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Labor Law Posters for Job Aspirants

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Employers are recommended to display various federal and state labor law posters in their work place. Some posters are only required within the view of employees while others should be made available fro job applicants too. All these posters have to be posted in places where the job applicants or employees can easily read them.

There are three mandatory federal labor law posters that employers are demanded to display for job applicants.

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Apr 24, 2015

Statistics of Small and Medium Enterprises in Texas

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Small and medium scale businesses are one of the most vibrant sectors playing a good part in the economy of Texas. The significance of the small and medium enterprises are derivable for its capacity in the generation of employment, requirement for technology and low capital, use of local resources and inherited skill, organizing of resources and final exportability of products. This article furnishes statistics about Texas small and medium businesses.

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Oct 30, 2014

Electronics: A Friend to Medical Science

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Apart from being a very indispensable industry, medical industry plays a very key role in every individual’s life for maintenance of the most wonderful machine, the human body. The industry stands as insurance at call for a wealth asset – your health.

How electronics benefits medical science
Since time immemorial, there has been several constraints inhibiting the reach of people to the medical care and industry’s access to technology. An understanding of the human body has been limited and that limits its diagnostics in case of an ailment.

The electronics industry came to rescue the medical science domain in overcoming these challenges and is providing them with the necessary tools and cutting edge technology. So, the human race is being served in a better way.

ElectroCardiography (ECG)
ElectroCardiography (ECG) is a method to record the electrical activity of the heart by placing non-invasive electrodes over the skin. Although invasive points can also be used to record the electrical activity of the heart. It’s mostly used for detecting and treating heart abnormalities and heart based research.

Before the ECG entered into the picture, transthoracic interpretation over the time was used.

The ECG apparatus keeps track of heart’s conductivity system. The polarization and depolarization of the heart because of the pumping generates electrical impulses. These impulses are used by the ECG to represent them pictorially in a graph. These graphical traces can later be used to know about various parameters of heart such as regularity of heartbeats, size and position, and the effect of drugs and pacemakers.

The ECG has achieved significant and historical modifications due to very advanced and innovative measures like critical alarm systems and data storage benefits.

EEG (EelctroEnchephaloGraphy)
EEG refers to recording the electrical activity of the brain through multiple electrodes that are places on the scalp. These electrodes vary the voltages that are caused due to change in ionic current in the neurons of the brain. These signals of small magnitude are amplified and represented pictorially in a graphical form. This technology is widely used for for analyzing and diagnosing sleep disorders, coma, epilepsy, tumors and strokes, etc.

Apart from these, they are widely used for monitoring brain activity, to determine the levels of anesthesia, and testing by World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) test.

EEG is extensively used in the study of fields of neuroscience, cognitive science, psychophysiology, etc. for research purpose.

With the advent of CT and MRI technologies, EEG may lose its significance as it traces only the exterior signals and has a limited spatial resolution. Therefore, they can not give access to the drug target areas of the brain. However, they are still better than CT and MRI when millisecond temporal resolution is needed, which of CT and MRI systems cannot do – it’s their drawback.

Pacemakers – an artificial heart
Human heart is furnished with a natural pacemaker that regulates the heart beat rate. In cases, when the pacemaker is not performing up to its expected level and there is an irregularity in heartbeats as in case of arrhythmia, an artificial pacemaker has to be inserted to correct the heart beat pattern.

A pacemaker generally consist of electrodes that are attached to heart for detecting the beats and regulating them. In some cases, they consist of several electrodes to synchronize the lower chambers of the heart as well. Modern Pacemakers are programmable in nature, which allows the cardiologist to adjust to the requirement of the case.

The pacemaker is inserted under skin. Therefore, frequent pacemaker checkups have to be exercised by the patient.

Procedural risk and infection is a possible threat and demerit of this approach.

Computed tomography
X-Ray based computed tomography is gaining popularity over the traditional ultrasound and x-ray technology. This method produces the tomographic images of the sections scanned with the help of computer processed X-rays. A number of such virtual slices are stacked together to get a holistic and 3D view of the inside of the target part without cutting it open. This is very helpful in diagnosis of many diseases and abnormalities in heart, lungs, brain abdominal and pelvic region.

The CT scan comes as an advantage over traditional 2D approaches as it eliminates unwanted details and provides better resolution. The final images can be viewed in different planes to simplify the diagnostics.

The exposure of body parts to excessive and prolonged doses can result in the threats of cancer. Therefore, due care has to taken while carrying out these procedures.

Transition
The diagnosis and treatment by “machine” has achieved new heights with the help of electronics industry coming in rescue to the medical field and mankind. This is likely to help medical silence experts invent reliable and economically viable methods that could fight diseases and boost life expectancy.
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Apr 27, 2014

Leading Brands in 2014 as per Car Brand Perception Survey

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Consumer reports released the results of annual car brand perception survey. It shows some interesting results. Chevrolet, Honda, Ford and Toyota are still at the top. In overall scores, these brands have significant advantages. Even though several other brands including Tesla are improved their rankings. In the survey there are seven categories of consumer perception considered. Those are innovation or technology, style or design, fuel economy, value, performance, safety and quality. The total brand perception score is came out by combining those factors.

