The Dos and Don’ts of Politics In The Workplace


Recently, the election cycle in the United States has been one for the ages. At points, it’s been so explosive that it’s probably hard to resist picking your coworkers’ brains about their political viewpoints. Curiosity aside, is the office an appropriate place to discuss your affiliation with Clinton or Trump? What about other political events? Should you be able to discuss your views about Brexit on the clock? How do you handle hot button subjects like these in a professional realm where neutrality is usually the status quo? Workplace Policy According to Holland & Knight Law, many employees and employers alike […]

Email Etiquette and the Rules of Virtual Engagement


At work, it’s a given that you’ll probably send and receive emails. Emailing isn’t industry specific but it is a staple of business environments. It’s how your employees speak with your clientele and how they coordinate between departments internally. Even though email is common practice, there’s still a decorum to consider. Sending the wrong type of email can lead to big problems (up to termination) very quickly. So here are a few things to keep in mind before you hit send on your next message: Emails are NOT private Emails are company property. At any point in time, they can […]

Management vs Leadership, Two Sides of the Same Coin

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Successful businesses have many moving parts. The data and metrics have to be accounted for, personnel have to be organized, and strategy must be crystal clear to keep everything operating fully. However, the only way these things happen is with guidance. Guidance comes in many different versions. Here, we’ll discuss guidance in the forms of leadership and management. Leadership vs management is a timeless debate in the workplace. There are many questions surrounding the two concepts. Can a good leader be an effective manager, does a manager need leadership skills, are the two concepts even interchangeable? Well, it starts with […]

The Truth About Communication Between Departments


As a content producer, I take complicated ideas and repurpose them with clear, effective messaging. To do this, I rely on collaboration with different departments. Over time, I’ve realized one thing: People don’t always communicate the same way I do.  From graphic designers to web developers, sales representatives, and everyone in between, we all have different professional perspectives. Executive leadership personnel and managers are no exceptions either; they have specific criteria they must follow to lead their teams to success. In the professional realm, everyone has deliverables and obligations. Teamwork and open mindedness are invaluable, regardless of your area of […]

3 Unconventional Uses For Your Pool This Summer


Having a pool is a game changer, especially during the summer. Your pool is more than a place to swim; it’s one of the social gathering hub of your home. Pools can facilitate everything from barbecues to sport event-viewing venues; it just depends on your creativity. Regardless of pool uses, maintenance is key. If gone unchecked, pools can quickly become eyesores, or even worse, safety risks. So, as the weather heats up, make sure your pools are always clean and in proper working order for your visitors to cool down. One of the easiest ways to keep your pool in […]

Big League Fun; 5 Things the Best Theme Parks Share


I’m no amusement park expert, but I’ve been to more than a few parks. Over time, I’ve noticed that the good ones share a few things in common. Fun Factor It’s in the title. Amusement parks are pointless if people are bored when they go. Fun means something different for everyone, so a wide range of activities is crucial. From roller coasters to water rides, simulators and games, with concerts, and food and wine festivals sprinkled in between, there’s always a different event to create memorable experiences whenever you visit. Innovation Replay value is crucial for amusement parks. The rides generally […]

White Snow, a Green Thumb, and the World’s End


As people, we ask ourselves a certain set of questions so often that their answers start popping up without much active thought.  What am I going to wear to work today, what’s the weather going to be like, have I revamped my survival plan in the case of a global cataclysmic apocalypse event lately? The usual. It’s probably crossed your mind at one point or another; what would the world do if, or when the wheels finally fall off? Keep in mind that the level of analysis and actual planning you might do for this scenario varies greatly. That depends […]

A New Challenger has Arrived! Actsoft, Tons of Data, and E3.


Odds are you’ve played a video game at some point during your life. If not, that’s impressive. Put that on your resume (just kidding, don’t do that). The major video game industry brands and their content totally span the gambit. Nintendo still has Mario scouring the depths of the universe (yes, he’s still trying to save Princess Peach), while Xbox and PlayStation make their money on the ultra-heightened realism most of their titles expose gamers to. Solo gaming is immersive and expansive. Role Player Games are still precise and thought provoking, and multiplayer titles have fine-tuned teamwork, communication, and socialization […]

Wisconsin Mill Explosion – Actsoft in Emergencies

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An explosion tore through a corn and ethanol mill in Cambria, Wisconsin late on Wednesday, June 1 2017. The subsequent fire claimed the lives of three employees within the plant and wounded over a dozen more.  The cause of the explosion remains unknown, but medical helicopters and several fire departments quickly responded to the blaze. While the cause of the explosion is still a mystery, its effects are severe and long lasting. As with any emergency, the aftermath always begs one question from those involved: How can we do better next time? While an ideal world would see no emergencies, […]

Tackling Risk Management


Workforce management continues to grow more complex as time marches onward. As technology increases the scope of what comprises a workforce, the risks faced by companies increase as well. These risks are areas in which the companies are susceptible to experiencing losses. Three of the most exposed areas for risk are payroll, records, and safety.   Payroll In the wake of expansion, companies naturally grow in personnel. An increase in personnel, however, exposes businesses to the trappings of inaccurate wage dispensation. Maintaining accurate timekeeping records across a larger business becomes increasingly difficult. Managers often rely on an “honor-system” with employees […]