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Kids in the City – Childcare in New York

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childcareCombining parenthood and a career can be quite a juggling act, and finding someone to care for your little one is of paramount importance. There are different types of childcare available in New York and finding a safe, reliable and licensed practitioner is vital. You need to be able to do your job knowing that your child is being taken care of, is happy and healthy. You, as the parent, know what is best for your child, and finding a warm, friendly environment requires some research.

The Bureau of Child Care provides a wealth of information and advice on childcare along with licensing and registration services for childcare workers. You should start looking a few months before the childcare needs to start, to give yourself time to check out what is available, and what would best suit you and your child’s needs.

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Keeping fit during the work day

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exercisesKeeping fit is important for your well being as well as being a great way to keep stress levels down. Fitting exercise into your work day can be a difficult task, but is well worth the effort. Decide what type of fitness training you would like to do – power walking, yoga, jogging, swimming, or a mixture. Even a short walk will do you good – try getting off a stop before you need to and walk the rest of the way, run up the stairs instead of using the elevator and take a walk in the park at lunch time instead of sitting hunched over your desk.

As far as gyms go, there fitness classes for all abilities, with times to suit office workers. You could take a pre breakfast yoga class, a lunchtime spinning class or go for an after work weight training session. If your office building has its own gym you could come into work a little early and spend twenty minutes using the facilities.

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A Quarter of All Office Holiday Parties in New York City are Considered Flops

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Christmas Office Parties in New York

The most special time of the year is approaching fast, and many businesses are now busy preparing for their Christmas office parties. These end-of-the-year celebrations are often regarded as an effective way of rewarding staff for their hard work, boosting employee morale, and starting a new year with a positive frame of mind.

However, some have claimed that corporate holiday parties are not as popular as they once were, and that in many cases they are below staff expectations and fail to fulfil their purpose. Seamless (an online food ordering and delivery company based in New York) surveyed more than 1,000 companies and asked them about their Christmas celebration habits and plans. The data they collected showed some interesting trends, which are summarised below.

Lower overall expenditure

One of the main conclusions reached following the survey is that the belt-tightening measures taken by many companies have also affected the overall expenditure allocated to their annual Christmas parties. There seems to be an increasing preference among employers to organise office parties on a budget, since approximately 42 per cent of all firms surveyed said they were spending less than $25 per person on their corporate Christmas event. In fact, only 10 per cent of companies spent between $51 and $100 / employee, and a further 20 per cent opted for a mid-range budget of $25 to $50 / person.

Open bars are no longer the norm

The Seamless survey also revealed that only 50 per cent of the companies interviewed were planning on including an open bar during their corporate Christmas party. In 2012, the percentage of no-alcohol office parties in the city barely reached 21 per cent, but two years later that figure had more than doubled at 44 per cent. Moreover, the survey revealed other data related to the type of holiday entertainment offered at end-of-the-year office parties: up to 70 per cent of the businesses surveyed mentioned there would be no dancing at their annual Christmas event.

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Flexible Working Trends in New York

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For several decades, the predominant corporate culture in the United States has been characterised by long working hours and a generalised reticence to taking vacations. However, in recent years flexible working practices have begun to be frequently implemented in companies around the globe in an attempt to provide employees with a better work-life balance. This trend has of course had a direct impact on US-based firms too, and it is estimated that more than 3 million US employees now benefit from flexible work arrangements.

As one of the most prosperous and forward-looking cities in the country, New York has led the way with regards to the implementation of flexible working practices. This article provides an overview of the progress made so far, as well as a review of the most flexible workplaces in New York.

Flexible Work Arrangements in New York: General Trends

According to data published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, flexible work arrangements are particularly common among New York employees who hold managerial, executive, or administrative roles in the private sector. Within the public sector, New York employees who work for the federal government are more likely to have access to flexible working arrangements than their local or state government counterparts.

Another trend worth mentioning refers to the widespread adoption of flexible working practices across genders and age groups. For example, a New York Times article recently drew attention to the fact that telecommuting is no longer an option limited to mid-career employees, as the typical telecommuter profile has grown to include young graduates and employees close to retirement age irrespective of their gender.

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Office Christmas Parties in New York

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If you plan on throwing an office Christmas party in New York City, then you will want to go all out to turn your party into a special event. As you put your party together, there are a few guidelines you should follow to make it easier for your guests to have a good time.

Places To Have Your Party

New York City is filled with great places where you can have your office Christmas party. There are five places in particular that will offer you and your employees a memorable Christmas party event.

Minus5 Ice Bar

The Mius5 Ice Bar is made completely of ice, but it is open all year round. This chilling venue is ideal for a memorable office Christmas party.

The Elm

The Elm is a relatively new restaurant in Brooklyn that has been growing quickly in popularity. It features four-star food and an excellent wait staff.

Malbec and Tango House

The Malbec and Tango House has a very rural feel to it, which makes it unique for New York City. It has a larger hall that will definitely create atmosphere for your office Christmas party.

Andaz Wall Street

The Andaz Wall Street room is fun because it is a throwback to the 1960’s. You feel like you walked back in time the moment you walk through the door. This room could bring back some nostalgic Christmas memories for your employees.

