Posts by Leajean

What Does Professionalism Mean to You?

Every few years, there is a dramatic shift in professional norms. Take, for example, the issue of tattoos. While being inked up was common in the military and in a few industrial fields, the idea of having visible tattoos at work was simply outrageous just a few years ago. Now, it is more than commonplace!

The same could be said for earrings or other piercings, especially for male workers. I have no idea what the future holds for what is and is not considered professional. However, I can assume that the customs and concepts associated with professionalism will likely change with time.

Some fields of work, however, have still retained a stricter sense of what is considered appropriate to wear. It does not seem likely we will see shorts on the floor of Congress any time soon, after all.

Other industries that are still rather formal (at least in their dress) include:

  • Legal industry
  • Banking and finance
  • Government and politics 
  • Security and diplomacy

However, I recently found out about a team of lawyers that shove aside traditional conceptions of professionalism and instead produce an environment more familiar to their clients: Pete Leehey and his group of Biker Lawyers present themselves just like their clients: wearing biker leathers, helmets, and post with actual motorcycles.

You see, motorcycle riders are often the victims of accidents at the hands of negligent or careless drivers. Because cars are so much bigger than motorcycles, auto collisions can do real damage to motorcycle riders. 

There is a need for dedicated lawyers willing to fight for compensation and justice on the behalf of motorcyclists. The Biker Lawyers fulfill that need and look like their clients while doing so. 

Talking to a lawyer can be intimidating, even if you also wear a suit and tie to work every day. But the stress of meeting with a lawyer on top of feeling underdressed might be the final factor that could cause a person to skip out on finding legal representation.

And a person who is the victim of a negligent car accident injury missing out on proper legal counsel? Well, that is a situation in which no one wins! Obviously, lawyers need clients in order to maintain a law firm. 

But clients also need lawyers in order to properly negotiate with insurance companies, the other driver, and other parties that might prey upon them in the confusing legal mess after an accident. As a result, it is in the best interest of people like The Biker Lawyers to present themselves in an open and honest way that breeds familiarity, not anxiety.

If you have been the victim of a car accident or motorcycle accident, find yourself a lawyer. They are going to be able to fight for you in a way that you cannot do yourself, no matter what you wear to work every day.

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When the Grass is Actually Not Greener

You have probably heard the phrase about how “the grass is always greener on the other side.” Different variations of and alternatives to the phrase can be found pretty much everywhere online. This folksy phrase is meant to evoke the moral that other people’s problems never seem as dire or intense as they may be in actuality; in other words, your problems are not that different than other people’s problems.

Many people say that the solution to the jealousy behind this phrase is to focus on the benefits of your life while at the same time recognizing that other people’s problems are probably intense to them, too. Surprisingly, this same phenomenon applies to actual grass.

For people interested in maintaining well-groomed lawns, it can seem that quite literally, the grass on the other side (say, at your neighbor’s) is greener. Indeed, some lawns are healthier than others. And thankfully for the people care passionately about lawns, the causes of the disparity are known!

As a company that provides Chesterfield mowing services, Midwest Lawn Co’s website mentions that there are different factors that can affect lawn healthiness and growth. Some of those factors include thatch thickness, soil acidity, and invasive species or pests. Unfortunately, that list long and there are many other influencing factors in relation to the condition of your lawn.

In this post, I will outline one of the most common issues (thatch) that impacts the well-being of your lawn, as well as some of the most cost-efficient and common solutions used by plants and grass experts to deal with thatch.

Thatch

Thatch is a pretty niche topic, so it is understandable if you have never heard of it. Thatch is the layer in between the top grass line and the under soil. The top grass line is the visible layer of the ground with grass blades that are mowed down on a continual basis. The undersoil is the deep layer below that contains nutrients necessary to the health and wellness of the grass.

Thatch can be good for the development of grass by acting as a protectant layer and shielding the top-layer vegetation from temperature extremes. However, it can threaten the livelihood of your yard by becoming too thick. When thatch is too thick, it can choke plant growth by blocking water from reaching roots and otherwise interfering with healthy soil management.

One of the best ways to handle problems with the thatch in your yard is to regularly rake your lawn (or better, have a professional who is knowledgeable in the area) to ensure that dead leaves and other debris do not lead to the accumulation of thatch beyond appropriate boundaries.

Another solution is aeration. This process refers to professionals using a special aeration machine to dig up plugs of soil and “air out” your lawn, reducing the nasty effects of thatch and allowing your plants, grass, and vegetation to access the necessary ingredients to grow healthily.

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Your Hair May Be Holding You Back

When you consider your future career prospects, you probably assume your progress will depend on a few things: your skills, your experience, your ability to network, and your willingness to work harder than anyone else. Those are all very important parts of success, it’s true, but you may be forgetting something just as crucial: your hair.

I know a lot of people won’t believe it, but the truth is, you get judged based on your hair. As Therapy Hair Studio says, hair is “one of the first things people notice about you when you walk into a room.” When someone meets you, they make some unconscious assumptions based on what you present to them. They’ll look at how you walk, how straight your back is, the quality of your clothes and how well they fit you, and what your hair looks like. While you might be able to move your relationship beyond those first impressions, if you aren’t giving a great first impression, you are immediately putting extra work in front of you to reverse those negative assumptions.

