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Give ‘Em a Gold Star: How to Make Your Employees Feel Valued

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You may be surprised at what actually motivates an employee. Is it the paycheck? Is it the benefits program? Is it the hours required of them? Though the studies have been done for decades have given employers a look at what makes their employees happy and satisfied, it’s still a puzzling question for many. Forbes has compiled a list of things that motivate employees to succeed at work, but it’s never as cut and dry as it seems. Employees are far more likely to work harder and to put more effort and innovation into their jobs when it means something to them personally. Working as a part of a team instead of as a drone makes a huge difference in the day to day lives of your workers.

Keeping your employees satisfied is of the utmost importance because a toxic workplace culture can create heaps of problems there isn’t time or resources to deal with. If you’re trying to turn a new leaf, keep a few things in mind to make your employees feel like you appreciate them.

Give your employees the tools that they need. Take a long look at what your employees need to be successful and try to think in terms of investment. Many workers find themselves using personal cell phones for company use, and while it may not amount to much on their phone bill, the principle behind it stands. If you feel unsure about costs, look into companies like Mobi-data that offer low-cost data plans. Giving them the option of using company phones will make them feel like you know where they’re coming from in more than one way and it may not be nearly as expensive as you think.

Recognize achievements and reward appropriately. If your employee does something phenomenal, make sure you let them know you see their hard work. Offer incentives like an Amazon gift card when something truly special happens, or if the budget is really tight, offer a handwritten thank you. Positive reinforcement is far more useful than punishment and your workplace culture will flourish in no time. Mobi Data

Challenge in new and encouraging ways. You may be surprised to hear someone say they appreciate the extra responsibility, but in truth, most people do. When you give someone a challenge, you’re effectively letting them know that you have faith in their skill and judgment. When you see the potential for a learning experience, pass along the task with appropriate direction and check in to see what kind of progress is made. Employees will not only appreciate your faith in them, but may also appreciate the time to hone skills that could lead to promotions or advancements.

Making your employees feel like a part of a team doesn’t always mean a bump in their salary. It can be something as little as recognizing a job well done or showing your appreciation with a pizza party. The most important thing is to actually mean it when you give praise; there’s nothing worse than a phony pat on the back.

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Matthew McConaughey explains why he’s inspired by Marc Benioff’s ‘new capitalism’

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Salesforce (CRM) CEO Marc Benioff has burnished his reputation amid the COVID-19 pandemic as an outspoken advocate for a “new capitalism” that improves social welfare, and he has used his resources to develop contact-tracing technology and donate 1 million masks.

That commitment to “stakeholder capitalism” caught the attention of actor and investor Matthew McConaughey, who told Yahoo Finance that Benioff “inspired” him to embrace the notion that business ventures can both generate profit and promote the common good.

“I’m all for making money — I have good money. I’m all for fame — I’m happy to be famous,” says McConaughey, author of a new memoir called “Greenlights.” “But I’m inspired by looking at people like a [CEO] John Mackey with Whole Foods or Marc Benioff at Salesforce that go, ‘Hey, I have an idea that’s really good to do, even if it was for nonprofit, but let’s make profit off of it.”

McConaughey elaborated on the mentality embodied by Benioff: “I want to make money off this. I want to get rich off this. And how can we parlay that to being something like, ‘Oh, and it’s good for the most amount of people.”

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Government, religion, the economy and capitalism

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Mr. Selby, Mr. Bloom, and Pastor Biller have brought an interesting conversation on governing, religion and the economy to this page.

Governing. The U.S. Constitution establishes a representative Republican form of governing the USA and in each state. The power to democratically elect their representatives for governing resides in the people and the right of one person, one vote for all citizens, regardless of religious or spiritual affiliation, ethnic origin, orientation or gender. The Declaration of Independence plays no role in our governing design.

Religion. The First Amendment to the Constitution states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, nor prohibiting the free expression thereof.” After the war over secession, there have been efforts to amend the Constitution to declare the USA a Christian nation. All of those efforts have failed, reinforcing the USA as a nation of religious and spiritual diversity.

The economy. Nothing in the Constitution specifies that the USA must have a certain type of economic system and certainly not that it must be capitalism, however defined. We have a wide range of choices available to us for our economy. At one extreme would be an economy where there is a totally free market system where all ownership of all property is held privately by individuals. There is no government, consequently there are no regulations and no taxes. Individuals and corporations are free to do whatever they wish as there are no constraints on their actions. It is essentially anarchy. At the other extreme is an economy where the national government owns everything and dictates all production and prices. This other extreme is equally odious as there is no individual freedom, only the government as the absolute dictator of activities.

In between these two extremes, however, we have a wide range of possibilities for our economy, politically and socially. Capitalism encompasses a fairly wide segment of that range. “Capital” can be property, plant, equipment, patents, trademarks, inventories, stocks, bonds and cash. Fundamentally, capitalism is a means of wealth accumulation for those who have sufficient capital to put it to work earning more capital. Those who have little or no free capital are employees in that wealth accumulation process.

There are, however, opportunities for imaginative entrepreneurs to break into the capitalist elite. Unfortunately, over the past 50 years in the USA, the wealth gap between the wealthiest 1% and the rest of us has risen dramatically.

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Where is Capitalism’s Superiority Now?

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HAVANA TIMES – I have been hearing capitalist propaganda’s clamoring about how this system is here forever, because it’s the best option out there. It supposedly offers the most opportunities and freedom, upholds democracy and defends human rights, while, socialism is a failure, and has no future.

However, it is becoming clearer and clearer for us to see how capitalism is marching towards a general crisis, which will inevitably lead to its demise.

From an economic standpoint, there is no way that a government can survive if the rich only get richer and the poor only get poorer. A government where thousands of workers end up unemployed every time there is a crisis. Also losing their homes because they can’t afford rent and ending up on the street like the homeless.

Others have to pay for health care, which is very expensive. If they get really sick, they end up losing everything or being stuck in debt for the rest of their life.

The same goes for education, because the only quality education systems in much of the world are private and expensive. Public universities in the US aren’t free, you have to pay, and students end up in debt for many years.

In terms of democracy, it’s just a big fat lie. A democracy is a people’s government for the people. However, in capitalism, a country is governed for capital, for the rich. The only thing ordinary people can do is vote in elections, for a candidate they often don’t know, and they have no idea what they will do once in office.

Leaders in capitalist countries fill their pockets, because pretty much all of them are corrupt. When elections favor more progressive candidates who are genuinely concerned about the general population, the Right refuses to recognize the results and turns to violence or a coup d’etat. Is this a democracy?

There are plenty of examples, but I’ll only mention the more renowned. For example, Evo Morales won the elections in Bolivia a year ago, in the first round, but was accused of fraud. This happened with the OAS getting involved, and the armed forces were incited to carry out a coup d’etat.

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