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Are You Trying to Control What You Can't Control?

Are You Trying to Control What You Can't Control?
Wouldn't it be great if there was remote control that you could use on people?? I mean, there are some people in your life that the MUTE button would be awesome for, right? (Admit it!) There are some conversations you'd love to be able to "fast forward" through, others you'd love to rewind and play again and again and times you'd love to be able to hit the pause button (just like Zack Morris in "Saved by the Bell") when you find yourself in an awkward or difficult situation.  Unfortunately, the remote control for people doesn't exist, and much as I have tried (believe me I have tried!!) I cannot control the people in my life and/or places and things around me. Yet, I have spent much of my lifetime trying to do just that, with lousy results!  Why am I sharing this with you? A few years ago I found myself in a crossroads point of my life and a wise sage who became one of my mentors drilled in me the idea that "You can only control what you have control over-so stop trying to control the things that you have no control over and focus on the things that you do have control over." The day I fully embraced this piece of advice is the day I started experiencing a true "comeback" in my life, because instead of focusing my energies on trying to change... My spouse My friends My family My clients The economy Taxes How people drive (although that......
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5 Simple Ways to Show Employee Appreciation

5 Simple Ways to Show Employee Appreciation
In the multifamily industry, resident retention is on everyone’s mind. What about employee retention, though? It’s equally as important to gauge how your staff feels about the company and managers that they are working for every day. After all, your employees are representing your brand, and it’s important that they have a positive outlook toward the company. In return, their sentiment will make a great impression on residents and prospects within the community.  There are a variety of ways to build employee morale and show them how much you value their hard work. It doesn’t require an endless supply of money to show appreciation – in fact, there are many thoughtful ways to reward your employees without breaking the bank on material objects. Here are a few ideas that you might consider:  1. Flexibility. Life doesn’t always go as planned, and sometimes there are children to care for, family activities, or even life-changing events such as weddings or the birth of a new child. By offering your hard-working employees a bit of flexibility, they will see that you value their life outside of the office, too.  2. A free meal or cup of joe. It’s true that food is the way to the heart – a meal is a hospitable way to show how much you appreciate the efforts of your leasing staff. Breakfast foods tend to be more cost-effective, or consider hosting a potluck – supply the main dish and ask each of your staff to contribute one side dish or dessert. A cup of coffee c......
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