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If you are like most people who smoke, you have tried to quit many times and simply been unable to stay quit. Whether trying cold turkey, the patch, e-cigarettes, or gum, it is very difficult to quit smoking for good. And while there is no sure-fire way to quit, here are 6 tips to help you increase your likelihood of quitting for good.
- Make a Plan – Whether you wake up one morning and decide “today is the day” or you pick a day a few weeks out to start, make sure once you quit you have a plan in place to stay quit. This plan includes when you quit, setting goals, deciding on your support team, and your techniques for quitting. As with everything in life, we are more likely to succeed when we have a plan.
2. Have a Support Team – Many people try to quit with a “buddy.” Unfortunately, if this buddy relapses, then you are more likely to go back, as well. Instead, try to find someone in your life who either have been an ex-smoker for a long time or who have never smoked to help you. This way, when you need support, that person will be able to help.
3. Go Cold Turkey – While it’s not for everyone, going cold turkey is the most successful way to quit smoking for good. By eliminating any crutches, you are able to learn to live without it. There is something to be said for incrementally …
Every day, millions of Americans wake up to a cup of coffee, then drink an energy drink with lunch, and have another pick-me-up on their ride home. They feel tired due to stress, restless sleep, caffeine addictions, and so on. And while this is normal and correctable with caffeine, diet changes, or exercise, low energy levels can also be a warning sign of something worse. Low energy and fatigue can be a sign of a serious infection, low testosterone levels, Anemia, issues with the heart or kidney, or even cancer. So if your energy levels seem to drop and you notice any of the following signs, contact a doctor immediately.
Sudden Change in Energy Level – If nothing in your life or diet changes, but suddenly the cup of coffee that used to get you started isn’t helping, it could be a sign that something more serious is going on. Pay attention to what external stressors could be impacting your energy levels, and if you can’t find one, then your fatigue may be more than just from stress or a few bad nights of sleep.
Breathlessness – Having a lack of breath can be a sign of low iron levels, low testosterone, or heart conditions. If you feel fatigued and often have trouble catching your breath, you should see a doctor.
Pale Skin – Being tired can cause you to be pale. But if you are noticeably paler than usual, or if nothing seems to help, it could be a …
Budgeting is at the heart of any successful business. Growth drives businesses, especially in the beginning, but it can be hard to account for the expenses associated with that growth, so a budget is needed to help ensure long-term sustainability. Growing too quickly or too slowly can destroy a business before it gets started. Similarly, a great business concept with no revenues will quickly fail.
But for many, creating a true budget can be intimidating. Taking a job or a hobby and turning it into a business does not mean you are suddenly a business expert. However, creating a business budget can be as simple or complex as you would like.
A basic budget simply needs to consider current revenues and current expenses. Revenues would be income from any source, such as sales, lease agreements on property or equipment, interest on savings, or any other source of income into the business. Expenses are simply bills that are paid. These can be rent or a mortgage, utilities, salaries, website hosting, vehicles, marketing costs, office supplies, travel, and so on. Then, you take the revenues, subtract the expenses, and you will know if you are profitable or not. And you will also have created your first budget.
From here, you will see if you are cash-flow positive, meaning you earn more than you spend (and this is where you hope to be). If you are, you can then start to consider costs associated with growing. If you would like to increase your …
You need to get your business out to the public. Word of mouth from strategic partners and your connections will only get you so far, so you need to come up with a plan to get your company out there. Unfortunately, this can be more challenging than it sounds, and for many companies, marketing becomes a large expense early on through advertising or third party marketing and PR firms. Instead of breaking the bank on advertising and fees to third parties, some of the most successful startups handled their marketing in-house. And here are 6 tips for creating a marketing plan that works.
- Define Your Target Audience – While this seems like a no-brainer, having a clear understanding of your target client will help you to narrow your advertising efforts and save money in costs. The more refined your target audience, the more specific your efforts can be, and the better your results will be.
- Identify Your Competition – Know who else does what you do. This will help you to see where you fit in the industry, and should help you to position yourself effectively.
- Separate Yourself from the Competition – What do you do differently than the competition? If the answer is nothing, then why is a client going to choose you? Make sure you understand your unique value, then put that on display.
- Establish Your Marketing Budget – Without a budget, you will either overspend or underspend on your marketing efforts, and either can kill a business.
For many new managers, the hardest task is managing employees who have never worked before. This is because, in addition to ensuring work is being done effectively, deadlines and quotas are being met, and the standard workplace drama is being kept under control, there must now also be time spent teaching these new employees everything. They need to learn how to do their job while also learning how to function in the workplace. And they often still have a college mindset, meaning they may not take things as seriously as you do. They can be, in a word, a nightmare.
