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Being an employer is an incredibly heavy responsibility. In this position, you will not only be in charge of the company you’re running, but will also have to work hard to keep those working for you happy. A lot of employers struggle with this sort of issue, and it can cause huge issues when your team decides they’d rather be doing something else. To help you out with this, this post will be exploring some of the easiest ways to keep the people in your business satisfied with their work. First, though, it will be a good idea to consider what would happen if you ignore this part of your company.

 

In most cases, people will choose their job based not only on what they will be doing, but also what they will make from it, but this doesn’t last for too long. After they have been working for you for some time, their focus will change, and it will become more important than their job makes them happy. People can’t work for years doing something they don’t like without feeling bad about it. If people are experiencing this sort of emotion, they won’t work anywhere near as hard for you, and may even change their job for something better. In extreme cases, this can cause bigger problems which will hurt your business going into the future.

 

Of course, it’s never good to think too much about the bad side of a problem like this, though, and you should spend some time working on action to make it better. The first part of this is going to involve some simple observation. It should be easy to tell what is going wrong in your business when you watch your employees, with issues being commonly discussed, and the side-effects of strains being easy to spot. For example, people will get stressed if they don’t have enough breaks, and this can be characterised by those fidgeting and finding it hard to focus.

 

Along with watching the people working for you, a little bit of honesty can go a long way, and talking to your employees can be an excellent idea. For the best results, it could be worth taking a double-pronged approach. On one side, you should invite people to come and discuss their concerns with you, making it known what they dislike. On the other, they should also have the chance to submit their ideas anonymously. This will give both those confident enough to offer direct feedback and those a little shier to have their voices heard. Even before you start working to iron out their suggestions, you will make everyone happier by being available like this.

 

Once you have an idea of the issues being suffered by your employees, it will be time to start taking some action to solve it. Online MBA HR programs can be invaluable when you’re holding this sort of work. Not only will they teach you the skills to keep people happy, but they will also give you the chance to learn how to spot when people are feeling bad. Below, you can find some examples of the common issues faced by people at work, along with the additional tools you have to help you out.

 

 

  • Breaks: As mentioned earlier in this post, breaks are very important to the people working for you. Without enough time to relax, it will be hard for people to handle their work in an adequate fashion, potentially losing the company a fortune. To solve this issue, you should always be looking for the latest research to give you an idea of how many breaks people should be having at work.

 

 

 

  • Hostile Environments: Being surrounded by arguments, foul language, and other hostile elements will make work very unpleasant for a lot of people. For some, banter and laddish behaviour is very fun. Unfortunately, though, for those on the outside of it, it can be very hard to live with. This is very important in the field of employee rights, and most companies will be will to work hard on it as a result.

 

 

 

  • General Morale: Not being paid on time, being patronised, and all sorts of other general morale problems can be caused when you aren’t being careful. This will be harder to solve than the other areas in this post. With the right time and effort, though, you should be able to start making a difference. To help you out with this, it could be worth getting some morale coaching from another professional.

 

 

Hopefully, this post will inspire you to start working harder on the way your employees feel. It can be hard to make progress in this area, especially when you’re not aware of how your employees feel. This is something every company should be working on.

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When thinking of a career, a person may feel excited and worried at the same time. This feeling is common, as you make a significant decision that impacts your future. For medical career seekers, dentistry presents some promising scenarios as a career. If you want to pursue your career in this field, it is essential to understand what benefits and advantages you will attain. This article will present you all benefits associated with dentistry, so that, you can confidently pick this career. Some of them are amazing and will persuade you to pick dentistry. So, have a look below.

  1. Working flexibility and freedom will help you live a happy life

Dentistry is not like other stressful fields in the medical industry. You get ample chance to spend time with your family and satisfactorily balance your life. Your work never comes in the way of living. You can work as your boss, then, evolve as a researcher. Dentistry allows you to start your private practice and get easy working hours that suit your lifestyle.

  1. You get multiple specialization choices to match your interests

Dentistry is a vast field that allows you to choose among many specializations. For instance, you can become a dentistry cosmetic expert and make change people’s lives with your art and techniques. Or, you can decide to invest your efforts in research work to find solutions for different kinds of oral diseases. Options are plenty, and the rewards are even more. So, you get a vast playground to play in.

