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How I Unwind – Live Now, Not Yesterday or Tomorrow

“Keith is the self-proclaimed world’s biggest fan of relaxation.”  This statement completely reflects what I imagine my retirement theme being.  But tomorrow is not guaranteed so why wait until retirement to enjoy life?  And as I’ve grown older, I’ve come to realize just how important is to live for each day. For the bulk of my career, I worked in the fast-paced and ever changing restaurant industry.  After 12+ years …Read More

How to Lose Employees in a Hurry – The Newbie Treatment

Reducing employee turnover is a central goal of any organization. For each employee lost, turnover costs can easily amount to $5K+, depending on the position. Just think of the cost of new job postings, recruiting fees, training, increased OT from other employees filling the load and lost productivity. It adds up quick with turnover taking a significant bite out of profits. When analyzing turnover, organizations often take a top-down perspective, …Read More

Disclosing My Hidden Disability

I am very lucky – I have a wonderful, supportive family, a fun and rewarding career, and amazing friends. However, it has not always been this way. You see, I have a disability and unlike what you might think of disabilities, mine is hidden. Living With a Disability I first became aware I was a little different when I was just a young child.  As a natural extrovert, I was …Read More

Breaking Barriers: The Toya Robinson Story

Toya Robinson has a lot to celebrate.  Many of us have hurdles and obstacles in life but for Toya, she has had to overcome more than most.  Toya is a Customer Service Representative with Synchrony Financial in Kettering, OH who just completed her one-year work anniversary.  Toya also suffers from multiple sclerosis (MS).  She is a young woman who has survived multiple major surgeries, which have forced her to rely …Read More

From NKOTB to Tool: Finding Myself Through Music

I try not to generalize, but I think it’s fair to say that most of us have private personas that are different than the ones we display at work.  Although many employers have softened their rules within the last decade, as professional adults we are still  expected to behave…professionally.  However, we are all multi-faceted people who are so much more than our careers, and it’s interesting to see the other …Read More

Rudolph Has Talent

I recently sat down with my family to watch a collection of Christmas cartoons and movies, a holiday tradition that I’m sure many of you share.  Among our family favorites are the classics A Charlie Brown Christmas and Frosty the Snowman, as well as a few newer ones such as a Trolls Holiday and Shrek the Halls.  While those films are near and dear to our family, no holiday collection could possibly be complete without the 1964 timeless classic, Rudolph …Read More

Help! I’m Depressed and I Drink too Much!

As an employer, have you had an employee tell you that they are struggling with a mental health or substance abuse issue? Would you want to know? As many as 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. has a mental illness/substance abuse disorder, so chances are a significant portion of your employees could use your support in this area, but are not willing to speak up and ask for help. …Read More

Five Observations over Five years

Changing Minds and Changing Lives through Disability Inclusion Celebrations give us a chance to recognize accomplishments, individually and as a team, and to have some fun after hard work.  Celebrations also give us another big opportunity: to reflect back in order to move forward.  As we celebrate our five year anniversary at Disability Solutions, I took that opportunity.  Many things have changed for the better, yet a lot of work …Read More

Veteran Rolls the Dice: Pepsi ACT Las Vegas

HOT OPPORTUNITY It was April in Las Vegas, four months before the opening of Pepsi’s new facility, when I first met Juan Olivo while hosting an open house with the Wounded Warrior Project. Through his positive attitude and the firm handshake, I immediately knew Juan would make a great addition to any company if his background fit the position. Luckily for us both they did. Juan recently ended his time …Read More