It wasn't the skinned lamb carcasses that greeted me as I walked through the door. Nor was it the short, dark-tanned man with the cigarette hanging out of his mouth proudly showing me the assorted viscera stacked high on his stall. It wasn't even in the next hall where the seafood was so fresh I thought for a brief moment that I was snorkeling. What struck me the most about the whole experience was the narrow coffee shop tucked into a wall in between tripe soup vendors. I joined the old men at their Formica-clad tables, their glares a mix of disdain for my intrusion and curiosity at my boldness. I motioned the grey-haired bowling ball of a lady behind the counter like a pro, and before long I had my coffee in front of me. I'm not a big coffee drinker, to tell you the truth. But I…… [Read More]
Bangkok opened its heart to me, and I reciprocated by relishing every moment, no matter how spicy.
From Bangkok I headed to one of Thailand's most popular tourist islands: Ko Phan Gan. To get there I had to take a bus and a ferry but the whole journey took less than a full day. When I arrived, my friend and I headed straight for the beach even before we found our hotel room. Thankfully, our room was a bungalow on the beach. We stayed a week, leaving two shades darker than we arrived. Not sick of the beach scene yet, we took the boat to Ko Samui, which is next door to Ko Phan Gan. Ko Samui was equally as scenic. I did not want to leave.
However, the next leg of our journey sounded compelling and we put on our backpacks and headed for the hills: literally. Northern Thailand…… [Read More]
In my short life I have had the good fortune of being able to travel widely. This has allowed me to experience a variety of locations and a variety of climates. Each has offered something different and few of the places that I have visited have left me with the feeling that I did not want to return but nowhere has left me with the feelings of wonder and peace that the Island of Maui did. For a brief few days, I was left with the impression that this must be what heaven is like. Sitting on the beach watching the tides flow in and out feeling the comfort of warm, soft breezes I was free to clear my mind of my worldly tribulations. Listening to my favorite music on my iPod only added to my feelings of relaxation.
The Island of Maui is not the largest of…… [Read More]
There are numerous different types of drivers. On some days, I (or some other single individual) can manifest the characteristics of all these drivers, or at least a good deal of them. In many ways, driving can be considered one of the key distinguishing features of someone's personality. There was a lyric in a song once that you can tell people's styles by the way they park a car. If the styles and personalities of the following drives can be determined by the way in which they manipulate a moving two ton piece of steel, metal, and plastic, then it is no small wonder that the world is in as much trouble as it is.
First and foremost, then, we have the ubiquitous cab driver, synonymously operating in every city in every state, while seeming to thrive in metropolises and other cramped places where the value of cars…… [Read More]
A restaurant for dinner is selected having consulted the Michelin guidebook (Travel pp). Then back to the hotel to refresh and stroll to the Square for drinks (Travel pp). After breakfast on ednesday morning, most of the day is spent touring the Government buildings, then back to the hotel to relax and consult the guidebook for a dinner restaurant (Travel pp). Thursday is spent at the Heysel Exhibition Park and the Atomium, which is called the Eiffel Tower of Brussels (Travel pp). After the tour, then it is back to the hotel to refresh and again a low-key night on the Square. After breakfast Friday, the day is spent at the Museum of Modern Art near Royal Square (Travel pp). A restaurant is chosen to dine for dinner before returning to the hotel.
Saturday, the 24th, is spent at the Sablon Square, where there are hundreds of antique shops and…… [Read More]
" (de Graff, 2008)
Vacations make workers more productive. Air New Zealand conducted a study and states findings that following having taken a vacation that workers were able to sleep one hour longer and to experience quality sleep with reactions times that were 30 to 40% faster than before their vacation. The gains were found to last across several months.
The work of Gilbert and Abdullah (2003) reports a study focused on understanding if taking vacations has any impact on the well-being or the life satisfaction of individuals. The study reports "A comparison between a holiday taking group and non-holiday taking control group provided evidence that the former experienced a higher sense of well-being prior and post their travels when compared to the latter. Although the effect sizes are mostly small, the evidence suggests that holiday taking has the potential to enhance the level of happiness of those enjoying it,…… [Read More]
American Vacation Time
Many people in the United States are clueless about how their country stacks up to other countries in the world in regards to vacation time. Most people generally assume that vacation time in the United States is relatively comparable to that of the rest of the world. However, that could not be farther from the case. In fact the U.S. has been referred to as the "non-vacation" nation since it has no federally mandated vacation time other than public holidays (CNN orld). In fact, in a 2009 Mercer poll the only country that was included in the survey that scored worse than the United States was China. Every other industrialized nation and nearly all the developing nations all have mandated vacation time that exceeds the American averages. Many of the top vacation nations in the world offer their citizens a mandated forty or more days…… [Read More]
summer vacation. You've chosen a gorgeous resort vacation, hesitate kind transport 'll trip. traveling comfortable suitable: a bus airplane. Compare contrast means transportation.
There has been much controversy regarding transportation in the recent years and depending on each individual's preferences, some means of transportations are considered to be superior to others in particular circumstances. When considering the difference between riding by bus and riding by airplane, there are a lot of variables that can be considered by individuals wanting to reach a conclusion in regard to which one is more effective when concerning their demands. It is difficult to determine whether it is more efficient to travel by bus or to travel by plane and the distance of the trip is one of the principal things influencing such a choice.