  1. You can travel and educate all around the world

Being a respected profession, dentistry allows you to receive global recognition as your experience grows. Your working experience becomes a pathway for upcoming professionals in the health industry. That is why renowned universities call experts from all over the world for seminars and lectures. So, you can teach students and travel in the process too. Along with that, you will get many chances to interact with the public and educate them about healthy oral habits. Read More→

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May
14

Yes, Mom You Should Set Goals

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by Alyssa Dees Avant

Sometimes as moms, we get the crazy idea that because we have become responsible for the lives of precious little children, that we should focus solely on them and leave our own thoughts and ideas for ourselves behind. This should not be the case. We as moms should be true to ourselves, use the passions and gifts that God has given us and set some goals for ourselves.

These goals will not only benefit us, as people, but also our families as well. Its kind of like the old saying, “If momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.” Naturally, our children, husbands, families and others around us will benefit from us taking care of ourselves and doing things that will help us to feel more productive and successful.

The Lord also expects us to use the gifts that he has given us. He tells us in Scripture that without every part of the body of Christ functioning at its best it will not work. If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20As it is, there are many parts, but one body.

“The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has combined the members of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” Read More→

May
08

Excerpt from Everyday Holy by Melanie Shankle

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In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We
do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit
himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.

ROMANS 8:26

Now that I’m more than a decade down the motherhood road, I’ve realized that being a good mom doesn’t mean being a perfect mom. A perfect mom puts sand in a plastic box so her toddler can have a meaningful sensory experience and doesn’t care about the mess. A perfect mom plays board games for hours on end and makes hot chocolate bars with candy cane stir sticks and makes sure the milk is organic and the chicken nuggets are made only from chickens who were allowed to roam free in sunlit barns. She never loses her patience, never checks her text messages while her child is around, and is the president of the parent/teacher association while managing a Fortune 500 company before returning home to prepare a delicious, nutritious meal for her family.

In short, the perfect mom doesn’t exist. And if she did, we would all hate her.

The perfect mom is a unicorn, mythical at best. But a good mom is the velveteen rabbit, a little worn from use. And while I’m not confident in a lot of areas of my life, I’m confident that I’m a good mom—because what ultimately makes a good mom is the part that requires showing up. I’ve held back hair as she’s thrown up over the toilet and, I regret to say, all over me. I’ve wiped her bottom and her feverish forehead. I’ve stayed in the school parking lot long after she’s walked through the school doors, praying and hoping that today would be a better day. I’ve sat in the rain and the cold and in heat that rivals the surface of the sun to watch her play soccer. I’ve cried when she’s overwhelmed by joy, and I’ve cried
when disappointments have her down. I’ve yelled too much, lost my patience, and seen how many mornings I can get by with Frosted Flakes for breakfast. I’ve driven more carpools than I can count, attended Taylor Swift concerts, and spent many weekend nights with my house full of tween girls with high-pitched squeals who think cleaning up after themselves means putting half-empty soda cans under the bed. I’ve looked at my phone too often, set the clock ahead an hour so I could tell her it was time for bed, and pretended to have an upset stomach just so I could have a few minutes alone in the bathroom.

But I have no doubt that she knows she is deeply loved because I have faithfully shown up for the job for the last fourteen years. It hasn’t been perfect, it hasn’t always been pretty, and nobody is likely to turn our story into an award-winning movie. Being a good mom doesn’t really make the highlights reel because there is very little glamour in packing another peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch. It’s just about being faithful with what has been entrusted to you for such a short time. Read More→

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May
04

Is Homeschooling Right For You?

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bored child waitingIf you have ever thought about homeschooling your own children, you will probably be well aware that there are many advantages of doing so.  Lot of children who are homeschooled do actually end up having some great qualities which might not be as easy to instill in children who go to a traditional school. However, it’s not fair to say that homeschooling is for everyone, and it’s necessary to look into whether you think it is right for you before you actually dive in. In this article, we are going to look at some of the things to consider if you want to begin homeschooling into your home and make it a real success.

