Sympathy Card Etiquette

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No one likes to send a sympathy card, but at some time in all of our lives, we will have to do it.  So when that time comes, you want to make sure that you say the right thing.  Writing something inside the card is never an easy task but you really don’t have to write a lot because the most important thing to remember in sympathy card writing etiquette is to simply let the family know that you are thinking about them.

But if it’s possible, try to add something personal about the deceased –something in particular that reminds you of them…a certain time you spent together, their laugh or smile, a song, etc.  Be sure to let the recipient know how you know the deceased (co-worker, friend, attended the same school, etc).

Remember, just like it is true in our everyday lives, sometimes we never know the impact we make on another person’s life and learning something new about someone who has passed away can mean so much to a family member who is grieving.

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Let’s Cut To The Chase. Which Phone Has The Best Camera?

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There seem to be a lot of obstacles to go around before you can cross that finish line.  Let’s look at the entire course before any winner is chosen.

The concept of taking pictures with your phone and not carrying around another gadget is ingenious.  In many, if not most cases, the phone has become the primary way we take photos, which gives us all the opportunity to enhance our creativity with photography.  In addition, another benefit is the ability to instantly share our favorite snapshots with one or all of our friends.  It is even possible to take photos of our most memorable events such as your son or daughter’s wedding, which is why we want the best camera that will take the highest quality pictures, videos and let’s not forget those popular selfies.

The iPhone 6 has a good aspect ratio and wide angle lens which lets you get a lot more into the photo compared to some others.  The iPhone 6 seems to do better on outdoor photographing.  However, for inside pics the LG G4 and Samsung Galaxy S6 are running neck to neck.  Selfies are right up there in the race with Google Nexus 6 and HTC One M9 moving up quickly on the home stretch.

So the race will continue until all of these deciding factors are captured in one phone.  However, for me my pick remains with my iPhone 5, until I can move up the track to iPhone 6.

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Most office settings today have cubicles instead of the open concept or individual offices of years ago. The cubicle culture adds a unique dimension to the concept of etiquette in office culture today. Although, the walls do not reach the ceiling and there are no doors there is no reason to assume that you can invade a person’s individual work area. Many people become very sensitive when you enter their space without asking their permission. By the same token, if you are in a cubicle you cannot have an expectation of complete privacy. Whether in a private office, a cubicle or an open concept office, these office etiquette rules should be followed in every workplace.

Be punctual-coming to work late or returning from lunch late will have an impact on your co-workers.      They may be picking up the slack for your tardiness.

Dress appropriate-wearing revealing, dirty, ripped or smelly clothing gives the impression that you have neither pride in yourself, nor pride in your job. Your co-workers will certainly see you in a less than appealing light and therefore believe that your work is subpar also.

Perfume-should be light and inoffensive. The person in the next cubicle could be allergic to strong scents or have asthma which will affect their breathing. That is not to say you shouldn’t wear perfume, but that you should be aware that if the scent is strong you should wear less.

Noise-Talking over the walls of a cubicle should be done quietly. Other people in nearby cubicles may not be taking part in your conversation, but they surely hear you. You should keep in mind that making loud noises or talking loudly can be very distracting when you are working.

Impromptu Meetings- should be held in meeting rooms and not gathered around a cubicle. Not only is that distracting to other workers, but you may be overheard talking about matters that do not include other employees.

Computer Reading-just because you can see over the cubicle walls doesn’t mean that you should be reading what is on your neighbor’s computer. They may be working on something sensitive so make it a point to look away from their computer screen.

Borrowing – should not be done without the permission of the owner. When a person has a stapler on their desk it is not public property. It is always proper to ask permission before borrowing anything from another employee.

Private Space– your cubicle may be your space at work but you should remember that you are in an office. It is offensive to others if your space is messy and crowded with personal belongings. There are occasions when coworkers have to visit your cubicle or have occasion to pass it. Remember this is not a room in your home but part of a larger office. As such it should be kept neat and professional.

