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LokoleeTag Archive | Englewood | Lokolee http://lokolee.com Crazy for Local Business Wed, 10 Aug 2011 23:13:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.3 Auto Draft http://lokolee.com/?p=569 http://lokolee.com/?p=569#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 http://lokolee.com/?p=569 http://lokolee.com/?p=569/feed/ 0 How To Protect Your Reputation As A Valuable Human Resources Rep http://lokolee.com/?p=567 http://lokolee.com/?p=567#comments Wed, 17 Apr 2013 15:47:04 +0000 http://lokolee.com/?p=567 Human resources professionals are responsible for wearing many different hats, all of which involve the difficult, mostly unpredictable, task of interpreting, guiding, organizing, and strategizing around human nature. For this reason, it seems that the human resources specialist is exceptionally vulnerable to character attacks based on emotion and misunderstanding (two things that sometimes can’t be avoided when working with employees who must be managed). If you are concerned about maintaining a professional and effectual image, then here are some tips for you. Read here to learn how to protect your reputation as a valuable human resources rep:

Stay informed. The field of human resources is constantly growing and evolving, just as technology and diversity are rapidly changing the workplace environment. Being competent in your profession is a matter of staying informed of current trends that affect how you operate, and in what capacity, on the job. For example, being a human resources rep used to be about keeping employee records and processing payroll, whereas now it is a much more far-reaching and hands on position that may entail anything from executing mentoring programs to conducting team building exercises.

Socialize. It would be a big mistake to stay in your office all day, filing paperwork and creating spreadsheets. As previously mentioned, human resources is more hands-on than it has ever been, which means that it is your job to know your employees. You must get out there into the trenches and socialize. Make it a point to assimilate with the work force in a way that keeps your hand on the pulse of the company culture, so that you can identify exactly what your team needs from the human resources department.

Address problems directly. As a human resources manager, it is inevitable that you will sometimes have to do things for the company that certain employees don’t agree with. This may be anything from mandatory training to annual employee reviews. Whatever the case, there will be times when a disgruntled employee can pose a threat to your reputation. When this happens, you should address the problem directly, by speaking to the employee who is making a wake and taking measures to resolve any negative feelings and, if necessary, take disciplinary action to stop inappropriate workplace behaviors.

Being a human resources rep is a serious responsibility, and that that requires a multitude and wide array of considerations, one being your reputation. If you want to ensure that your reputation as a human resources professional is representative of your competence, then you should pay special attention to the advice detailed here.

About the Author: Glenn Hicks is an HR rep who works hard to have a good reputation in the office. He does everything from manage the online recruitment system to handling employee complaints and resolving disputes.

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How To Shop Local – Investing In Your Community http://lokolee.com/?p=566 http://lokolee.com/?p=566#comments Thu, 11 Apr 2013 04:24:12 +0000 http://lokolee.com/?p=566 Investing in your community is something that both your family and the general public can take pride in. Rather than supporting the faceless towering corporations, you can give back to the mom’s and pop’s who spend their days trying to make a living by selling homemade and homegrown goods.

Finding Food and Dried Goods

  • Pick up general food from an organic neighborhood store. It will be as easy as the big-chain groceries in finding your cereals, vitamins, snacks and dry goods. Almost everything will be organic and toxin-free. You can find them anywhere, a simple search on the internet will yield numbers of results.

  • Farmer’s markets are loaded with all kinds of delicious local treats and produce. From fresh clover honey to delicious local pork empanadas, farmer’s markets offer a plethora of choices. It feels great to hand an individual money in exchange for something they harvested themselves. Just the cooked food alone is worth a trip.

My community’s market is smack-dab in the middle of downtown. There is a small restaurant that cooks up fried local avocados and fresh pork corn dogs. We usually leave with a basket full of intriguing spices, luscious jams, crispy baguettes and fresh fruits. You can also find beauty products here, from hand crafted body butters to natural shampoos.

  • The local butcher shop is going to be your one-stop for tantalizing meaty confections. When you walk in, prepare to smell the aroma of fresh meat. Depending on where you live, you should be able to find a large range of local beef, chicken, turkey, pork, duck, ox, boar, buffalo, venison and hen. Other game will vary, but chances are you’ll get a fresh cut of meat that will taste outstanding. Generally, these shops will have “free-roaming” or “free ranging” animals that are fully nourished and “happy.” They will have been fed organic meal and live the life of any natural farm animal. There will be no dangerous pesticides in their presence and no use of hormones or steroids.

  • For fresh fish, take a visit to your local seafood market. These fish will only be seasonal, so you know they aren’t being shipped in or frozen. Pick up your snapper and shrimp here, and be sure to look for the oddball fish that you’ve never heard of; chances are it’s divine. Ask the clerk about it’s texture and taste. He or she should be able to provide you with a description and even a likely comparison. I found my favorite fish by doing just this. It was called a “sheepshead” fish. I had never heard of it but decided to give it a try. I cooked it in a beurre blanc on the skillet and finished it in the oven. It was literally the best fish I have ever had. Make sure that you avoid anything from the Gulf-coast.

  • For miscellaneous goods, I suggest creating your own liquid soaps and cleaning products. Most of these can be made with simple ingredients which you might be able to source locally. You can pick up things like lemons, salt and vinegar from a farmer’s market. If you don’t have the patience to make it yourself, do an online search of best eco friendly laundry detergents or best cleaning products to find something you can pick up at your local market.

