April 6, 2018

Tips, Tricks, and Thoughts on Time Management


Time management, how important is it? Let’s take a moment to compare time and money, as we all know the importance of money. We budget our money carefully to be sure there is enough for the necessities and some to have a little fun; so why would you not do the same with your time? Especially when money is dispensable, but time is something you never get back. Below are some tips, tricks and thoughts to get you thinking about your time. Failing to plan is planning to fail. Make a to do list (break tasks down into small steps). … Continue reading

March 28, 2018

Blue 365


If you’re a member of a Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan or Blue Care Network (BCN) group health care plan, you have access to resources that you may not be aware of. One of those resources is member discounts with Blue 365®. Members of Blue Cross and BCN plans are eligible to receive savings on a variety of health-related products and services.   These discounts include exclusive deals on things like: Gym memberships Cooking classes Weight-loss programs Fitness gear Travel and recreation Contact lenses Lasik Dental care Hearing aids Fitness magazines Members can take advantage of these discounts by … Continue reading

March 27, 2018

Snow Shoveling Safety


Other areas of the country may be experiencing spring like weather, but here in the Upper Peninsula, we still have snow on the ground and the potential for more snow fall is very likely. We live in an area that is used to getting mass amounts of snow every winter. That being said, we are experienced when it comes to shoveling snow. However, it’s good to keep in mind your safety while shoveling to protect your body from harm. Here are a few tips to follow: Take it slow. Stretch before you begin. Push the snow rather than lifting. Lift … Continue reading

March 21, 2018

A Synopsis: Commercial Property Coinsurance


What does the term “coinsurance” mean when referring to commercial property insurance?  This word is often misunderstood and confusing to policyholders.  It is a term that is completely different when it comes to health insurance, and it is important to know the meaning and how it works when you insure your building for your business. Coinsurance is commonly found in commercial property policies, but it is also found in many other insurance policies such as dwelling forms, homeowners, federal flood, directors and officers liability, inland marine, and of course health insurance.  Even the use of the word “coinsurance” can have … Continue reading

March 19, 2018

Obtaining a CDL in Michigan


As part number two of our blogs about commercial driver’s license we will now discuss the specific requirements for obtaining a CDL in the State of Michigan. In the State of Michigan when applying for a commercial driver’s license, an applicant must provide the following information, according to www.michigan.gov : Social Security Number Legal proof of residence in the United States If applying for a hazardous material endorsement (A Class C CDL) you must complete a Federal Security Threat Assessment and a U.S. Citizenship or Lawful Permanent Resident Form A complete application from your potential employer, which should include a … Continue reading

March 16, 2018

St. Patrick’s Day


St. Patrick’s Day, the holiday where everyone is Irish for the day and the green beer flows. Being Irish myself, I look forward to this day every year to celebrate my heritage that I am so very proud of! Many people participate in the joyous festivities every year. If you are planning on partaking be sure that you are prepared to have a safe celebration. First things first, arrange to have a designated driver. Simply put, do not drink and drive. No amount of fun is worth the trouble this can get you in and the harm it can place … Continue reading

March 12, 2018

Building a Stronger Team


February was an important month at VAST, as it was our first of many team-building seminars with Simply Superior Consulting. They are a leadership and organizational development firm located here in Marquette, MI. Simply Superior has helped guide our team in the past toward goal setting, and this year they were invited back to once again collaborate with all of the VAST employees. Prior to our meeting, each VAST employee individually completed a Meyer-Briggs assessment to determine our grouping of 16 varying personality types. This was eye-opening for most, and at the forefront of many conversations leading up to the … Continue reading

March 8, 2018

VAST’s Annual Fitness Challenge


Every year the Zen Committee at VAST designs a special 12-week fitness challenge to encourage our team members to get the year started on the right path of health.  We develop a new theme each year as a fun way to get people interested and to laugh along with the scenarios we present.  For example, we’ve used “The Olympics” and “Mt. Everest” as themes in the past. The theme we chose this year is “The Oregon Trail” based on the computer game made popular in elementary schools in the 80’s and 90’s.  Team members have 12 weeks to move their … Continue reading

March 6, 2018

Workplace Eye Wellness Month


Did you know that March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month? If you’re like me, you more than likely had no idea there was a health awareness month for such a thing. I quickly browsed over this topic, but found myself coming back to it when I began to think about what it meant. Most think that the only way to damage your eyes would be working in a hazardous work environment, such as construction. However, believe it or not, there are many risks for individuals who also work in an office. Did you know that the most common eye problem … Continue reading

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