Since this is our Best Places to Work issue, we thought you might be looking for some new ways to keep your employees happy. Here are some products that’ll ensure they’re comfortable, motivated and inspired.
HoMedics Shiatsu Massaging Office Chair (pictured) The dual comfort and massage, combined with a heat warming option provided by this chair, are perfect for those painful backaches during the longer workday. Get to work and skip the soreness. $429.99
Cutting Edge Awards A staff as great as yours deserves a reward. Quill.com offers trophies and awards in many different shapes and styles, all custom-made, so that hardworking employees can be recognized for their efforts. Prices vary
iHome iDM5 The iPad is a helpful new working tool, but why not maximize its potential as well as yours? The iHome iDM5 provides a full-size keyboard, wireless music, and a built-in microphone for video conferencing. Your workday just got a lot easier. $149.99
On The Books: Ahead of the Curve
The business world is ever-changing. To stay on top, check out these upcoming works for some advice on how to thrive in the midst of constant transformation.
The Reluctant Entrepreneur: Turning Dreams into Profits Michael Masterson, a successful entrepreneur himself, leads readers through the business startup process. His book helps new capitalists make important decisions, all based on the state of the current business world. (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., June 2012, $24.95)
The Conversation Company: Boost Your Business through Culture, People and Social Media Steven Van Belleghem explains how to navigate the murky waters of social media and expand your client base in today’s technological world, using research from successful companies as a guide for readers to follow. (Kogan Page, June 2012, $26.95)
How Excellent Companies Avoid Dumb Things: Breaking the 8 Hidden Barriers that Plague Even the Best Businesses Neil Smith has identified the eight major barriers that are typically associated with poor business decisions. His experience and research, alongside his co-author, Patricia O’Connell’s, will help businesses to flourish instead of crash and burn. (Palgrave Macmillan, June 2012, $26)
Crunching the Numbers
$1,000: First-offense fine for a company that asks for social media account information from a job applicant, under proposed New Jersey state legislation.
$10,000: Proposed fine for companies that send out unsolicited text message advertisements.
$28 million: Cost of the new Brandywine Senior Living facility, which recently broke ground on Route 73 in Voorhees.
$5,000 each: Amount of money the Medford Business Association donated to the Haines Sixth Grade Center, to purchase 25 Kindles to aid in classroom education, and to the Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge to bring wildlife education to area schools.
1,700: Buyouts offered to Verizon employees, mainly technicians and call center employees.
12 years: Amount of time Dennis Bone served as president of Verizon’s New Jersey operations before announcing his retirement, which the company states is unrelated.
47th: Rank of New Jersey’s economy compared to the rest of the nation in 2011, according to recent data released by the federal government.
31,000: Square feet of the new CHOP Specialty Care Center at Virtua in Voorhees, which officially opened earlier this month.
800: New employees expected to be hired by PHH Corp., including 360 at its Mount Laurel base.
72,500 square feet: Space of the Comcast office in Mount Laurel, which signed a lease extension and expansion to encompass the whole building at the Executive Park East Gate on West Park Drive.
5.2%: Drop in winter residential natural gas rates residents can expect as of Oct. 1, according to the PSE&G, representing the ninth time rates have been cut in three years.
Baa3: Collingswood’s bond rating once again thanks to a Moody’s Investor Service upgrade, bringing the borough back up to investor-grade status.
Published (and copyrighted) in South Jersey Biz, Volume 2, Issue 6 (June, 2012).
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