Friday, April 3, 2015

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Time is running out to join Obama Care - Affordable Health Care Act - February 15th

Affordable Health Care Act also known as Obama Care

The open enrollment date is coming to an end, February 15, 2015.  If you are interested or thinking about joining please go to:

Close to 7.3 million consumers have either enrolled or were re-enrolled since November 15, 2014. 
Via the Health and Human Services (HHS) web site, HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell said. “Don’t wait until deadline day to learn about your options and the financial help that is available. Join the millions who have gotten coverage visiting or contacting the Marketplace Call Center to find a plan that fits your family’s needs.”

Don't delay it any further, if you do not have medical or dental coverage, if you have a baby, adopted a child/baby, lost healthcare coverage or got married in 2015, you should be inquiring about this coverage.

                 If you want to read more facts about  the Health Care Act, visit                                     

These are some of the signs it may be time to move on to a new job....

Every Monday, do you have the Monday Morning Blues?  Do you start to get these Monday Morning Blues on Sunday evening?  Do you like your co-workers?  Are you stressed every day? Are you having negative thoughts about sabotaging a project at work? Have your boss told you and you already know that your performance is not up to par? 

These are just a few signs that it may be time to move on to a new job.  You want to stay but all signs point to it's time for you to go. 

1)  The spark has gone - You use to have so much pep and spark about tackling a new project, learning something new and just waking up in the morning.  You no longer get this excitement could be a sign that you may need to move on.

2) Dislike - You do not like or care for your co-associates and/or your boss. 

3) Stressed out and negative - If you are stressed out an extraordinary amount of time at work and have nothing but negative thoughts, it may be time.

4) Underutilized skills - Your skills are not being used.  You feel like you are not growing and being given any opportunities that your co-associates are being given.  Your four years college degree is not being used, it is time to move onto a new job and may even be time for a career change.

5) Work-Life-Balance - Whatever happened to work, life and balance.  If you no longer feel that you can balance between your work life and your home life, it may be time to find a more suitable job for you.

6) Lacking in performance - If you feel that your work performance is lacking or going down slowly, this may be a sign.  If you are normally a top performer but now your work is below mediocre then you need to get back to being a top performer at another company.

It is overdue but get up, find one reason to continue working at your current job, continue to work hard every day - you are being paid to do your job; start your job search, incorporate work-life-balance, join a gym to help decrease stress in your life, eat healthy, and prepare yourself to move on to a better and new opportunity for you. Good Luck.

"Take those chances and you can achieve greatness, whereas if you go conservative, you'll never know. I truly believe what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Even if you fail, learning and moving on is sometimes the best thing."
Danica Patrick

Time Management Quote

Time Management Quote -

“Managing your time without setting priorities is like shooting randomly and calling whatever you hit the target.” – Peter Turla

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Self help book - Driven by the Drama by Val Daye

Val Daye states on the back cover of her self help book, Driven by the Drama, do not start reading this book unless you are ready to move forward in your life.

If you are ready to dish the drama in your life and move on to more of the positive issues and concerns in your life, you should read this book.

You should take all of your Vacation Days or Time Off time that your company offers

Just like a battery needs to recharge, your body needs to recharge as well.  Taking time off from your normal 9 to 5 actually refuels your body and your brain.   The unfortunate thing is when you return to work you may have a lot of work that was left in your in box, voice mail calls to return or emails to answer which may make your taking time off feel like it was in vain.  Most employers would agree that they would prefer to have a new and recharged employee (you)  rather than to have a burnt out and stressed out employee (you).

According to a February Oxford Economics survey of 971 employees, four (4) out of  ten (10) U.S. workers finished 2013 with unused paid time off – leaving a average of 3.2 days still on the table.

You should take all of your vacation days or time off days annually.  Vacation days and personal days or any time off days other than sick days should be used for something that you want to and need to do.  Preferably something fun that you enjoy to do.

Ban the Box - Does it gives ex-convicts a chance at a better job opportunity?

Does banning the box give ex-convicts a better chance at landing a better job?

The Ban the Box law will remove any questions or reference to your criminal history from an employment application.  This law also delays background checks until further into the interviewing or onboarding process.  Several states are already on board to implement this new law.  Some cities are already taking this law into effect now.  The EEOC, Equal Employment Opportunity Commissions, is making sure this law is implemented.  In New Jersey this law is referred to as the New Jersey Opportunity to Compete Act.  This law in New Jersey will go into effect on March 1, 2015.

An applicant can be a current employee as well.  What if the applicant brings up their criminal history during the initial interview process? Then the employer may make inquiries about the applicant’s criminal record during the Initial Employment Application Process (IEAP) - See more at:

The following states have enacted statewide Ban the Box laws, for private and public companies:
California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, and Rhode Island

By prolonging or putting off asking an applicant this question does it really give an ex-convict a better chance at a better job opportunity or will it be a waste of time for the both the employer and the applicant?

What is your take on this issue?