And, unfortunately, you sometimes may never get the chance to do that. You may always wonder why you didn’t get that job you were so qualified for, and the answer may simply be that you had a bad hair day. In the competitive world of business, in which many others will be trying to get that same job, promotion, or client, you have to make sure you set yourself up to succeed.

What does this mean in practical terms? It means you should invest more in your hair, and you should think about what your hair is telling people. Don’t skimp and go for that cheap haircut, for instance. Spend a little extra and make sure your hair gets the best treatment and you end up with the right style. On the point of style, you should also think about if that style tells the story you want to tell about yourself to those who can help you rise up in the world.

You may love how you look with a certain style, but if it isn’t the right kind of style for your profession, you need to decide if the style is worth more to you than a promotion.

That’s not to say all styles are forbidden for all jobs. The world is changing and more workplaces are accepting more styles all the time. You may work in a very artistic line where bright pink hair is actually a bonus. Or, you may work in a law office where it’s crucial you have a more conservative look.

There’s no single right way to approach your hair. The point is, you need to be putting more thought into it. Make sure your hair presents the version of you to the world that makes you look like the success you want to reach. When you just continue doing the same old things with your hair, you may find in the end that your hair was the reason you didn’t reach the levels you were capable of.

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Comprehensive Coverage or Liability Only : Which One Should I Get?

When it comes to car insurance, one of the major considerations that individuals look for is whether to get comprehensive or liability only coverage. Before deciding on the clause to include on your insurance premium, it is worth understanding first the difference between these two types of coverage. According to Franklin, WI car accident lawyers, the difference lies on two essential things: the type of accident or damage and the budget of the policyholder.

Comprehensive coverage not only pays for damages done to other vehicles and to your own vehicle not just from traffic accidents but also from natural resources. Let us say that your car damaged in a storm or by the snow, you can use comprehensive insurance to pay for the repair of your car. This type of coverage usually includes a deductible, which is an out-of-the-pocket amount for paying damages.

Liability coverage, on the other hand, does not pay for damages to your own vehicle in case of an accident. When you were deemed at fault, the law requires you to pay for any damages incurred by the other driver. In contrast with comprehensive insurance, it does not have a deductible so you will not take money out of your pocket.

So as to the question of which coverage you will need for your car insurance, the answer is it depends on the situation. For example, if the total damages to your car have been calculated, can you afford to shell out money from your own pocket to pay for the remaining debt? Can afford to buy a replacement car for your old one?

If you rarely use your car and can afford not to have one, comprehensive coverage may not be right for you. But if you still have huge debt on your current car and still liable for paying and need additional funds for another car, choose comprehensive insurance.

In addition, if you do not have extra money and rely on your paycheck, a huge car accident can become a problem for you which makes comprehensive insurance the right option for you. Otherwise, the lower monthly payments seems to be the best choice.

So deciding on the better option is dependent on your need and your budget.

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The Three Major Hazards When Using Cranes

Whether lifting materials that weigh lots of tons, moving things inside a warehouse or workshop, salvaging sunken ships, building oilrigs, or constructing high buildings, one piece of heavy machinery that has become totally necessary is the crane.

Cranes make so many types of works, construction works especially, so much easier and faster. In fact, in construction sites, these have become the most essential and important pieces of machinery. To be truly useful and, at the same time, safe, cranes need to be maintained, regularly inspected and operated only by a person properly trained for the job. This is because though cranes are totally beneficial, these also have the potential to wreak the worst damage on any job.

According to the Center for Construction Research and Training (a division of the Center to Protect Workers’ Rights (CPWR), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization), crane related accidents claimed an average of 22 lives each year from 1992 to 2006. Hundreds or others, however, are reported to have suffered serious injuries including broken bones, brain injury, spinal cord damage, or partial or complete paralysis.

The three major hazards identified with the use of cranes include:

  • Electrical hazards. About 50 percent of crane accidents are due to electrocution – when any metal part of a crane comes in contact with a high-voltage power line. The greater danger when this happens is that, besides the crane operator, workers nearby will most likely also suffer electrocution.
  • Overloading. Exceeding a the crane’s lifting capacity can result to tipping over, structural failure, or the crane itself, with its load, plunging down to workers and passersby, killing or seriously injuring them on the spot.
  • Falling materials. When using an overhead crane, it is very important that workers make sure that materials to be lifted are properly secured, otherwise, the load may slip and cause serious injuries and property damages on the ground.

An injury lawyer probably knows how severe injuries can be in accidents involving cranes, especially if the accident is one wherein a crane collapses. While no crane operator, work supervisor, contractor or subcontractor would want an accident to occur, if one does, occur, however, then they can be legally required to fully compensate victims of accidents for whatever damages they will suffer. Seeking the assistance of an experienced personal injury lawyer for the purpose of pursuing compensation may be a big help for victims to get the financial help they will need for all the necessary medical treatment needed.

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