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Things here are winding down for the holidays, always bittersweet for me because I know the crazy time of year is coming up - chock full of W2s and 1099s. I also made a brave decision in my business last month. I will not be actively working on Fridays for my clients. That's going to be a day each week I take off to concentrate on my other volunteer and personal projects. I was amazed at how all of my clients were very accepting and I had several email me that they thought it was great. It feels good to know that other business owners, my clients, "get it". I'm looking forward to spending that time dedicated to myself instead of trying to spread it out throughout the week.
To those in the US, Happy Thanksgiving!
No, it's not December, but it will be, soon, and for many of us that means the season of (gift and charitable) giving will soon be upon us. Before you send those cards, order those gift baskets, or anything else, check out this month's article about some of the things you ought to consider before sending gifts to your business partners or clients.
Business Gift Giving
Giving gifts in business is a way of developing and maintaining relationships. It may be done between the company and its customers, between the company and its employees or among employees within the company. When handled in the right way, gifts bring pleasure to the giver and the recipient. Done improperly, gift giving can create problems and generate negative feelings. Before you venture forth to purchase that business gift, you need to consider a number of factors.
Know the company policy. That means being aware of your own company’s policy and that of the recipient’s company. It’s easy enough to check within your own organization; however, it may not be so simple to find out if your customer may accept a gift. If you have doubts, be prepared that your gift might be refused and accept the refusal graciously.
Learn what the gift giving traditions are in your organization. Find out what has gone on in the past. Depending on your position, you may decide to start a new tradition; but be sensitive to history.
Know when it is appropriate to offer gifts. Occasions for gift giving in business fall into six categories: family, personal, company, employee recognition, thank you and holiday. Family events are births, weddings and funerals. Personal occasions are birthdays and illness. Promotions, retirement and other work-related milestones are times for company recognition. Sadly, thank you gifts around the office are the exception rather than the rule.
Remember that one size does not fit all. Select gifts that reflect the taste, interests and culture of the other person, and try to connect them to office or work. Since this is about business, your gifts should be professional and send a positive message about your organization.
Article source: Business Etiquette Articles
Ramsey is a business etiquette expert, professional speaker,
corporate trainer and author featured in the Wall Street Journal
and many other off-line and on-line publications. Lydia shares her
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What do accountants suffer from that ordinary people don't?
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The answer applies not only to computers used for gaming, but also for ones in an office application. If you aren’t upgrading your office computers, you may be sacrificing productivity over a long period of time to save a couple of hundred dollars today. Here is why (assuming your computer is around 5 years old):
CPU Speed: Today’s budget CPUs are at least 20 times faster than the CPU’s available just 5 years ago. The CPU is the main component of your computer and will do the most to determine its speed.
Memory: Oh for the days of 512 MB of RAM. Today’s lowest end systems usually ship with at least 2 GB of memory. Additionally, memory access speed has tripled.
Hard Drive: 5 years ago, 40GB (for about $80)
was a decent sized hard drive. Today’s drives are available in sizes
surpassing 1TB (for about $70). Also, seek and access times are
much lower due to new caching technologies and faster platter speeds.
So that is why your 5 year old computer will not run as well as
one (even a cheap one) that just came out of the box. There is only
so much you can do with an old computer to speed it up. Mostly this
is due to component obsolescence. You may be able to upgrade that
old clunker, but chances are, it will still be much slower than
buying something new.
How did 'Tom Turkey' get his name?
How did the wishbone get started?
The wishbone custom started a long time ago. The Etruscans believed
fowl were fortune tellers because the hen announced she would be
laying an egg with a squawk and the rooster told of the coming of
a new day with his early morning crowing. A circle was drawn in
the dirt and divided into twenty wedges that represented the twenty
letters in the Etruscan alphabet. A piece of grain would be placed
in each wedge. A hen would then be allowed to peck at the grain.
As she ate, a scribe would list the letters in order and those letters
would be interpreted by the high priests to answer questions.
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