Corporate Contractors - Summer 2022 Newsletter

Try A “Spending Fast” To Break Your Overactive Buying Habits recently asked some financial planning pros for their best tips on living within a budget. One suggestion that sounds particularly intriguing is declaring a moratorium on spending. Commit to spending absolutely no money for one day a month. Try stretching it to two or three days if possible. Once you’ve nailed that, try a no-spend month! You’ll find out how much money you spend without thinking about it, and you’ll break yourself of the habit of reaching for your wallet on impulse. And you may find more constructive ways to spend your time instead of your cash. You may even lower your stress levels, become more resourceful, use what you already have, and rediscover that some of the best things in life are free. Be Extra Cautious When Working In These Areas Workplace injuries and illnesses in the private sector have declined steadily every year since 2002, but millions of Americans are still seriously hurt or killed on the job every year. Where are employees most at risk? Take a look at OSHA’s most cited workplace violations in 2021: • Fall Protection – General: 5,295 violations • Respiratory Protection: 2,527 • Ladders: 2,026 • Scaffolding: 1,948 • Hazard Communication: 1,947 • Lockout/Tagout: 1,698 • Fall Protection – Training: 1,666 • Personal Protective and Lifesaving Equipment – Eye and Face Protection: 1,452 • Powered Industrial Trucks: 1,420 • Machine Guarding: 1,113 SPEED BUMP Dave Coverly Find Satisfaction In Giving Back Volunteer work can help you meet like-minded people, explore career options, and make you feel more fulfilled and connected to your community. To get the most out of volunteering, start by identifying what you want to do. Consider the kinds of activities that make you lose track of time and choose volunteer work that incorporates your particular passions. Make a list of your limitations and preferences. Do you work better at night or in the morning? Do you like to be in charge of projects or prefer a supporting role? Remember that your goal should be to find volunteer work that gives you a charge, not one that leaves you depleted and stressed. You might consider making a list of skills you’d like to improve or acquire, like public speaking or managing a team. Volunteering is a great opportunity to “dip your toes in the water” and see how you do. Once you’ve started volunteering, consider keeping a journal to reflect on how you are feeling, what you enjoy most, and what responsibilities leave you exhausted or frustrated. Remember to take care of yourself, too, because you can’t help others if you feel exhausted. Poultry In Motion A farmer sent his teenage son to the market to buy some chickens. The young man was eager to do a good job, so he drove quickly, bought a crate of chickens, and got a receipt. He threw the crate in the back of his pickup truck and started home. Driving along, he hit a rock in the road, and the crate flew out of the truck and broke apart. The frightened chickens scattered in all directions. The boy frantically began gathering up the chickens, but they ran through the neighborhood, hiding behind bushes and houses on the street. By the time the son had collected every chicken he could find, he was exhausted. He had to drive with them in the cab of his truck until he reached the farm. He jumped out and gave his father the receipt and his change. The chickens jumped from the cab and milled around, cackling and squawking. “Well, Dad?” asked the boy. “Did I do all right?” “Son, you did fine.” His father patted the young man’s shoulder. “According to the receipt, you paid for six chickens, and you brought home eight.”