Strategies to Defeat Morning Madness

Fast asleep togetherFor many of us, mornings – particularly weekday mornings – are a stressful blur of snooze alarms, semi-conscious showers, and mad dashes out the door accompanied by a sinking feeling of already being hopelessly behind.

If you’ve had your fill of morning madness, sample the suggestions below. While there are no magic morning bullets, even small tweaks can reframe the way you start your day.

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Boost Employee Morale without Breaking the Bank

business clapsThe employee morale bone is connected to the productivity bone. So – as a business owner – it’s in your best interests to make your workplace synonymous with smiles. But how do you up the happiness quotient without breaking the bank? Continue reading

Reform Guide: Limits on Waiting Periods

waiting-period-iStock_000003717430Small-300x211The waiting – or probationary – period is the period of time set by an employer before coverage becomes effective for a new employee enrolling into the group’s health benefit coverage. Group health plans and health insurance carriers that offer group coverage may not apply a waiting period that exceeds 90 days. California law sets the limit at 60 calendar days (AB1083).

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Why a Respectful Workplace is a Profitable Workplace

interested biz conferenceIf you asked the average business owner to list the top 10 components that contribute to a company’s profitability, chances are good that the words “mutual respect” wouldn’t make the cut. But they should, because a business that places a priority on mutual respect is likely to see bottom-line benefits in the form of increased employee loyalty, productivity, and a fundamental desire to help the organization succeed. Continue reading

Enjoy the fireworks—and stay safe

This is a fireworks safety post we published for you last year. The information remains the same, and we think it’s worth repeating. Above all, have a safe and happy July 4th holiday!


Every year, injuries from fireworks—often burns to the hands and face—send thousands of Americans to hospital emergency departments. And while Independence Day is the most popular time for fireworks, people set them off at other times too, making fireworks a year-round safety concern. Continue reading