People generally like to believe that airtravel is not very expensive and that it is much faster. However, when considering…… [Read More]
Dream Vacation Project
Planning a vacation may not be as easy as one may think. In fact, without proper planning, the vacation may not be a success. One must decide when to travel, where to travel, where to stay, what to see and experience, how much to spend, and so forth. It is actually a process that requires meticulous preparation. This paper provides a plan for a dream vacation in Puerto ico. The paper particularly pays attention to the schedule, cost, and scope of the vacation.
Time is an important element in vacation planning (Matt, 2013). One must define when to travel and for what period of time. It is not enough for one to just say they are going to Puerto ico. Saying they are going to Puerto ico for a certain number of days at a certain time of the year would be more ideal. For instance, instead…… [Read More]
Although a true dream vacation would be longer than five days, I do understand that I am on a tight schedule. If I only budget for five calendar days, including the day I leave home and the day I return, I can still make it to London, England and back. There are frequent flights to London, and with my frequent flyer miles on Air Canada, I can offset some of the costs and retain most of my budget of $2,000. Furthermore, I have an aunt in London with whom I can stay. If I take public transportation while I am there and eat fish and chips and grilled cheese at the Borough Market, then my total expenditures will be small and I can afford to go out at night.
After checking the Government of Canada Traveller's Checklist, I have determined that all I need is a passport and…… [Read More]
secretary went on vacation. She inadvertently took with her something from the office. Her boss sent her a message asking her to return it immediately. This she did, mailing it out that day. Yet, when she returned from vacation, she was dismissed. Why?
The object the secretary took was the set of keys for the mailbox. Since the keys were in the mailbox, her boss could not open the mailbox to retrieve them and this explains her dismissal.
The strategy used was first to determine exactly what needed to be known. The question was 'why was the secretary dismissed?'
The next step was to look at what is known. The facts are:
The secretary inadvertently took something home from the office.
Her bossed asked her to return it.
She returned it by mail.
She was dismissed when she returned from her vacation.
It was assumed that all this information given…… [Read More]
American Vacation Time/Holidays
In the United States, people live to work while in other areas of the world people work to live. Or at least, this is a common stereotype about Americans and people who live in other parts of the world. The average working American gets two weeks (sometimes three if they're lucky) of vacation time a year while it isn't uncommon for individuals living in Spain, Italy and other parts of Western Europe to have the entire summer off, which is something that shocks Americans when they visit Madrid or ome in the middle of the summer. In the news we've heard about workers in Western Europe facing a cut in their social benefits, however, their vacation time is never touched (Geoghegan 2010). Meanwhile, American workers employed during this desperate financial time are not taking their vacations in fear of losing their jobs if they do or of…… [Read More]
In short, it's the veteran employees, who seem to not be using their vacation time, that are creating the perceived problem.
By taking a regression that analyzes length of tenure vs. vacation time taken in the most recently completed calendar year (2005), we can see if employees are taking more time off as they accrue more vacation days. Our hypothesis is that they are not and that there will be no correlation between length of tenure and time off taken.
The main statistic we will analyze is the coefficient of determination. According to Aczel and Sounderpandian, the coefficient of determination measures the strength of the regression relationship on a scale of zero to 1; the closer the figure is to 1, the stronger the relationship (p.457). As Aczel and Sounderpandian indicate, it is difficult to state definitively how close to 1 our coefficient of determination must be before we declare…… [Read More]
Donna and Kelly
assume employee relations specialist company. The supervisor responsible project advice issue. Members group assigned tasks completing project. Ideally, pieces puzzle smoothly completed. Kelly working overtime ensures piece project completed meet deadlines.
Scenario: Donna and Kelly
In the scenario presented, Kelly does not feel as if her colleague Donna is 'pulling her weight' on a project to which they are mutually assigned. Kelly has not confronted Donna about her anger. Instead, she has quietly allowed her emotions to build as she has grown increasingly frustrated with what she perceives as Donna's lackadaisical attitude about work deadlines. Now, Donna is taking a weekend vacation, leaving Kelly with even more work. In this specific instance, 'ownership' of the problem lies in Kelly's hands. This does not necessarily mean that only Kelly is at fault. However, "for every set of conditions or outcomes, there are some people who are affected adversely…… [Read More]
A Few Days in the Sun
We are all familiar with the process of negotiation: We have each been engaging in negotiations since we were young children asking to stay up just five more minutes before going to bed. However, despite the fact that by the time that we are adults we have each engaged in probably thousands of negotiations, few people have ever stopped to analyze exactly what goes on in a negotiation. This paper examines the steps of a negotiation that I myself was involved in. This negotiation centered on a vacation that I was trying to arrange with a small group of friends. The following analysis lays out the steps that are followed in a negotiation regardless of whether the topic is intrinsically inconsequential or momentarily serious.
Goals and Aspirations
The overall goal of this negotiation was to plan for a vacation for five friends that…… [Read More]
In the lifetime of an individual student in any learning institution, he is bound to work within a setting that brings him together with other students with a common goal to be achieved collectively. Group work seems inevitable in many aspects of a student's life and our group discussed herein was one of the several groups that I have found myself in the course of my academic pursuit.
