February 26, 2019

With the unemployment rate sitting at under four percent, small businesses must learn how to attract, motivate and retain talent – and it’s not just about the money anymore. 

This is positive news for business owners, especially when hiring employees under the age of 40. Millennial and Gen Z workers are more intrinsically motivated to find reward in their work, and that may or may not include monetary reward programs. 

  • According to a 2016 study, 84% of U.S. based organizations now use non-cash, socially meaningful ways to reward employees. 
  • A 2018 Harvard Business School study of 92,000 job ads concluded that life balance perks such as family-related leave, and personal and professional development opportunities attracted most applicants.
  • Employee recognition such as personal hand-written notes from their boss was cited as a benefit as well as more inclusive cultures that offered employees more ownership, autonomy, and room for creativity.

What about medical benefits? Small business owners tend to believe that since they cannot afford these benefits, they also cannot afford the employees who rely on them. However, when small business owners offer a small monthly stipend earmarked for insurance premiums, many applicants are willing to walk away from more robust medical packages, especially those who do not have children.

Most importantly, when a company sees itself as a rewarding place to work, job applicants will view it that way as well.  Believe in your business!

SOURCE:, 2/18/19

February 26, 2019
  • Be attentive to the reasons someone might disagree with you. It isn’t enough to dwell on the strengths of your own position. Accept that an issue can have strong reasons on both sides.
  • Rather than lead with your strongest arguments, start by interrogating those of your adversary.
  • Establish a common set of foundational terms as quickly as possible. If you and your opponent can’t agree on some basic points -- that the earth revolves around the sun, for example – you will be less likely to come to a mutual understanding. 
February 26, 2019

Recently, researchers scored 47,000 films on IMDb that had been tagged as referencing or being referenced in other films. Following are the top 10 most influential movies in Western culture, according to the study:

10.  Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (1937)
  9.  Frankenstein (1931)
  8.  The Birth of a Nation (1915)
  7.  Citizen Kane (1941)
  6.  Metropolis (1927)
  5.  2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
  4.  King Kong (1933)
  3.  Psycho (1960)
  2.  Star Wars (1977)
  1.  The Wizard of Oz (1939)

SOURCE:, 12/27/...

February 26, 2019

If “Pokemon Go” has overextended your short attention span, up your game with the Vatican’s “Follow JC Go,” a new augmented reality mobile game in which players collect saints and other notable Bible figures as they move around the world. Pope Francis has approved the game, which asks players to answer questions about the characters and to donate to charities to earn game currency. The Italian newspaper Corriere Della Sera reported...

February 26, 2019

St. Patrick’s Day means green: green clothes, green décor and, of course, green beer. All it takes to make a brew as emerald as the Isle herself is a couple drops of food coloring, right? That wasn’t the case 101 years ago when the idea for the hued brew was cooked up in New York City (not Ireland!). That year, the toastmaster of a Bronx social club’s St. Paddy’s celebration added a drop of “wash blue” to the beer. 

February 26, 2019

Not bringing your lunch to work because of the microwave line backup? Consider investing in a butane-powered crème brûlée torch. With it, you can:


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