I have been reading articles regarding the cost of employee turnover, specifically for professionals. The numbers are staggering. According to a Center for American Progress study who reviewed over 30 case studies, they found that it costs business roughly about 20% of an employees salary to replace that worker. That number goes up exponentially with very high paying jobs and those at the senior/executive level. Some as high as 213%!
Pop quiz: An average performing employee comes to you with evidence that he is underpaid by 5 percent. Your company’s budgets are already tight. He makes $50,000 a year. Should you:
A. Offer a 1-2 percent raise
B. Offer nothing
C. Offer a 5 percent raise
D. Give him $50 gift card to the local mall.
According to a CBS News article, the answer is C – Offer a 5% raise. Why? Choosing to not give even a middling performer a raise may net a temporary cost savings, but if he quits you’ll be out 20 percent of his salary. The best option? Bump his pay up 5 percent. Although employee replacement costs are a one-time expense and a salary increase is ongoing, it would take four years of at higher salary to equal the cost of replacing him one time.
To see the full case study by the Center for American Progress. Click Here
It is just a little over one week until Thanksgiving and then the Christmas season is upon us! Usually about every August, YES August, our clients start asking us if we have started our schedule for our annual gift wrapping services. No, this is no ordinary gift wrapping. Expedite Group goes onsite to our client’s location and our “Elves” wrap presents for their employees. ALL the employees. It is a fun and crazy time. For almost 2 weeks straight we wrap, wrap and wrap more presents. The service has become so popular our client’s purchase it for their clients as a Holiday gift. All of this had me thinking of some other unique and fun inexpensive gifts.
Fun – My Face Icons – Cartoon social media icons for the social media lover – They’re hand-drawn caricatures created from photos that your employees can then use for greeting cards, mobile phones, social media sites and more. http://www.myfaceicons.com/
Tasty – Fran’s Salted Caramel – 20 Piece Grey and Smoked Salt Caramel Box. Featured on the Cooking Channel’s Unique Sweets – soft butter caramel is dipped in 64% dark or 38% milk chocolate and finished with gray or smoked salt.) I have personally ordered these caramels for gifts. They are delicious. https://www.franschocolates.com/caramels/salted-caramels
Practical – My employees always love a gas gift card or grocery store gift card. The gas gift cards are readily available at most home improvement stores and grocery store gift card displays. They will surely be used by all employees.
Music/Game and App Lovers – An itunes gift card is another gift that seems to get a lot of traction with our employees. Some like the itunes gift cards for music and others like it to purchase the latest games or apps for their phones or ipads. www.itunes.com
In today’s busy world, we are all asked to do more with less.
“Homing from Work”? What does that mean?
It simply means :Taking care of personal and family needs during the workday”
- Employee work longer hours
- Since 2011 30% of the workforce is working more than nine hours per day.
- 69% of busy professionals report taking breaks to do personal activities during the workday.
- “Homing from Work” behaviors are equally reported by men and women, among all age groups, at every title and at all income levels.
- Between 2011 and 2013 there have been dramatic increases in the types of personal activities employees engage in during the workday.
Employee Activities during Work Hours
|Activity||Total % of Employees|
|Spend Time Online*||80%|
|Retail Store Shopping*||31%|
With Expedite Group, employees are able to focus more on their jobs because their external life issues and to-do’s are more manageable. We always hear people say, “it sounds too good to be true.” The fact is, it is true – the sky’s the limit! Expedite Group offers errand running, stay and wait services, and all types of personal assistance and research. For example, we can pick up groceries, take a pair of shoes to be re-soled, or mail a package at the post office. For those unexpected household emergencies, we can schedule and meet the vendor at home for an immediate repair. Expedite Group also provides thorough research to employees including the most comprehensive data for products, services, travel, vendors, and much, much more.
SAMPLING OF SERVICES OFFERED BY EXPEDITE GROUP.
All our personal assistance and research is completely FREE to employees! With errand running, employees only pay for the product or service itself – no markup or additional fees apply.