 

Get The Training

You will need to be a good teacher yourself if you are to homeschool, and this is something which can be a lot harder than many people tend to think. It is not an easy task to be the kind of teacher who can really make some big changes to their children’s education, and you will need to spend some time getting the relevant training in order to ensure that you are capable of doing so. Fortunately there are plenty of ways of doing that, whether it is through taking an online ma education degree or attending some in-person teacher training classes. Get the necessary educational training, and you will be more likely to make as much of the situation as you possibly can and so improve your child’s education greatly.

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May
01

3 Ways to Surpass Customer Service Expectations Even With a Small Staff

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One advantage of running a small family-based business from home is that you can give your customers highly personalized service. In the beginning, you may know each of your customers by name, and your customer base is small enough that you can give personal attention to each service inquiry. But as your business grows more successful and scales up, you begin to attract more customers, and your customer service workload increases proportionately. You find yourself more pressed for time, with customer service vying for attention with other parts of running your business and your home.

At a certain point, to maintain the quality of your customer service as well as your own quality of life, you will find yourself needing to adopt new support strategies. Here are three ways you can continue to deliver superior customer service as your home-based business scales up, even if you have a small staff.

Leverage Automation to Free Up Time

A proven way to save time on routine work tasks is leveraging automation. However, automation can be tricky when applied to customer service, since you don’t want to gain efficiency at the cost of losing a personal touch with your customers. The trick is to strike a balance between automated, efficient handling of routine service tickets that don’t require live help and manual support for tickets that do need a human touch.

A key to striking this balance is to choose cloud contact center software that allows you to integrate automated and live customer service options through a single interface. A cloud contact center provides a digital service center that manages all your customer tickets no matter what support channel they come in on, whether via automated channels such as knowledge bases, chatbot and IVR or live channels such as live chat and phone. When a ticket is opened, the contact center’s software automatically compares the ticket information with your customer database to gather data relevant to the customer’s needs. In conjunction with artificial intelligence, this can be used to rapidly identify whether the individual’s issue can be handled by automated tools or whether they need to be routed to human support. It can also automatically determine which human agents are available and which represent the best skills match for helping the customer. Read More→

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Apr
30

‘I Can Only Imagine’ Giveaway!

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Apr
02

An interview with Katie Ganshert, author of No One Ever Asked

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Tell us about your new novel, No One Ever Asked.

No One Ever Asked is a story about three very different women whose lives are brought together when an impoverished school district loses its accreditation and the affluent community of Crystal Ridge has no choice but to open their school doors. Camille Gray is the wife of a corporate executive, mother of three, and a long-standing PTO chairwoman. Jen Covington is a newly adoptive mom who’s struggling
with a happily-ever- after so much more difficult than she anticipated. And Anaya Jones is the first woman in her family to graduate college and a brand new teacher at Crystal Ridge’s top elementary school, unprepared for the powder-keg situation she’s stepped into. It’s a story that explores the implicit bias impacting American society, and asks the ultimate question: What does it mean to be human?

 

What inspired you to share this story?

A couple years ago, I was listening to an episode on a popular podcast called This American Life. The episode was titled, ‘The Problem We All Live With’, featuring investigative reporter, Nikole Hannah-Jones, who covers race in the United States. She was sharing about a modern-day integration story, wherein a Missouri school district comprised almost entirely of low-income, black and brown students lost their
accreditation, triggering a law that allowed these students to transfer to a mostly white, affluent school district nearby. The podcast included several sound bites from a town meeting held in one of the affluent district’s high schools, and the pushback from the parents was shocking. I couldn’t believe it was from 2013. It was a story that captivated me about a topic that impassions me. So when it came time to write my next novel, this was where my heart kept returning.

 

What message do you hope your readers will take away from No One Ever Asked?

I don’t think there’s any one message I want readers to take away with them as much as I just want hearts to be impacted. I hope the last page of No One Ever Asked will find hearts softer than the first. I hope eyes will be opened, defensiveness will crumble, and ears more willing to listen.

 

What are you currently reading?

I just finished listening to Every Last One by Anna Quindlen on audio, and holy buckets! Talk about heart wrenching. She captivated me with her honest prose, and when I reached the part in the book where the title is first mentioned, I literally gasped out loud. It’s definitely not a light read, but it is a moving one. I’m also reading Becky Wade’s Her One and Only, which has had me laughing out loud at several points, and smiling big throughout. She writes wonderful romance!

