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How to Cure Spreadsheet Insomnia

Curing Spreadsheet Insomnia

Our Canary Wharf serviced apartments are a popular choice with businessmen and women heading to the capital for work, so we have put together our advice for getting back on task when it comes to….

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8 Signs That It’s Time to Change Your Job

Is It Time For A Job Change?

If you are feeling miserable every morning when you have to go to work, or if you are feeling totally disengaged in the workplace, then it might be time for you to start….

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The Digital Google Native

Happy Birthday Google, 18 Years Old

I celebrated Google’s Sweet 16 with a month of Google articles, from Google products to Google facts to Google experiences. Time flies fast and it has already been two years and we are….

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Advantage of Custom Packaging for E-Commerce [Infographic]

Custom Packaging Benefits For Your E-Commerce Business

Packaging an item particularly for conveyance is a fundamental part of an e-commerce business. At its most basic level, packaging needs to guarantee and ensure that requests are secured to minimise harm. A….

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Dress Like Fashion Week

Dress Like Someone Day

During the year of 2015, I ran a challenge every week, asking those who wished to do so, to attempt the challenge of the week. These challenges stopped at the end of the year,….

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She’s the Boss!

I work for a marketing firm and my boss is a 28 year-old woman that is very attractive.  I have been working with this agency for about 14 months.  About 8 months ago, the boss approached me and wanted to….

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Coffee ABC [Infographic]

Coffee From A to Z

Coffee is one of the most popular and beloved beverages in the world. You can find it in different cultures and communities. It’s being enjoyed in busy town centres as a wake-me-up in the morning,….

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Sexual Harassment in the Workplace [Infographic]

Sexual Harassment At Work

Sexual harassment is the unwanted remarks, comments, sexual advances, or anything involving sexual innuendo towards the same sex or opposite sex, which can occur in the workplace. Sexual harassment in the workplace is more common than most….

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Social Marketing Trends 2016 [Infographic]

Trends for 2016 in Social Marketing

As we have entered into 2016 and there are so many changes that will be in Social Marketing, we have reviewed the changes that have happened across the social marketing world in 2015, in….

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How to Cure Spreadsheet Insomnia

Curing Spreadsheet Insomnia

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Our Canary Wharf serviced apartments are a popular choice with businessmen and women heading to the capital for work, so we have put together our advice for getting back on task when it comes to the dreaded spreadsheet insomnia.

Take Regular Breaks

Like most computer work, you need to make sure you take breaks from your desk when dealing with spreadsheets, for the sake of your eyes as well as your sanity. Got too much left on your to-do list to stop for even a second? Intersperse your spreadsheet work with other non-Excel-related tasks to break your day up a little bit, and if that’s not an option, grab a coffee.

Colour Code Your Work

Although it might be tempting to leave your table sitting on a white background, colour coding your work will help your brain to process its contents far quicker and make it easier for others to extract information.

Cut Corners

Learning how to use the higher functionalities on Excel (think shortcuts, formulae and macros and more) will make your workload so much lighter. Take a course or ask for extra training at work in order to better your Excel skills and you’ll be amazed by the time you save slaving over your spreadsheets.

Eat Well

It sounds silly but in order to be functioning at your most productive, you need to eat more than a meal deal from the local supermarket on your lunchbreak. Ensure you are eating brain foods, such as fish, blueberries, dark chocolate and broccoli in order to get the most out of your working day. And avoid eating a big sandwich at lunch at all costs, that 3pm carb coma can be a killer.

Talk

Spending what feels like forever in the depths of Excel hell can mean you end up neglecting social interaction for hours. Take a tea break with a colleague or make that phone call you have been putting off before heading back to the world of frequencies, formatting and formula.

Whether you are a fan of spreadsheets or dread a day spent shifting cells, Excel is here to stay, so follow these tops tips to make your inevitable tasks a bit more manageable.

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8 Signs That It’s Time to Change Your Job

Is It Time For A Job Change?