- Balloon deliveries
- Doughnut deliveries
- Car services
- Watch battery
- Gift certificate purchasing
- Grocery shopping
- Post office
- Personal shopping
- Shoe repairs
- All types of errands
…and much, much more
- Spa recommendations
- Restaurant reservations
- Gift suggestions
- Recipe ideas
- “how to’s”
- Apartment finder
- Sporting leagues
- Health club research
- Medical professionals
- Law professionals
- Pet sitters/trainers
- Personal chefs
- Massage therapists
- Holiday gift wrapping
- Comparison shopping
- Portrait photographers
- New babies
- House cleaners
- Gutter cleaners
- Window washers
- Carpet installations
- Hardwood floors
- Chimney sweepers
- Interior designers
- Professional organizers
- Carpet cleanings
- Deck staining
- Kitchen remodeling
- Food deliveries
- On-site auto washings
- On-site oil changes
- Movie rentals
- Stay and wait services
- Pre-assembled Dinner
- Ticket procurement
- Concert schedules
- Wine tastings
- Cooking classes
- Sporting events
- Movie times
- Ice skating
- Go-cart racing
- Children’s activities
- IMAX theatre
- Singing telegrams
- Hot air balloon rides
- Murder mystery dinners
- Meeting arrangements
- Food deliveries
- Holiday parties
- Printing arrangements
- Special events
- Employee appreciation
- Awards and recognition
- Flight information
- Vacation packages
- Weekend getaways
- Family beach trips
- International travel
- Amusement park trips
- Destination information
Expedite Group is bringing on-site massage to one of our corporate clients. The employees are thrilled for a midday massage break just steps away from the office. And while it is great for morale, it may feel indulgent. But on-site massage is more than a convenience service. This is work-life balance with serious health benefits.
You may have missed this tidbit, but I hold a New York state license and national board certification in therapeutic massage (although arthritis ended my bodywork career and my registration has expired). Training for future therapists includes rigorous coursework in anatomy and physiology, pathologies, and kinesiology, cultivating an understanding of how the body moves and functions under ideal conditions as well as how to facilitate recovery from injury and illness.
- Relaxation. The tip of the iceberg. Stress management is essential to productivity and peace of mind in your work and your life.
- Injury prevention. Massage helps keep muscles and joints in supple shape, promoting efficient movement and stability.
- Improved immunity. Massage encourages an efficient lymphatic system, directly moving the lymph and increasing its circulation.
- Pain management. Muscular spasms, or “knots,” are congested areas with limited circulation. This constant muscular contraction creates a build-up of toxins that in turn causes pain signals, and the pain signal cyclically tells muscle cells to contract. Massage interrupts this pain-spasm-pain cycle, relaxing the muscular contraction while promoting the circulation and elimination of cellular waste.
- Improved moods. Depression and anxiety are emotional illnesses that decrease productivity as well as quality of life. Through the sense of touch, massage encourages the body’s production of biochemicals that promote an emotional sense of well-being.
- Skin care. Skin is the largest organ of the body, and its health plays a crucial role in elimination and protection. Massage stimulates the shedding of dead skin cells and the efficient elimination of dirt and oils.
- Improved athletic performance. Healthy exercise habits are excellent care for your body. If your exercise routine has you setting performance goals, massage can help you meet them by keeping your muscles supple, ridding your muscles of lactic acids, and encouraging proper form and efficient movement.
- Better sleep. A great night of sleep is crucial for a great day of work or play. Massage helps you fall asleep more easily and sleep more soundly.
- More energy. Better sleep, efficient elimination, endorphin production and pain control all contribute to a revitalized body. Do more with ease!
- Overall improved wellness. Because of the significant increase in circulation, cellular waste elimination, and endorphin production, the functions of all vital organs are improved as well, including digestive health, reproductive health, and management of chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia, migraines, and more.
So now that you know WHY massage matters, what if your employer is not providing Expedite Group’s onsite massage for your benefit?
Search the following databases for qualified therapists near you:
Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, http://www.massagetherapy.com/find/index.php
National Certification Board for Massage Therapists, http://www.ncbtmb.org/tools/find-a-certified-massage-therapist
* * * A note on massage therapy chains * * *
Before you roll into the nearest MassageEnvy or other such franchise, consider this: while rates for an independent practitioner are often comparable to what you will pay at a chain, a therapist working at a chain is only paid between one third and one fourth of the franchise price. Therapists receiving your full payment will provide a better massage than those with a far lesser financial stake in your session. So if you do choose a franchise therapist, tip generously. Massage therapy is a strenuous skill that merits adequate compensation.
Recent studies on cognitive function have consistently indicated that indoor environments which include green views and plants help people think better. Attention, creativity, emotional resilience and problem solving are a few areas that benefit. Though the biggest benefits come from spending time outdoors in nature, you can still make this finding work to your advantage by adding plants to your office.
So which plants should you choose? Here is a list we recently put together for a client seeking easy-care options.
Office Plants for Beginners
Pothos adapts well to a variety of office conditions, from low light levels to brighter ones. This easy-care plant, with heart-shaped, white-splotched leaves, makes a lovely addition sitting on a desk, shelf, or table.
Philodendrons, of which most are climbers, are great for adding height to small areas. Sit them on filing cabinets or in hanging baskets. These plants are easy to grow and suitable for a wide range of indoor conditions, including occasional neglect.
