How to Avoid Making Your Job Site an Easy Target for Thieves

One billion dollars…that’s what the U.S. National Insurance Crime Bureau estimates is stolen in construction equipment each year. Why? Unattended construction sites are easy targets for thieves, especially those sites lacking adequate security measures. Think about it. How often do you drive by a site at night and see no one there, but lots of equipment out in the open? Thieves tend to see construction sites as a “go-to” spot when compared with more conventional robbery targets. After all, most … [Read more...]

Cheers and Thank You!

Believe it or not, Holmes Murphy is celebrating 85 years of serving our clients this year. I know, I know…we aren’t your typical 85-year-old…we try our best not to act our age. However, one thing remains constant throughout all our years and future aspirations…we remain true to our privately-held roots, doing what we know best, and helping our clients celebrate their successes along the way. Thank you for allowing us to be part of your birthdays, anniversaries, and all … [Read more...]

What Do Unclear Expectations Get You?

I’m not certain where I heard this quote, but it has always stayed with me — “The source of the world’s frustration is unclear expectations.”  In business, life, or leisure, I find these words to be true. In fact, it doesn’t matter which side of the table you sit on…whether you’re the one delivering or receiving…unclear expectations are the ultimate creator of frustration. Imagine, if you will, you’re headed to your favorite restaurant. This restaurant always delivers great food and great … [Read more...]

Traveling Internationally for Work? Two Words: ‘Be Cautious’

If you travel for business or have employees who frequently travel, you know flying outside the U.S. provides opportunities to engage with other cultures and meet clients face to face. However, it’s no secret the ever-changing political climate can make things tricky. Now, I realize it’s unrealistic to predict every dangerous situation abroad, but simply being aware of and using preventive measures to detect risk can ensure you’re sending your employees off with applicable tools in hand. How can … [Read more...]

Good News: Employers Don’t Need 51 Votes to Manage Their Health Plans!

I think we’ve all been watching the news unfold lately…and if you haven’t been, you no doubt have heard about the “little” thing going on with healthcare. You know…the one that involves the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare, as some affectionately call it)…and impacts nearly everyone. If not, let me get you up to speed. The GOP (Republican party) controls the House, the Senate, and the Presidency. First order of business was to replace the ACA. However, they needed 60 votes in the Senate to … [Read more...]

Don’t Die from Embarrassment!

Every now and then, if you’re really fortunate, you get to meet someone like Phil Lawler. Phil was special. He was one of those individuals who make you think, “Wow, how blessed I am to count this incredible man as my friend!” I met Phil in the early 2000s when I was hosting a nationally syndicated radio program that focused on health and fitness. He became a regular guest because of his contagious positive energy and passion. Even over the radio, you could tell he had been put on this earth for … [Read more...]

Let’s Clear the Air on Environmental Coverage

Deep breath in. Can you smell the fresh air? Maybe…maybe not…depending on where you are. Earth day is April 22, and I couldn’t think of a better time than now to share some basic information about Environmental Liability, also known as Pollution Liability. If you have a General Liability policy, why would you need Environmental Liability? You should be covered, right? Well, that may not be the case. Environmental Liability was introduced in 1978 and was created as a way to close the … [Read more...]

What Does Your Brand Say About You?

Have you ever played “The Voting Game”? It’s a party game where you anonymously vote on which player is described by each card drawn. Lots of laughs ensue when the results of each vote are revealed. Playing that game is the quickest way to learn the personal brand you’ve created. Game cards include topics like Most Likely to Show Up to Your High School Reunion in a Rented Lamborghini or Most Likely to be Called When a Friend Gets Thrown in Jail or Most Likely to Positively Change the World. So, … [Read more...]

What Does Your Brand Say About You?

Have you ever played “The Voting Game”? It’s a party game where you anonymously vote on which player is described by each card drawn. Lots of laughs ensue when the results of each vote are revealed. Playing that game is the quickest way to learn the personal brand you’ve created. Game cards include topics like Most Likely to Show Up to Your High School Reunion in a Rented Lamborghini or Most Likely to be Called When a Friend Gets Thrown in Jail or Most Likely to Positively Change the World. So, … [Read more...]

Proposed Legislation Could Help Construction Industry

Think about this for a minute. If you’re in the construction industry (a contractor/design professional) and you were asked what kind of construction projects you worked on and completed in 2002, would you remember? Maybe you have a great memory, so your answer is “Yes!” Let’s take it a step further. Can you remember the exact blueprint of each job, what materials you used, how many crew members were on the site, and what assignments each of those crew members had? It’s tricky, I know. After … [Read more...]