Best and worst:
With a 145 point score, Toyota is at the top of overall brand perception. The next top brands up to ten ranks are Ford (120), Honda (109), Chevrolet (105), Tesla Motors (88), Subaru (87), Mercedes Benz (82), Volvo (80), Cadillac (78) and BMW (73). From the worst perception by the consumer Land Rover is at top with four points. Maserati and jaguar scored 8 and 9 points respectively. Above ten points in the worst brand are Rolls Royce (11), Scion and Ram with 17, Mini and Mitsubishi with 21, Infiniti 22 and Jeep is 23.

Important factors to buy:
Quality is the most important factor while buying a new car and opted by the 90 percent of consumers, safety 88 percent, fuel economy 81 percent and performance is 83 percent. These preferences are constant as previous year. Value factor is decreased from 83 percent of 2013 to 82 percent in 2014. Design or style and technology or innovation have 65 percent in previous year and now increased to 70 percent for design/style and 68 percent for technology/innovation. Now let us see these factors in brand wise.

  • Quality: Toyota, Mercedes Benz, Ford, Chevrolet, and Honda (respectively as per the rankings) are the top five best brands considered by the car owners in 2014. Same brands are in the top five positions in previous year also. But there are some changes in their positions. In 2013 Honda is in first place, Toyota, Mercedes Benz, Ford and Chevrolet are in the order of top five.
  • Safety: For safety, Volvo continues in the top position with sixty percent score. Next to it four in top five are Subaru, Toyota, Ford and Honda. Mercedes Benz has lost its position from top five and Subaru occupied the second position.
  • Performance: The top five brands in the performance are Chevrolet, BMW, Ford, Audi, and Lamborghini. In the previous year, top five are Ferrari, BMW, Chevrolet, Ford, and Honda.
  • Value: Toyota, Honda, Ford and Chevrolet are continued its first, second, third and fifth positions. Car owners prefer Kia and it has come to fourth place in which Hyundai in the previous year.

The scores do not reflect any brand’s vehicle actual qualities, they reflect a brand’s image. Here the word ‘perception’ is influenced by hands on experience, marketing, and word of mouth. The perception is also an indicator that reflecting years of bad or good performance.
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Mar 5, 2014

Moneychutney.com Boosts Content to Help People Manage their Finances Properly

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Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh – Moneychutney.com, a popular personal finance website that offers free expert advices on personal finance to help people manage their money properly, is continuously updating its website to share its expertise and extensive actionable knowledge on personal finance.

Moneychutney.com is a great resource for Indian middle class on personal finance. Unlike other personal finance resources that give complex theories on money management, moneychutney.com provides expert money management tips that are easy-to-understand, simple-to-follow and more importantly are practical and applicable in our daily life.

Moneychutney.com, initially started as a small section in one of the popular websites on wellness, Living-smartly.com, grew leaps and bounds to a comprehensive resource that simplifies complex topics of personal finance.

It has got four specific sections, targeted at the four important aspects of money management – personal financial planning, how to save money, reduce debt and grow money, besides having a section to provide general perspective on personal financial planning. The website also provides day-to-day developments in the industry including banking and finance, investing, savings, tax, insurance and loans. Apart from providing insightful articles on money management, this website provides functional information on various topics like personal loan, mutual fund, CIBIL score, books on personal finance, etc.

A spokesperson from Moneychutney.com said, “Due to requests from our audiences for more information on personal finance and for an exclusive personal finance website for better user experience, we have moved Personal Financial Planning section in Living-smartly.com to a new website, Moneychutney.com and vastly expanded on the content. We are continuously creating content on money management as we know that this kind of information, specifically created for Indians is in short supply.”

They further added that, “We are extremely happy with the response our site is receiving. Many of our visitors have responded saying our advice was helpful in bringing a positive change in their personal finances and they are now able to manage their finances better than ever. So, our aim of inculcating the right attitude towards money in people seems to be realizing.”

With the positive impact the site is making on people’s lives, the financial experts at Moneychutney.com are putting in more efforts to provide more valuable information to visitors. Check out this site regularly for latest articles!

For further information, contact:

Moneychutney.com
C/o: Marvist WebMedia,
595, Street #16, Himayathnagar,
Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh,
India – 500029
Website: http://moneychutney.com
Email: info@moneychutney.com

About Us:
Moneychutney.com is a personal finance website developed and maintained by Marvist WebMedia. This website aims to help the middleclass people in India, who are struggling to manage their money by providing actionable knowledge on personal finance to make a positive difference in their financial situation. With the tag line, Money Made Simple’, this website is surely a one-stop solution for all your financial problems and queries.