The group here was out to set a vacation for the group that had been working together on several assignments and it was agreed that it was in order to end the year by having a weekend vacation together. This was interesting since it presented a unique and somehow queer situation since the group had been working together on school and academic based assignments for quite sometime, but since it has never worked on the arrangement of a vacation, it…… [Read More]
Staffing at Piedmont Airlines
Finding solutions at Piedmont Airlines
Overview of Organization
Piedmont Airlines is a fully owned subsidiary of U.S. Airways. U.S. Airways is the 6th largest airline in the United States (Piedmont Airlines, Inc., 2011). Piedmont flies 440 daily departures to 55 cities throughout the Eastern United States and Canada. They operate 44 DeHaviland DHC-8 Turbo prop aircraft as their primary fleet. The headquarters is based in Salisbury, Maryland. They employ nearly 4000 aviation professionals (Piedmont Airlines, Inc., 2011).
Like many organizations, Piedmont is facing problems with employee morale. Low employee morale is closely linked to high turnover rates in many organizations. Low morale also leads to low productivity. Employee satisfaction is one of the most important factors in maintaining an experienced workforce. Poor morale leads to excessive employee absences and a higher absence rate (CCH, 2007). This costs the company money and lost time. It also has…… [Read More]
In opening sentence, briefly introduce Sandals esorts intended analysis. This purpose statement. One sentences sufficient. For, a sentence "The purpose report analyze components marketing mix Gatorade brand.
Marketing Mix: Sandals esort
Overview of company
Sandals esorts is a brand-name series of chain resorts, most of which are located in the Caribbean. The target demographic for the resort is primarily established couples. Sandals seeks to showcase romantic yet affordable destinations for vacationers on honeymoons, weddings, and 'second' weddings. Segmentation variables include that of price and also purpose of the trip -- some individuals may want a quiet getaway, while others use Sandals to engage in major event planning, such as those orchestrating 'destination' weddings. The purpose of this report is to show how Sandals uses product, price, placement, and positioning to effectively segment the market of its target demographic of couples and sustain brand interest in the competitive resort…… [Read More]
Nurse Practitioner Employment Contract
EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE FOLLOWING PARTIES:
The following party shall here in be referred to as "Corporation"
GROUP HEALTH CORPORATE,
The following party shall here in be referred to as "EMPLOYEE" or "NP"
MINNIE DAVIS ARNP,
TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT
The contract duration is for two years with an option for renewal for five (5) years thereafter.
The contracted position will be paid at a salary rate of $95,000 per year with a cost of living of 5% every 2 years. The pay is not based on performance.
The contract will be renewed the sixth month after review of the employee's performance.
Paychecks will be issued monthly.
The termination of this contract may be made under the following conditions.
Violation of State or Federal Law
Breach of the Contract by either Party
Performance of the NP
Desire to Leave the…… [Read More]
contract is "a set of legally enforceable promises," (p. 304). From this simple definition, it would seem that a verbal contract did indeed exist between the two parties in question. Jacob did tell Henry he would be receiving an extra week of vacation. The form of the contract might be verbal, and the contract might indeed by informal and simple. However, there is a legal contract in this case even if injustice cannot be established. The courts would unfortunately have a difficult time establishing willful breach, although it is possible that Henry would be able to secure his extra week of vacation.
There are four cornerstones of contract law. The four elements of contract include the agreement, the consideration, the contractual capacity, and the legal object (p. 304). The agreement is the offer, which in this case is Jacob's offer to grant Henry an extra week of vacation. This case…… [Read More]
Molnar feels that the president of the United States is using his son's life, and the lives of many other soldiers, as a tool to further his own political career. He feels that the United States had a shoddy foreign policy for more than a decade and, just as the pressure cooker began to explode, began to try to remedy the situation with a bandage. Molnar contends that the United States is not behaving in the best interest of the people, but is only acting to secure cheap oil and continue using 25 to 30% of this natural resource. The alternative view is that the president had the welfare of the people in mind when he sent soldiers off to the Persian Gulf, and that it was necessary to send troops to the Gulf in order to avoid the possibility of an oil shortage in the United States. In his…… [Read More]
Scenario Background -- Jack Parks is the benefit manager for a division of USA Motors. He is concerned about the level of absenteeism and the "paid absence" agreement negotiated a decade ago. The theory was that by giving workers a full week of paid absence against which they could charge personal absence, they would be encouraged to plan ahead and let supervisors know when they might be gone so that staffing could remain consistent. In reality, workers discovered that by not charging off any paid absence days they could receive a full week's pay in June when the company paid unused benefit hours. Workers had, in fact, come to think of it as a bonus that coincided with summer vacations when USA shut down for inventory in the summer. Parks believes that he can control this abuse of a benefit by a series of percentile deductions on future…… [Read More]
Terrorism Affects the International Tourism Industry
There is an undeniable relationship between terrorism and tourism. This is because of the industry power tourist sites are attractive avenues for terrorists to cause unprecedented magnitudes of economic and social disruption. The 21st century economy is dominated by three sectors namely information technology, tourism, and telecommunications. Tourism generates ten percent of international employment with a surplus of 30% in the Caribbean region. World tourism organization estimates that over two hundred million people across the world will be employed in the industry by 2015. The tourism and travel sectors have expanded by 700% in the last two decades (Gabbay & Ghosh, 2013). It is further projected that tourists will spend twice as much in foreign nations on tourism activities. For most developing nations, tourism is the leading source of income in terms of GDP thus a key influence in the economic growth. The issue…… [Read More]
Ace Hardware is a large national chain of independent hardware and home improvement franchise retail outlets. At the particular retail store in question, the policy of employee seniority, as it relates to all matters other than vacation allocation,
is either applied inconsistently, or ignored outright, resulting in antagonism between co-workers, erosion of respect for management, and ultimately, undermining employee morale in general.
