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People who work in an environment where doing their best is recognized have a better chance of feeling good about their work and a better chance of becoming successful producers who enjoy pleasing customers. Genuine praise goes a long way in helping workers stay productive, especially when demands are high. When it comes to appreciation, it's often not given, infrequent, or ineffective.

A good friend called me last night and said her son had hit his head and vomited an hour later. She was concerned about a concussion, and was questioning whether or not to go to the ER. Of course, as emergency luck would have it, it was night time and Urgent Care was closed, which would mean a trip downtown to the ER, where the wait could be five minutes to all night.

Do feel like you butt heads with your partner more than you connect? Well, here’s some advice from family therapists and a mediator on how to argue without hurting your relationship.

Now that all three of my children are in full-time school, I decided to go back to work part time. My shopping habits could use a little extra dough, and I'm the type of person who if I don't keep super busy, I will fall into a lazy abyss.  

Winston Churchill said it best: “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” This brings to mind employee recognition, though the topic is certainly relevant to anyone you encounter.

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