Managers Coaching in the Workplace

Workplace coaching has been for the reserve of executives or individuals within organizations. Now organizations realize that managers using coaching skills can provide direct performance and business benefits.

More than 70% of organizations with any formal leadership development activities use coaching as an important part of that. The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) states that line managers typically deliver 36% of the coaching to their reports, while HR and Training and Development specialists were delivering 30%. This suggests an expectation for line managers to deliver more coaching.

I will start with defining what is coaching in the workplace, and what it is not. I will cover how it works as a development tool, the topic of the Manager as coach, their roles and responsibilities; the deliverables to the business and the pros and cons of delivering coaching.

I will cover how a manager can coach, who they will coach, and different styles and to conclude the issues that it may raise, how they can be recognized and some solutions.

How does it work?
Organizations realize that they can improve the performance and motivation of their people through coaching. A coaching style of management is preferred to the traditional command and control approach.

Coaching is a more a management style rather than a tool. Application of coaching has many examples; delegating, problem solving, team building, planning and reviewing.

Coaching embraces 2 fundamental principles, that of awareness and responsibility. Huge potential lies within all of us. What blocks that unleashed potential? Restrictive structures and company practices, the lack of encouragement and opportunities provided, and management style of the company. The most common internal block is self belief. Building self awareness, responsibility and self belief is the goal of a coach.

Awareness can be raised by focussed attention and by practice. It is the clear perception of the relevant facts and information. It helps in recognizing when and how emotions or desires distort our own perception.

When we accept, choose or take responsibility for our own thoughts and actions, our levels of commitment increase, and so does our performance. Performance is likely to improve if someone chooses to take action, rather than being told.

Effective questioning in conversation best generates awareness and responsibility. Questions should be open beginning with words like what, when, how (much / many), and who. Why is discouraged as it suggests criticism. Questioning will follow the coachee's train of thought. If they appear to be going way off track a simple interjection like "I notice we have not talked about", helps bring things back on course.

What should we ask, and in what sequence? Several coaching models exist. The most familiar is the (T) GROW model. The G is for Goal, setting the agenda for the session as well as the long term aspiration. The R is for reality, exploring the current situation. The O follows for options or courses of action. Finally W is for what is to be done, when, by what (the way forward).

Other coaching models exist, such at the SHOOTS model. Here they cover Seek to understand, Hone the goals, Objectives set, Options and action planning, Try it out, Success review. One further coaching model the "Coaching path", is another.

The Manager as Coach the pros & cons
Can a manager coach and do their own day job? With the demands placed on managers these days, adding one more task to their list of objectives in an ever demanding workplace.

Organizations realize that they can improve both the performance and motivation of their associates through coaching. Focussing on encouraging people to think for themselves, a coach provides support, challenge, feedback and guidance, but rarely answers.

A survey conducted by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) suggests managers who have been trained in coaching can also self coach. While operational coaching carried out by line managers will help to improve performance, it is dedicated internal coaches who will bring about long-reflecting behavioral change that can really add value.

Dedicated internal coaches within an organization must raise the question of value for money and cost effectiveness. My own observations of cost-cutting programs, flatter organizations, and the need to demonstrate value for money leave little room for a coach to exist as a dedicated resource.

There are some additional pros and cons for coaching a team From the perspective of the coach is a successor could be created, avoiding team members being "off the job" to develop skills, and could be cost effective. The downside to this is that they (the manager) feel their own job may be jeopardized, it can be time consuming, and giving people responsibility may encourage them to dispute the coach's authority. The manager in coaching may develop a lack of confidence if the coaching experience does not go well.

For the team the benefits are that they will be trained by someone who knows them and their development needs. Development is part of the job and is there immediately directly relevant and useful, and it makes work more challenging and interesting. The downside could be if coaching is not taken seriously.

Coaching may not always be appropriate. A manager may have to switch from a coaching role to a routing role and then back again. As long as this is explained to the team this should not cause an issue. If not then the behavior can be seen as ambiguous.

For the manager to be successful he needs to build rapport with the people he is coaching. Without this coaching will have limited benefits. The relationship will often be one to one, however in the case of a development or performance focus; the manager may have to report to a sponsor to give feedback. All parties will need to know this from the start.

How can a Manager Coach?
Organizations need to decide how coaching will be deployed, who will do the training (internal / external) and how many managers are to be trained. This would usually be led by the HR function, supported by senior management. This could be built into the organizations objectives and targets. By the creation of a "coaching culture" coaching will be more readily accepted.

Various coaching models are available for the manager as coach. The most common is (T) GROW. Used effectively it's relatively simple to use (previously discussed). Regardless of which model the coach chooses to take, it will give them a repeatable model to use. One disadvantage of having many managers coaching in organizations is standardization, a model will help.

Assuming the manager has received coaching training, and is now armed with a repeatable model to follow, what next? There are several dimensions in the coaching relationship to consider. One is between the coach and the coachee (team or individual).

A third dimension which is the manager to the organization. This may mean reporting upwards on progress and developments of a coaching relationship.

A manager can coach in various ways; coaching downwards, meaning coaching individuals who report directly. Coaching upwards, meaning the relatively unusual situation of coaching ones superior. This can be dangerous as a senior manager may ask for honest feedback, but does not want to hear the truth! I would advise extreme caution in this situation.

Coaching sideways, meaning coaching groups peasants or equals in the organization. This occurs in different areas and can benefit the coach, coachee and the organization with an exchange of views and knowledge. It allows challenging questions to be asked, which may not necessarily be raised if one had expert knowledge of the functional area.

