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More and more companies are allowing their employees to work from home. With Skype and other televideo conferencing tools, it’s easy to have one-on-one or group meetings, seeing everyone's face and talking together almost as if you’re in the same room. Letting employees work from home has some very valuable advantages, including:
  • The time and money saved in commuting costs goes without question. It's not only just the gas, insurance, and wear and tear on a vehicle that are greatly reduced, but also the annual time wasted sitting in car, bus, or train. At an average of 30 minutes one way, that comes to 250 hours or over 6 weeks per year that is spent going to and coming from work. Without question, all of this time can be used for other more productive endeavors.
  • You can kill two birds with one stone. One of the most difficult aspects of balancing a career with the responsibilities of running a home is that you can’t be at two places at one time when you need to be at an office. However, working from home allows many people, especially parents with small children, to successfully manage both the obligations.
  • A home environment can be a less stressful and more productive environment. Unfortunately in some offices, there can be tension between some employees and other issues that can create a less than productive environment. Working at home can provide a more casual and comfortable situation allowing the employee to concentrate more easily. It also allows flexibility with time. Some activities may have to be done as usual between working hours, but others could be done after working hours and after the kids are in bed.
  • It can give an employee a feeling of trust and empowerment. Letting employees work from home sends the message that you know that they will still do their jobs on a timely basis with the same care and consideration as if they were working under your direct supervision.
Of course, letting employees work at home may not be a good idea for every company or every employee. Review procedures and standards must be adopted. Like most new systems, it may take some trial and error to see if it works for your company.

Thomas W. Hamilton




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Social media marketing: Is it right for you
WW&R
Over the last few years, technology has made businesses re-evaluate how to market with current customers and reach potential customers. Social media has become a very valuable and important part of many businesses. It has been said, "It's no longer an option to err on the side of caution and not get involved [with social media]. Your clients expect, and need you, to take the lead." But what is Social Media?
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How to save on health insurance — small business
The Wall Street Journal
Providing health-insurance benefits is key to employee retention, but rising costs can make this a challenge for small-business owners. Here are six options that may be able to help keep costs down.
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Bad debts outlive presidential and congressional elections
COFACE
Being the world's beacon of democracy is not always a cheap venture, and as our country begins to turn an early eye to the election cycle of 2016, Americans are unaware that most campaigns end up severely in debt.
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Annual report on FDCPA Enforcement and Administration released by CFPB
CFPB
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ("CFPB" or "the Bureau") is pleased to submit to Congress its fourth annual report summarizing activities to administer the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act ("FDCPA"), 15 U.S.C. § 1692 et seq. The Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission ("FTC" or "the Commission") share overall enforcement responsibility for the FDCPA.
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A senior partner's 10 tips for volunteering for young attorneys
Inside Counsel
Lawyers are regularly called upon to participate in, and often lead, a wide variety of volunteer activities. Our training, communication skills, problem-solving abilities and leadership experience make us well suited to those opportunities
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