September 1, 2014. What’s happening @AIBD_National?

Why it’s important to take a break.

Source: CBS News

Happy Labor Day!

In tribute to the tireless American workers whom this day honors, I hope you’re working hard at doing nothing.

And I don’t mean that ironically: Taking a holiday makes us better at our jobs. It gives us a chance to unplug and reboot (and other technological metaphors that didn’t exist when Labor Day was made a national holiday 120 years ago).

However, the average American worker leaves four vacation days unused, according to Expedia. In the past year, collectively, Americans chose not to take more than 500 million available days off from work.

Why aren’t we pushing back from our desks?

The most common reason given is to accumulate days for possible future trips. But there are less hopeful reasons, too — some workers say they can’t afford a vacation. Others say “work is their life.”

Is it time to rethink the American work ethic? Read the full article and watch CBS contributor Faith Saile’s video report. CLICK HERE.


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FT@2 Logo SMALLWhen is it time to hire?

Register for the September First Tuesday @ 2:00 (p.m. EST)

Some entrepreneurs — such as building designers — start out with a team of employees in place, but our surveys show, almost half are working as sole proprietors. Has your workload increased lately and are you struggling with when and how to add staff? Can you increase your income by hiring employees?

Join us for the American Institute of Building Design’s First Tuesday @2:00 as we talk with Associate member Lisa Schaffer. Lisa is President at FinPan, Inc. / T. Clear Corporation, the oldest concrete backer board manufacturer in the world, and she is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management. She will be sharing her experiences and answer your questions such as, how does a small-business owner decide when it is time to hire and what are the first steps?

CLICK HERE to register


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More events ahead.

Looking into 2015…

  • August 3 – 6, 2015 – AIBD National Convention and Interactive Conference on Residential Design, Providence, RI

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