Team Coaching, is another dynamic where a manager can apply his coaching skills. For a team there are times when coaching intervention will be effective. These are the beginning, midpoint and ends. The beginning helps establish boundaries, identifies what to do regarding tasks and timings. This helps the group to have a good launch, and can clearly enhance member's commitment to the team and the task. At the midpoint failures and successes can be shared, as well as experiences. Teams are able to review how they have worked together and will be open for some coaching intervention. The end of a task or performance should be time for lessons learnt for future project work.

These 3 coaching interactions can be summarized as motivational in the beginning, consultative at the midpoint, and educational at the end. Evidence suggests that coaching a team in between these points in the cycle may have small beneficial effects.

What issues does it raise?
There are three angles, the coach (manager) the coachee (individual and team) and the organization.

In all organizations politics have their place. It is important to remember that as a coach your role is non-judgmental. The manager needs to recognize when there is a conflict of interests and flag at the earliest opportunity. By finding themselves "in the middle", this is potential for stress. Managers should be aware and take early action to avoid this situation.

In commercial organizations, Return on Investment (ROI) or at least a clear measure of how coaching will impact the organization is required. Few initiatives will be approved or deployed unless there is a clear measurement system. This is where a "coaching culture" may support the initiative. Being incorporated into the organizations missions, and values ​​as well as one of the organizations corporate objectives will support success and adoption.

Tracking success of coaching can pose a headache. Process tools & guidelines will help with this. For example specifying how long the coaching will last for, the assessment instruments and agreement as part of the contracting phase.

One issues a manager may face when coaching in an organization is that of standardization. For example coaching models, how information is recorded, and how coaching sessions are conducted.

A barrier to coaching is the perception the time to do it. Small companies and some owner managers are likely to complain that they do not have the time to do everything. Smaller companies tend to have fewer dedicated resources. However it is accepted that some small businesses fail as a consequence because they had not quite developed their key staff.

Managers as coaches may well come across the international dimension and are an aspect that the manager as a coach needs to be aware of, even within a single organization. This is particularly relevant in a more diverse workforce.

Managers bought to understand how development impacts on people in the organization. Managers need genuine interest; otherwise they may only pay lip service to the "coaching culture" or their organizations "strategy and vision". In hostile environments (such as fast paced manufacturing) with aggressive attitudes and styles, change needs to happen quickly, and coaching is not automatically chosen.

Autocratic environments where management "tell" their associates display language and behavior in direct conflict to the coaching style. If managers have to "tell" their associates, they handle and remove any ambiguity in their role as coach. As long as this is explained to associates this should not cause an issue.

If time is upmost then telling will be the fastest way. If the quality of the result is upmost, then coaching for high awareness and responsibility is likely to deliver. If maximizing learning is upmost, coaching will optimize learning and retention.

Coaching is a tool for people development. What if there is now for the people to develop to? Organizations adopting flatter and leaner structures, particularly in the light of current economic situations there may leave little scope for individuals to move without someone leaves. Succession planning helps here but people may have to "stand still" for some time.

As a consequence of downsizing individuals find them with even higher workloads than before. Organizations typically employed jobs and structure with little thought as to how the business processes and people are affected.

Other organizational barriers to coaching success are lack of time, where the managers did not feel that they had the time; they want things done now so revert back to "command and control".

Fear of skills coaching used, for managers who can not or will not coach will oppose its use. They may feel weakness in their ability. Fear from the associate's side their mengers are not confident in their role as coach, and some associates may be better than them. From the manager's side there is the fear of the coach, that the coach can perform better than them and perceive it as a threat. There is the fear of risk, that if it does not bring the results that are expected (whether reasonable or not) that it would be a waste of money (externally provided), or resources and time (internally provided).

Coaching is not a "catch all" for everything and everyone and the manager needs to recognize when coaching is not appropriate. As a guide but by no means exhaustive, when faced with the following situations, a manager may question if coaching is appropriate. If a criminal act is committed, serious health or emotional problems, stress, and substance abuse.

Conclusion
Coaching has been recognized as adding value in the workplace, not only for high achievers and executives. Responsibility for delivering the coaching still rests largely with the line management team in an organization (70%).

Coaching is applied in a non-directional, non-judicial way. Before improving performance awareness and responsibility need to be raised. Coaching models exist to aid the manager the most common being (T) GROW.

Coaching may appear an additional task on f the manager's already heavy workload. Done correctly, it allows the manager more time on core tasks such as long-term planning and objective setting. In developing staff it avoids them being "off the job" to develop skills. There are occasions where a manager will have to "tell" staff and needs to be handled by them appropriately.

Coaching can be done at various levels within an organization, team, individuals, peers, superiors or themselves. It is important for the manager to recognize when coaching is not appropriate and seek assistance.

The manager needs to be aware of any conflicts of interest, particularly in the area of ​​values ​​and beliefs. A demonstrable measurement system will support the coaching approach. The standard of training and ongoing support to coaches is important to ensure that a coach does not have a negative effect on the work. Cultural and diversity dimension also needs to be considered.

Coaching is clearly not a "catch all" or a sticking plaster for a manager to heal over their areas of responsibility. It is extremely powerful when used as a management style, supported by a strong and visible coaching culture within an organization.

The final question I would raise to any organization not using, or considering using coaching is why would they not want to benefit from the overriding benefits that it can yield?