Time To Quit Your Job

If you are feeling miserable every morning when you have to go to work, or if you are feeling totally disengaged in the workplace, then it might be time for you to start looking for a new job. Sure, the paycheck might be good, but if that's the only positive things about your job, it's better to leave sooner than later, because working a job you hate can affect you both mentally and physically. We have put together a list of 8 tell-tale signs indicating you should change your job. If you recognize yourself in most of them, then you should probably consider another job. Keep on reading for more.

1. Your Skills Are Not Being Used

One of the reasons why we enjoy our jobs is because we feel like our contributions are being valued, and our skills being made use of. That way, we realize our full potential, and we contribute to the company. But, if that's no longer the case, you are going to start despising your job pretty soon. It doesn't matter if the paycheck is still the same. If your are working on pointless projects or performing menial tasks day after day, week after week, it is no longer a job worth keeping.

 

2. No Feedback

No matter what kind of job you do, you should be able to receive regular and accurate feedback on your performance, so that you can improve upon areas where you are lacking and take further action towards becoming a better professional. However, if you are not getting any of this from your boss, or your manager, or if their feedback is too general and vague, you are never going to grow and better yourself.

 

3. You Are Stuck

This can mean a number of things. Stuck in terms of your salary, job position, or learning anything new, despite working hard and producing great results. Even if you are working for a company where promotions rarely happen, things like a small pay bump, being sent to an important conference, or landing a new project can help you feel like you're advancing further. If your job doesn't provide you with any of this, you are going to become disgruntled employee.

 

4. Feeling Exhausted at the End of the Day

There will be times when you'll come from work completely spent, but if you are working on a project for an important client, that is to be expected. But, if you come after regular day at work during which you didn't work much, and you are still exhausted, then you might be burned out. Fear of losing your job, work-related stress, poor workplace atmosphere, and physical fatigue can all contribute to this.

 

5. Not Getting the Respect You Deserve

As a person and as a professional, you can't help but want to feel respected and appreciated for the work you do. Aside from getting promoted and earning more money, respect and recognition are the biggest motivators. In case you are spoken to inappropriately or humiliated, given impossible deadlines and tasks you should not be doing, it is time for you to put an end to it and turn in your resignation. No employee should be treated that way.

 

6. You Don't See Yourself Working the Same Job in a Year

Try and imagine yourself working the same job for the same company a year from now. Does it seem like a dream come true or a nightmare? If it's the latter, you should focus your efforts toward finding a new employer. Curiously enough, one year is how long it will take you to find a better job these days. If everything is right, you should be looking forward to your future with the company, not dreading it.

 

7. Work Is Taking Over Your Life

Keeping a healthy balance between the hours you spend at the office and your personal life is a crucial part of being a satisfied individual. Once your work starts cutting into your social life, whether it's because you are taking it home, or worrying about what's going to happen tomorrow at the office, you should stand up for yourself. But, if that doesn't produce any results, and you are spending less and less time with your family, you should quit.

 

8. Difference in Goals, Expectations and Morals

If your goals and job expectations don't match those of the company, or if there are moral differences between you and your employer, you are never going to feel comfortable at the office. If you feel like your set of principles would a better match for some other company, then you should by all means pursue a different job.

Getting a job these days is hard, but that doesn't mean you should stick around if it's affecting your physical and mental health. Some employers are even counting on that sort of desperate attitude from their workers. Always remember that you deserve better, and that the right fit is out there.


About the Author

Robert Morris is a blog editor at AskPetersen essay writing services reviews. He helps students and professionals achieve their career aims.

The Digital Google Native

Happy Birthday Google, 18 Years Old

Google Birthday 18

I celebrated Google's Sweet 16 with a month of Google articles, from Google products to Google facts to Google experiences. Time flies fast and it has already been two years and we are celebrating Google's adulthood. If you are 30 years old, you are a Google digital native, born in the 1980s. You learned how to use the Internet, found your favorite search engine, probably used Yahoo or Lycos or Webcrawler or Dogpile, which gave you what you believed were the best results at the time, filled with "keyword-rich search results". Google came along and showed you how wrong you were. You were born in 1997 or 1998, you are turning 18 to 19 years old and are an after-Googler. Google was founded in or around 1998. I personally remember when Google showed the number of "indexed" results right below its search bar. This means that you are either older than Google or you are younger than Google. You know a world where Google does not exist or you know a world where Google has always existed. The term "google" has always existed to the younger generation, while "googling" wasn't even a verb or a word to the older generation.

