In this issue:
How’s Your Corporate Culture?
We’ve all been hearing a lot lately about how corporate culture can make or break a business. Whether you are a business owner or an employee, this is a topic that you should bring up for discussion at your next company meeting.
The Harvard Business Review published a great article that breaks down the top six components that make up a great corporate culture. They are:
Vision. Vision or a mission statement guides a company’s values.
Values. Values are at the core and offer a set a of guidelines on the behaviors and mindsets needed to achieve the vision.
Practices. They take the values and put them into action.
People. A successful corporate culture depends on their people sharing the core values or being willing to embrace the values.
Narrative. A company’s “story” is powerful when shaped and retold as part of the company’s ongoing culture.
Place. Your company’s “space” defines its culture. Each company has to explore the best “space” for corporate culture success. It could be a bullpen, or an atrium, etc.
Read the interesting article for more details and examples of each of the six components of culture.
Bass for Dinner?
If you love fishing and have a boat, then you already know that Florida’s fresh water lakes are bass fishing meccas! The largemouth Bass is the most popular black bass game fish in Florida and is found statewide.
But if you’re new to bass fishing, you’ll want to know more. For instance, bait is an important part of any bass fishing trip. Golden shiners are the best live bait and plastic worms are always a productive and dependable bait if you can’t acquire live bait. If you are using plastic worms, have both light and dark ones with you as the varying light conditions do make a difference when attracting bass.
Here are some websites for more information about Florida bass fishing. Grab a pole, gas up the boat, and go have some fun!
A Happy Summer is a Hydrated Summer
Let’s face it, summers in Florida can get really hot and humid. Which makes it really easy to become dehydrated leading to serious health issues, especially in seniors. So how much water should you drink? We’ve all grown up with the notion that we’re supposed to drink eight cups of water a day. And, most of us get part of our fluid intake from foods, fruits, and beverages, so it gets even more confusing.
So, what is the right amount? Actually, it differs depending on the activity. Make it a practice to be aware of how you feel, especially if you begin feeling weak. One good way to check hydration is by the color of your urine. Lighter colors are a good sign, whereas darker colored urine is a sign that you’re not adequately hydrated. All levels of dehydration can be damaging. Even a small degree can cause fatigue, confusion, headaches, etc. There are other health risks related to dehydration too, such as kidney stones which is affecting a growing of adults.
Everydayhealth.com offers some sensible tips to practice this summer.
- Always carry a water bottle
- At work have a bottle of water on your desk
- Cold water will help when feeling “hazy”
- Sip a cup of herbal tea every evening
- Fill your diet with whole foods
Bottom line is to make sure you and your family (and pets) stay hydrated this summer.
Are Bugs Bugging You?
If you live in Florida, you’re used to warm weather bugs. It’s a small price we pay for living in Paradise! We found an interesting article about bugs and how to help prevent the five most common ones from making your home their home.
The five most common ones are bed bugs, cockroaches, termites, ants and mosquitoes. All of these are aggressive “invaders” and affect either “your health, your building’s structure or your wallet.” Following is a brief description of the pests. Be sure to read the full article to learn more about them and how to eradicate them!
Bed Bugs. They are sneaky little bugs that find all sorts of ways to invade your home. It could be luggage, used furniture, or even from a neighboring apartment. Bed bug treatments can be costly, so a little upfront prevention will go a long way.
Cockroaches. There are two common types and sizes of cockroaches. American cockroaches are large. Typically, they like to live outside, but they will hitch a ride inside your house on items. The other type is the German cockroach which is more petite. They are sneaky and easily enter your home via packages, deliveries, etc. They reproduce rapidly and can quickly take over.
Termites. Termites feed on wood and can cause great damage to your home. They can go undetected for quite some time which makes them even more dangerous.
Ants. Ants seem to pop up out of nowhere. They contaminate your food and some types of ants, like carpenter ants, nest in soft wood and cause damage.
Mosquitoes. Besides inflicting annoyingly itchy bites, mosquitoes can carry diseases like the West Nile and the Zika viruses. They need a very small amount of water (even a bottle cap can hold enough water) in order to breed.
Alarmed? Don’t be. All of these bugs can be kept “in check”. Read some simple remedies at from medicalfloss.com
This information is not intended to be exhaustive nor should any discussion or opinions be construed as professional advice. Should you have any questions or would like to discuss your risk exposure with your family’s insurance, please contact the insurance pros at ARCW Insurance. We are here to help.