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Employee Morale – The Hidden Key To A Successful Business

High employee morale is vital to any business. Happy employees, as I always say, mean a happy business. According to George N. Root III of The Houston Chronicle’s small business blog: An organization experiencing high morale also benefits from fewer work hours lost to unscheduled days off, and higher productivity from employees satisfied with their company.” Additionally, “low morale can cause additional expenses, such as employee turnover and a drop in production.” There are real effects on your business if your employee morale is low. Unhappy employees mean unhappy customers which means unhappy sales, loyalty, et cetera. Customers are more [...]

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All About Chai, the Delicious Spiced Milk Tea from India

You may have heard someone order a “chai latte” at your local coffee shop or seen a chai flavored sweet at a bakery, but what exactly is chai? The short answer is that chai is a spiced milk tea from India, but the long answer may surprise you. There are many variations of chai tea, each with their own spices and flavors, as well as many different preparations from the aforementioned latte to ice cream or even a cupcake. Let’s take a peek into the world of chai and discover a new flavor profile. Origins of Chai First of all, the [...]

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Why Do We Hate Fruitcake So Much?

The oldest known recipe for fruitcake dates back to ancient Rome and included pomegranate seeds and raisins. It wasn’t until the 1500s when sugar from the American Colonies became widely available and it was discovered that large quantities of sugar could help to preserve fruits that fruitcakes became a more affordable and popular dessert. Using the word popular in the same sentence with fruitcake, however, may seem a misnomer to most unless “popular” is immediately preceded by the word “least.” Fruitcake in modern times has developed, pardon the pun, a less than savory reputation. What’s behind the ire for this [...]

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Small Changes You Can Make To Be Environmentally Friendly

Environmentally friendly is a term that is discussed a lot these days, with climate change regularly talked about in the media, organised protests and activists campaigning for a more protected planet, it’s no wonder that many of us are starting to become more conscious of our choices and how they affect our planet. And let’s face it, this is great news! The point of wanting to be environmentally friendly is to help to preserve our planet and make it a better, safer, greener and more sustainable home for our future generations. There are plenty of business owners, communities and [...]

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Could Climate Change Affect Your Coffee? Fact vs Fiction

Recently on Twitter, a trending hashtag read: “Without Caffeine, I’d” with people responding with GIFs of puppies falling asleep or people walking into doors. The basic premise was that without caffeine, many of us would lose our ability to function semi-normally. What would you do without your morning brew? There’s some decent evidence that humans may not have advanced as far as we have, technologically, creatively, even philosophically, without the stimulating, energizing magical potion that is coffee. In the 1500-1700s coffee “had a major impact on the rise of business,” with coffee houses become the center for idea-exchanges and business meetings. “Literature, [...]

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Attention Workaholics…Taking Time Off Is Good For You! Here’s Why.

Scientists used to believe that during sleep and downtime our brains would literally just shut down, with no activity at all or the barest minimum activity. They thought those moments of rest meant rest for the entire body, including the brain. Many people probably still believe something similar, though science is increasingly revealing that our brains are actually incredibly active during sleep as well as other so-called “downtime.” In 1929, a neurologist in Germany, Hans Berger, startled many of his academic peers by proposing that “the brain is always in a ‘state of considerable activity,’ even when people were sleeping or [...]

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Protecting Your Business from Hacking, Ransomware & Viruses

Earlier this year, a global hack infiltrated the computers of hospitals and governments through a vulnerability in Microsoft’s Office software that had been reported about weeks previously, but not to the degree that enough people got the message before hackers took full advantage. If at the time of the original reporting, users had manually updated their Microsoft software, they should have been fine; that being said, clearly many did not and a ton of people paid the price. Not only were patients in hospitals vulnerable to the hijacked-for-ransom computers, businesses and governments were vulnerable, making this a hack that threatened [...]

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