Charles Wysocki is an American painter who is known for folksy art and creating scenes of Americana. Much of his art depicts scenes and tells stories of small towns in New England and rural Pennsylvania. He was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1928 to a Polish immigrant father who worked for Ford Motor Company assembly lines for more than 35 years.
By MJ Plaster
You might not know your work is killing you. I didn’t either until a couple of years ago when I stumbled upon the killer that we all have in common. If you work outside the house, you probably don’t eat as well as you could at work. You might even hate your job.
But neither of those is the No. 1 workplace killer. In fact, those of us who work at home are probably at greater risk because we may have fewer distractions than our office counterparts do.
The new year has arrived, and for many ambitious business owners, this means another year of setting new goals and working tirelessly to achieve them. If you’re a small business owner, you may be wondering what you can do specifically to achieve success in 2016. We’ve got some excellent New Year’s resolutions for small businesses, so you may want to consider pursuing some or even all of these for your company this year.
From Google’s new Alphabet to the entire Volkswagen emissions debacle, 2015 was a busy year for those in the world of business. Here are a few of most important business developments that happened throughout the year.
In an end-of-year twist, CheckWorks interviewed its writer, MJ Plaster (www.onesavvywriter.com).
How did you get into writing?
A funny thing happened on the way to my journalism degree. I was an airline brat, and I lost my pass privileges, my freedom. What I had once taken for granted (free travel) became a fixation to the exclusion of everything else.
By MJ Plaster
A-thousand-and-one lessons? At least! Successful people distill knowledge acquired through self-education and life experiences into wisdom. As Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel remind us, we don’t learn much of anything important in school. Those who pursue relentless self-education and act on knowledge learned are destined for great things.
We all know that there are just some things you shouldn’t say at work. Even if you consider your co-workers your friends, when you are on the clock, it is important for everyone that you mind your p’s and q’s. But during the holidays, when everyone is feeling either a bit more relaxed or boiling under the pressure of family commitments and end of the quarter deadlines, it is easy to fall into random topics of conversation around the water cooler.
Your sales staff plays an integral part of your company realizing its strategic objectives. With each sale they make, your business moves closer to being a driving force within your industry. In essence, you sales team members are the rowers of your ship. Each time one of your team members row forward, your organization is closer to getting to your destination; but, one member can’t do it alone. With a concerted effort from a capable team, however, your sales team will achieve your company’s objectives quickly.
By MJ Plaster
When someone receives an unwanted gift card and says, “OMG! You shouldn’t have,” it might be a Freudian slip. And if the person leans toward the sarcastic, the gift giver knows he’s made a mistake and feels terrible. Don’t let that happen to you.
By Jurissa Ayala
With Christmas fast approaching, holiday parties and gift swap planning are in full swing. Whether yours is a traditional Yankee Swap, or white elephant gifts are the office’s favorite way to celebrate, you need a strategy. The following tips can make the season and the parties fun for everyone… even you!