 Local Clothing

Depending on where you live, local clothing shouldn’t be too hard to find. Don’t dread the hideous fluorescent lights of the big-town mall, with all of its overpriced products. Many of these fashions were created overseas by sweatshop workers. Instead, support your local artisans and pick up something unique and handmade. If your town doesn’t have any local clothing, try looking online for the closest shop.

  • Small boutiques owned by local artisans will have a large array of chic apparel that is totally one of a kind. Just make sure you’re not entering a boutique that orders their clothes from websites. Usually the owner of the store will always be there if its their collection for sale.

  • Flea markets are a great place to find local vendors. Each space will be small and have a select quantity of goods. The money that you spend will go toward the artist and the flea-market, which in general supports all of the community.

Home Goods

Finding local decor for your home can be a little more pricey than the large stores, but you will certainly have a 100% eclectic living space. Shopping for home goods locally is now very trendy, and equally supportive.

  • local art can be picked up at any art-walk. The art-walk itself is fun for all ages. Expect ice-cream, snacks, and a large dose of local flair. There are thousands of paintings, windchimes, jewelry, photographs and statues. Local craftsmen provide furniture, lighting fixtures and artistic knick knacks that will have your head spinning in possibility. If you aren’t able to find something that strikes your fancy, you can seek out an artist whose style you like and commission them to create your custom vision.   

Service and Repairs Around the Home

There are plenty of big guys you can call to fix your plumbing or change your oil. Instead, pull out the yellow-pages and find a small shop. A lot of the time their pricing will be much more fair, as the corporate competition is stiff. They will also care a lot more about your business, and give you more customer service than the menacing corporations. Chances are, they might even remember your name.

Shopping locally is something that needs to be practiced by everyone. Too many dreams are being crushed by the sparkling boots of big-name corporations. As a result, the economy is taking it’s toll on us all. The individuality of communities is diminishing, and the chances for people without upper-level degrees to find work is hardening. Instead of vertical economy, we should focus on horizontal-economy, and celebrate the personality of the many people who color this nation.

Alexandra Meehan, a freelance writer, works from the comfort of her home. She admits to being a self-confessed thrift-store junkie, mother of 1 German Shepherd, partner to Hailey and a huge Disneyland fan. Alexandra  is obsessed with helping the planet, so she finds herself constantly researching sites like http://www.ecohomeinspired.com/. When she isn’t traveling, she enjoys the solitude of her cozy apartment. She lives in Gainesville, FL and tries to keep an eco-friendly house.

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Bob’s Inn – Murrysville, PA 15663 http://lokolee.com/2011/08/556-revision-2/ http://lokolee.com/2011/08/556-revision-2/#comments Wed, 10 Aug 2011 23:12:36 +0000 http://lokolee.com/2011/08/556-revision-2/ View Larger Map ]]>

Bob’s Inn is a great little diner and bar with phenomenal home cooked food and very reasonable prices.

  • Business Name: Bob’s Inn
  • Address: 3832 Old William Penn Hwy
    Murrysville, PA 15668
  • Phone: (724) 327-1977
  • Email: info@mygooddaycafe.com


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Bob’s Inn (Diner & Bar)- Murrysville, PA 15663 http://lokolee.com/2011/08/bobs-inn-diner-bar-murrysville-pa-15663/ http://lokolee.com/2011/08/bobs-inn-diner-bar-murrysville-pa-15663/#comments Wed, 10 Aug 2011 23:12:36 +0000 http://lokolee.com/?p=556 View Larger Map ]]>

Bob’s Inn is a great little diner and bar with phenomenal home cooked food and very reasonable prices.

  • Business Name: Bob’s Inn
  • Address: 3832 Old William Penn Hwy
    Murrysville, PA 15668
  • Phone: (724) 327-1977
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Bob’s Inn is a great little diner and bar with phenomenal home cooked food and very reasonable prices.

  • Business Name: Bob’s Inn
  • Address: 3832 Old William Penn Hwy
    Murrysville, PA 15668
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Good Day Cafe (Coffee Shop) – North Andover, MA 01845 http://lokolee.com/2011/08/good-day-cafe-north-andover-ma-01845/ http://lokolee.com/2011/08/good-day-cafe-north-andover-ma-01845/#comments Wed, 10 Aug 2011 22:57:46 +0000 http://lokolee.com/?p=555 View Larger Map ]]>

Good Day Cafe is a cafe that servers organic coffee, pastries, as well as soups and sandwiches in North Andover, MA.

  • Business Name: Good Day Cafe
  • Address: 19 High Street, North Andover, MA 01845
  • Phone: 978-688-6006
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Good Day Cafe (Coffee Shop) – North Andover, MA 01845 http://lokolee.com/2011/08/555-revision-2/ http://lokolee.com/2011/08/555-revision-2/#comments Wed, 10 Aug 2011 22:57:46 +0000 http://lokolee.com/2011/08/555-revision-2/ View Larger Map ]]>

Good Day Cafe is a cafe that servers organic coffee, pastries, as well as soups and sandwiches in North Andover, MA.

  • Business Name: Good Day Cafe
  • Address: 19 High Street, North Andover, MA 01845
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Good Day Cafe (Coffee Shop) – North Andover, MA 01845 http://lokolee.com/2011/08/555-revision/ http://lokolee.com/2011/08/555-revision/#comments Wed, 10 Aug 2011 22:56:45 +0000 http://lokolee.com/2011/08/555-revision/ View Larger Map ]]>

Good Day Cafe is a cafe that servers organic coffee, pastries, as well as soups and sandwiches in North Andover, MA.

  • Business Name: Good Day Cafe
  • Address: 19 High Street, North Andover, MA 01845
  • Phone: 978-688-6006
  • Email: info@mygooddaycafe.com


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