Lessons in Baby Massage: 12 Most Frequently Asked Questions

At its most basic, a baby massage offers precious moments to emotionally connect with your infant, relaxing you and baby. Since touch is the most developed sense for an infant, it is not surprising that early massages have the ability to stimulate nerve centers and improve immune system function. There are overwhelming scientific evidence in support of baby massage that the negatives are difficult to find.

We have put together 12 most frequently asked questions (FAQ) on the subject and provided answers from qualified instructions.

QUESTIONS ON BABY MASSAGE

1: Will I hurt my baby?

Use firm, slow strokes. For guidance on how much pressure to place on infant, look at baby cues to help. Not too hard, but too light might be ticklish.

2: At what stage should you start a massage?

Massages start at the new-born stage, as soon as the mother feels comfortable performing the technique.

3: When is the ideal time to massage your baby?

When your baby is in the quiet alert state is a good time for a massage. Other suggestions are after a bath, and at least half an hour after a feed.

4: Should I massage an ill baby?

Do not massage an ill or disturbed baby. Always look for cues that indicate abnormal behavior.

5: Should I begin with a full head-to-toe massage?

No. Perform massages in limited sessions until baby can tolerate a full massage, both anteriorly (toward the front) and posteriorly (toward the back).

6: What type of oil should I use and how much?

Several types of oil may be used in generous amounts. Simply pour warm oil into the palm of the hand and rub them together for even distribution. Recommended oils are: Organic vegetable / nut oils (example-olive, sunflower, sweet almond, sesame). These are unscented, and will not interfere with phototherapy.

7: What if baby looks to always resist massage?

Hold your baby gently, but firmly (using containment holds), until they gradually relax and accept the massage.

8: Is baby massage helpful with a colicky baby?

Yes! Babies who have their tummies and legs rubbed along with knee pressing exercises (into the tummies) receive fantastic success rates. Rub their tummy in a circular clockwise direction.

9: Can a massage help with asthma and skin disorders?

Touch Research Institute conducted studies that show the benefits of massage for both these conditions. Parents can learn the technique from qualified instructors.

10: Do I need to learn technical strokes or can I just gently rub baby all over?

Massage strokes are specific in generating a scientific result. Once you learn the techniques you will begin to see the difference. The strokes incorporate Swedish, Indian and Reflexology components.

11: How often should baby be massaged?

Massages can be done more than once per day; some experts recommends up to 3 times a day. The ideal amount is very personal to your baby, you and family circumstances.

12: What should be the first steps before starting a massage?

Gather all needed supplies. Ensure that the room is warm. Begin the massage when your baby is comfortable. Start at one of the extremitudes, and remember not to overtire baby.

Baby massage is comforting and improves all-over circulation and encourages growth. Begin the habit of asking permission from your baby before starting a session, as this will become an essential part of the routine later on.

05 Tips to Insure Your Rental Limo Car

When you reach somewhere with a limo, it not only gives you an exciting experience, but also creates a good impression about you among others. That is why many people want to hire any model of limo during an occasion. However, sometimes, cost seems to become a major concern among many people.

1. Region where limo business is located

The region from where you have hired limo is the major factor that helps to determine the charge. For instance, Limo Hire may be different from limo rental of some other cities. In addition to it, the number of passengers in limo may also determine your expenses because you have to choose the limo size, as per your need.

2. Services may vary as per the companies

Some of the Limo Hire Companies on offer only a single-way trip, while others may allow you to stop at different places. Again, some limo hire price rates include champagne, whereas others also comprise office premises and staffs. Thus, it is really important for you to make sure that you have chosen the suitable firm.

3. How much time you have enjoyed the car?

The amount of time, for which you have continued your journey with limousine, may also enable you to know the price for car hire. Your trip may be for 2 to 3 hours. Most of the Limo companies generally set a time frame for their limo rental service. You know that the companies expend something in order to keep up the vehicle's condition. However, renting the vehicle for less than 2 hours may not include such kind of expenditure.

The charge that you have to pay covers the time period for which your limo has been waiting before your arrival, and this period is calculated just after your limo reaches your gate.

4. Model of limousine

The charge for Limo Hire is set in accord with the limo design that you have chosen. All limo patterns and designs are not the same, and so, it is better to know the price for hiring every limo model. This simple step may help you to enjoy limo ride affordably.

5. Season of hiring and your own purpose

It is known to all the prices of any product increases during a particular season, when there is a high demand of that item. The same thing may be said in case of the limo. It is particularly during prom and wedding season, the limo hire companies may charge a bit higher price. However, you will be able to make the deal more cost- effective by hiring multiple limousines at a definite time.

However, if you are now hiring a magnificent limo for bridal ceremony, the price may be affected with that event because a wedding limo is decorated with the use of ribbons, flowers, bows and many other things. The specific charge may be related to your own specifications.

Thus, find the rate of limo hire, considering all these above mentioned factors.

Sanitation in the Workplace: Prioritizing Health and Safety

There are some factors that should be considered for a business to run smoothly and for goals to be met fully. It can be a challenging task for a business owner to ensure that all of the factors such as the finances, equipment and supplies, as well as the employees are working together. Yet, one of the critical factors that should be taken into consideration is the health and safety of all the employees working for you, in any way. There are some precautions that you need to do in making sure that employees are safe and they know how to keep their self secure and protected. Also, everyone should be trained on how to deal with unexpected situations.

