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Archive for January, 2015

LONG ISLAND BUSINESS LEADERS CAUTIOUSLY OPTIMISTIC

The 2015 Long Island Economic Survey & Opinion Poll finds business leaders cautiously  optimistic . Although fifty-six percent ( 56%)  report business is better than or at least the same as last year,  forty-four percent (44%) find their current business situation worse.  Looking ahead , sixty-three percent (63%) project an increase in revenue for 2015.  An overwhelming ninety-two percent (92%) say employee size will remain the same.  The health care industry is thought to have the greatest growth potential in the coming year (47%) while technology is a distant second (28%).  The survey was conducted in November 2014

QUALITY TIME WITH FAMILY & FRIENDS??

Americans are ATTACHED to technology.  Forget about quality time with family and friends. A survey conducted in November 2014 by Keurig 2.0 Coffee, a leader in specialty coffee, coffee makers and  teas found—-

*38% will often take a call from someone else while spending time with a loved one

*33% will interrupt an in-person conversation to check email

*30% will interrupt  an in-person conversation to text someone

27% will interrupt an in-person conversation to check their social media accounts

 

NEW YORK STILL A TOUGH PLACE TO DO BUSINESS

The results of the 2015 State Business Tax Climate Index conducted by the Tax Foundation are out.   No surprise New York ranks 49 . At least we are not the worst state to do business in.  That honor goes to New Jersey (Number 50). This annual survey covers corporate tax, individual income tax, sales tax, unemployment insurance tax, and property tax.  So who are the 10 best states to do  business in?

Number 1   Wyoming

2                    South Dakota

3                     Nevada

4                      Alaska

5                     Florida

6                     Montana

7                      New Hampshire

8                      Indiana

9                      Utah

10                    Texas

The purpose of this  annual index is to help business leaders, state policymakers, and taxpayers compare their states’ tax systems to others. New York has been on the bottom of the pile for years.

E-MAIL IS THE MOST ANNOYING PART OF WORK

What bugs employees the most?  E-mail.  Forty-four percent(44%)  find e-mail overload to be the most annoying thing about their job ,  A survey conducted by Contatta of 1,200 Americans found that almost 80% reported some sort of email problem.  Those problems include:

*37%  lost important email

*36% sent an email to the wrong person

*32% replied to all instead of just replying to the sender

*29% sent an email with typos and errors

*18% reported their email inbox is too full to accept new emails

Not surprising, seventy-eight percent (78%) hate getting the flood of ” reply all” when an all company email is sent.

Source:  Contatta has developed  a business application that integrates task, file, and contact  information for email.

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