The only thing that Google meant, spelled correctly as googol, to mathematicians, was a very large number, in which it is the number represented as one followed by 100 zeros (10100). Since then, Google has become a household name, used by billions of people, searched by billions of people, and has become ingrained in all societies and civilizations around the world. Google is used by celebrities of all nationalities and is available in all languages worldwide. Google is worldwide, though there are "disruptions in several locations" (see photo below) where Google is unable to transmit or receive data. Most notably, it is reported that Google is banned in China, though with China using its own search engine, though it may have a "supervised China Google" version. (Google.cn)

Google Transparency Report

This means that Google is located in nearly all "waves" of the Earth. Google Earth, after all, shows us the complete map and every square inch of Earth, even revealing images of our very houses and cars. Google is everywhere and there is almost no way to turn Google off. Google is in the phone you use and has become the phone you use. Google has acquired most of the watched Internet, as it holds the key to search and video, Google.com and YouTube.com, and has a positive net worth of billions, as well as stock that none of us could ever hope to afford. There was certainly no way of knowing what it would become then, but we all wish we could travel back to 1997 and invest in this garage startup.

The idea behind it was pure genius and it was inevitable for what Google would become and the power it would have to control the world's information. How much pot, if any, did Larry Page and Sergey Brin smoke before they thought, "You know the library index? What if we could take all the information in the world and put it in there, but like, it could be inside of a computer and like anyone could look it up for free?" Yup, simple idea, big money. That is usually all it takes. The idea was so genius and had to be discovered with pot or a similar psychedelic because it was not evil and the motto of "Do No Evil" stuck with their company, so while Google must make money to keep running, if not more money than the banks, we have yet to know of its true intentions, which seems to simply be in delivering knowledge and trends to the world, for it does remain one of the largest influencing factors in the world.

If you have children-adults now, they are the first generation that will always know Google. They are the first generation who will never know a world without Google. They are the first generation who will always know what Google is. They are the first generation who was probably automatically a search term in Google within hours after their birth. They are the Google generation, the first generation to be truly fully online, immersed in Google products and search. This is not just a company or a business, but Google is an empire, a trendsetter, a generational corporation, that will likely be here long after even the first generation has passed away, and a new generation has been born, and cannot even recall a time when there was a time where Google had never existed.

Advantage of Custom Packaging for E-Commerce [Infographic]

Custom Packaging Benefits For Your E-Commerce Business

Wooden Box Package

Packaging an item particularly for conveyance is a fundamental part of an e-commerce business. At its most basic level, packaging needs to guarantee and ensure that requests are secured to minimise harm. A more propelled methodology is to utilise the bundling to upgrade the client encounter and to fortify the organisation brand.

On the other hand, poor packaging can bring about an additional long-lead-time and a baffled customer. In this competitive e-commerce platform, you have to cover all the aspect that increase sales, customer loyalty, and brand value.

Packaging plays a vital role because it reflect brand value, and once item reached to the client the first impression or contact is in its packaging. It's also responsible because it ensures the safety of the product.

So retailers have to understand the importance of packaging material used in shipping and present it as a Gift to them. Investing in Packaging in E-commerce is a worth investment and helps in improving your brand value. Check this post and know the advantage of custom packaging in E-commerce.


Advantage of Custom Packaging for E-Commerce [Infographic]

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Dimensional Weight Pricing

A Gamer Changer For Retailers

  • As of January 2016, major carriers implemented 'dimensional weight' pricing on all shipments. Retailers are now charged for shipping volume, rather than just weight.
  • Carriers implemented this change because excessive packaging had been affecting vehicle volumes by more than 300%. Retailers must now be acutely aware of excessive packaging and void fill.
  • To most retailers, custom packaging just means branded packaging.
  • But with dimensional weight pricing, optimal sizing and protective packaging can mean major savings on shipping costs.

 

What Does Custom Packaging Actually Cost?

