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March 2017
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Five Great Ways To Welcome Spring In The Workplace
 

spring engagement activities

The winter months can leave people feeling down and dreary, and these feelings can carry over into the workplace and impact work performance levels. Employees start to need a pick-me-up to increase engagement and motivation. As spring approaches, employers have many opportunities to participate in fun and engaging outings and activities with employees.

Here are 5 spring activities that will increase employee engagement:

1. Plant a company flower garden

This can be a fun way to get your employees outside and working together, while enhancing the appearance of the company grounds. If your office location prevents this, try planting trees in your local community.

2. Volunteer to walk dogs at your local animal shelter

Many local animal shelters are always looking for volunteers to walk the dogs (and cats sometimes), and this could be a great outdoor activity for your employees to do together that would also benefit a good cause.

3. Host a March Madness office potluck lunch

Choose a day when there is a basketball game on and invite employees to come and eat sporting their favorite team’s gear. This allows all employees to get involved even if they do not love basketball, they can come and eat!

4. Attend a local baseball game

For a company of 100+ people, this can be a good activity for employees in a specific department to do together. Whether a local minor team, major league team or college team, this activity will get everyone outdoors and away from all of the stress at the office.

5. Throw a company picnic

Have a picnic at a local park or lake during the nice spring weather and encourage employees to bring their families. This will give employees the opportunity to spend time with their families and colleagues at the same time.

These five activities will bring employees together during the spring while taking advantage of the warm weather and all of the opportunities that the season has to offer. Watch as your employees spirits perk up and their work begins to blossom from these engaging spring activities.

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Prep Your Pet For A Healthy, Happy Spring
 

 

Spring has sprung, and with the change of season, our thoughts turn to Easter celebrations, spring cleaning and much-needed home improvement projects. Before you embark on seasonal chores or outdoor revelry, take inventory of potential springtime hazards for your furry friends.

*If you suspect your pet may have come in contact with or ingested a potentially poisonous substance, contact your local veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center immediately at (888) 426-4435.

Easter Treats and Decorations
Keep lilies and candy in check—chocolate goodies are toxic to cats and dogs, and all true lilies can be fatal if ingested by cats. And be mindful, kitties love to nibble on colorful plastic grass, which can lead to an obstructed digestive tract, severe vomiting and dehydration. Moreover, while live bunnies, chicks and other festive animals are adorable, resist the urge to buy them—these cute babies grow up fast and often require specialized care!

Screen Yourself
Many pet parents welcome the breezy days of spring by opening their windows. Unfortunately, they also unknowingly put their pets at risk—especially cats, who are apt to jump or fall through unscreened windows. Be sure to install snug and sturdy screens in all of your windows.

Buckle Up!
While most dogs love to feel the wind on their furry faces, allowing them to ride in the beds of pick-up trucks or stick their heads out of moving-car windows is dangerous. Flying debris and insects can cause inner ear or eye injuries and lung infections, and abrupt stops or turns can cause major injury, or worse! Pets riding in cars should always be secured in a crate or wearing a seatbelt harness designed especially for them.

Spring Cleaning
Spring cleaning is a time-honored tradition in many households, but be sure to keep all cleaners and chemicals out of your pets’ way! Almost all cleaning products, even all natural ones, contain chemicals that may be harmful to pets. The key to using them safely is to read and follow label directions for proper use and storage. Please visit our Poisonous Household Products page for more information.

Home Improvement 101
Products such as paints, mineral spirits and solvents can be toxic to your pets and cause severe irritation or chemical burns. Carefully read all labels to see if the product is safe to use around your furry friends. Also, be cautious of physical hazards, including nails, staples, insulation, blades and power tools. It may be wise to confine your dog or cat to a designated pet-friendly room during home improvement projects.

Let Your Garden Grow—With Care
Pet parents, take care—fertilizers, insecticides and herbicides keep our plants and lawns healthy and green, but their ingredients may be dangerous if your pet ingests them. Always store these products in out-of-the-way places and follow label instructions carefully. Many popular springtime plants—including rhododendron and azaleas—are also highly toxic to pets and can prove fatal if eaten. Check out our full list—of toxic and non-toxic plants for your home and garden.

Ah-Ah-Achoo!
Like us, pets can be allergic to foods, dust, plants and pollens. Allergic reactions in dogs and cats can cause itching, minor sniffling and sneezing, or life-threatening anaphylactic shock to insect bites and stings. If you suspect your pet has a springtime allergy, please visit your veterinarian as soon as possible.

Pesky Little Critters
April showers bring May flowers—and an onslaught of bugs! Make sure your pet is on year-round heartworm preventive medication, as well as a flea and tick control program. Ask your doctor to recommend a plan designed specifically for your pet. Please visit our Fleas and Ticks page for more information.

Out and About
Warmer weather means more trips to the park, longer walks and more chances for your pet to wander off! Make sure your dog or cat has a microchip for identification and wears a tag imprinted with your home address, cell phone and any other relevant contact information.

 

 

http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/general-pet-care/springtime-safety-tips

 
 
 
 
Four Reasons a Property Sells
 

There's good news for Sacramento home sellers this year; Realtor.com forecasts it among the nation's five hottest housing markets in 2017. Whether you're considering selling in the next year or beyond, it's good to know the key reasons a property sells.

Location
There's very little a seller can control about location, but it's one of the most important factors affecting a buyer's selection. It's not just the specific city, suburb, or neighborhood, but the amenities that exact location provides. Buyers will consider schools, parks, traffic, accessibility to highways or commuting options, sidewalks, commerce, hospitals, and crime.

Price
What you originally paid for your home (plus renovations) will have very little do with the asking price. Comps (comparatives) are the essential tool in determining a home's value. You will need a comparative market analysis, comparing what homes your size in your neighborhood sold for in the last year. Sellers rarely get a 100-percent return on recent repairs and upgrades (some have more impact than others) but those elements still play a part in the overall sale.

Condition
Condition ranges from curb appeal to the overall structure and safety of your home. Very few buyers will consider a home that needs major work, so replacing a roof or repairing plumbing or heating/air systems can be beneficial. Minor upgrades or "freshening up" a home is vital. Fresh paint, replacing bad carpets or flooring, fixing doors and windows will put buyers at ease. Cosmetic enhancements like staging, decluttering, and creating a fresh and inviting space will make your home stand out to buyers.

The Right Agent
Everyone knows at least one real estate agent, but the key is to find the right one to sell your home. A good listing agent will help develop a comprehensive marketing plan that includes professional photography, a full market analysis, recommend contractors and vendors, assist with staging, have extensive connections, assist with negotiations, help navigate contracts and terms, and most importantly, keep the lines of communication open and provide regular updates.

 
 
 
   
 
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