Manager Mike iley has been with the organization since 1994 and has been in charge of day-to-day operations since 1998. Several employees have worked at Ace almost as long as Mike, while two others, Brian Knight and Kevin Brady, were hired more recently, by Mike, since his promotion to Management. Brian and Mike
grew up in the same neighborhood, attending the same high school where they were good friends before losing touch while Brian served four years in military service.
Kevin was first introduced…… [Read More]
ecruiting and etention Strategies of Office Temporary Employees
An in-depth analysis of the temporary office employee industry as it pertains to recruiting and retention of those employees.
This paper presents a detailed proposal for the recruiting and retention of temporary office workers. The writer is employed as a full time on site recruiter of temporary office workers at one of Wall Street's top financial firms. The majority of the temporary help the writer recruits are administrative assistants and other entry level finance positions. The positions range from a couple of days to several months in time. The writer is charged with recruiting and retaining temporary workers who have the necessary skill sets and experience to perform the jobs. The writer analyzes the industry, the company history regarding temporary employees and future trends to propose methods for the purpose of recruiting and retention of those workers.
FLOW OF INFOMATION
Introduction…… [Read More]
successful recruitment strategies and the manner in which to motivate employees.
Employee motivation and retention are complex issues and superficial solutions just don't work. Companies that take the easy way out will pay in the long run with high turnover costs. As a warehouse supervisor for Blue Grocery store Arthur eed has been facing problems recruiting temporary workers during the months of summer when the regular staff either wants time off. This has proved to be a dilemma such that the general efficiency of the business is being affected. Arthur needs summer staff that is dependable, works for low pay and is temporary-not a very appealing combination for the prospective employees.
In order to recruit staff that is dependable and temporary the supervisor must take steps that create an appeal for the workers. He should target a diverse market force that is usually ignored. By choosing non-professionals the…… [Read More]
For example, I would ask Mark to imagine what he would consider fair if he had recently been forced to work three floating shifts back to back because the unit was short-staffed as a result of Lisa's taking her vacation. Furthermore, I would explain to Mark that if his vacation spared him from having to fill floating responsibilities that is already an additional benefit to him and not something for which he deserves extra privileges or compensation. More importantly, his coworkers already had to fill more floating shifts than they would have otherwise because he was on vacation. Therefore, instead of considering himself to be unfairly burdened by being asked to fill a floating shift, Mark should be appreciative and should probably volunteer for it, precisely out of the desire to be fair to his coworkers.
That aspect of conflict resolution would be an element of collaboration in the long-term…… [Read More]
.. [of] her father, a gunsmith, she writes...'All he ever cared about were guns. All I ever cared about was art'" (Martin 2000). Vowell's anti-gun politics and assassination fascination thus may have a personal dimension -- in the act of remembering violent American history, Vowell comes to terms with her past although retains her liberal politics.
Vowell does tie the issues raised by violence and assignations in the past to present-day attitudes Regarding one unwitting casualty in the attempt on Ronald Reagan's life, Reagan's press secretary James Brady who must spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair due to his injury, Vowell is proud that she is part of their campaign and writes how moved she is: "that he and his wife, Sarah, turned this rotten luck into the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence is downright heroic. And not the soft-focus treacle that 'heroic' often implies. I'm…… [Read More]
The familiar surroundings and accommodations make the timeshare seem more like a second home than any hotel could.
Some timeshare properties are geared for individuals with specific interests, too. For example, many are located near golf courses, beaches, or swimming pools. At the same time, our properties are ideal for individuals who love to relax while on vacation because of their spaciousness and luxurious accommodations.
Timeshares offer a way to get away on a budget and to enjoy a spacious and luxurious property. By investing in our properties, you will be giving you and your family the gift of travel. Any time you want to head to your favorite destination, the property will be waiting for you. You can afford to travel in style: invest in a timeshare and look forward to years of fun, affordable, relaxing vacations.… [Read More]
Coping strategy four: Taking public transportation
Taking public transportation will have a more significant income effect than simply trying to drive less or foregoing vehicle maintenance. This will enable the individual to 'opt out' of the increased gas prices. This will enable him or her to spend more money on goods and services, but given the fact that other prices are often affected by gas prices, the prices overall in the economy could be higher. The costs of a bus, train, or subway pass would have to be figured in as well, as well as the opportunity cost of being late to work, if the public transportation system is not reliable. However, if the time spent commuting enables the worker to 'get started' on his or her work on the train or bus, this could result in higher levels of productivity and real income. An additional bonus at work would…… [Read More]
The sales person is driven by their target, as to fail to meet the target would not only be financially costly but embarrassing. The second target, the hard-to-achieve target -- is something that the salesperson can take pride in achieving. Attaining this target means more for the success and improvement it represents than for the payout that comes along with it.