There are no hard and fast rules to etiquette, but a general rule is if it is annoying or offensive to you then you can rest assured someone else will feel the same way. Being part of an office your cubicle or work space should be a comfortable space that is conducive to doing your job well. If you just follow a few simple rules of etiquette your coworkers will appreciate your effort.

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10 Success Quotes from Famous Leaders

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Success is many different things to many different people. It is not always about money and career. Success is about happiness, good health, satisfying relationships, living life to its fullest, peace of mind, and achieving an overall sense of well- being.  What does success mean to you?

  1. “The dictionary is the only place where success comes before work.” -Mark Twain
  1. “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” -Lao Tzu
  1. “Don’t aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally.” -David Frost
  1. “Success isn’t about how much money you make. It’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.” -Michelle Obama
  1. “Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.” -Henry David Thoreau
  1. “The best revenge is massive success.”  -Frank Sinatra
  1. “If you’re going through hell, keep going.”  -Winston Churchill
  1. “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” -Arthur Ashe
  1. “Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.” -Babe Ruth
  1. “Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” -Steve Jobs

 

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How To Make Every Monday A Productive One

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Mondays, everyone’s favorite day of the week, I know, I love it too.  On a serious note, the dreading that comes with the beginning of the week really isn’t based on the actual work of the week starting.  For most workplaces Monday is a slow day as nothing has been set into motion yet.  Mondays can actually be utilized to make your whole week a lot better.  For starters you can use this time to plan out your week as a whole.  Organizing your week from the start can help you work more efficiently, getting more done in less time.  You can prepare and setup everything you need beforehand so it’s ready for each day.  It can also save you a lot of stress later on so surprise tasks given to you don’t become overwhelming.

Something else you can do to make your Mondays more productive is to review the past week’s work for the company.  This way you can catch any mistakes that may have been made to save company resources.  Even if none were made you could look at everything and see if there was anything you would change for the work process in the future.

Last and probably the most appealing out of the three, is saying thank you to your workers or coworkers for the previous week and getting them ready for the upcoming new one.  Our Distinctive Thank You Card is the perfect card for this purpose simple but to the point, and you can fill the interior with whatever message you’d like.  Or if the purpose is more of an informative one, our Correspondence Note Cards are free of any default artwork and can be used for whatever purpose you desire.  Whether it’s recognizing employees’ accomplishments or passing along information for the week it’s another effective way to spend a Monday in the office.

These are just some ways you can make those Mondays less of a drag and more productive. Enjoy!

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New Year’s Resolutions For Your Business

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It’s the fourth quarter of another business year and it’s coming to a close.  As such the respective parties in your business are probably reviewing and planning for the New Year, and if not should be!  In modern day business New Year’s resolutions are crucial to the success of a company.  New companies are starting up overnight, current businesses are competing for the position at the top.  To make sure your business stays on top, here are some resolutions that will definitely help ensure that spot.

  • New Year, New You

Has your company hit a dry spell?  If so, step outside your everyday perspective and take an overall look at the company, are there any outdated policies or methods you are still using?  Speak with your employees, make sure they have the tools to compete in the present day business world.  How effective is your marketing and advertising? Even rebranding just to freshen things up can help get your business back on the map.

  • Revisiting and Reviewing

The only way you can figure out what’s wrong is looking at what you’ve done.  Find out where you went wrong in a deal, or maybe just how you could’ve handled it better.  Look at your list of clients or customer base and analyze who makes up this group and why they choose you then capitalize on it.  Start a loyalty program for those clients who have revisited you to let them know you appreciate them.  Even small things like greeting cards wishing them a happy new years can be what keeps that relationship going.

  • Evolution and Commitment

Punctuality, efficiency, customer satisfaction, etc., all of these practices you may take on in this upcoming year only matter if you dedicate yourself to them.  Commitment to the new you is all it takes to transforming your company into a more successful one so come up with those New Year’s resolutions and stick to them!

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New Year’s Cards – March to Your Own Tune

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“Dare to be different”. This is the motto I try to live by.  Sure being conventional has its pluses but doing the expected tends to make a person blend in with the rest.  I want to be remembered by my quirkiness and somewhat exotic take on life.  This year I am making a statement by sending my customers, friends, and relatives New Year’s cards.  Marching to my own tune is the way I want to live my life.

