Have you taken your summer vacation?


We’ve been hearing this for years, but Americans are working more these days, and many are taking fewer vacations days. This trend is disturbing as regular rest is critical for a work-life balance.

There are several issues to consider. In many cases, Americans are getting fewer vacation days as part of their benefits package.

In other cases, however, many Americans don’t take all the the vacation they have available. With career pressures and recent job market challenges, this is understandable. Workers are concerned about job security, and taking less vacation time is one way to make yourself seemingly more valuable to your employer.

But over the long term this can hurt your productivity. Getting away and recharging yourself is critical. Not just for enjoyment, but also to make you more productive.

So grab your bathing suit and get out to the beach, or frankly anywhere else you and your friends/family may enjoy.

Down, But Not Out: Understanding Your Sick Pay Scheme Before You Need It

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Our lives can sometimes change in an instant as a result of an accident or illness and one of the ways that this can affect us is being unable to work, which can soon put our personal finances under strain.

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Should you stick with a terrible job?

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This is a tough one. There are times when you have to cut your losses, but it’s also important to learn how to improve situations.

The question came from an article about mistakes everyone should make:

Even if the boss is horrible and the pay is bad, don’t just give up and jump ship. Stick around for a while and try to find a solution — even if it seems like a terrible move at the time. “The way you handle yourself in this situation will forever shape the way you treat people when you’re in charge,” says Ryan Kahn, a career coach, founder of The Hired Group, and author of “Hired! The Guide for the Recent Grad.”

There is usually a lesson to be learned in every situation, particularly bad ones.

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5 Reasons You Should Do a Diploma in Business

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There are many courses you can do at college or university, and it can be intimidating to be faced with a giant course list if you’re trying to decide what to do. The skills learned while completing a Diploma in Business can be used in many different roles, so it is a useful qualification to have regardless of what direction you go in afterwards. You can complete a business diploma at many different institutions, including colleges such as Evocca College, so you most likely won’t have to travel far to complete your degree. You could even do it online, if you prefer! If this qualification is on your shortlist but you’re still on the fence about it, read on to find out why it might be perfect for you.

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Become a beauty pro – and rake in the big bucks

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Beauty is one hell of a business to get into – for a start, it’ll earn you a healthy crust.
According to website Cosmetic Design, the beauty industry’s profits are set to soar to $265 billion by 2017 – that’s a cake you’d do well to take a bite from.

Indeed, unlike any other industry, there’s a marked stability in cosmetics, salons and surgeries. As beauty becomes a more acceptable commodity for both genders, the profit margins rise exponentially.

And it’s not a difficult business to get started. The avid beauty professional can set up a nail salon or beauty bar after a small amount of training.

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