The third component is the Top Performer incentive. For some sales staff, this may not serve as significant motivation as they may not feel as though they are in contention. For those high-performing staff members, however, this award gives the opportunity for bragging rights -- fulfillment of the ego. This can be powerful motivator for sales people. This incentive will work for the strong sales people, so while the others may not push themselves to attain it, all of the best sales people will and in doing so they…… [Read More]
Further, Valerie doesn't have any experience in the beauty industry other than Wisson, so the loss of a reference for this experience would be devastating. A loss of a job at Wisson would also mean that she would lose her tuition reimbursement for a master's of science program she has just been accepted to at the prestigious University of Chicago. Without this assistance, she might be unable to pay the very expensive tuition bills and would lose the ability to earn a degree that would greatly benefit her career.
Discuss Valerie's manager, Waters, in relationship to his ethics in handling business and employees.
There are many ways that Water's ethics negatively impacted the business and employees. There is a common theme among experts who have researched leadership; integrity is the most important of all the qualities a leader must possess and leaders must act with integrity at all times (Cunningham,…… [Read More]
Internal Fraud Detection
Fraud can be detected by deliberate effort through internal control efforts or by coincidence or chance. When companies do not practice strong internal control, it leaves the door open for employees to misappropriate assets without being detected, except by chance. y the time fraud is detected by chance, it could have cost a company millions of dollars in misappropriated assets.
The first coincidence discovered by the magazine company was in the process of a new auditor in an effort to get to know his new company and their accounting codes taking invoices to a vice president responsible for approving payment on them. The very top invoice was a forged signature, and upon evaluation, more invoices were discovered to have contained forged signatures, which is what set up the investigation. According to (Global Economic Crime Survey), 13% of internal fraud is detected by accident, 27% reported fraud in…… [Read More]
Currency fluctuations tend to create instability and disrupt the planning activities of tourists. In times of an economic recession, there is normally a lot of fluctuation in the currencies. In the previous year, many currencies appreciated in value while some depreciated. The appreciation of Great ritain Pound and U.S. Dollar against currencies of other countries, such as third world countries, while the depreciation of the Pakistani Rupee, Indian Rupee and the Sri Lankan Rupee against the U.S. Dollar (REPORTER, Staff, 2012) made it less likely for the travelers located in such places to plan to visit countries, as expenditure on goods and services will be incurred in the appreciated currency of the destination country and will have to be supported by the depreciated home currency. This increased expenditure, especially in the times of an economic recession, is considered to be a luxury that needs to be overlooked, at least until…… [Read More]
staff a warehouse during the summer when there are employee shortages caused by higher than usual vacations and sick days. In the past, replacement works have been difficult to come by. Most likely causes include the low base pay of only $6 per hour with the necessity to pay union dues and purchase costly steel-toed boots and the requirement for these workers to be on-call for two shifts without any guarantee of minimum hours. For Reed to be more successful with staffing issues in the summer, he will need to take several steps to address these problems.
For starters, Blue Grocery Stores should consider an upward adjustment in hourly pay. Employers should expect to pay a premium for workers that are willing to be on call and that receive no benefits. Based on the current minimum wage, it appears that doubling the hourly rate to $12 would be reasonable.…… [Read More]
To batter understand the mechanisms of decision making and purchase behavior within an adoptive family take the case of a nuclear family, formed from a 48 years old mother, a 51 years old father and an adopted 15 years old son. The mother is a clinical psychologist and the father is currently an out of work electrician. In this particular case:
big ticket purchases are generally decided by the mother, since she is the sole provider of the family; the father is charged with the family vacations food and toiletries are purchased on individual preference basically because the mother does not have enough time to cook group decisions are made in regard to the places where to dine out or electronic appliances to be purchased for the home the child's power of influence is revealed by his capability to research certain products and provide his mother with the required information…… [Read More]
Although the coach may not work out with the client every session, he or she may be called upon to demonstrate many of the moves and to assist the client, depending on the nature of the session and the client's needs. For some coaches, the 'best' part of work -- the involvement with people committed to fitness -- may also be the worst part, because their schedules may make it difficult to find time to work out alone. Even then, the coach may be so exhausted from helping others he does not have the motivation to condition himself. But this is vital, so the coach can assist clients in an injury-free fashion.
A typical 'day in the life' of a sports and conditioning coach will vary depending upon the coach's practice setting. A private trainer might get up at 5:30am to go to the house of a busy executive he…… [Read More]
It seems strange to me, in retrospect, that I could have managed to reach the age of sixteen without having ever visited an amusement park. Of course, I was aware of places like the Epcot Center and Disneyland -- what American child isn't? But I grew up in a city that didn't have any local amusement parks, and my family didn't have a lot of extra money to spend on vacations. Instead, my parents saved up to send me to boarding school in Massachusetts. Living away from my parents and siblings was at times stressful, and required me to develop a great deal of independence. However, the road trip that we took to Bush Gardens in Virginia remains one of my fondest memories and marks a strong transition point between my adolescence and young adulthood.