But, successful managers are able to groom recent graduates into the best members of the team. Recent grads are usually hungry to perform, eager to impress, and are a blank slate, meaning they don’t have bad habits, yet. You can mold them into the employee you want, without them fighting against your style (what’s to fight – you’re all they know). So while the hand-holding phase of onboarding a recent grad can be time-consuming and frustrating, the end result can be worth every second to a good manager, because they get a highly motivated, highly productive employee who doesn’t know how to cut corners and doesn’t desire to take your job or leave the company (yet).
Unfortunately, there is still that difficult hand-holding phase to get through. And navigating it can be difficult, especially for inexperienced managers. But the first step is accepting that there will be some hiccups in …
We all want to know where we’re going next. Whether in life or professionally, developing to the next level is fundamental to all of us. Unfortunately, many companies do not have serious development plans in place for employees. Instead, there is an expectation that employees and manager will have conversations about promotions when the time is right for employees to move on. Unfortunately, this kind of policy can lead to inconsistencies within a company and can lead to good employees leaving to go to a company where development is a focus.
To ensure appropriate employee development conversations are happening with everyone at your company or within your division, you need to start by ensuring you have a clear grasp on what your development conversations should look like. They should have future career progressions in mind, as well as opportunities for growth in the employee’s current role. This allows an employee to not only make future plans known but to begin developing the relevant skills to get to that next level.
There should also be a conversation around whom to contact regarding that next job when the time comes to begin looking into the next role. For most, that is a year to six months before they will look to move on. This will both get buy-in from the potential future manager and give the employee an opportunity to see what skill sets are required for the next job. In addition, it will allow for buy-in from the employee, making it …
Audits are an important part of any occupational safety and health policies and procedures. Whether internal audits by a safety team, surprise audits by supervisors, or third party audits by third party auditing firms, these audits ensure compliance, ensure these policies and procedures are being followed, and, often, are required by the OSHA standards which govern the policies and procedures in question. For most occupational safety and health policies and procedures such as the ones at PremierFactorySafety.com, a general audit of the entire facility should suffice inadequately covering the policies and procedures in question; most do not require frequent updating, and as such need simply to be compared against OSHA standards to ensure nothing has changed in the standard.
But for some areas of occupational safety and health, such as lockout tagout, a more thorough audit is required to ensure compliance. The reason for this deeper review can be that it is an area of occupational safety and health which is often changed by OSHA, it is an area of occupational safety and health which is often updated at the facility, or it is an area of occupational safety and health which is extremely complicated and needs additional time spent ensuring compliance. Or, in the case of lockout tagout, it could cover more than one of these reasons.
Lockout tagout policies and procedures are governed by OSHA Standard 1910.147, which is arguably the most complicated standard around. This can make it extremely difficult to create compliant policies and …
In the wake of the devastation caused in South Carolina by Hurricane Joaquin, The United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has advised residents and emergency workers in South Carolina of the hazards present. These warnings, however, do not only apply to South Carolina, they apply to all locations where major, catastrophic storms can hit.
“Recovery work should not put you in the hospital emergency room,” said Kurt Petermeyer, OSHA’s regional administrator in Atlanta. “A range of safety and health hazards exist following storms. You may minimize these dangers with knowledge, safe work practices and personal protective equipment. OSHA wants to make certain that all working men and women, including volunteers, return home at the end of the workday.”
To help prevent injury during storm recovery and cleanup, the following measures should be taken: evaluate the work area for hazards; employ engineering or work practice controls to mitigate hazards; use personal protective equipment; assume all power lines are alive; use portable generators, saws, ladders, vehicles, and other equipment properly; and heed safety precautions for traffic work zones.
If your business is involved in storm recovery, or if any of your employees help in storm recovery, it is imperative you have policies and procedures in place to ensure these basic steps are in place to protect your employees. If you do not, it could lead to serious injuries to your employees and serious fines from OSHA. If you are having trouble implementing these policies and procedures, please contact …
The United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently announced a final rule which is designed to improve protections currently in place for workers who are exposed to respirable silica dust. The new rule is supposed to limit workers’ exposure to respirable crystalline silica, which should, in turn, curb lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and kidney disease in those employees. As such, OSHA estimates that this rule, once fully effective, will save more than 600 lives annually and prevent more than 900 new cases of silicosis each year. Additionally, OSHA claims there will be net benefits of roughly $7.7 billion per year.
“More than 80 years ago, Labor Secretary Frances Perkins identified silica dust as a deadly hazard and called on employers to fully protect workers,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “This rule will save lives. It will enable workers to earn a living without sacrificing their health. It builds upon decades of research and a lengthy stakeholder engagement process – including the consideration of thousands of public comments – to finally give workers the kind of protection they deserve and that Frances Perkins had hoped for them.”
“The previous exposure limits were outdated and did not adequately protect workers,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. “Limiting exposure to silica and concrete dust is essential. Every year, many exposed workers not only lose their ability to work but also to breathe. Today, we …