Spider plant is not only one of the cool office plants with its small spiderettes hanging down, but it’s also one of the easiest plants to grow indoors. Stick it up high for all to admire.
Snake plant, or mother-in-law’s tongue, makes a huge statement in the office. It has attractive sword-like leaves that grow somewhat tall, making it excellent for focal interest or screening.
When all else fails, there’s the trusty cactus (or jade, or other succulents). Just be sure to keep it located where no one is likely to be stuck. There are many types to choose from, all of which are certain to spark conversation.
Best Office Plants for Reducing Pollutants
Some of the best plants for an office are those that reduce air pollution. Good ideas for office plants include the following:
Rubber plants not only make an excellent addition to nearly any office decor, but they are well known for effectively removing indoor air pollutants.
Dracaena, or corn plant, is another great choice for eliminating pollutants. It’s easy to care for and makes a unique focal point or screening plant.
Peace lily is also known for cleaning up the air. It’s tolerant of low light and is a vigorous grower too. Peace lily works well for focal interest and screening.
Other Good Plants for the Office
There are many other plants suitable for an office setting. Some more ideas for office plants include:
English ivy is not only easy to grow but also helps eliminate mold. Thriving in nearly any light condition, it looks great climbing up a pole or in a hanging basket.
The umbrella plant (tree) is perfect for providing privacy, as it grows quite tall. The amount of light generally dictates this one’s care – low light, drier soil; bright light, more water.
Boston ferns can provide a nice touch to the office as long as their basic needs are met. They require adequate lighting and moist soil.
No space? Consider the African violet. It is one of the best office plants you can find. While these cute little plants require a little more upkeep, such as plenty of light and moisture, they’re great for adding a splash of color to dreary office environments.
With the holiday this week, helping you find local fireworks and other ways to celebrate seemed like a great thing to share with you! Will you choose fireworks? A parade? Music festivals? I believe yours truly will be at a small town rodeo in southwest Texas, no lie.
Garner Independence Day Celebration – Enjoy music from the North Carolina Symphony and The Central Park Band, inflatables, concessions and a fireworks display. Free. Gates open at 5 p.m. Lake Benson Park, 921 Buffaloe Rd., Garner. 919-773-4442. garnernc.gov.
Wake Forest Fourth of July Celebration – Fireworks, games, live entertainment and more. $5; ages 6 and younger free. Gates open a 5 p.m. Wake Forest-Rolesville High School, 420 W. Stadium Dr., Wake Forest. 919-556-4436. wakeforestnc.gov/july4.aspx.
Carolina RailHawks – Enjoy fireworks after the soccer game versus Atlanta at 7 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m. Firework 4 packs, $49: 4 tickets, plus 4 drinks and food for 4. WakeMed Stadium, 201 Soccer Dr., Cary. 919-773-4442. garnernc.gov.
Apex Olde Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration – Celebrate the nation’s birthday with carnival games, a climbing wall and giant slide, clowns, jugglers, karaoke and more. Kids 12 and under can take part in Uncle Sam’s Parade of Wheels at noon. Cool down with the Apex Fire Department’s Splash Down. Bicycle helmets required for the parade. Free. 9am-1 p.m. Historic Apex, 919-249-3402. apexnc.org/oldfashionedfourth.
Carrboro Fourth of July Celebration – Take the family for kids’ activities, live music, face painting, juggling, contests and more. The event kicks off at 9:30 a.m. at the Weaver Street Market lawn, followed by a kids parade to Town Hall at 10:50 a.m. Free. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Town Hall Grounds, Carrboro. 919-918-7364. carrbororec.org.
Cary Independence Day Olde Time Celebration – Experience an old-fashioned celebration featuring a parent-child fishing tournament, a parade in the park, family contests and more. Registration for the fishing tournament begins at 7:30 a.m. and parade preparations begin at 9 a.m. Free. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Bond Park, 801 High House Rd., Cary. 919-469-4100. townofcary.org.
Chapel Hill July Fourth Celebration – Celebrate our nation’s history of freedom and independence with live music from Kenny Mann and Liquid Pleasure, interactive children’s activities and a fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. Free. Gates open at 7 p.m. Kenan Stadium, UNC-CH campus, Chapel Hill. townofchapelhill.org/july4.
Clayton’s July Fourth Celebration – Clayton celebrates America’s birthday with family field events, a basketball skills competition, free ice cream and watermelon, a cornhole tournament, live music and a fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. Free. 4:30-10 p.m. Municipal Park, Stallings Rd., Clayton. townofclaytonnc.org.
