It would make sense that a nutritious meal could boost productivity and performance. We all know that eating too much or a carb heavy meal can make us feel sleepy and slow, leading to that 3pm crash.
According to Target Logistics, providing a nutritious meal for your employees can mean an increase in ROI. Investing in your employees health can lead to higher profits.
If employees ate five or more servings of fruits and vegetables four days a week, they were 20% more likely to have higher job performance. Workers who eat healthily all day long are 25% more likely to have higher job performance. Absenteeism, a much bigger problem for employers than we realize, was 27% lower for employees who exercise regularly and ate healthily. In addition, they were 11% more likely to have a higher job performance than their peers.
Certain foods have more benefits than others. For example, salmon is very high in omega-3 fatty acids and iron. People with an iron deficiency demonstrate as much as a 30% decrease in productivity. Roasted red potatoes are a complex carbohydrate and high in fiber, providing 40% of the recommended Vitamin C intake and 20% of Vitamin B6. Glazed carrots are an incredible source of Vitamin A and dietary fiber, which the latter lowers cholesterol and heart disease risk.
Coors Brewing Company has seen the results of investing in their employees in action. See what happened in the infographic below.
Bachelorette parties haven’t always been the norm for brides to be. According to Bachelorette Superstore, brides didn’t have bachelorette parties before the 1960s.
Men have been indulging in pre-wedding festivities since the 5th century BC. Spartan soldiers would gather together to toast their fellow soldier on the eve of his wedding.
In the 1600s, brides would spend the evening alone considering their dowry. (That sounds depressing!) It wasn’t until 1840 when Queen Victoria began the white wedding dress tradition. Modern handcuffs were invented shortly later in 1862. In the late 1800s, grooms to-be would take a night to say good-bye to unseemly friends.
In 1922, the term bachelor party was used for the first time in print. In the 1960s, bridal showers began to take on a more edgy feel in celebration of gender equality. The Chippendales formed in 1979 and the term bachelorette party was first used in 1981.
It’s crazy to think that it’s only been 33 years since women have started regularly having bachelorette parties before their wedding. It wasn’t until the 1990s that bachelorette parties started getting a more wild reputation
See the infographic and more information below.
The 21st century has seen a huge rise of office jobs and with that, new terminology or business jargon. So what do people really think of phrases like “move the needle”? Powwownow has fortunately released a resource to tell us all about it!
- Only 21% of people are happy to work with others who use business jargon.
- 38% of people hate picking up the phone when you, the guy who uses the jargon, calls.
- The phrase, “blue sky thinking” is the most irritating phrase used in office environments.
- Only 70% of people know the meanings of a third of popular phrases. This means no one know what you’re saying when you use these phrases.
- The funny part is that 74% of people don’t think you even know what you’re saying.
- This leads to the reason why 50% think that people who use business jargon are trying to sound smarter than they are.
- And the statistic that 38% of people think you’re trying to impress people with your knowledge.
- Less than 25% of people think that using business jargon will help you communicate your thoughts in the fastest way possible.
- One in 20 people think that you are using business jargon to sound ironic.
- People hate being in meetings with those who use business jargon the most, especially since that is where 60% of business jargon is used.
- The phone is the safest place, since only 20% of people think they’re at risk of being exposed to business jargon there.
Curious? There’s a screenshot of the infographic below, but you should definitely take a look at the interactive infographic on their site.
According to ecigarettedirect.com, a potential ban on e-cigarettes could send one million people back to smoking. Apparently, the EU government and UK Healthcare Regulatory Authority have been advocating for the medicalization of electronic cigarettes. Any refillable device would be banned, meaning that any replacement for regular cigarettes would be out of the question.
Let’s look at the consequences of a potential e-cigarette ban.
- 61% of 1.5 million people would return to regular cigarettes if e-cigs are banned.
- This means that more than 1 million people would return to regular smoking.
- 46.5% of people would return to traditional cigarettes if there was a ban on refillable e-cigarettes.
- If the ban was applied to total number of vapors, 697,500 could return to smoking.
- If the ban is put in place, 66% would buy eliquid on the black market
- If the ban is put in place, 85.5% are more likely to vote against EU membership.
- 69% would be more likely to vote for a pro-independence political party if the EU bans e-cigarettes
- 87% of people are prepared to change their vote to protect their right for vapors.
Why does the EU want to ban e-cigarettes?
- 88% thinks its to protect tobacco tax revenue
- 64% think its ignorance
- 51% think its corruption
- 3.2% have no idea
- 3.1% believe its to protect public health
Why do you think the EU wants to ban e-cigarettes? See the infographic below and join the discussion.
Everything seems to be moving to the cloud these days. From storage to well known applications, the cloud is where the popular kids have been hanging out. Today, we are adding another item to the list. Phone systems. According to Fastmetrics, there are nine specific benefits of utilizing a cloud phone system. Let’s take a look at them.
- Zero install costs. From what I gather, standard business phone systems can be very costly for businesses. This is definitely a benefit for small businesses that don’t have much cash to put towards fancy, but essential equipment for operating.
- Zero maintenance fees. Obviously, if there are no on-site physical systems, there’s no cost to install it or maintain it. I’m guessing that all maintenance costs are covered by the cloud provider?
- No physical space. Makes sense, no arguing on that one.