For a business venture to run smoothly, one of the things you can do is to be able to create and maintain a positive work environment where everyone can work smoothly. The workplace can be more inviting to customers and clients if they see that every employee is having fun doing their jobs through their happy expressions. Having employees enjoy their work can also make them be more productive and accomplish their tasks faster. Stress is eliminated if one works in a workplace having positive vibes. Thus, employees can be more motivated to do their tasks and enjoy every bit of time that they work.

The health and safety of everyone can be acquitted through sanitation, which is one of the factors. One way to sanitize the work environment is to provide the area with products for hygiene such as sanitizers to ensure that the spread of germs is avoided at any means possible. One example is during the winter season. At this time, there is a high probability that employees get illnesses such as colds. So, sanitation is needed in order for germs not to spread more and to keep everyone safe from acquiring some illnesses. Another way of keeping the workplace and employees safe is to have labels. Say, there are hazardous materials in the workplace; every employee should have made aware about it.

In cases that your business is on construction, make sure that every worker is provided with all the safety equipment as they work. They should always wear the appropriate attire for the job. By doing so, you can make sure that they are safe from getting any injury as they work. There should also be signs on danger areas for everyone to be aware.

Of course, there is also a need for the management to have employees trained on how to react during emergency situations. There may be unexpected situations such as earthquake that might happen so employees should be trained on how to deal with situations as such.

A business can be successful if every aspect is checked and maintained. One of the factors that can greatly affect the business is the employees. Thus, maintaining the health and safety of employees is a need. This can be done in many ways such as sanitation as well as giving them training in order to deal with unexpected situations right.

Will Neosporin Help Chafing?

Chafing

Chafing is a problem for many active individuals. It begins as a slight redness on the skin and can get bad quickly. Movement can become uncomfortable seemingly out of the blue. Is there a way to prevent or treat this problem and keep the body healthy? This page will cover the specifics of what causes, how to treat and minimize this irritation. There are a few easy steps to take that will stop chafing before it has a chance to take hold.

What does chafing mean?

Chafing is caused by the rubbing of skin against surfaces like loose or tight clothing, excess moisture or objects. The rubbing causes friction and damage by leaving little abrasions all over the affected surface. Chafed skin tends to look red or as if it has a rash. Areas experiencing chafing tend to get sore and it becomes noticeable quickly. Excess weight can be the cause of chafing without much activity during the warm weather months.

Friction induced chafing can be experienced by anyone at any age. Most diaper rashes are caused by the chafing of skin from moisture on the surface of the diaper against skin. Elderly people often have to deal with chafing problems when clothes are ill-fitting. Any time you are dealing with constant friction chafing will happen. It is only a matter of time before you begin to feel the effects.

What is Neosporin Ointment

Neosporin ointment, which contains anti-bacterial medication, can be used to treat skin chafing since it can prevent the affected area from becoming infected. The ointment can also moisturize the affected skin area, prevent it from cracking and alleviate the pain caused by dryness. It is especially important to use ointments like Neosporin to treat particularly deep and severe skin chafing that have open wounds and bleed as the area can become infected.

Using Neosporin

One should read the instructions, ingredients, and warnings on the package of Neosporin carefully before using it as it may contain ingredients that the one is allergic to. Before applying Neosporin, one should clean and then dry the chafed area with clean water and soap. After applying the ointment to the affected area, one can also apply a bandage over it to protect it from further friction and irritation. Refraining from performing activities that can further aggravate the chafing will promote the chafing’s timely healing.

Disclaimer: Please note that this is intended for informational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical diagnosis and treatment. One should consult a medical professional for health diagnosis and treatment.

Ideas for Simple Halloween Party Games

With Halloween only a week away, we thought we'd share some ideas for simple spooky party games that your little monsters will love to play, and that take slightly little effort to organize:

• Ghost Hunt – cut out ghost shapes from white paper or card (allow approximately 4 – 5 per guest). Hide them around the house and garden and get your little guests to find them. (If you have different age groups of children, you may want to give the youngest ones a head start.) The child who finds the most ghosts is the winner. This is also a great game to play near the end of the party and you will not have to provide filled party bags either. Stick a small treat to each ghost before hiding, give each child an empty party bag and let them fill them with what they find.

• Ten-Pin Pumpkin bowling – part-fill 10 similar size plastic bottles with a small stones and gravel, so that they stand, and do not fall over too easily. (If you have time, or are feeling creative, you can also decorate them to look like monsters.) Draw a scary face on a mini pumpkin – this will be the bowling ball. Line your bottles up and let the children take it in turns to knock them over with the pumpkin, keeping score as they go. The child with the highest score is the winner.

• Yucky Dip – scoop out a pumpkin and fill with cooked, cooled pasta. Add small packets of sweets or wrapped tricks and mix well. Invite your little guests to take turns at the yucky dip – be warned this can get messy!

• The Haunted Jar – fill a jar with small sweets or toys and shredded white paper (making a note of how many goodies you've put in!). Each child then guesses how many items are in the jar and the closest guess wins the goodies!

• Musical monsters – put on some spooky music, and get your little guests to move around like monsters. When the music stops they have to stand still – if they move, they're out of the game. The last monster standing still is the winner!

• Trick or Treat – cut up squares of paper. On half of the squares, write 'treat'. On the other half, write 'trick' on one side of the paper and a simple activity (such as 'cackle like a witch') on the other side. Fold the squares up and put them all into a bucket (or cauldron if you want to be inventive). The children then take it in turns to pull a piece of paper out of the bucket. If they pull out a 'treat', give them a small prize. If they pull out a 'trick', they must perform the task written on the back before receiving their prize.

