• Customer Service
    Finance,  Management

    How to Tell If Your Financial Services Provider Puts Its Clients First

    Are you seeking a financial services provider that actually cares about its clients? Use these 10 benchmarks to determine whether yours is serious about going above and beyond to provide the competent, personalized service you expect and deserve. They’re Transparent About Pricing and Fees Depending upon their precise product and service mix, local regulations and business customs, and their clients’ preferences, financial services providers’ pricing structures can vary widely. For instance, fee-only financial planners are increasingly common in the financial planning space, but the fee-only model may not be appropriate for firms specializing in active management of alternative assets. What’s more important than any particular pricing model is transparency: that…

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    Travel

    5 Tips for Taking Great Nature Photos in the Canadian Wilderness

    Whether you’re a professional photographer or an enthusiastic amateur, the Canadian wilderness should be a high priority on your photography bucket list. Boasting scenic delights like alpine mountainsides and marshes teeming with wildlife, there are endless opportunities to take some National Geographic worthy snaps. If you’re planning your next expedition into the Canadian wilderness, why not check out these five tips to elevate your photos from standard to stunning? 1. Bring the right photography equipment This might sound obvious, but in the world of smart phones, it can be all too tempting to skimp on equipment and rely on your iPhone’s point-and-click. According to Canadian photographer Lori Janeson, you should…

  • Disabled Parking Reserved Car
    Disability

    Here’s How New Auto Technology Helps the Disabled Take to the Roads

    Millions of people in the U.S. live with some type of disability. But having a disability does not mean driving a vehicle is out of the question. Vehicle modifications and models equipped with adaptive apparatus are opening up driving possibilities for many. If you or a family member has a disability, here’s what you need to know about driving and how to adapt a vehicle to fit your needs. The Vehicle in Question New cars are being built with technologically advanced safety equipment to stop accidents before they happen. That’s good news for all types of drivers from teen to the disabled. But, depending on the disability, a disabled driver…

  • Motivation
    Management

    Satisfied Employees Are Better Employees – Here’s Why

    Gone are the days when company leaders could take employees’ satisfaction for granted – or, worse, express complete indifference toward their teams’ well-being. Today’s top companies compete fiercely to make “best places to work” lists. Those efforts pay off. Satisfied, fulfilled employees are: More Likely to Stretch Themselves Happy employees tend to embrace challenges, even when it’s not in their best interest to do so. “When life is made meaningful and fulfilling, when affinity is felt,” says teacher and philosopher Arnold Siegel, “it is because we took up the challenge to extend ourselves beyond our initial reach.” Siegel’s words apply to life in general and the workplace in particular. Show…

  • Wedding Casual Shoes
    Wedding

    Save Money on Your Wedding – 8 Insider Tips & Tricks

    According to The Knot’s 2016 Real Weddings survey, an annual roundup of wedding trends and costs, the average U.S. wedding cost more than $35,000 last year. That figure represents a huge jump from the previous year, when newlyweds shelled out less than $33,000 for their nuptials. The good news? According to Cost of Wedding, an online wedding cost calculator for U.S. couples, most American newlyweds spend less than $10,000 to tie the knot. Cost-conscious couples can find a lot of fat to cut from their wedding budgets. Brides.com recently published an exhaustive list of 50-plus ways to save money on a wedding, and you can find plenty more suggestions in…

  • Dubai Buildings
    Travel

    Moving to Dubai? 8 Things You Need To Know Before You Go

    Since 1975, Dubai's economy has grown faster than any other world city or nation-state's. That’s according to the Dubai Economic Council, per The National. With plenty of desert left to consume, the good times look set to continue. Writing in the Khaleej Times, Isaac John foresaw Dubai as the strong man of a weakened UAE in 2016; his predictions pretty much panned out to script.

  • Gears Finance
    Finance

    5 Solid Investment Books for Beginners

    The most important thing an investor has to do is to learn about the markets. Knowledge is the fundamental key to smart investing. Reading investment books, digesting their lessons, and then applying them is how all good investors get their start. But with so many books on the market, where do you begin? We looked at investment information websites like Investopedia and Forbes among others for their recommendations and boiled them down to the essentials for beginner investors. Here are our recommendations to get your investment education off to a good start. Market Psychology: A Random Walk Down Wall Street and Irrational Exuberance Time writer Pat Regnier wrote a very…

  • Women Lead
    Management,  Public Relations

    How the Glass Ceiling Is Choking the PR Sector

    The public relations industry seems to be dominated by women, as anyone who’s worked with (or within) a PR firm surely knows. But appearances can be deceiving. According to an incisive Quartz report, the PR business has a pernicious glass ceiling that’s only just showing signs of cracking. The problem has long been on industry leaders’ collective radar. PR’s relative handful of women CEOs, presidents and principals feels it particularly acutely. Those fortunate enough to have ascended to the pinnacle of their discipline are all too aware of the challenge facing their younger peers — and painfully disappointed in the institutional impediments to their ascent. “I was blessed to find…

  • Employees Quitting
    Management

    7 Reasons Your Best Employees Are Leaving Your Company

    A lot of managers constantly complain about how difficult it is to keep quality employees. If you’re losing your best talent on a regular basis, it is tremendously detrimental to the progress of your business. Here’s something you might not have considered — you are the reason they’re leaving. It’s easy to blame the economy, the mindset of your employees and find a million other reason to rationalize their departure when all it probably takes is a shift in your own mindset. Here are a few reasons your employees might be quitting. 1. They’re burned out. One of the major reasons why talented people quit is because they’re simply asked…

  • Attic
    Finance

    Frugal Homeowner: How to Get More Living Space Without Adding On

    The answer to creating extra living space in your home can be to use a pre-existing space such as an attic. If you want an extra room but don’t have space to extend your house, then the attic space can be transformed into a fully livable space that can serve multiple purposes. Opting to transform your attic instead of extending your house can be far more cost effective with essentially the same result. Before you decide to work with the unused space offered by your attic, there are a few things to consider prior to making the investment. Building Code – 7s Although building codes vary from place to place,…