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Sep 17, 2012

US Small Business After Crisis

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Small businesses in United States suffered a lot during 2007-2009 recession. As per a recent Deutsche Bank research survey, small businesses are showing an improvement in employment.

The key strengthening for the nascent US small business recovery is by improved sales outlook and access to financing. Small businesses have been slow in recovering because of deep losses in the most recent recession. First reason for this is that the construction sector which comprises of 86 percent of small firms was hard hit with recession and it has struggled a lot through out the downturn. The second reason is that the financial crisis. Due to recent recession, there were tighter terms of credit for loans to small businesses who relied more on traditional bank loans and other form of credit.

Uncertainty about the economy and lackluster sales are the main backlogs which are obstructing fast recovery of small businesses. According to a National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) report published in February 2010, about 51 percent of small employers are finding slow or declining sales as their principal immediate economic problem. About 22 percent of them cited uncertainty and about 8 percent cited access to credit. Just 40 percent of the small businesses are trying to borrow in 2009.

There was also a negative impact of falling real estate values on small business owners’ ability and capacity to borrow as about 95 percent of small businesses were owning real estate.

There was also a fall in lending to small businesses as a result of the financial crisis. As per Federal Reserve, the loans to small businesses decreased from nearly USD 700 billion in second quarter of 2008 to circa USD 660 billion in first quarter of 2010.

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Nov 25, 2010

Employee Retention Techniques

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Employees are a valuable asset to any organization. It is essential to protect this vital resource as talented and motivated employees play a crucial role in overall growth and success of the organization. Focusing on employee retention techniques can positively impact the organization as it increases employee productivity, performance, quality of work, profits, and reduces turnover and absenteeism. Effectively creating an engaging environment, recognizing good performance, giving benefits and rewards, promoting mutual respect are some of the ways for effective employee retention.

Increase Employee Engagement
Effectively implementing employee retention program by increasing employee engagement ensures that the employees are satisfied with their work, take pride in their work, report to duty on time, feel responsible for their job, feel valued for their contributions, and have high job satisfaction. As employees actively focus on their work, it increases the productivity levels in the organization and leads to improvement in several associated areas. Employee engagement ensures that the employees have a clear understanding of their roles and responsibilities in the organization. Increasing employee engagement helps to develop emotional connection, enthusiasm among the employees that promotes teamwork and healthy environment at the workplace.

Motivate Employees
Motivating employees by offering them better opportunities for career development can help in employee retention. Giving rewards, recognitions, promotions, and appreciation to employees can motivate them to increase their productivity, commitment to work, and loyalty to the organization. They feel that their contributions are valued in the organization. Giving incentives, pay hikes, bonuses can also help to motivate employees. Recognizing employee’s contributions and aspirations motivates employee to work productively and increases his confidence that helps in employee retention.

Focus On Team Building
Promoting team culture helps to actively involve all employees in achieving the goals and in overall success of the organization. Promoting team building imbibes a sense of belongingness among the employees that they are a part of larger goals or objectives of the organization. Team building promotes team work and team effort that help employees to tackle work pressure and thus provide a competitive advantage to organization. Focusing on team building activities can help to reduce workplace conflicts between team members as they work in a team. Organizing team building games, seminars, outdoor events help to promote team spirit, unity, and reduce stress.

Recognition of Performance
Recognition of performance of employees is an effective method of employee retention. Although monetary compensation can act as a motivating factor, openly recognizing the performance, initiative, and good work increases the morale and motivates the employee to work more productively. Appreciating the performance motivates the employee and they feel valuable within the organization. This helps in employee engagement and to increase the productivity levels.

Following effective employee retention techniques help to leverage the most valuable asset, the employees, to achieve growth of the company and increase the bottom line profits. Various employee retention techniques increase the employee productivity levels in the organization leading to reduction in cost per item or services produced.

Source: www.peopleconnectstaffing.com

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Nov 20, 2010

Small Business Performance in the First Quarter of 2010

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In May 13 of 2010, the SBA released small business performance of First Quarter statistics. The small business trends are:

  • In the first quarter of 2010, real gross domestic product was 3.2 percent.
  • There was an increase of 14.8 percent on an annual basis in real gross private fixed investment.
  • There was an increase 3.6 percent and 5.8 percent in real personal consumption and real exports respectively.
  • The non-farm payroll increased by an overall 283,000 jobs which showed a positive sign of increase in hiring. Regardless, the unemployment remained high at 9.7 percent.
  • The self-employment growth was stable.
  • In the first quarter of 2010, except construction, financial activities and information other major industries experienced net job growth.
  • Because of the Federal Reserve Board maintaining their target federal funds rate nearly around zero percent, interest rates remained very low.
  • There was overall growth in economic trends in the first quarter when compared to 2009. Poor sales are of top concern of small business owners.
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Nov 2, 2010