Bringing Just Culture to Your Workplace

An employee is running late and parks out front of the office building, runs inside to punch the time clock, and then returns to their car to park in their assigned area, The employee arrives to their department ten minutes after their shift starts. Sound familiar? We’ve all experienced the situation where we are disciplined for an action or behavior that we may or may not have full control over. Maybe we’ve also experienced the other side of the table – doling out the punishments rather than receiving them. It certainly is easy to take control of one, two, or […]

Tax Time Shortcuts Tips to make April 15th feel like July 4th

By now you should have received your W2 or 1099 forms for all the work you’ve been paid for in the past year, more than $599.99, and other forms of income. That’s right it’s tax season. So why would a tech article talk about taxes? Today most taxes are submitted electronically by either the taxpayer or a tax preparer. There are several things you can do to electronically prepare your taxes. First, I recommend scanning your documents into a PDF format, or downloading them from your employer’s website, or other places you get tax documents. The IRS accepts electronic documents […]

My 2¢ on Bitcoin

What is Bitcoin? Bitcoin is an open-source, digital currency. That means that pretty much anyone can help create (or mine) Bitcoins and it’s only used for electronic payments. Because the currency is all digital, it’s not tied to a country and can pass quickly and anonymously as payment between people or people and companies. Where can you use Bitcoin? You can use Bitcoin as online payments to other people and there are some ATMs that can be used to withdrawal your Bitcoins in exchange for local currency. There are also some companies – such as Expedia, Virgin Galactic, Overstock.com, Zynga, […]

How to Salvage Potentially Damaging Office Situations

This week we were able to salvage a potentially damaging office situation with a client group. In a team meeting where the main topic was engagement and communication, a supervisor was sharing his point of view with the audience (of almost 50 people). As he was speaking, he kept using the phrase “when I was just an employee.” As we were standing in front of the group, we could see some raised eyebrows and concerned facial expressions. Quick to see this reaction, we were able to nip this in this in the bud by asking the speaker to clarify his […]

What the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act of 2017 Could Mean for You

There’s a lot of debate on whether the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 will help grow our economy or add trillions in debt to the federal balance sheet. While only time will tell the true impact on the US economy, most of our clients are more concerned about the bottom-line impact on their personal taxes. At first blush, it appears some of our clients may see tax savings while others may wind up with more taxes due. To help give you an idea of how this could impact your taxes, I’ve listed several items that stand out to […]