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High debt and misuse of credit cards make it tough to save for retirement. Money that goes to pay interest, late fees, and old bills is money that could have been contributed to a retirement fund. How Much Debt is Too Much Debt? Debt isn’t necessarily bad, but too much debt is. Add up what… Read more »

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Everyone’s personal life gets a bit hectic at times. These stressful times can cause headaches, upset stomach, back pain, sleep disturbances and difficulty concentrating. Stress also makes it harder for your body to defend against illness and can make current health problems worse. Not only is stress hard on your body, but it also affects… Read more »

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When you are job searching, you put lots of work into your resume and cover letter, but it doesn’t stop there. Interview preparation is a crucial step in landing the job. When you are selected for an interview, preparation is key. Note that you may go to several interviews for the same job. For example,… Read more »

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Workplace disputes are generally handled by avoiding the conflict. People hope the conflict will go away or cope with it by griping to friends or colleagues about it or complain to a supervisor. The following are principles that will help you address the problem you have with the person directly. Pay attention to your emotions… Read more »

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Did You Know? According to the National Fire Protection Association, supplemental heating equipment is the leading cause of home fires from December through February, and the second leading cause of home fires year-round. Keep the following safety precautions in mind when using such equipment, like space heaters. Use these tips to safely use space heaters:… Read more »

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Cybersafety isn’t just a job for your IT department or contractor. Cyber attacks and data breaches have become far more common and far more costly in recent years. According to a 2018 Ponemon Institute study, 27% of data breaches are caused by negligent employees or contractors. Protect yourself and your organization by remembering these tips:… Read more »

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Nearly 80 percent of Americans consider their jobs stressful. While it may not be possible to eliminate job stress altogether, you can learn to manage it effectively. Common job stressors include a heavy workload, intense pressure to perform at high levels, job insecurity, long work hours, excessive travel, office politics and conflicts with co-workers. While… Read more »

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A walk through other areas of the workplace is a common occurrence, but it can also be dangerous if you don’t stay alert. This is particularly true for employees leaving their old, familiar job titles and moving into new roles in other areas. New employees receive instructions regarding training and safety precautions. However, when transitioning… Read more »

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Job searching can be exhaustive and often frustrating, particularly when you are doing it solo.  By working with Essential Personnel, a job placement agency, you will be working with individuals who possess industry knowledge and have strong connections with local business decision-makers. We know that looking for your next career is overwhelming and often difficult;… Read more »