• The Graveyard game – this is a great game to play when you want to quiet the party down. Your little monsters lie down in the 'graveyard' – the child who stands still the longest is the winner.

And finally, how do monsters predict their future? They read their 'horror' scope!

Become an Electrician: It’s Recession Proof

The US has been in a recession for years. Even though economists note that the official markers of a recession are over, we still haven’t seen any significant job growth as unemployment hovers around 9%. Although there is a significant unemployed workforce, there is still a high demand for qualified technicians that still goes unsatisfied. The electrician field is perhaps one of the most recession-proof technician jobs there are, and one can set his/her own schedule while fulfilling a much needed function.

Electricians Needed in Residential Settings

Electricians are needed for many reasons around the house. There are any number of electrical problems that can occur such as faulty wiring. 18.6% of house fires start from wires, outlet boxes, and the like, according to the Fire Safety Administration. Electricians are also needed to check houses that are put up for sale to make sure they are up to code. Keeping houses up to code are perhaps the most needed function for electricians in this country, and it is a well-paid and simple function to carry out, as well as being a much-needed function that keeps people safe when they make some of the largest purchases they will ever make in their lives.

Electricians Needed in Commercial Settings

Especially if you live in an urban setting, electricians are needed in large numbers to maintain large office complexes. Metropolitan areas have huge skyscrapers with hundreds of offices inside that are constantly in need of electrical upkeep. Electricians are also needed to approve new office builds. Offices are full of electronics these days, and so new builds require extensive wiring to accommodate today’s high-tech needs. Like in the residential areas, electricians are also needed to help appraise office areas and make sure they are up to code.

Offices aren’t the only area of commercial real-estate that is in need of the high-paid services of an electrician. Schools need help with wiring maintenance. Supermarkets need help from electricians to keep their coolers working at the high performance necessary to keep their produce fresh. Electricians are also needed to set up video displays in commercial settings (also known as digital signage) where information is displayed on LCD displays on campuses and office complexes.

Electricians Needed in Industrial Settings

Factory lines are perhaps the most demanding places in terms of electricity usage and safety issues. Electricians are needed to make sure that large industrial buildings are up to code and that the conditions are safe. Any problems can end in a fire and loss of employee lives, so the electrician holds a lot of responsibility, but is also paid well because of this. Factories employ electricians full time so that they always have someone on-site to handle any outages. Outages can result in hours of down-time which can cost a factory thousands of dollars in opportunity cost.

There is a diverse array of possibilities for electricians, and this area of our workforce shows no signs of disappearing or shrinking. If anything, we will continue to need the services of electricians more and more in the years to come. The strange irony about this recession is that there are a lot of people out of jobs, but there are so many opportunities for people that are simply trained in the right skills, and the electrician field is definitely one of those.

Free Outstanding Warrant Search

A free outstanding warrant search is a great service that most states now provide its tenants. The search allows you to search and see if someone has an outstanding warranty that is filed with the court. You enter the persons name that you wish to explore and the web site will tell you whether or not the person has a warrant filed against them.

Protecting yourself and your family is very important because you never know who might have an warranty. The government passed a law call the Freedom of Information Act which made the government divulge information related to public safety to the public. It is important for the government to protect its citizens from people that might be dangerous.

It is important to know if people have warrants filed against them. For instance, when doing a background check on a baby sitter or nanny you need to know who will be watching your children. You can check out the person who applied for the position by visiting a web site that does a free outstanding warrant search.

If while using a free warranty service you discover that someone has an obligation out for their arrest, please do not alert the person in question. People who have avoided correcting their outstanding warrants do not want to be turned in to the proper authorities. This creates a very dangerous situation.

You need to contact the proper authorities in your state and keep the person in question away from your family because they are criminals and can pose serious physical harm to you and your other family members. You should not tell other people outside of your family because if the person finds out that they are going to be turned in to law enforcement officers then they are likely to bolt or disappear and leave the state which is not a good thing.

Law enforcement officers need the help of the public to locate those people who have outstanding warrants filed. Never try to apprehend a person who has an outstanding warrant filed against them.

Hopefully these tips about using a free warrant search will help you keep yourself and your family safe.

Sterling Silver And Rhodium Plated Jewelry – Caring For Your Jewelry

Overview Of Sterling Silver Jewelry Care

Silver in all its luminous apparitions, has co-ruled alongside gold for more than 6000 years as the 'Queen of Precious Metals'. However, of all silver's heirs it is sterling silver with its intrinsic beauty, value and durability, that has ensured itself a place in the history books as one of the most popular mediums of personal adornment.

Owning a prestigious item such as sterling silver jewelry should be undertaken with an eye on the future. Like all precious metals, sterling silver's value increases with time, and one day your jewelry could well become a priceless family heirloom, so looking after it now can only pay dividends in the future. However, to understand the proper care and maintenance of your sterling silver jewelry it is first necessary to look into sterling silver's background.

Both silver and sterling silver are precious metals, and both are closely related, but they are not the same. Pure silver is quite soft and because of this will not hold its shape; sterling silver was invented as a more durable form of this highly malleable and lustrous metal, lending its hardwearing properties to the creation of frequently worn jewelry.