Plastic Bag 
(Poly bag, sticker label, sticky seal, full print)
£1.99 - £3.89

Shrink Wrap Sleeve
(Printed, clear)
£0.05 - £0.15

Paper Bag
(Sticker label, printed label, foil stamp, ribbon handle)
£0.25 - £0.35

Folding Carton
(paperboard box)
£0.30 - £0.60

Fancy Folding Carton
(Window, foil stamp, print on the inside, many inks, foil board)
£0.60 - £0.85

Plastic Box
(printed, glued)
£0.75 - £0.95

Rigid Box
(basic print, simple liner, basic styles, machine assembled)
£0.75 - £3.00

Fancy Rigid Box
(premium papers, foil stamp, magnetic closure, foam insert, luxury paper liner, ribbon, hand and machine assembled)
£1.00 - £5.00

 

Costs estimated based on a quantity of 10,000. Will vary based on locations and products shipped.

 

First Impressions Matter

  • Custom packaging is the first tactile experience for an e-commerce customer.
  • First impressions form within 100 milliseconds, and often remain intact even when contradicted by factual information.
  • "Unboxing" videos, where users record themselves "unboxing" an item they have purchased or received, take these first impressions to a new level.
  • Since 2010, the number of YouTube videos with "unboxing" in their title has grown by 871%.
  • In 2013 alone, 6.5 years worth of unboxing footage was uploaded to YouTube.

 

But Custom Packaging Means More than Just Branding

  • It also means custom box sizes and protective packaging
  • 80% of customers say protection is the most important aspect of packaging.
  • 11% of global customers are completely satisfied with packaging today.
  • Custom box sizes and packing leads to increased safety for shipped products, and few worries about something being damaged in transit.
  • Without appropriate protective packaging, 1 in 10 packages will arrive damaged.
  • Three out of five consumers say their relationship with a retailer would be negatively impacted if they received a broken or damaged online order.
  • Two in fave say they would consider purchasing from a competitor before purchasing from the retailer again.
  • One in five say they would never use that retailer again.

 

Custom packaging is more than just branded packaging: by using optimal sizing and protect packaging, you can save costs on shipping and impress your customers.

 

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Dress Like Fashion Week

Dress Like Someone Day

Coworkers

During the year of 2015, I ran a challenge every week, asking those who wished to do so, to attempt the challenge of the week. These challenges stopped at the end of the year, though they are always good each week of every year, and any challenge can be taken during any week. Those challenges were meant to try and improve your life, hopefully for the better, whether it was to eat better, exercise more, be more polite, or donate to charity. The whole purpose of the challenges each week was to know that you could always work on something, always improve yourself, and find your own challenges in life to make you a better person.

In honor of fashion week for menswear in the month of June and July, this idea is presented to all companies who wish to participate. While this is not an official challenge, it certainly is a great idea that I had come across that all companies should start if they are looking to lighten the mood and make the workplace just a tad more fun. This idea can extend beyond to multiple people, to every day, to a week, or even over the course of a month or longer. The idea or challenge is for everyone in the workplace to pick a person and dress like them for the day. If a person wears the same business casual shirt and tie with the docker pants and dress shoes with black socks, than everyone should show up wearing that outfit, regardless of male or female.

This may not work with women wearing dresses and men imitating them, as men may prefer not to wear a dress, but many women do wear outfits that are fun and exciting, and the traditional woman's fashion in the workplace has mostly foregone the usual business-casual dress or skirt and instead opts for a blouse or blazer with dress pants or even jeans. Men can certainly imitate this type of clothing in the workplace.

This challenge is designed to be fun and get a feel and show everyone how they see a person's fashion in their eyes. This idea can extend to multiple people, in which the employees can dress like anyone of their choice, but it would work best if they chose one person each day or week, dressed like them, and showed up that day wearing exactly what the person of choice is wearing. This can even extend the entire week, in which everyone dresses like that person for the entire week. To make this an even more fun event, the person who the office chose for that week should not know that everyone has chosen to dress up like them, so when they show up, they get a big surprise.

She’s the Boss!