 

Where can readers find more information about No One Ever Asked?

Readers can subscribe to my Stay in the Loop email list for all the latest news, as well as exclusive giveaways. You can sign up on my website, www.katieganshert.com.

 

About No One Ever Asked

When an impoverished school district loses its accreditation and the affluent community of Crystal Ridge has no choice but to open their school doors, the lives of three very different women converge: Camille Gray–the wife of an executive, mother of three, long-standing PTA chairwoman and champion fundraiser–faced with a shocking discovery that threatens to tear her picture-perfect world apart at the seams. Jen Covington, the career nurse whose long, painful journey to motherhood finally resulted in adoption but she is struggling with a happily-ever-after so much harder than she anticipated. Twenty-two-year-old Anaya Jones–the first woman in her family to graduate college and a brand new teacher at Crystal Ridge’s top elementary school, unprepared for the powder-keg situation she’s stepped into. Tensions rise within and without, culminating in an unforeseen event that impacts them all. This story explores the implicit biases impacting American society, and asks the ultimate question: What does it mean to be human? Why are we so quick to put labels on each other and categorize people as “this” or “that”, when such complexity exists in each person?

About Katie Ganshert

KATIE GANSHERT is the author of several novels and works of short fiction, including the Christy Award-winning A Broken Kind of Beautiful and Carol Award-winner, The Art of Losing Yourself. Katie lives in eastern Iowa with her family.

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Mar
27

What Are The Best Jobs For Those Who Care?

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If you are someone who considers themselves to be caring, then it is possible that you might want to try and make that fit within your career path. Although not for everyone, there is definitely much to be said for doing this if you feel that it is something you would personally excel at. Jobs which involve a lot of caring tend to be among the most rewarding careers out there, and if you specifically get into an area which you genuinely care about a lot, then you will find that it is incredibly rewarding indeed. In this post, we are going to take a look at a number of the best jobs for those who really care about others. Consider these if you want to spend your career providing care to others.

Teaching

Although it’s not the absolute first job that people think of when they think of caring, it should be clear to most just how it is that teaching can be a great position for someone who truly cares. A big part of any teacher’s job is to ensure that they are providing care for the children, and it can be surprising in just how many ways this can be achieved. If you think you have a nurturing ability, and you can see yourself taking care of children, then teaching could be a great career path to get into.

As a career path, teaching does offer a good long-term security, and it is one of the most sought-after positions in the country, meaning you can also expect some competition. But once you land a job in teaching, you can have that career for life, if you so choose, and it can be extremely secure as a way of living. Moreover, you will be helping to bring up an entire generation of children, which is one of the most important roles that anyone can have in society. Consider teaching if you think you have patience with kids and a caring streak.

 

Social Work

Actually, social work is more of an umbrella term than an individual job, as there are so many different kinds of social work which you can get into. You could be helping those who have been wrongfully accused of a crime one day, and advising grieving families in a hospice the next. The setting is up to you, and it is perfectly possible that you might have the chance to do a number of different kinds of social work over a long period of time, so you don’t have to feel stuck in any particular role. But if you do want to get into social work of any kind, there are a number of things that you will want to consider as you try to forge that particular path.

Firstly, you will need to gain some qualifications – even if in most cases, most of your learning will be done on the job. Usually, you need at least a diploma or bachelor’s degree in social care, but you might need more or less depending on the specific job you want. You will also need to think about finding a license to work in whatever state you are currently living in, as the rules vary slightly from place to place. You might find decent lcsw reciprocity in one place and not so much in another, so a key part of the process here is going to be carrying out some heavy research. The more you know going into it, the more likely it is that you will be able to get your dream job all the sooner.

If you do land a job in social care, expect a steep learning curve and some difficult situations. However, you will also be able to enjoy some particularly special moments with people in your local community s you help them through their difficult times.