- Redundancy. Multiple servers can be used for cloud phones and there is no single piece of equipment required.
- Presence. Cloud phone systems are easily set up and managed across virtual offices, interstate or worldwide.
- Faster install. Since there is no physical install required, it’s much faster to implement than standard business phone systems.
- Flexibility. It’s easy to add new users instantly using the control center. It says that existing phone hardware can be used- I’m guessing you plug it in to your computer?
- Energy savings. Cloud phone systems use less equipment, equaling greater energy savings and a lower power bill. But what about the phone bill? No word yet on that cost.
- Reduced carbon footprint. Using less energy equals better environment.
Not convinced? See the infographic below.
Now that the NFL has put concussions and other traumatic brain injuries in the spotlight, they are becoming much more widely known. However even with the increased coverage, there’s many that don’t know much about the causes, symptoms and repercussions of a traumatic brain injury.
The Clark Law Office has provided a resource to help educate us on important facts of brain injuries.
Annually, 1.7 million people get a TBI. Of that 1.7, 52,000 die, 275,000 are hospitalized, and there are 1.365 million emergency department visits. And 30.5% of injury-related death is due to a TBI. Because of the prevalence of these injuries, $60 billion is lost in productivity.
There’s a few ages that are more likely to obtain a TBI. Those are 0-4, 15-19 and 65+. There’s almost half a million visits annually for small children for a TBI. Adults over 75 have the highest hospitalization and death rates from a TBI.
Causes for a TBI are lead by falls. Thirty-five point two percent of all causes for a TBI are falls. Ten percent are due to assault, 16.5% were struck in the head, 17.3% were due to motor vehicle accidents and 21% is unknown.
Read on to find out the symptoms of a TBI in the infographic below.
More than 51 million Americans live in a multigenerational household. That’s about 1/6th of the population according to Mascord House Plans.
Since the Great Recession in 2007, the prevalence of mutiple generations living in the same household has increased by 10%. It was much more common before WWII for multigenerational households, but it declined until bottoming out in the 1980s.
In 1940, 25% of American households were multigenerational. This declined to 15% in 1960, 12% in 1980 and has slowly increased, hitting 15% in 2000 and 16% in 2010.
There’s a few causes of the shift. First cited is economic challenges. Two thirds of people provide economic reasons for living together. Second are the “Boomerang” children. There percentage of adults 25-34 living with their parents has increased significantly. Lastly is middle generations caring for their parents, which will only increase in the coming years. In 1970 26% of those older than 85 were living in nursing homes, but thats down to 13% now.
Read more in the infographic below.
Everyone hears that a majority of new businesses fail, but do we know why? A company that provides affordable merchant equipment has provided a resource that can help us understand why and how many of these businesses can’t make it.
The number nine reason why new businesses fail is a lack of responsibility and awareness, particularly related to credit card breaches. You can protect your business from fines of up to 100,000 dollars with EMV chip-enabled card processing terminals.
Debit and credit card terminals are supposed to help you expand your business, but it’s possible that you may be getting charged too much for your processing terminals and transaction charges.
For key entered payments, Paypal takes 2.9% and $.30. Square takes 3.5% and $.15.
TMS rates are between 1.25% and 1.99%. The industry average rates are between 2% and 2.4%.
Look out for red flag transaction charges like:
- an invalid TIN or TFN
- equipment lease charge
- non-PCI fee
- “one-size fits all” cost
- high chargeback volume
- holding funds and delayed deposits
- batch or settlement fees
- non qualifying transactions
For more, see the Long-Term Business Success infographic below:
There’s no getting around it. We all love coffee. It fuels our day, it’s delicious, it gives us reason to get up in the morning (well hopefully there’s more than just coffee to get you up, but you get the point).
Most Americans drink coffee, and most of us drink at least one cup at work. Coffee is getting easier and easier to drink too. With the onset of single cup brewers and home espresso makers, coffee is becoming more of a necessity and less of a luxury.
According to C&C Specialty Coffee, one of the more unique types of coffee comes from the Jamaican Blue Mountains. It supplies .05% of the worlds coffee and is grown in a very humid environment with a lot of rain and very rich soil, 3000-5500 feet above sea level.
This provides for a very unique flavor only found from the Blue Mountains. It has a low acidity, medium body, intense aroma and low caffeine. Interested in learning more? See the infographic below.
Forced air heating and cooling can become overcome with dust, mold or even rodents. This contaminates your air!
AAA Heating and Cooling has provided a great resource that details the reasons why you should have your forced air system cleaned out regularly.
A 1600 square foot home accumulates 40 lbs of dust per year! This can include pet dander and any other dust particles. Rodent feces (yech!) can be deadly to your health, particularly if they carry the hanta virus.
Cleaning your forced air system improves the HVAC efficiency. If .42 inches of buildup accumulate, it reduces HVAC efficiency by 21%! Not only is the air quality reduced, but it causes havoc on your electricity bill as well. In addition, 90% of all HVAC failures are caused by dust and dirt.
Half of all allergy problems are caused by polluted indoor air. This can include human skin cells, since we shed an average of 500 million skin cells every day. Dust mite feces, cockroach particles and arsenic and lead are common substances found in dust particles.
There’s a lot you can do to prevent your forced air heating and cooling system from failing or circulating polluted air. Read on in the infographic below.