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Coming of Age in the Workforce

Fast Food Worker

My oldest daughter works at a local fast-food restaurant.   While she has just entered college, she started working at the restaurant during her senior year in high school.  And, like all younger workers, she was worried that college students would come home for summer break and take some of her hours to make some money.   Jobs are at a premium these days as you know, with a national unemployment rate hovering around 9.1% as of August 2011.   Fortunately, her hours did not decrease much even though, as was broadcast this year, college students were having difficulty landing summer work.

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The Thermostat Wars

ThermostatThe area of the country I live in recently had its first frost of the season.  Awakening to find a thick layer of frost on my car’s windshield was a stark reminder that winter will soon arrive.

The first frost, falling leaves, and brisk temperatures also remind me it’s time to begin another season of the Thermostat Wars.

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Don’t Be Haunted by a Claim this Halloween

Trick-or-TreatI remember when I was a kid out trick-or-treating.  There was always this house set up kind of like a haunted house.  Usually someone was jumping out from behind a corner or popping out of a box, trying to get you to scream like a little school girl.  That is part of the fun of Halloween.  However, I’m in insurance, more specifically claims, so it also gets me thinking about the things that could go wrong on Halloween and result in a premises liability claim. 

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Don’t Forget About Me…

AdeleIt’s hard to go anywhere today and not hear the soulful voice of pop singer Adele. Her song “Someone Like You” has seemed to filter its way onto every radio station, MP3 and CD player (if they still make those) in the country. Yesterday, I was in an examination room at the doctor’s office and heard the song. Then one of the nurses joined in singing like she was having her own private concert. Midway through, she stops and proclaims: “I just love this song!” which made me laugh.

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Six Tips for a Safe Halloween

Trick or TreatWith Halloween around the corner, there are sure to be ghouls and goblins knocking on doors and demanding sugary treats. Below are some tips to keep these little “monsters” safe while out trick-or-treating.

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What’s Your Ergonomics IQ?

ErgonomicsErgonomics.  No doubt you’ve heard this term used in your office environment.  But what is ergonomics?  There are many scientific definitions, but in its simplest terms, ergonomics is making a workplace comfortable and efficient for the worker.  Why is ergonomics important in your organization?

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5 Ways to Prevent Bed Bugs from Hitching a Ride Home

Bed BugsWhen I was a youngster spending the night at my grandparents, one of the last things my grandmother would say while tucking me in bed was, “Sleep tight and don’t let the bed bugs bite.”  To be honest, I really had no idea what she meant.  What was going to bite me while I was asleep and what the heck was a bed bug anyway?  I guess my mind was more focused on the fun I had that day and what was planned for tomorrow.

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