When I returned home from school for the summer after my junior year,…… [Read More]
Lord's Payer: iordan in Japan
Globalization has many different effects on the world, the nations within it, and the individual organizations and people that populate these nations. Many of the effects and challenges of globalization work in indirect ways, and these are the effects that are quite often areas of ethical concern when it comes to international business, however there are also many direct considerations that businesses must take into account when they are globalizing or engaging in any multinational/international endeavors. The day-to-day operations and the minute details of international business have immense legal and ethical implications that extend well beyond simply trying to conduct business in a way that benefits all organizations and nations involved. Careful consideration of even the most innocuous-seeming of business actions and transactions renders these complications strikingly clear.
Compensation for employees relocated to a foreign country is one of the issues that presents…… [Read More]
Lincoln Park Zoo
ecreational activities can be termed as a necessity for every individual despite his age, social status or society. A man with a 9 to 5 job would certainly prefer a vacation or a short weekend road trip. A housewife who is busy taking care of her children and dealing with the household chores all day long would long for a change. Similarly, children attending schools, tuitions and taking exam would prefer an entertainment to get a break from their routine life. This is because of the fact that humans often want change from their daily routine which builds up stress, work load, tensions and burden them up with worries. Consequently, it is not only their work or the responsibilities which are adversely affected, but their health and well being is also compromised. Therefore, although every man would want shelter, food and clothes for their living,…… [Read More]
The federal spending cuts that have severely impacted VentaCare's bottom line will not be rescinded until the budget deficit, debt ceiling, and sequester crises are resolved, and with at the current rate of political progress in Congress, the loss of financial support may as well be considered permanent. To that end, Allison should be exacting in her appraisal process, forgoing any concern over individual employee grievances in order to focus fully on returning VentaCare to economic viability.
3.) What are some benefits Allison should consider changing or eliminating? Why?
With federal law only mandating the provision of unpaid leave days in the event of vacation, holiday, or illness, Allison should consider amending VentaCare's benefit policy to provide each employee exactly one-half of their leave days to be paid, with the other half becoming unpaid leave days. The financial condition of the company means that Allison cannot abide the practice of…… [Read More]
Gertrude Stein, The Gentle Lena
The most obvious thing about this story was that nothing really happened. At the start, continually reading about the "patient, gentle, sweet and german" Lena and her "peaceful life" I was expecting there to be some twist to the story, perhaps with Lena snapping and becoming something other than patient, gentle and sweet. However, this twist did not come, which is probably what makes the story work so well. It is a simple and sad story about a life lived without consequence. Having Lena resolve the situation in some way, would not be true to the story, since any action would mean Lena's life did have some meaning.
Overall, it is a story of a woman accepting her life without questioning it. Lena does not appear either content or happy, instead it is more like she is numb. This is emphasized by the fact that…… [Read More]
Where and With Whom I Find Peace
It is very important for each individual to have and know a sense of peace during his/her life. Over the course of this paper, I will explain the places where I find peace and with which people I find peace in my life. There will be four areas of discussion in this paper. One place where I find place is in my church, or overall, with my relationship with my concept of God. I also find peace with my family. I, like many people, find peace with friends, especially during times of vacation and leisure. Finally, I find peace in the exercise and use of my imagination. A sense of peace is necessary for many reasons, especially in this modern world. Each person needs a way to unwind, relax, and reflect. The world can be very harsh and can make a…… [Read More]
Benefits are often seen as at least as or even more important than the base salary in terms of employee compensation. Furthermore, it is also important to provide employees with a sense of purpose and motivation in performing their duties.
While I would consider a slight increase in the base salary, I however feel that it is more important to include an incentive bonus for work performance. This will be calculated according to a scale of related skills and requirements of each job within the company. I will therefore focus on implementing annual work performance bonuses for employees who display excellent skills in their specific area of work. The precise requirements will be worked out with employees themselves.
I also feel that employees should receive benefits that are related to their work, such as company vehicles for personnel who travel many hours or miles during their year of work, or…… [Read More]
microeconomic environment facing Herbert Chapman (look at the main competition, costs pressures etc.)
Chapman's problems are not so surprising given the fact that starting from 2009 more Britons preferred to stay home during the vacation than travel abroad. It is surprising that Chapman's competitor in fact reported business. Were Chapman to have concentrated on local tourism instead, he may have noted greater profit for companies such as the Association of British Travel Agents remarked that tourism had increased in Britain during January 2009 and that companies that were focusing on British tourism (namely local tour operators) were actually reporting profit.
In fact, research by VisitBritain, the tourism authority, indicated that 74 per cent of people were in fact actively working towards methods of cutting their expense and finding their relaxation at home as opposed to abroad..