French Maid Outfit

I work for a marketing firm and my boss is a 28 year-old woman that is very attractive.  I have been working with this agency for about 14 months.  About 8 months ago, the boss approached me and wanted to talk about an ad we were doing for a healthcare corporation.  She and I got along very well and we started flirting.  I wondered if it was harmless but then, a few days later, she invited me to go to her place to talk some more.

When I arrived, she was dressed in a very attractive skirt and blouse combo.  She told me to have a seat on the couch and then she sat in my lap.  I was already getting hard when she started kissing me and rolling her tongue around my lips.  It did not take long for both of us to be in our underwear.   What happened next, totally shocked me.  She pushed me across her knee and started spanking me.  I thought I could return the favor but it became completely clear that she was in charge.  She handcuffed me and be gagged me with a ball gag.  She spanked me so hard.  After she was done, I was embarrassed and turned on.

That night started a passionate interplay between us that continues to this day.  She is a total Dominatrix.  She ties me up and spanks me, she forces me to cross-dress, and she forces me to perform bi-sexual activities for her.  About 6 months ago, she took me panty shopping and purchased 48 pair of panties for me to wear.  I must wear panties everyday.

When I report to work in the morning, I have to send her a text letting her know what color and style my panties are.  I have discovered that when I wear pink panties, she arranges an after-work encounter where I perform fellatio on another guy while she watches, giggles and directs.  I must confess, I have worn more pink panties in the past month.  She has made me dress as her French Maid on several occasions.  I have to serve her and her girlfriends while a French Maid.  That is so embarrassing.  She is my boss in more ways than one.

Coffee ABC [Infographic]

Coffee From A to Z

Coffee Grounds

Coffee is one of the most popular and beloved beverages in the world. You can find it in different cultures and communities. It's being enjoyed in busy town centres as a wake-me-up in the morning, on calm terraces by the sea, in homes in front of a tv. People add lots of different things to it, from sugar and milk, to fruit flavours and caramel. Coffee can be whatever you want, but the base is always the same – a simple fruit grown on plantations, picked by people or machines, and brought to your cup in many different ways. But, do you ever think about it any more than how many cups will you have today?

In the infographic below you can find a lot about coffee, and you probably didn't know many of these terms. What are different ways of growing coffee? How does it influence the coffee taste? What are all stages of coffee processing called? You probably knew there are different ways of preparing coffee, but did you know there are different ways to roast the fruit before it even comes to your cup? Coffee really is a fascinating thing, and there's even more to know about it. So grab a cup and learn something new about that warm “hug in a mug”. This infographic only gives a few full definitions, but if you are interested in knowing all the terms, you can check them out on Gimoka Coffee Blog.


Coffee ABC [Infographic]

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ARABICA

The earliest cultivated species of coffee tree and still the most widely grown. It produces approximately 70% of the world's coffee.

BITTERNESS

One of the four primary taste sensations, characterized by solution of quinine, caffeine, and certain other alkaloids. Coffee is often too bitter after improper brewing.

CAPSULES

Plastic or aluminum package filled with ground coffee, designed for use with a specific coffee capsule machine that prepares enough coffee for a single portion.

DECAFFEINATION PROCESS

Process of removing caffeine from coffee beans while still in their green state. Three processes are used today and all are consistently successful in removing all but a trace of the resident caffeine.

ESPRESSO

A method of brewing in which hot water is forced under pressure through compressed layer of finely ground coffee.

FAIR TRADE COFFEE

Coffee purchased from farmers at a fair price defined by international agencies.

GREEN COFFEE

Unroasted coffee beans, with a higher level of chlorogenic acid compared to roasted coffee beans. The acid in green coffee is thought to have health benefits for heart disease, diabetes, weight loss, and others.

HEAVY ROAST

Coffee roasted darker than American norm, ranges in color from dark brown to nearly black and in flavor from rich and bittersweet to thin-bodied and burned. HARD BEAN

ITALIAN ROAST

A darker roast of coffee, usually dark brown in color and rich and bittersweet in flavor.

JAMAICA BLUE MOUNTAIN

Celebrated single-origin coffee from above 3,000 feet elevation in the Blue Mountain District of Jamaica.