I found a creative way to make a lasting impression is to celebrate New Years by mailing cards to all the people in my life.  New Year’s cards are so exciting and fun to share with others.  Most companies and individuals send out Thanksgiving or Christmas cards between the beginning of November and December 15.  People receive these cards excitedly and they get put in a pile of similar other cards.  Sadly, they are soon forgotten.  My New Year’s card will arrive right after the Christmas rush with wishes of a prosperous, healthy, and successful New Year.  They will be ornamented with glasses of the bubbly and blowing, colorful confetti.  These are sure to bring a smile.

Marching to my own tune is made easy with the ability to send New Year’s cards to everyone on my list.  Not only do I show my unique style, but I am remembered for my thoughtful touch after the crazy Thanksgiving and Holiday season.

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Business Christmas Cards Make for a Joyful Office

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I think the nicest decorations any office can have at Christmas is to display their Christmas cards received from friends, clients and customers.  What a beautiful way to spread some Christmas joy and it’s absolutely free and almost effortless.

Business Christmas cards come in all shapes and sizes, all colors and designs, almost built in decorations for the office setting.  It takes very little time or planning on anyone’s part to simply display and arrange Christmas cards around the office and immediately you can’t help but get in the Christmas spirit.

It’s so much fun to see the cards that come in at the holidays.  Some are photo cards and show the entire company standing in front of the building or company truck or van.  Some of the ones I’ve seen lately are themed for different professions and it’s really nice to see those since they’ve gotten a little more relaxed recently.  Some of the ones I saw at my dentist’s office were so funny they had everybody standing around laughing when one person pointed out a particularly silly card from another dentist in the same building.  I got the impression, some folks wait until the holidays to let their guard down a bit and send a card that may be a little out of character, just for fun – knowing that everyone will enjoy and have a good chuckle.

The holidays are a fun time in general and being able to share good wishes only adds to that.  Having people come together for any reason at the holidays especially is heartwarming.  So, if the first step is appreciating business Christmas cards and that starts a dialogue about the beauty of the season, then all the better.

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Holiday E-cards: Not So Thoughtful or Nice After All!

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Ecards might be a quick and easy way for you to get your message sent to loved ones during the holidays, but are they really as thoughtful as you think?

I’ve sent ecards that I thought were beautiful to some friends last year for the holidays. Let’s face it: it’s quick, easy, and usually free. Unfortunately, these days everyone’s mailbox is swamped with spam and junk mail, and many ecards are flagged depending on the receiver’s e-mail provider and privacy controls.

I’ve received many e-mails that look like this:

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I have to download the images and even then, sometimes the greetings do not show. Just overall impersonal and there is little personal touch.

Here is another example – this one is even worse:

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Aside from the subject line, nothing in the e-mail loads and so although I might think the ecard looks nice when I send it, the receiver sees something completely different.

Overall, ecards do not add the level of personal touch and care that a real physical card does. The verdict on holiday ecards: not so thoughtful or nice after all!

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With all the Black Friday commercials and sales buzzing around, Christmas gifts are already on everyone’s mind. What am I going to get my mom? My brother is so hard to shop for! Should I get my boss a little present? Christmas shopping is no easy feat; you have to find just the right thing for everyone close to you, all in a very short time. However, sometimes we forget that Christmas Cards are just as important as Christmas Gifts.

The reason we get people gifts is to let them know we’re thinking about them at a special time of year. Christmas Cards are a wonderful way to let them know that too. Especially on a tight budget, we can’t always get everyone as grand a gift as we’d like. A beautiful Christmas card can be a wonderful alternative. Especially if you write a personal message inside, it can go a long way to remind someone they’re special to you. Getting a Christmas card is a wonderful surprise for the friends and family who you may not get the opportunity to see during the holidays. Plus it looks great on the mantel! Besides, getting real mail these days is so rare that it’s pretty exciting to receive an envelope with a familiar name on it in your mailbox.

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