Given other reports indicating that other companies have caught onto this trend and are…… [Read More]
Department Members (My Minions): I just received the return figures from financing and development, and unfortunately there are some changes I need you all to make. First, I need you to insert all design specifications into the first of the two spreadsheets I've attached to this message. The function of this spreadsheet is to correlate data so that I can compare our product performance figures more easily. I'm tired of that process taking as long as it does. Second, I need you to record your time spent on each design project on the second spreadsheet attached to this message. This will enable me to compare how much time you spend on certain projects with the importance of that project towards meeting our quarterly goals. I want you all to spend more time on projects that actually further our quarterly goal, and I'd like for us to spend less time on…… [Read More]
An office worker had a record of frequent absence. He used all his vacation and sick leave days and frequently requested additional leave without pay. His supervisor and co-workers expressed great frustration because his absenteeism caused bottlenecks in paperwork, created low morale in the office, and required others to do his work in addition to their own. On the other hand, he felt he was entitled to take his earned time and additional time off without pay. Was he right?
While the office worker has a legitimate reason to make use of his allotted vacation time, as this stipulation was likely agreed upon in his employment contract, choosing to request additional time off without pay presents a more complicated moral dilemma. In this case, the worker is technically entitled to take time off if he is not being compensated, but doing so necessarily affects his coworkers and…… [Read More]
Employee Compensation Deduction
Tax Research Memorandum
Mr. Jones, President
From: Tax Accountant, CPA
Tax Treatment of Employee Compensation in Business Deductions
Mr. Jones is the President of a corporation owned by him and members of his family. Mr. Jones was paid $48,000 in salary and the corporation paid $12,000 in a pension plan contribution on Mr. Jones's behalf for the tax year. The IRS Agent claims that both the salary paid to Mr. Jones and the pension plan contribution must be taken into account to determine whether the total compensation is reasonable in amount. The corporation wants to know if the pension plan contribution must be taken into account in determining the total compensation reasonableness to Mr. Jones.
The issue is whether the pension plan contribution paid by the corporation must be included with Mr. Jones salary for the tax year to determine whether the total compensation was…… [Read More]
Tourist motivation is why a tourist will probably decide to select one particular location over some other as well as the characteristics that control that behavior. This is significant for the tourism industry and tourist specialist businesses for several factors. The particular tourist specialist should have awareness of the things that force the tourist to trigger the holiday and after that complement a location that matches together with the tourists traveling reasons (Page and Connell, 2012: pg 63,64). A great match might guarantee that the visitor will love the holiday as well as either return every year or arrange an additional trip with this specialist. The tourist specialist must also have details about tourist motivation to be able to promote particular destinations as well as layout suitable tourist deals. While on the surface tourist motivations may seem a very simple issue; however, a closer look reveals that things are not…… [Read More]
Purdue Summer Program in Oxford
There are several reasons why I would like to participate in the Purdue six-week summer program being offered in Oxford England. While I am aware that not every student who wants to go to the summer program gets accepted, I feel that I would make a good candidate. Please allow me to take a few moments of your time to explain why I feel I should be selected, and what it would mean to me personally to be able to spend six weeks learning in England over the summer.
First, when I came to the United States from Taiwan seven years ago, it was quite a surprise. Everything was very different, but I learned to adapt to the new culture, and also to speak English very well. I am now fluent in both English and Mandarin Chinese, which is my native language. Since I am…… [Read More]
Entrepreneurial Titans - Mary Kay Ash and Anita oddick
From time immemorial, entrepreneurship has undeniably been a crucial part of human life. Entrepreneurship entails identifying and starting a business as well as organizing and sourcing the required resources to start the business venture. It also entails taking risks and rewards associated with some business ventures. Entrepreneurship may revitalize mature organizations or result in new firms in response to perceived business opportunity. This report will attempt to compare two entrepreneurial titans- Anita oddick and Mary Kay Ash as leaders and managers. Secondly, it will attempt to explain the achievements of both women. It will also evaluate various quotes made by the two women about their business ventures. I will then provide recommendations to both entrepreneurial titans concerning various business matters (igby, 2011).
First, oddick was an international businessperson, environmental campaigner and a human rights activist born in Britain. She was…… [Read More]
The median wage for financial analysts was $73,150 excluding bonuses. The bottom ten percent in the profession earn less than $43,400 and the top ten percent earn over $141,070. Annual bonuses are very common in the industry and can account for a substantial portion of the total earnings (OOH, 2010). Benefit packages are typically very strong for financial analysts. Specific information for Miami-Dade County is unobtainable, but the city does have a small financial community that will allow for some career opportunity. Note that in Miami-Dade County, a working knowledge of Spanish is often a valuable asset if not an outright prerequisite for employment.
The salary range is determined largely by experience. The profession is hierarchical and junior financial analysts are expected to "pay their dues." Salary can also be impacted by the contacts that people make -- building a large network of contacts opens up better opportunities for skilled…… [Read More]
You were a blessing I will always be grateful for, and one I wish I knew how to reclaim and make a part of my journey through life again.