KENYA

The home of coffee with deep, winy acidity, resonant cup presence, and complex fruit and berry tones. Of the world's greatest coffees, Kenyan probably is the most consistent in quality and most widely available.

LIGHT ROAST

Coffee roasted lighter than the traditional American norm, and grain-like in taste, with a sharp, almost sour acidity.

MACCHIATO

A serving of espresso stained with a small quantity of hot frothed milk, or a moderately tall glass of hot frothed milk stained with espresso.

NATURAL COFFEE

Coffee processed by removing the husk or fruit after the coffee fruit has been dried. Natural coffee is also known as dry-processed coffee.

ORGANIC COFFEE

Coffee that has been grown and processed without the use of pesticides, herbicides, or similar chemicals. Needs to be certified.

PULPING

First step after picking in preparing coffee by the wet method. Pulping is removing the outer skin of the coffee bean, using rubbing machines.

QUAKERS

Defective coffee beans that fail to roast properly, and remain light colored.

RICHNESS

A satisfying fullness in flavor, body, and acidity.

SOFT BEAN

Term that describes coffees grown at relatively low altitudes. This helps the fruit to mature faster and makes a lighter, more porous bean. Soft bean coffees usually make a less acidy and less flavorful cup.

TURKISH COFFEE

A method of preparing unfiltered coffee. Roasted and finely ground coffee beans are simmered in a special pot and served in a cup where the grounds are allowed to settle.

UNCLEAN

A coffee with an off-flavor. The taste depends on the geographic origin of the beans and how they have been treated.

VINTAGE COFFEE

Coffee held in warehouses for several years, on purpose, or accidentally. The aging reduces acidity and increases body.

WHOLE BEAN COFFEE

Coffee that was roasted but not yet ground.

YEMEN MOCHA

Single-origin coffee from the southwestern tip of the Arabian peninsula, present-day Yemen. The world's oldest cultivated coffee.

ZIMBABWE COFFEE

Zimbabwe coffee has the vibrant, winy acidity characteristic of East Africa coffees. Some rank it second in quality only to Kenya among Africa coffees.

 

GIMOKA COFFEE UK

www.gcoffeepod.com

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace [Infographic]

Sexual Harassment At Work

Sexual Harassment in Workplace

Sexual Harassment in Workplace

Sexual harassment is the unwanted remarks, comments, sexual advances, or anything involving sexual innuendo towards the same sex or opposite sex, which can occur in the workplace. Sexual harassment in the workplace is more common than most people realize. Sexual harassment may involve a man towards a woman, a man towards a man, a woman towards a man, or a woman towards a woman. It is normally taken lightly at first by many women or men and brushed off as flirting or common social behavior. However, unwanted and uninvited sexual advances or sexual comments are a form of sexual harassment which is unacceptable, whether it is taken seriously or lightly. Sexual harassment may lead to many other issues and also make the person doing it believe he or she is not doing anything wrong.

If a boss is sexually harassing his employees, he may deduct pay when the employee does not satisfy his needs by flirting back or enjoying it. The employee may continue to be hit on because the boss may feel he or she is welcome to continue his or her actions. The boss feels as if they hold something over the employee because they are directly responsible for their paycheck, so the employee must abide by the wishes of the boss. The employee fears having a deduction in his or her pay, so they let the action continue.

If a co-worker is sexually harassing another co-worker, he or she may get away with it at first, especially if no action is taken by the co-worker. If a boss notices this and does nothing, than the boss is just as responsible for the sexual harassment as the advancing co-worker is, because he is ignoring the advances. A co-worker may feel he or she is entitled if no actions are taken. He or she may feel that because they are in the office everyday with the other person for eight hours, they become comfortable with the other person and may start jokingly making remarks or advances towards the other co-workers.

Sexual harassment may also come in the form of lewd comments, such as an office filled with males, who tend to talk about sexual activity or innuendo, and if no female is present, the male workers may conform and feel comfortable with making those comments. If only one or two females are present, they may not even notice they are doing it because they feel it is normal. The behavior may offend both men and women who are listening and may feel it is inappropriate. Silence allows the behavior to continue making everyone feel it is okay to continue making sexual remarks, comments, or innuendo around the office. Whether one person is doing it or multiple people are doing it, the behavior is unacceptable in the workplace.

