Why and How to Avoid Politics at Work

Why and How to Avoid Politics at Work

It can be tempting to discuss politics at work. After all, whether it’s a looming national election or a local one, you have a perfect right to strongly endorse a candidate and to discuss who won a debate. But don’t do it at work! That’s the advice of business etiquette expert and communications consultant Barbara Pachter, whose client list includes Microsoft, Pfizer, Chrysler, Cisco and ConEdison. “The problem is that people often have strong opinions when it comes to politics. And in today’s super-charged political climate, it’s easy to say something that might insult or enrage your boss, a customer or a co-worker,” she explains. “Political discussions can quickly and easily escalate into arguments, sometimes heated ones.” Pachter, who’s the author of numerous books, including The Power of Positive Confrontation, says the following questions are “hot buttons” you should avoid: “Who are you going to vote for?” Never ask this …

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The Top 10 Risks for 2017

The Top 10 Risks for 2017

All organizations encounter risk. But how they handle those risks—and the price they pay —can make the difference between an organization that prospers and progresses and one that barely hangs on. Whether they are in a private company or a public institution, executives are trusted with helping their organizations become and stay competitive. And capably managing the risks their organizations face is part of fulfilling that charge. Leaders need a thorough grasp of risk management and the total cost of risk. They need to understand how to not only deal with risk when it occurs but also try to prevent it from happening. And do both in the most cost-effective manner possible. Part of risk assessment and prevention is studying the known and the potential risk factors that may affect an organization, studying the environment outside an organization, networking with peers and then putting together some predictive models. In the …

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How to Calculate Your Life Insurance Needs

How to Calculate Your Life Insurance Needs

Life insurance is a wonderful tool to ensure peace of mind and financial stability for your family. It is designed to pay out a certain sum of money to a surviving spouse or family members in the event of someone’s death. This sum can replace lost income and pay off major bills while the family grieves and adjusts to life without their loved one. And it doesn’t only have to go to children, spouses or other family members. You can choose anyone as your life insurance policy’s beneficiary and give anyone you care about financial support in the event of your death. Life insurance isn’t free, though, so it’s important to weigh the cost of premiums against the potential benefit and make sure you aren’t under- or overinsured. Too little coverage will leave family members strapped for cash and too much is a waste of premiums, especially considering you hopefully …

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Demystifying the DOL Part 5: Download the Full White Paper

While the DOL Fiduciary Rule is currently in flux, the principal Advisor in a firm still needs to understand the law and the implications of the rule on advisor operations. To help you evaluate the impact on your business, download our free white paper titled Operational Guide for BGAs, FMOs and TMOs Under the DOL Fiduciary Rule. It is an indispensable guide to ensuring that all aspects of your operations are aligned so that your advisors can act as fiduciaries.  

Wearable Technology: Expectations and Concerns

Wearable Technology: Expectations and Concerns

Wearable technology, ranging from Google glasses to smartphones merged with computers to create cuff-like devices, was once only the stuff of science fiction. That’s no longer the case and these and other innovative gizmos are expected to move quickly into acceptance as part of everyday 21 st century life. PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), which provides assurance, tax and advisory services to companies around the world, has just released an extensive report on wearable technology. It reveals user expectations and predicted advantages of the devices for business and consumers, as well as concerns over the potential privacy issues and other challenges companies may face as wearable technology moves into the workplace. The Wearable Future For the PwC’s report, 1,000 consumers, wearable technology experts and business executives were queried about their use of wearable technology and their perceptions of the devices’ impact on both individuals and the business arena. Social media chatter was also …

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