Sterling silver is 92.5 percent true silver; the remaining 7.5 percent is interpreted of an alloy, usually copper or zinc. Sterling silver tarnishes, this is caused by a reaction between the silver and the sulfur containing oxygen particles of the air. The following guide gives you some useful advice on keeping your sterling silver gemstone jewelry in the state you want for future generations.

Storage

Store your sterling silver jewelry in a dark, cool place away from direct sunlight or other sources of extreme heat such as radiators. A perfect place is in a jewelry box in amongst your clothes.

Sterling silver jewelry, as is the case with all fine jewelry, should be stored separately in a separate compartment in a jewelry box or in its own soft pouch. Not doing this will ever result in scratches, or even breaks if there are gemstones in the jewelry.

Never store your sterling silver jewelry in paper, cardboard, or cotton filled boxes, as these contain trace elements of sulfur. For best results, place the items in a sealed, airtight plastic bag or jeweler's sulfur-free tissue prior to boxing and wrapping.

Cleaning & Polishing

Over time, sterling silver will develop a mellow patina caused by 'Oxidization', which results in an 'Antique' look where tarnish builds up in the fine details giving your sterling silver jewelry a beautifully unique air. You may or may not appreciate this aspect; you should consider this before making any attempts at cleaning your jewelry.

The best way to reserve and encourage the tarnished 'Antique' look to sterling silver jewelry can be done by not cleaning the jewelry with water, and not wearing the jewelry in the shower or bath.

The best way to prevent tarnish is to wear your sterling silver jewelry as often as possible.

If your sterling silver does become tarnished, it is easily restored to its former glory by using warm water with a mild soap, rinsing it and then making sure to thoroughly dry it with a fine soft cloth. Soaking is discouraged.

Use a soft cloth, similar to the cloth provided with spectacles, in light even strokes for cleaning the wider surface area, and cotton buds or Q-tips in the same manner for getting in to more difficult corners.

Never use tissues or hard brushes, including toothbrushes, when cleaning or polishing your sterling silver, as they will leave scratch marks. This is especially important if there are gemstones such as pearls mounted into your jewelry.

Polishing should be done quickly, and all traces of polish should be removed afterwards. Leaving tracks of polish behind can dull the design by clogging engraved areas.

Silver pastes, treated polishing cloths or other sterling silver cleaning materials should be used under the guidance of your local jeweler, this is especially true if there are gemstones as these chemicals can destroy them.

The Dos' & Don'ts

Always take your sterling silver jewelry off before applying suntan lotion, skin creams, and swimming in chlorinated or salt water.

Never wear your jewelry when working with detergents, bleaches, ammonia or alcohols; these chemicals will cause discoloration, damage and loosen any gemstones.

Never use an ultrasonic cleaner, ammonia or any chemical solution to clean opaque gemstones, such as turquoise, malachite, onyx, lapis lazuli and opals. They are a porous stone and may absorb chemicals, which build up inside the stone and cause discoloration. Simply wipe them gently with a moist soft cloth until clean.

Rhodium Plated Sterling Silver Care

Some sterling silver jewelry is plated with rhodium; This is designed to make your jewelry tarnish resistant. Caring for rhodium-plated sterling silver jewelry requires a different approach than non-plated sterling silver jewelry.

Clean it with a soft polishing rag or fine cleaner, but never use chemical based silver cleaners because this will damage the rhodium finish and also the inlaid gemstones.

If you own antique sterling silver jewelry or rhodium plated sterling silver jewelry we recommend that you seek expert advice from your local jeweler who will be able to instruct you on the best brands of jewelry cleaning products in your area.

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The History of Plantronics

Plantronics has come a long way and has made a name for themselves by manufacturing and providing with high quality communication accessories. After having done the designing, developing and selling them, Plantronics has grown to be the market leader when it comes to communication accessories. Established in 1960, they developed two lightweight headsets for airlines, now they have a plethora of wireless and wired headsets which can be used with mobile phones, computers and any else that has a 3.5mm jack. That said, with countless innovative products in the market, they can be considered as the best communication device providers.

The MS50 were the first headsets introduced in the market by them. That was done in partnership with the NASA. This ancestral devices is composed to two hearing air style transducers connected by a headband. Now they were very quickly adopted because they served as a great replacement to bulky headsets worn by pilots before that. Possessing robust airline technology and being made in a portable body, they quickly became the favorite of the masses. Soon after they were introduced huge companies such as FAA and Western Electric began to incorporate these headsets in their daily operations.

Later in 1980s Plantronics delved deep into the wireless domain and began dishing out wireless headsets. Initially employing infrared technology, Plantronics did not need to use wires to connect to devices anymore. Being one of the first wireless ones, they became much more popular than the wired counterparts. Some of the first wireless headsets were designed to emit an infrared beam which linked it to the phone.

These Plantronics wireless headsets could have been clipped onto the shirt and enhance the user experience.

2003 welcomed further advancement in these wireless headset, in the form of the headset codenamed CS50 made for use with office phones. And with the advent of Bluetooth technology, wireless headsets were made to use it from then onwards. That said, they also develop wireless headsets for use with game consoles or with Personal Computers. Due to that they gained much success, steadily climbing up ladder of fame and fortune.

This California based company kept growing and soon they expanded beyond their city, their country and now they cater to the whole world. Aiming to deliver handsets, headsets, telephones, audio contouring toolsets and speakers, they greeted a plethora of companies on the way. When the partnership with Avaya came to be, contact center solutions and unified communications were realized. That said, it was aimed at bringing a lot of convenience and better experience to organizations at a low cost.