 

Doctor

Whatever you might think about your own doctor’s caring skills, the fact is that you don’t get into this kind of work without a keen desire to help others in some way or another. Becoming a doctor takes a lot of time and effort, and is not the kind of decision you want to take lightly. But if you are absolutely certain that this is the role for you, then you will certainly find it to be a great way to express your basic caring nature through your work. Let’s take a look at some of the usual stages in the process of becoming a doctor of any kind.

First of all, there is the university degree, followed by a qualification from medical school. Then you will need to specialise in something for your doctorate, but often you can work at the same time as doing this. All in all, you are probably looking at something like around ten plus years of training and education just to become a fully qualified doctor. After that, you might specialise even further depending on what you want to do. If you are more interested in the caring side than the medical side, you might choose to work in end-of-life care or somewhere else where your care of the patients and their families is paramount. But even being a GP is going to be caring as well, and it’s something which you should consider if you don’t know what to specialise in. All in all, being a doctor is a great career for the caring individual with a penchant for the medical.

 

Counselor

Maybe you are mostly skilled in being able to talk to people about their problems and discovering solutions with them. Caring, after all, is not just about physical care – but also psychological and emotional care. Without counselors, there would be much more suffering in the world, and there is no doubt that this is one of the best jobs to consider if you think of yourself as a particularly caring individual. You will probably have a good sense of whether or not you or someone who could succeed in this way, and if you think it is the right kind of role for you there are many possible paths to go down to get that kind of job secured in your future.

One way to land this job is to go and seek a psychology degree at a university and then specialise in therapy. Alternatively, you could consider taking a short course and gaining most of your experience on the job, which is becoming more and more popular as a way of getting into this line of work. Either way, being a counsellor is one of the best jobs for those who genuinely care about others, and it is definitely one to consider if you think you are capable of it.

 

Nurse

We all know that nurses do amazing jobs, and yet they are often forgotten in society or made out to be less than they really are. It takes a very particular and special kind of countenance to be a nurse, but if you think you have it then you should be able to know how to actually get into it. The truth is that nursing is highly rewarding, but also involves a great deal of stress, especially compared to many of the other caring jobs we have posted in this article. If you think you want to be a nurse, you should be prepared for a lot of training and a steep learning curve. That being said, it is likely to be an enthralling job and one which you can be truly proud of.

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Mar
26

An Interview with Kim Vogel Sawyer, author of Beneath a Prairie Moon

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Tell us about your new novel, Beneath a Prairie Moon, and how the idea for it came about.

Several years ago I wrote a book called A Hopeful Heart which featured women from the east coming to a Kansas herdsman school to learn the skills necessary to become ranchers’ or farmers’ wives. Readers enjoyed the humor of watching these Easterners try to brand cattle, cook for a “whole passel of men,” or take care of chickens. Over the years, I received several requests for another mail-order bride type story, so I was always contemplating it. Then I thought, the last book taught the women how to be good wives; why not write one about the ranchers learning to be good husbands? And Beneath a Prairie Moon came to life in my imagination.

The main character, Abigail Grant, finds her life turned upside down when her father is imprisoned for illegal business dealings. How does her story speak to God’s plans for each of us when things don’t turn out the way we expect?

There as so many things I appreciate about God, but His ability to make beauty out of ashes is definitely close to the top of the list. How many times have we felt as if our happiness was ending, only to find ourselves on the precipice of a brand new and even brighter opportunity for joy? The thing is, God doesn’t see the way we do, with blinders on. He sees how yesterday, today, tomorrow, and every day of our lives work together, and He uses each of our days to weave the most glorious plans for His children. Of course, we have to be willing to let go of some things so our hands are open to receive the greater gift He wants to bestow. I think that was Abigail’s biggest challenge: to release the known and receive what could be.

It takes a long time for Abigail to warm up to Spiveyville and its residents, mostly due to her feelings of superiority. How can we learn to love and appreciate those who are different than ourselves?

Yes, poor Abigail had lost so much, she couldn’t bring herself to let go of the only remaining part of her former life: her stringent behavior model. Of course, this model was of little use, as far as most people were concerned, on the plains. I think the only way we can learn to love and appreciate those who differ from us is to get to know them beneath the surface. When we look past the exterior to the heart underneath, we discover the similarities all humans possess—the desire to love and be loved, to
feel valued, to be accepted, to have a place of belonging. Read More→

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