Bridge Firm Recovery December 2018

Recovery Reader The DECEMBER 2018

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FROM THE DESK OF Dan

T’was the night before the due date and all through the office, not a paper was stirring, not even an ... invoice. The statements had been stuffed and sent out with care, in hope that the money soon would be there. When out at the mailbox there arose such a clatter, I was called from my office to see what was the matter. Away, I flew like a flash, tore through the office, and got there in a dash. When what to my wondering eyes should appear, but an empty mailbox and an office without cheer. Receivables can be a slippery slope: one month late, then two, then three, you find yourself looking at aging receivable reports dreaming of the cash you should have. Black Friday, Shop Local Saturday, and Cyber Monday — great shopping days. How many customers enjoyed shopping with your money? Maybe you’ll get credit on those Christmas cards, funding provided by (your business). When you finally say that’s enough, it’s time to call us. We provide happy holidays, with funding recovered by Bridge Firm Recovery.

SPREAD HOLIDAY CHEER AT WORK Through Good Deeds and Kindness

The holiday season is a time of festive joy and an opportunity to create lasting memories with the people closest to you. Inevitably, that includes the folks you work with every day. Only the Grinchiest of business owners keep every semblance of the holiday season from entering the office. Spreading a little cheer and creating a festive environment can help boost morale and end the calendar year on a high — but only when you go about it the right way. Unlike traditions held among your family and closest friends, there are some rules to follow for celebrating the most wonderful time of the year at work. It’s important to make sure that you don’t create distractions or allow things to get too rowdy at the office. Striking the right balance can be delicate, but it’s much easier if you remember the following suggestions. CELEBRATE INCLUSIVELY It is perfectly acceptable to put up a tree, string lights, and adorn your office with Christmas- themed decorations. Heck, you can even invite Santa to stop by if you like. That being said, the holidays should be a time of inclusion and celebration, not a time of leaving people out. If you have members of your team who celebrate holidays other than Christmas at this time of year — such as Ramadan, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa — be sure to include some nods to their personal and cultural traditions. And it’s just as crucial to ensure that you don’t force anyone to participate in activities that could make them feel uncomfortable. The workplace is not an ideal setting for, say, Nativity reenactments. Focus on aspects of the holiday

Yes, we fill Christmas stockings for clients all over West Michigan. Now you can say merry Christmas!

Enjoy the Holidays,

Dan Larson

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