Whatever to be used in a call center, while gaming or in aircraft, the Plantronics headsets are typically preferred over the others. So if you are thinking of getting one for yourself, consider what Plantronics really has to offer. Yes headsets do provide a lot of personal entertainment, nothing can compare to the credibility and the functionality that Plantronics lends. Providing you with un-parallel sound output along with superior noise cancellation, these headsets provide with the best possible user experience.

Types of OLAP Servers

"What types of OLAP servers exist?" OLAP servers present business users with multidimensional data from data warehouse or data marts, without concern regarding how or where the data is stored. However, the physical architecture implementation OLAP servers must consider data storage issues. Implementation of a warehouse for OLAP processing includes the following.

Relational OLAP Server

There are the intermediate servers that stand in between a relational back-end server and client front-end tools. They use a relational or extended DBMS to store and manage warehouse data, and OLAP middleware to support missing pieces. ROLAP servers include optimization for each DBMS back end, implementation aggregation navigation logic, and additional tools and services. ROLAP technology tends to have greater scalability than MOLAP technology.

Multidimensional OLAP Servers

These servers support multidimensional views of data through array-based multidimensional storage engines. They map multidimensional views directly to data cube array structure. The advantage of using a data cube is, it allows for indexing to pre computed summarizes data. Notice that with multidimensional data stores, the storage utilization may be low if the data set is sparse. In such cases, sparse matrix compression techniques should be explored.

Many MOLAP servers adopt a two level storage representation to handle sparse and dense data sets: the density sub cubes are identified and stored as array structures, while the sparse sub cubes employ compression technology for efficient data storage utilization.

HLOP Servers

The hybrid OLAP approach combines ROLAP and MOLAP technology, benefitting from the greater scalability of ROLAP and faster computation. For example, a HOLAP server may allow large volume of detail data to be stored in a relational database, while aggregations are kept in separate MOLAP store.

Specialized SQL servers

To meet the growing demand of OLAP processing in the relational databases, some relational and data warehousing firms implement specialized SQL servers that provide advance query language and query processing support for SQL queries over star and snowflake schemas in read only environment.

"So how data are actually stored in ROLAP and MOLAP architecture?" As its name implies, ROLAP uses relational tables to store data for online analytical processing. And in MOLAP data is stored in cubic form.

SAP is software organization that is using OLAP servers to develop its intelligent software. Because of this technology data mining and web mining is possible. Three dimensional reports are generated that are very helpful for management to dish up their decisions. These software are far more reliable and intelligent than the software that were in the days gone.

A Look Back At Fashionable Kid's Clothing Of The 60's, 70's and 80's

Fashionable kid's clothing has changed through the years. Fashionable kid's clothing reflects what is fashionable in adult clothing at the time. There have been a lot of changes that took place in the clothing styles of fashionable kid's clothing.

Fashionable kids clothing in the 60's included very short dresses on children until they reached their middle school years. Little girls wore dresses that just barely covered their underwear during these years. Today most little girls wear dresses that come to somewhere around their knees.

Little boys wore denim jeans and white tee-shirts during the 60's. The bottom of the trousers was to be roled up to create a cuff and the tee-shirt needed to be white with a rounded collar. They generally wore black canvas tennis shoes and black belts with this ensemble. Even though they had on tee-shirts they tucked the shirt into the trousers so the belt would show.

Little girl's wore black and white saddle oxfords for shoes in the 60's. They also wore Mary Jane style shoes that had a strap that reached over the arch of their foot and buckled on the side. They were black shoes in the fall and winter months of the year and white shoes in the spring and summer months of the year.

In the 70's most children did not change their style of dress much even though the hippie look was becoming popular. It was not popular for small children to wear bell bottom jeans or tie-dyed shirts. The little girl dresses remained shorts and they wore matching bloomers under the dresses so that their undergarments were not seen.

Until the 80's all little girls wore a tee-shirt that had no sleeves and their underwear under all envelopes. These tee-shirts were the first camisoles that girls wore and were designed to keep you from seeing their skin when their shirts were thin.

The 80's was a time when most girls got up dresses absolutely. They wore pants, brightly colored leg warmers, shirts that were over-sized, and a wide variety of foot wear. Tight leggings and over-sized shirts were the fashion rage, and almost every girl was trying to make their hair stand out as much as possible. They teased their hair, sprayed it with hair spray, and held it in place with wild colored headbands. Satin jackets were very fashionable as were really short shorts.

Fashionable kid's clothing of the 60's, 70's & 80's, are what children wear for Halloween costumes today.

5 Ways To Build A Health Care Brand That Calls To Moms

In order to build a healthcare brand in this day and age, medical professionals have had to undergo a massive realignment to the way they do business. The old business model no longer works, and in order to survive the business of medicine, medicine has had to evolve with the changing times.

However, one thing that medical professionals have always had to do is make the right connection with their customer / patient. When it comes to appealing to mothers, the medical profession has been keenly aware of how important this segment of the population is to medicine. In terms of building a nursing health brand, moms are at the top of the list when it comes to building a brand that also grows. Ways to appeal to mothers include the following:

Base Your Approach with Kids in Mind – Today's family dynamic is different than in years past. Children are being given a chance to be influential in the decisions that surround their lives. A healthcare brand that keeps kids in the loop and a major focus stands a greater chance of being seen as evolved and patient-centric.

