Occasionally, we all need to give constructive feedback to others. The problem is that many times the feedback is given poorly and the other person feels attacked or they want to run and hide. This is the “fight or flight syndrome” that we are all familiar with. It’s very difficult to listen and learn from feedback if you are hurt or feel you need to defend yourself. Here are some tips to help you give feedback the right way to your employees, your boss, or even a family member.
Before you go “to the cloud,” you should have an understanding of what that really means. “The cloud” is nothing more than a catchy buzz-word for the various networks and servers that make up the Internet; the very same Internet that you are using to access this blog post. Continuing advancements in technology are making it easier and more practical to access almost anything (documents, pictures, videos, etc.) from anywhere (mobile devices) via “the cloud.”
No matter how much we try to prevent accidents, the unfortunate truth is they happen. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) estimates that an average of 373,900 home structure fires occurred annually from 2005-2009. These fires caused an annual average of:
Yes, accidents do happen, but some simple preparation can help prevent injury and reduce the amount of damage. A portable fire extinguisher is an ideal item to have on hand for putting out a small fire, or to suppress a fire until firefighters arrive.
Nothing puts the brakes on a road trip faster than car trouble. While regular maintenance by a mechanic is the best way to keep your car in top running condition, we recommend performing your own maintenance check before heading out. Watch our video “How to Prepare Your Car for a Road Trip” for a demonstration of how to make sure your car is ready to cover the miles. Take these precautions before your your next road trip and avoid those “bumps in the road!”
The old saying goes “April showers bring May flowers.” But did you know that April showers can bring more than May flowers? Yes, unfortunately those April showers which are so important to flower growth can also bring dreaded water losses. Rain that exceeds the capacity of storm sewers, sump systems, bodies of water, and the ground’s ability to absorb and hold water can cause big problems for your home, resulting in significant water damage and monetary costs.
Are you hearing wedding bells? If so, you are no doubt in the midst of countless hours of preparation and paying out exorbitant amounts of money for this special day. But what happens if the wedding is postponed or cancelled, or if something happens to the wedding gifts? Lucky for you, there is an insurance policy to cover such things.