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How Alcohol Can Make You Look Stupid: The Imbibing Idiot Bias

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Whether you are at a work function or holiday party with family members, it is important to realize the effect that alcohol can have on your perceived reputation. At one moment, your co-workers may view you as a super-smart, hard-working person. After a few shots of tequila, however, this perception can quickly change. A University of Michigan research study reiterated the idea that drinking alcohol in front of other co-workers can make co-workers perceive one as less intelligent.

The Impact of Choosing Alcohol Consumption  

This recent University of Michigan study was published in 2013. The researchers were concerned with assessing the impact that merely choosing alcohol over other beverages has on one’s perceived social appearance. The researchers worked under the assumption that behavioral changes related to consumption of alcohol would most certainly change the way in which co-workers perceived an individual. The researchers were most interested in studying whether merely the choice of alcohol could cause co-workers to lose respect for others and cause them to judge individuals as possessing less intelligence.

The Imbibing Idiot Bias

The researchers set out to show that an “imbibing idiot bias” actually exists. They conducted a total of five separate mini studies to prove that this bias exists. In the last research study, the researchers discovered a very interesting conclusion. The researchers set out to place the research subjects in an interview setting. The researchers set out to determine whether ordering wine at the dinner would influence the hiring decision of the manager. At this stage of the research study, many of the research subjects believed that ordering a glass of wine made them appear to be more intelligent before the interviewer. The reality was that the individuals who ordered a coca cola received higher ratings than individuals who ordered wine at the dinner event. The hiring manager believed that those who consumed soda or non-alcoholic beverages possessed greater control and intelligence than those who ordered alcohol.

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Pension Guide for New Yorkers

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The security of a pension can be a tremendous benefit of one’s job. A pension can provide thousands of extra dollars in support during one’s retirement. A pension plan typically varies depending on one’s salary and position level. A pension is treated as income under tax laws, and it may be subject to taxation at the federal, state and city levels. If you live in New York, you should be aware of taxation laws and how they may impact your pension plan.

The New York State Common Retirement Fund 

In New York, government employees receive access to the New York State Common Retirement Fund (CRF). The CRF is held in trust for over one million employees at the State and local government levels. The fund is comprised of $160.7 billion. The CRF is one of the top-managed funds in the U.S. Pensions are guaranteed for NY government workers based on their peak salaries and the duration of their careers.

New Yorkers should seek to stay updated on changes in the management policies of the CRF. Recently, Governor Andrew Cuomo instituted a policy that will allow local authorities to hold off on pension fund payments so that budget gaps can be met. The CRF is managed by the State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli, and the comptroller has the responsibility of managing the security and investments of the CRF.

Defined Benefit Plans

A defined benefit plan is a traditional type of pension plan. Private companies may administer a direct benefit plan, but they have grown rare in recent years. In a defined benefit plan, the company provides a specified sum to the employee during his or her retirement years. For example, a company may provide a $3,000 pension every month to a retired individual. A defined benefit plan may require that an individual work for a company for a certain number of years before he or she can enjoy the benefits of the pension plan. If the individual quits before this time period, he or she may forfeit any invested pension benefits.

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Meeting Venues in New York City

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manhattanskylineThe Importance of a Professional Meeting Venue

When you are having a big meeting, seminar, or other important business event, you need to make sure that you’re holding it somewhere that exudes professionalism. After all, the places you choose to hold major meetings in say a lot about the success of your business. If you want to impress your clients or business partners, then you should take a moment to look into these great venues.

TKP New York Conference Center

The TKP is a brand new conference center opening up in the heart of Manhattan. Thanks to its unique location, people attending your big meeting will have an immense range of lodging, food and entertainment choices when meetings are not in session. This is especially great when you are holding longer seminar or conference events.

One of the major benefits that this event offers is the sheer scale of its facilities. Anyone who’s visited midtown Manhattan knows how small and space-efficient the meeting rooms are there. After all, you need to use space wisely when you’re building onto an island with a population of millions. This venue provides some of the most spacious meeting space in the city, all with a wonderful view overlooking the lights and sounds of Manhattan.

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New York Labor Laws

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There are a few labor laws in New York state that go beyond the federal mandates on employers. These differences are mostly related to wages, but many are also related to the length of a workday. There are also many specific laws protecting workers against discrimination and harassment. It is important to look at each of these issues on their own individual merits to understand the unique labor laws of New York state.

Wages

The minimum wage in New York State is $7.25 an hour, which is identical to the federal minimum wage standard. Some states go beyond the federal standard to create their own state-wide minimum wage. Oregon is one such state, with a minimum wage of $8.80 an hour. New York has opted to retain those federal standards.

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New York Recruitment Agencies

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Finding a job in New York City can be very competitive. Everyone is looking to make their mark in this fantastic city, making even entry-level jobs difficult to find. If you want to get a job in New York City, your best bet it is to look at a recruitment agency. There are many serving the city, and you would be smart to get involved with one quickly.
Take the First Step

While there are many opportunities in New York City, there are also a lot of people vying for those positions. This means that you should do everything you can to help yourself get a leg up on the competition. Working through a recruitment agency can be one of the best ways for you to get hired in New York City. We have listed some of the top recruitment agencies in New York which we hope you will find helpful for finding that perfect job.

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