The Low-Down on Music’s Impact on Our Productivity [infographic]

December 6, 2014 |  by  |  Business, Music  |  2 Comments
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Surprise! Music helps productivity. I can attest to that right this moment. I may not be using today’s infographic’s recommended pop genre, but Vulfpeck just lets my productivity flow.

Trying out different genres has helped greatly when it comes to finding what helps me be productive, in correspondence with the task at hand. Classical or post-modern rock does an awesome job at getting my mind flowing for puzzles and math problems. Upbeat rap, punk, and EDM makes any physical work I have do just fly by. Finally when I’m writing, it’s all about that funk and soul. Groovy stuff. Like anything in life, we all differ when it comes to preferences. I’m sure some of you couldn’t fathom listening to anything when at work. The co-worker even tapping their foot too much may make you livid.

This may be off topic, but listening to ambient and calm music can help me focus – when it comes to sleeping. I’ve listened to certain CDs so often before I drift off to sleep that when I hear one of the songs on the radio, my eyes immediately start to droop.

Check out some other Health Benefits of Music here after you’ve checked out today’s infographic.

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Playing Music at Work Increase Productivity

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8 Unsettling Facts About Horrible Bosses [infographic]

December 5, 2014 |  by  |  Business  |  No Comments
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Bad bosses – we’ve all been there. They’re loud, they’re cruel, they don’t appreciate you, and they chastise you for no good reason. Learning to manage a team of people usually takes a good mentor in the first place. Bad bosses spawn more bad bosses. Your boss may suck right now, but I guarantee their boss isn’t too kind either.

Learning how to be a good leader takes observation, communication, and responsibility. Obviously our corporate leaders aren’t practicing these characteristics well enough: 50 percent of employees of bad bosses plan on finding a different place to work. This number is huge. The loss of talent that comes from bad management just isn’t worth it.

A solution for horrible bosses can be simple. Training. Those higher up in the organization need to set goals and responsibilities for lower management positions and train them how to treat their team to meet said goals.

In the past we’ve published the 12 Outstanding Personality Traits of a Great Boss, where you can check out some of the good facts about your workplace leader.

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Common Garage Door Issues [infographic]

December 4, 2014 |  by  |  Education, Lifestyle  |  2 Comments
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Is your garage ready for the winter? Nature can be an ugly beast, and you definitely don’t want your car to be ruined by the elements. So, grab your tools, WD-40, and let’s head to the garage!

One of the most common troubles a garage door faces is a broken set of torsion springs. These usually break down and become rusty simply because of the wear and tear of time. It is important that you check them every now and then, because you don’t want them to bust while the door is moving!

Warped or misaligned tracks, however, need to be taken care of ASAP. Take it from someone who has spent four hours trying to knock a door back in place because the wheels came off the track. It is not fun. And also from personal experience (as I am now realizing I’ve fixed several garage doors), bending it back into place can work, but honestly, it’s probably time for a new track. If not, you will be dealing with that stupid warped piece every two or three days, until eventually, your entire door is broken.

Springs are another big one. Most injuries caused by garage doors result from faulty springs. If they are rusty, replace them. You do not want to take a chance with those springs busting while you’re trying to pull out and having the entire door slide down onto your car.

Now, I have imparted to you my knowledge of garage doors. This infographic will fill you in on the rest.

[Hill Country Overhead Door]

 

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The 3 Most Notorious Criminals of the Tampa Mafia [infographic]

December 3, 2014 |  by  |  Crime  |  No Comments
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Thanks to the advent of modern TV shows like The Sopranos and Boardwalk Empire, research into the history behind American organized criminal activity has gained mainstream popularity. When thinking of the most deeply rooted organized crime scenes in the US, the top candidates are usually Chicago, Atlantic City, New York, or some small, po-dunk town on the East Coast with a slick Italian mobster running the show. Not Tampa Bay though, right?

Often overlooked, Tampa Bay, Florida was a pivotal center of organized crime throughout the 20th century. Sporting big crime bosses like Charlie Wall, Ignacio Antinori, and Santo Trafficante, Tampa’s mob scene came to define a drug, prostitution, and gambling culture throughout the Southeast United States, and even Cuba. (The drug pipeline set up by Ignacio Antionori is even thought to have reached the lengths of France!)

The influence of mobsters on the local and national community (both good and bad) was enormous as well. Charlie Wall, head of an illegal prostitution and bolita gambling rink in Ybor City, was publicly known for his generosity to the poor. For example, Wall even “provided food for over 900 cigar workers and their families” on a regular basis. On the other hand, the extreme culture of violence and brutality created by crime bosses caused turf wars between mob families, disrupting societal harmony. For instance, Ignacio Antinori was publicly assassinated while drinking his morning coffee at the Palm Garden Inn, causing mass public hysteria.

Tampa Bay’s crime bosses’ political influence cannot be overlooked either. Santo Trafficante Jr. had significant ties in American and Cuban politics, as he was suspected of being involved with CIA agent William Harvey’s assassination attempt on Fidel Castro. Some even believe he was involved in multiple plots to kill President John F. Kennedy in the 60s! For more info on these three crime bosses, check out today’s infographic.

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Holiday Hiring 101: The Ultimate Breakdown of Seasonal Jobs [infographic]

December 2, 2014 |  by  |  eCommerce, Holiday  |  No Comments
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Now that it’s past Thanksgiving, we have the right to blast you with an extremely high volume of holiday themed infographics – this one may actually be worth your time. The holiday season creates millions of temporary jobs, mostly in retail, but transportation and logistics hire tens of thousands of extra help as well.

A ton of these seasonal jobs are filled by the young adult. My cousin is working back home just for the month of December before she heads back to her college town to finish up school. A lot of times these seasonal jobs will pay a little better than the normal retail floor gig. This is due to the competition retailers face when they all need more help at once.

The extra hands are justified when the holiday season makes up about 20 percent of annual retail sales in America. Malls are packed; parcel delivery services are swamped. My Amazon Prime took FOUR DAYS to reach my house instead of two. What a hard life. Black Friday contributes a ton to the holiday spending frenzy, but the online realm is taking it to the next level. Sales aren’t just on ‘Black Friday’ and ‘Cyber Monday’ anymore. Some stretch the entire weekend; other retailers are having huge sales run for weeks, with different discounts depending on the day. With all this money out there, there’s no reason not to catch a little bit of it yourself. Go see what seasonal jobs are available in your area. [Via]

Holiday Hiring 101: The Ultimate Breakdown of Seasonal Jobs [infographic]

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