Durham July Fourth Celebration – Take the family for live music, a baseball game and fireworks. Enjoy a free concert on the American Tobacco Historic District campus from 6-8 p.m. or a Durham Bulls baseball game at 6:05 (tickets required). The baseball park opens to the general public at the beginning of the seventh inning for a post-game fireworks show. The rain date is July 5. All ages. Free; tickets required for the baseball game. 6-9:30 p.m. American Tobacco Historic District and Durham Bulls Athletic Park, Blackwell St., Durham. dprplaymore.org.
Joel Lane Museum House Presents an Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration – Enjoy an Independence Day open house. Costumed docents and re-enactors demonstrate various aspects of colonial life. Take part in hands-on activities such as writing with a quill pen or making rag dolls. Kids enjoy old-fashioned crafts and games. Free lemonade for all. Free. 11am-4pm. Joel Lane Museum House, 728 W. Hargett St., Raleigh. 919-833-3431. joellane.org.
July Fourth Celebration at Booth Amphitheatre – Celebrate America’s birthday with children’s activities, contests, a model boat regatta and a Ferris Wheel. The Cary Town Band and the North Carolina Symphony deliver patriotic music before a fireworks display at 9 p.m. Free. 3-10 p.m. Booth Amphitheater, 8003 Regency Pkwy., Cary. 919-462-2025. townofcary.org.
Marbles Kids Museum Red, White and Blue for YOU! – Celebrate Independence Day at Marbles Kids Museum with water relays, fizzing fireworks, sparkler hats and more. Don’t forget to wear your red, white and blue. All ages. $5 ages 1-adult. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh. 919-834-4040. marbleskidsmuseum.org.
Raleigh’s The Works! – Downtown Raleigh hosts of the city’s Fourth of July fireworks extravaganza. Enjoy food and art vendors, a kids’ zone with rides and a water area, fire spinners, partner acrobatics, stilt walkers and more. Sportbike freestyle and Red Bull athlete Aaron Colton will perform multiple shows on Fayetteville Street. Fireworks displays include the Fayetteville Street Show at 9:15 p.m. and the Red Hat Amphitheater Show at 10:15 p.m. Free. Noon-11 p.m. Downtown Raleigh at Fayetteville Street and the Red Hat Amphitheater. raleighconvention.com/works.
Wake Forest Fourth of July Children’s Parade – Kids ride on a bike or in a wagon for a walking parade. (Helmets required for cyclists.) The parade begins at 10:30 a.m. (line up at 10 a.m.) on N. Main Street and W. Juniper Avenue and ends at Holding Park, where games and activities await families at 11 a.m. Free. Wake Forest. 919-556-4436. wakeforestnc.gov/july4.aspx.
Fourth Of July in Old Salem – The Historic Town of Salem recreates aspects of early Independence Day celebrations, which began on July 4, 1783, plus historic activities and demonstrations throughout the day. Celebration 9:30-4:30, Naturalization Ceremony at 10, Independence Jazz Concert at 2:30. Winston-Salem.
Summer is a busy season for moving, downsizing, redecorating, and combining newlywed households. Expedite Group receives frequent requests from clients wondering how best to pass along their old furniture. Here’s a quick rundown of local organizations doing meaningful work for our communities with your no-longer-needed items.
The Green Chair Project. This non-profit was founded to help Raleigh’s population in need with gently-used household furnishings from the community, keeping furniture out of crowded landfills and into empty homes.
Durham Interfaith Hospitality Network. This Durham organization assists families transitioning out of homelessness with temporary shelter solutions. Part of their uniqueness lies in that families room together nightly, unlike other shelters which often separate the men from the women and children. When permanent residences are established, these families need help equipping their new homes. Durham IHN welcomes donations of furniture, linens and kitchenware.
Helping Hand Mission, Inc. The Helping Hand Mission Inc. assists families on a one-on-one basis with food, clothing, furniture, and shelter. The Mission receives reusable items from families all over Wake County and surrounding areas. The mission also provides pickup services for large items such as furniture and appliances. These items can be picked up within 24 hours.
Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Habitat for Humanity helps all of us because they create homeowners in our community, and increasing home ownership causes a multitude of positive changes in our neighborhoods. While this store operates like any other thrift store, by supporting their efforts you can know your community will benefit directly. Furniture as well as hardware items (such as light fixtures and cabinet knobs) are welcome.
Durham Rescue Mission. This organization houses and supports men, women and children in crisis. They operate several thrift stores in the area to provide low-cost shopping as well as buoy their operating costs. Furniture and appliances are accepted as well as clothing and other household goods.
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Now you can feel great about the positive ways your old furnishings are helping your community! Clear it out, move it on, spruce it up, and help our neighbors at the same time.