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When I was asked to write 750 words about my business, Swings & Pretty Things I wasn't sure I would be able to, 750 seems rather alot. Upon voicing my worries it provided much laughter to those that know me - most people said "Ha 750 words didn't know you could say anything in as little as 750 words"...
So here we go, a story of sorts, about my business...
I started Swings & Pretty Things in June 2008 after deciding I wanted to do something but not really sure what. I drove my husband insane with different ideas until he suggested, with a patient smile, that I write a list. So I did - the list consisted of all random things I either liked doing or thought I might like to try... horse riding, reading, gardening, eating chocolate, drinking wine, going out for dinner, owning a children's shoe shop. I then thought that an internet business would be just the thing and before long I had a list of things I thought might sell - all based on garden and outdoor living, I figured it had to be something I loved if it was going to take up a lot of time.
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It was in 2007 whilst on maternity leave with my first daughter that I first thought seriously about setting up my own business. Sure, in the past I’d often wondered what it must be like to work for yourself but the usual day to day responsibilities like paying the mortgage and the bills made it seem impossible to leave my job as an HR manager.
However, as I had already financially planned for the year’s maternity leave I thought ‘Why not? It’s now or never’. I also knew that there were major changes happening at my work as well and that there was a possibility that I might be able to negotiate an exit from the business on mutually agreeable terms. After some discussion with my manager I left on great terms and with some much needed extra cash in my pocket.
While college admission officers are increasingly making use of students’ social media profiles to know more about applicants, it need not necessarily be a bane completely
In fact, a study by Kaplan Test Prep in 2010 proves otherwise. A total of 386 colleges and universities participated in the survey and its analysis show that 82 percent of college admission officers make use of Facebook for student recruitment and further, 80 percent of the college admission officers received friend requests from the students seeking admission. Thus, it will be safe to assume that social networks can be beneficial for college admissions. In this article, we highlight some of the benefits.
The top companies understand that the high performance job seeker is looking for more than just a paycheck,
that provide attractive incentives to career candidates.
On the flip-side, employers also know that by offering on-site wellness programs, they are likely to better control health insurance premium costs, experience fewer employee sick days, and increase productivity when their employees are happy and healthy.
A 2010 Harvard University special report on the benefits of wellness programs in the workplace found that, “medical costs fall by about $3.27 for every dollar spent on wellness programs and that absenteeism costs fall by about $2.73 for every dollar spent.” Over the years, there have been numerous independent studies conducted, and they all indicate that investing in employee health and wellness makes sense from a business standpoint.
Women bring a different approach and perspective to leadership
In 2010 women made up only 12.5% of corporate board members. This was up from 9.4% in 2004 but the rate of increase is too slow. At the current rate of change it will take over 70 years to achieve gender-balanced boardrooms in the UK!*
So what, does it really matter?
Primarily the issue is about improving business performance not necessarily promoting equal opportunities for women yet there is a strong business case for a more balanced approach. Inclusive and diverse boards are more likely to be effective, better able to understand customers and stakeholders and to benefit from fresh perspectives and new ideas. This in turn leads to better decision making.