that most people enjoy recognition for their efforts, but could that recognition actually benefit the employer? Studies say, “Yes.”

“Research found that in organizations where recognition occurs, employee engagement, productivity and customer service are about 14 percent better than those where recognition does not occur.” (Bersin, 2012.)

With that said, how can you recognize your employees to get the greatest results? The best ways we’ve found are recognizing potential, effort, and achievement.

  • Involve your employees in the decision-making process. Listen to their ideas, and acknowledge their efforts in the day-to-day matters at hand.
  • If your employee works extra hard, and extra smart, point it out. Show the employee that you see this hard work and efficiency, and recognize the employee; and then promote accordingly.
  • Put your money where your mouth is. If you have exceptional employees, pay them for their worth.
  • Hold staff appreciation days. If your employees are working particularly hard on a project, or just finishing up their busy season, give them a day of recognition. A pizza party, a company picnic, an early day off from work…anything you can do to raise morale. Show them that they are valued, and worth your recognition.

Great customer service stems from happiness in the workplace. Parkland Securities, LLC scored a 9.6 out of 10 for their operational support and services by their representatives in the “2016 Independent Broker/Dealer Report Card”, and this was no fluke. Parkland follows the above steps to create a happy workplace, filled with employees who feel appreciated…and it shows!

Have you thought about appreciating your employees? We have….

New Bersin & Associates research shows organizations that excel at employee recognition are 12 times more likely to generate strong business results. (November 7, 2012.) Retrieved from Bersin at



What does Freedom and Independence mean to you?

What does Freedom and Independence mean to you?

Celebrating the 4th of July is great fun. It is a joy to gather with friends and family, for wonderful food, local parades, fireworks, an occasional adult beverage, and congested traffic. With all these activities, the real reason for celebrating the 4th can get lost.

As we celebrate the date of the adoption of the Declaration on July 4th as our nation’s Independence Day, I find it refreshing to reflect upon our historical beginnings. I cherish our freedom and independence…and am forever grateful to those who serve and protect it.

So what do we do when faced with sad doses of today’s reality and challenges?

Perhaps actor, Frank Langella (who won Best Lead Actor in a Play at this year’s Tony Awards), said it best when referring to the Pulse tragedy. He said, “When something bad happens, we have three choices:

We can let it define us.

We can let it destroy us.

Or we can let it strengthen us.”

Let’s try to find strength and support each other.

And may we celebrate and enjoy our Freedom and Independence and realize just how precious they are!

Have you thought about what your freedom and independence? We have…

Be safe, and may God bless America!

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