Saturday, February 27, 2016

Happy Telecommuter Appreciation Week

Founded in 1993, “Telecommuter Appreciation Week” falls on the period from February 28 through March 5 (Always during the week of Alexander Graham Bell's birthday, which is March 3rd).

It is a week designed to call attention to the “win win win” benefits that arise when people telecommute:

  • The individual and family benefit from saved time, lower commuting expenses, reduced stress, more scheduling flexibility, greater satisfaction regarding work, and the pleasure of spending more time together.
  • The employer benefits from greater productivity, loyalty and job satisfaction, a stronger focus on job performance, better recruiting and longer retention of the most productive employees, and reduced overhead and facility expenses.
  • Society as a whole benefits from reduced traffic congestion, minimized air pollution, lower requirements for (and strain on) transportation infrastructure, and decreased demand for scarce and non-renewable resources like fossil fuels.

    The Stuff Gazette calls on employers and organizations to celebrate “Telecommuter Appreciation Week” with educational and other programs aimed at a similar purpose.

    (Info derived from the The American Telecommuting Association)

    Telecommuting For Dummies (For Dummies (Lifestyles Paperback))

    Telecommuting For Dummies (For Dummies (Lifestyles Paperback))

    This friendly guide gives you thorough information on which industries, fields, regions, etc. are most amenable to telecommuting. You'll find great tips on how to set up a home office and deal with the interruptions that arise when working at home. Plus, you get expert advice on how to stay involved and move ahead in your career. Telecommuting For Dummies outlines the characteristics necessary to be a good telecommuter and the types of jobs that fit the telecommuting lifestyle, as well as the benefits and disadvantages of telecommuting related to those jobs. And once you've decided that telecommuting is for you, this book even addresses how to broach the subject with your manager. Telecommuting For Dummies is the most comprehensive resource for the more than 40 million workers all over the world who telecommute. This book gives you all the necessary information for switching from cubicle to home office while still advancing in your career status.

  • Saturday, February 20, 2016

    February is Mend a Broken Heart Month

    Each year, nearly 300,000 children must be rescued from unimaginable abuse and neglect and enter foster care. Very frequently, these children arrive for care empty-handed and broken-hearted. Mend a Broken Heart Month is a yearly observance sponsored by the My Stuff Bags Foundation that encourages individuals and groups to support children who have been abused, neglected or abandoned.

    See how YOU can help!

    Caring for Abused and Neglected Children

    Caring for Abused and Neglected Children

    This book compares the experiences and progress of children who remained in care or returned to their birth families up to four years after the decision was taken. It covers how the decision is made, the factors taken into account when making it and provides important suggestions for effective decision-making.

    Dog flu has affected pets in at least 26 states

    It's flu season for humans across America, but did you know that your dog might need a check-up, too? Two forms of canine influenza have been affecting dogs across the United States—and in some cases, the disease could be deadly.
    Read about it at KSDK Channel 5 News