We didn't just have "our song," we had whole genres of music. There are some albums on my shelf that I can't really play anymore without growing despondent just thinking of you. There was never any boredom that crept into our many hurts together, but instead there was always laughter and excitement, not to mention passion. Even though we were together at work at the bar and together at home, we never seemed to get tired of each other or even really need a break from each other -- in fact, we took our breaks together, too, and our vacations -- remember our first Christmas at your parents house? Or the next year at mine? Even our families, crazy though they…… [Read More]
This answers the question of "what do we have to offer?' For example, Macau has a unique culinary culture that blends Chinese and Portuguese influences. These competencies can be identified by their presence as a minority of responses to the initial research, or through an internal analysis of the area's offerings.
The question of to whom something should be promoted can be answered through an examination of market segments. If Macau wishes to promote culinary tourism, for example, it can do research into the demographics and lifestyle factors of culinary travelers by examining their magazines and media, by examining the profile of current culinary travelers to Macau and by examining such travelers to more established culinary destinations, such as Singapore or Tokyo.
Michman, R., Mazze, E., & Greco, A. (2003). Lifestyle marketing: Reaching the new American consumer. estport, CT: Praeger Publishers.
Turner, C. (2008). How Etihad's marketing set…… [Read More]
I was touched by the dedication of the eldest brother to feed his siblings and by the way he ate last only after caring for them, and only if there was any food left after they ate. To me, it was depressing just to see; for them, it was their daily life. I gladly gave them two hundreds taka (about 3 dollars).
Even that experienced paled in comparison to what I saw in the homes of the poor. Millions of people in Bangladesh can't afford anything resembling what we here would consider a "house" by any stretch of the imagination. They live in huts made from straw and scraps of wood; there are no floors inside either, just the hard ground with a roof on top. Still, it is a place that provides a sanctuary from the filthy streets. Naturally, these huts are all blown away and flooded during the…… [Read More]
I felt a little said I couldn't take them all home and show them to Grandma, but that was soon overcome by feeling good about letting them go instead of being greedy and wasting nature's beautiful resources.
That just had to be one of the best days of my life because I still remember it with warmth in my heart, appreciation for what I learned, and a deep love for Grandpa for taking the time to teach me.
He saved my cousin Richard's life too. I was eight. Richard was twelve, and almost didn't make it to thirteen. It was Christmas vacation at Grandma and Grandpa's house in Arkansas. A heavy snow had fallen, and us kids were having an all-out snowball fight near the lake. Of course, Grandpa had warned us several times not to go near the lake, but, hey, we were kids and we were having fun,…… [Read More]
The Policy does have some limitations, however, and in order for the Policy to maintain a strong foundation, arbitrators should not expand its reach into areas best left to courts of law. Unrestrained arbitration decisions based on good intentions have corrupted the Policy. By exercising a little restraint, ICANN's dispute resolution providers can still save a good policy and allow the appropriate cases to be heard by courts of law (509)."
In other words, Stewart is suggesting that going for arbitration is the quick fix, and that the quick fix absent the law as applied by those best qualified to interpret and apply the law, might perhaps result in one party not receiving the fullest benefit of the law. It is a good point, but not a point that applies to cases that are so simple in nature as is Tom and Sue's. Also, if taking a court action can…… [Read More]
On their way the group picks up a hitchhiker who seems to be visibly sick from the heat and possibly crazy. However, the hitchhiker goes on to torment and violently threaten the group, so they leave him on the side of the road.
Once the group finally reaches the house, Kirk and Pam go and search for an old childhood swimming hole. When they reach the location, they find that its dried up but, hearing the sound of a nearby generator, the two go to a nearby farmhouse to see who is around. Kirk goes inside where he encounters Leatherface and becomes the villains first victim by way of a sledgehammer. Pam goes in to see what is taking Kirk so long and she too is killed by Leatherface by being hung onto a meathook.
Night soon approaches and the remaining friends begin to worry about Pam and Kirk. Jerry…… [Read More]
This focus on the positive benefits of consumer word of mouth behaviour is a natural tendency. I certainly like to think that positive comments have a greater impact on my decisions than negative comments. In fact, the respondents to the survey reported that the two factors that had the biggest impact on their airline choices were comparison-shopping on the Internet (38%) and personal recommendations from an acquaintance on Facebook or Twitter (42%). but, although personal recommendations have a clear impact on choices, the question is whether positive comments have a greater impact than negative comments. This distinction has not yet been made with regard to word of mouth marketing effects. The U.S. national election in 2004 was viewed by many as the most negative in recent memory (Johnson, 2011). Why would hard-nosed politicians with limited budgets invest so much in negative advertising if positive comments had greater impact on behaviour?…… [Read More]
Consumer Borrowing -- Spending an Economy Out of a Recession
The 'answer' provided by consumer borrowing and spending during recessions and even depressions revolves around the classical, microeconomics 'answer' to what seems like an economics paradox. Namely, how does one stimulate the economy into a state of recovery, when one is faced with consumers who have less money to spend on basic goods? Consumers who may be unemployed are understandably cautions about their economic future, so how does one 'give' them money to spend and encourage producers to produce.
Neo-classical or naturalistic theories of economics have tended to stress the need for the Federal Reserve Bank to lower the interest rate. This makes it cheaper for consumers to borrow money from banks, less punitive for consumers to use their credit cards to make purchases with money they do not have at the moment, and it also gives consumers an incentive…… [Read More]