The workplace is a place of professionalism, business, and productivity. Sexual harassment can lead to lost productivity, lawsuits, and even a complete business shutdown if it is not stopped immediately. Most companies should have programs in place to cover sexual harassment and train employees on recognizing it and not doing it. If an employee is caught sexually harassing another employee, than they must face the consequences, which may result in temporary suspension or permanent leave.

If a boss is sexually harassing his or her employees, an employee may be tempted to quit immediately, but will probably not in order to continue making a living. It is sometimes harder to know where to turn to when the boss is sexually harassing an employee, because the boss is the only one to go to when there are problems. Unfortunately, the boss is not someone to go to to report sexual harassment if it is the boss doing the sexual harassment himself or herself.

The employee should review the policy or handbook regarding sexual harassment in the workplace. While a single incident will probably not help any employee’s case and could be easily dismissed, an employee must have evidence that can be presented to a lawyer or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and it must be able to be proven in court that their boss is sexually harassing them.

Examples of devices that can be used for recording sexual harassment by a boss are an audio recorder, video camera, or webcam. While an employee may be able to get a written statement from other co-workers, the boss may hire a good lawyer and get the case dismissed. If the employee does want to take it to court, than they should have concrete evidence that can be heard or seen by an attorney.

If the employee does not want to go to court but cannot tolerate the sexual harassment any longer, it may be time to quit. It is unlikely a person will keep their job after taking a boss to court, but it does happen where the individual might win or lose the case, and still keep their job. It is highly recommended that if sexual harassment has occurred and legal matters came into play, win or lose, that the individual not keep their job. After all, if safety is a concern in the workplace, than all safety measures should be considered including leaving the threat.

As far as aftermath of reporting the sexual harassment case, the former employee may report it to the Better Business Bureau, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and even write about it on Confessions of the Professions or other sites such as Craigslist may be considered, in order to prevent other people from having to go through the same or similar horrible situation.

You do have the legal right as a human being to work without being sexually harassed. If you are experiencing sexual harassment in any form in your place of work, please report it immediately to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. It is highly advised that you have some form of physical proof. Heresy can easily be dismissed, so try to establish some proof before you report the issue. If you do decide that the only way to solve the issue is by suing and taking the person to court, than familiarize yourself with 40 Courtroom Television Lessons in order to know what you have to do before you go to court, how to dress, and how to behave.

The infographic covers in-depth information regarding sexual harassment.


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Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

A look at just what constitutes sexual harassment in the workplace, how prevalent it is, what the consequences are, and how to protect your business.

Section I

What is Sexual Harassment?

One of the most challenging issues pertaining to sexual harassment in the workplace is that many people are still unaware of just what constitutes sexual harassment.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 defines it as occurring, “when one employee makes continued, unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, to another employee against his or her wishes.”

“Harassment does not have to be of a sexual nature, however, and can include offensive remarks about a person’s sex. For example, it is illegal to harass a woman by making offensive comments about women in general.”

- EEOC.gov

Specific examples could include:

  • Unwanted jokes, gestures, comments, and repartee
  • Physical/bodily contact such as patting, grabbing, or interfering with an employee’s ability to move
  • Constant and repeated requests for a date or unwanted flirting
  • Spreading or posting sexual or degrading e-mails or pictures around the workplace, including your own workspace
  • Displaying sexually suggestive objects, pictures or posters in the workplace
  • Playing sexually suggestive movies, music, games, or video clips in the workplace

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How Prevalent is Sexual Harassment in the Workplace?

In 2010, there were 11,717 charges of sexual harassment in the United States.

2006 - 12,025
2007 - 12,510
2008 - 13,867
2009 - 12,696
2010 - 11,717

Of those charges…

83.6% were from women
17.4% were from men*

*up from 11.6% in 1997
Which yielded $48.8 million in non-litigation monetary benefits to the victims.

Which breaks down to $4,130 per case of sexual harassment.

When factoring litigation against the employer, the amount can easily reach into the millions per case as there is NO CAP on the amount an employee can sue for sexual harassment.