Be Mindful of Your Online Presence – The modern parent tends to be tuned in to their technology now more than ever. Any healthcare brand that wants to succeed with moms these days needs to be able to appeal to this "techie" side of things and have a solid website & social media presence. By being able to digest patient reviews, a list of services and amenities, and even make appointments online, a healthcare brand becomes accessible to the go-go mom of today in a way that was not possible just a few years ago.

Better Communication via 21st Century Means – At one point in time, a phone call with a human on the other end of the line was all we wanted in terms of customer service. Today, though, more and more moms are skewing toward engaging with their doctor in ways that are more personable while still maintaining use of the technology with which they are comfortable. Being able to send emails directly to their doctor can be appealing. Offices that send out messages regarding scheduling changes through social media (brand-specific Twitter and Facebook accounts) ties into activities that can engage the modern mom.

Better Rapport with Patients – Believe it or not, even the modern mom appreciates a good bedside manner. More often than not, medical professionals are seen as somewhat removed, rushed due to over-scheduling, and distanced from their patients with many complaining that their attending physician does not even look them in the eye during a visit. By taking the time to address scheduling issues & addressing the in-house staff on better interpersonal skills, a healthcare brand stands to win because word-of-mouth references are the gold standard of a business establishing itself in the community.

Keep It Simple – Sometimes the simplest approach is the best. Yes, a nice website & organized social media presence can be beneficial, but be sure the information you present is easy to digest. Certainly appealing to the modern parent that wants a fully online experience, but never shy away from the parent that still wanted to hear the calming effect of a human voice on the line. It can be easy to create a healthcare brand that is shiny and technologically fitted for the foreseeable future, but medicine is about people.

In the end, a successful healthcare brand is one that appeals to more than just moms; it appeals to the community at large. Success includes an evolved view at how society has changed while always maintaining a foothold on the purpose of medicine – to heal.

Choosing the Right Laminate Flooring Underlay

The choice of your laminate flooring underlay will depend entirely on the conditions of the floor. The more you are aware of the conditions that the floor will be affected with the better you can prepare for its life. The floors get pressure from both the top and the bottom. Therefore, you need to provide good protection and conditions on both sides.

By following the right maintenance techniques, you can manage the top very easily. However, the bottom is another story. Once the flooring has been installed, you can not really work with the bottom side very easily. For this reason, it is essential to choose the best laminate flooring underlay.

Steps to choose the right laminate flooring underlay

When you decide on laying the floor, check the sub floors. You need to know if the material utilized is timber or concrete slabs. When you know about the material underneath, you will have to study it for damage or effects from moisture. When you're aware of the moisture level underneath and on top of the floor, the right laminate flooring underlay will protect the flooring.

Another important consideration is that the right laminate flooring will work effectively if you have a smooth sub floor. If it's very clean and has a smooth level then the laminate floor underlay will adhere better and not be prone to cracks. Therefore, for a concrete floor you must fill in any gaps and smooth out the surface completely. On a timber sub floor, you will simply have to nail down all the boards very nicely. To create the smoothest surface you might have to top it off with plywood sheets. The trickiest situation comes when you have a high level of moisture in the region and the sub floor is solid. These are made out of stone, concrete or bricks.

In this case, you will have to use the filler compound which is damp proof. Any of the gaps should be filled in and you should let it dry out completely before you start using the laminate floor underlay.

Now you need to work out the budget to choose the laminate floor underlay. You can have a combination or solid form between different materials. These generally include plywood, cork or foam. You can also build in more layers of sound proofing materials. However, these are slowly expensive so you can work out the additional elements based on your budget.

How to Install Your Own Carpet

Are you a do-it-yourself type of person? It probably would not be a big surprise if you are planning to install your own carpets. While it may seem like an easy task, there are a lot of factors that you will need to consider, such as what type of carpeting your home needs, and the type of carpet underlay you should use underneath.

If you are loath to have professional installers touch your floors, then you will have to learn how to install your own carpets with the right equipment necessary to undertake the job.

If your carpet is coming with a manual, always remember to read the manual first before you begin the actual installation. This way, you can have a better understanding of the procedure and keep from making any costly mistakes that will send you running to the phone to call the manufacturer, or a professional carpet installer. Remember that erroneous installation of your carpets frees the manufacturer from the warranty, so make sure you are doing the installation correctly, by the book.

The first chore you have to do is to move away furniture from where you plan to install your carpeting. Furniture can get in the way of your work, and you'll need to put them far away where they will not snag the padding and the carpet's material that you plan to lay down. If you want wall-to-wall carpeting and a door is in the way, remove the door from its hinges first. This way, you can simply trim the excess length and thickness, and re-install your door as soon as you are done with your installation.

Before laying down your carpet, you will need to clean the floor first. Dust and dirt can soil the bottom of the carpeting and make it harder to clean. You will also want to install the underlay between the floor and your choice of carpet. The carpet underlay acts as heat insulator that serves to keep your floors warm during cold weather. It also sound proofs your floor, as well as keeps moisture away from the cargoing material. Moisture is one of the main culprits that can damage carpets.

Whether you have chosen waffle padding, foam padding, or rubber padding, among the many choices for your carpet underlay, make sure it is the right weight and thickness to suit your requirements for cushioning and insulation.

Check the smoothness of your carpeting. It will not do to have unsightly wrinkles and ripples on the surface. On the other hand, over stretching the material may damage it beyond repair.

Finally, cut any fibers that may have come lose during the installation, and open all doors and windows to ventilate your home from the initial "new carpet odor".