|Where We'll Be|
02/06/13 - 02/08/13
04/22/13 - 04/24/13
National Harbor, MD
10/27/13 - 10/30/13
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to be held April 22 - 24, 2013.
Don't miss Sarah, Chris & Sal in action in Savannah, GA.
"We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give."
- Sir Winston Churchill
"Life is a promise; fulfill it."
"Whatever you are, be a good one."
- Abraham Lincoln
"What you do has far greater impact than what you say."
- Stephen Covey
Office Holiday Memo
To: All Employees
Subject: Office conduct during the Christmas season
Effective immediately, employees should keep in mind the following guidelines in compliance with FROLIC (the Federal Revelry Office and Leisure Industry Council).
1. Running aluminum foil through the paper shredder to make tinsel is discouraged.
2. Playing Jingle Bells on the push-button phone is forbidden (it runs up an incredible long distance bill).
3. Work requests are not to be filed under "Bah humbug."
4. Company cars are not to be used to go over the river and through the woods to Grandma's house.
5. All fruitcake is to be eaten BEFORE July 25.
6. Egg nog will NOT be dispensed in vending machines.
In spite of all this, the staff is encouraged to have a Happy Holiday.
Paying It Forward:
What Does It Mean?
The concept of "paying it forward" is not a new one. If someone does a good deed for you, instead of paying them back directly, you "pay it forward" by doing a good deed (or two or three) for someone else. Paying it forward is about touching lives and making an impact. Ben Franklin used this concept when lending friends money. He would ask that instead of paying him back, they lend a similar sum to someone else in need. Franklin felt that he could then do a great deal of good with only a little money. In the famous book, "In the Garden of Delight (1916)," Lily Hardy Hammond wrote, "You don't pay love back; you pay it forward." The movie "Pay it Forward" (2000), based on the novel by Catherine Ryan Hyde, revolves around a troubled young boy who makes an impact by accepting the following challenging assignment from his teacher: "think of something to change the world and put it into action." The boy proceeds to perform random acts of kindness and asks the recipients to do three good deeds of their own.
There are many ways to pay it forward - some are meaningful, some are a little whimsical. One idea in the news lately is people paying off other peoples' "lay-away" bills, offering those struggling to make ends meet a little relief. You can buy the coffee for the person standing in line behind you. (If you are at Starbucks, chances are he or she probably doesn't need the financial help, but you will make someone's day!) There is even a "Pay It Forward Day" (next one is April 25, 2013) and a website: www.payitforwardday.com, which offers printable "Pay it Forward" cards that you can hand out to encourage others to pay it forward. Click here for other ideas on how to "pay it forward." Paying it forward also helps you feel good about yourself by invoking a dopamine-type reaction similar to what you experience while enjoying food or sex.
Zig Ziglar was a motivational speaker who once said "You can have everything you want, if you will just help enough other people get what they want." Sadly, Zig passed away last month, but he will be remembered as someone who touched many lives by paying it forward. He left a legacy of quotes and lessons that have resulted in life-changing moments for many people. Check out Ziglar's "10 Quotes That Can Change Your Life."
Click here to see a year-end review of other notable people we lost this year who touched our lives in many ways.
Paying It Forward
In The WorkPlace
Employees are a company's most important asset. They are the financial engines behind all successful firms. Companies should, therefore, "pay it forward" by increasing job satisfaction and helping employees achieve their personal and professional goals.
Here's a "wish list" from employees that SCS interviewed regarding what they want most from their companies:
- To feel appreciated and get more feedback on how they are doing;
- To grow personally and professionally via periodic communication and technical training;
- To have a career path;
- To have opportunties to network in person or virtually with their peers, not just their co-workers.
- To have flexibility, especially extra time off or "flex-time," to help them deal with life's challenges;
- To have management communicate more often about the company's goals, strategies, and how the company is doing financially;
- To understand the "big picture" and how their role fits in;
- To participate in brainstorming sessions and strategic meetings and feel that their input is valued; and
- To feel that their jobs are important and meaningful.
Click here to see a recent survey conducted by Glassdoor.com on what employees really want for Christmas.
Paying It Forward
In The Community
A thriving businesses can make a significant impact on a local community when it decides to "pay it forward" by supporting charitable causes within the community. What better way to thank your customers for their loyalty and support than to support a local charity - and tell them you are doing so in their honor!
Charitable events supported by businesses provide great team-building opportunties for employees. They provide fun, sometimes a little friendly competition, and often a well-deserved break from the day-to-day challenges of the normal work routine. Participation can also increase an employee's awareness of those less fortunate. Having an opportunity to make a difference in the community can give an employee a real sense of pride and accomplishment. When a business encourages its employees to join together in the effort, the whole is always greater than the sum of the parts. In other words, when working together as a group they can make a more significant impact than any individual employee could do on their own.
Around the holiday season, many firms participate in toy drives for children or food drives for the homeless; however, there are many opportunities to participate in charitable events throughout the year. Paying it forward by participating in such events can provide valuable publicity opportunities and can help increase employee and customer loyalty.
SCS pays it forward throughout the year by supporting homeless shelters, missions, educational efforts for children, and other meaningful causes. We hope you will take time to pay it forward also!
Click here to learn more about how business can initiate and support charitable endeavors.