However, as large as these figures are, it is estimated that only 5 - 15% of victims formally report harassment.

Potential harassment claims waiting to happen.

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What you can do to protect your business from sexual harassment claims?

√ Institute a zero-tolerance policy.

√ Raise awareness in your workplace by mandatory employee training.

√ As the business owner, make yourself fully aware of the law so you are able to handle any situation that arises.

√ Take all reports of harassment from your employees seriously. Act immediately to investigate and resolve the situation and make your workplace feel safe for those affected.

√ Document all reported cases in the workplace down to the smallest detail in case it does become a larger problem.

√ But most importantly, protect yourself from the situations that do become full-blown by having proper sexual harassment insurance coverage as part of your Employment Practices Liability Insurance Policy.

Bolt Insurance Agency
www.boltinsurance.com

Social Marketing Trends 2016 [Infographic]

Trends for 2016 in Social Marketing

Social Media Trends 2016

As we have entered into 2016 and there are so many changes that will be in Social Marketing, we have reviewed the changes that have happened across the social marketing world in 2015, in particular social media. To give you the details of what to expect in social marketing going into 2016 and how to start Social Marketing, Allahabadi Kart have listed the data into infographic that have complete information about the Social Marketing Trend and how to start social media optimization in 2016.

In this infographic you will see how to use video, with videos averaging 62% more engagement than images. There has been a 43% increment in video sharing at the start of this year and the importance of content is highlighted. To optimize a website, you will need to increase link-ability of the content. We all know that engagement is king for Social Media.  Social media searches are also going to become more powerful than 2015. Making readable content and clearly defining tags is very important for search engines and marketability. Tagging posts, whether you write on Medium.com, Tumblr, Pinterest, or run your own blog posts on WordPress.com or on your own personal website, it is extremely important for discoverability and categorization on social media optimization (SMO) and search engine optimization (SEO).

When you share something, it is always best to know who your target audience is in order to save money, time, and to maximize your efforts for your brand and your product.

This infographic covers much more about Social Marketing in 2016.


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Social Marketing Trend 2016

Video

  • The use of video content is increased by 73% over the last year. Expect that number to continue to increase as more & more platforms prioritize video sharing

Content Marketing

  • 90% of businesses use content in their social marketing strategy
  • Interesting content is one of the top three reasons people follow brands on social media

Increase in ad spending

  • With social media platforms moving away from real time news feeds, it is harder to get promotional content to followers. This will cause an increase in social media advertising in 2016

Mobile

  • 60% of social media time is spent not on a desktop computer, but on a smartphone or tablet

Engagement is King

  • Engagement is more than getting likes, retweets, and sharing
  • Engagement should be about conversing with your audience so they feel a stronger relation with you
  • Consumers who are engaged with a brand online are 50% more likely to buy and recommend
  • Email continues to have a much higher engagement rate than social media

Tips to Start Social Media Optimization (SMO)

Social Media Optimization is the method of social media activity that attracts more visitors to a website through an elevated search rank. Social Media Optimization based on contents, videos, words, links, images, etc.

Here are a few tips for you to make top class Social Media Optimization (SMO)

  1. Define Objectives & Set Goals For Social Media
    • It is important to know your desired outcome at your start - for example, reputation, influence, sales, credibility, traffic, page views, etc.
  2. Increase Link-Ability
    • To optimize a website for social media, you need to increase the web link-ability of the content. Adding a blog in your website is a great step, however, there are many other ways such as creating white papers and thought pieces, or even simply aggregating content that exists elsewhere into a useful format.
  3. Make Readable Content & Tag Your Content, So It Moves Faster
    • Content that is easy to view through short links (video files, PDFs, and audio files), travels further and is more traceable in proving it is driving users ultimately to your website. Make sure blog pages include a list of relevant tags.
  4. Reward Helpful and Valuable Influencers on Social Media
    • You should share the content of the people who are sharing your content. It is both a smart and sincere way to raise your post visibility.
  5. Know Who And How To Target
    • It is very important to know who and how to target as there is always going to be a certain audience you can appeal to and others that you can't. Listen and analyze your audience to find out who is engaging with you and take the learning to build your audience.

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