Here Are 6 Pranks to Play this April Fool’s Day

It’s no secret that the LNE Consulting team is full of fun-loving individuals. We’ve gotten pretty good at balancing work and play, so it may not come as a surprise that April Fool’s Day is one of our favorite holidays to celebrate over here in Hollywood, FL.

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We’re always looking for new ways to prank each other every year! That’s why we rounded up a list of 6 tricks to play on your friends, family, and coworkers this April Fool’s Day.

1) Print out a sign that says “PUSH” or “PULL” and stick it on a door that requires the opposite action to open it. For example, put a “push” sign on a door that is supposed to be pulled and vice versa for a door that is supposed to be pushed. Don’t forget to stick around to see who falls for your prank!

2) Put an opaque cup or container upside down on a colleague’s desk, kitchen counter, or table. Stick a sign that says something like “Warning! Spider trapped underneath, do not move!” and watch the panic set in when someone encounters your trick!

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3) Stretch a length of plastic wrap across a doorway at an average person’s shoulder height and be sure to firmly secure it to both sides of the doorway. Hide nearby and watch an unsuspecting acquaintance stumble into your trap.

4) Trace and cut the silhouette of a spider or other insect out of paper. Stick it to the underside of a lampshade. When the light is turned on, it will look like a big frightening bug is hiding under the shade!

5) Cover any room entirely in sticky notes. Bonus points if you cover the ceiling too! Another version of this prank is to cover the exterior of an unassuming victim’s car entirely with sticky notes so that they have to remove them all before they can drive anywhere! If you don’t have sticky notes on hand, aluminum foil works well too.

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6) Fill an empty donut or pizza box with broccoli, cauliflower, or carrots. Leave the supposed treats in your home or office kitchen next to a sign that says “Please help yourself!” and watch for the look of disappointment on people’s faces as they open the box to discover a pile of plain vegetables!

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What are your favorite April Fools pranks to play? Tell us in the comments!

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3 Tips on How to Grow Awesome Employees

Our team members keep the show going at LNE Consulting (Hollywood, FL). In fact, they are the show! Employees are the most important asset of any business—and they need to be treated as such.

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However, some companies treat their employees like a liability, which can be phenomenally detrimental to the growth of any business. These are the people who will be operating all of the moving parts of the machine that is your company! One of our fundamental beliefs at LNE Consulting is that as a leader, you must always be training your people to become the best that they can be.

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Here are 3 tips on how to grow awesome employees!

1. Training is Everything

You want your employees to come out of training fully prepared and ready to go. Our training program at LNE Consulting is extensive and we invest highly in it. If you lack a professional, top-tier training program then you are going to produce unprofessional, lower-tier employees. In addition, your employees will feel unprepared, inadequate, and unsupported if they are not trained properly. Every company needs motivated and prepared employees that are happy to be at work, which is one of the many reasons training is so crucial!

2. Professional Development

For each new person who joins the LNE Consulting team, we make sure to arrange a meeting to discuss their individual interests, professional interests, and career goals. This is a practice that we’d recommend highly to everyone. Help your team members to make a development plan that includes measurable goals and timeframes for those goals, and be sure to regularly discuss their progress. This is one of the many ways that LNE Consulting keeps our employees motivated and hungry for progress and results!

3. Constructive Criticism

Feedback is incredibly important. If you do not let your employees know how they are performing, how can they know what areas they need to improve on? Constructive criticism is not meant to belittle an employee and it should never be delivered in that manner. It needs to be done regularly and professionally with data and metrics to reference. Delivering feedback effectively will result in exponential employee growth!

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5 Ways to Thank Clients and Coworkers This Thanksgiving [LIST]

We love Thanksgiving here at LNE Consulting (Hollywood, FL)! It is a time for appreciating all that we have and all of the wonderful things that our clients and employees do for us. Giving thanks is an important thing to do because it reminds the people that you care about why they are so special to you.

In an age of rapidly increasing technology, personal displays of appreciation are diminishing through clicks and links, which can really take the meaning out of meaningful interactions. Here are 5 ways that you can thank your clients and coworkers this Thanksgiving!

1.  Handwritten Notes

We love in-person communication at LNE Consulting, but sometimes that isn’t always possible!

If there is anything that has been forgotten in this fast-moving society we live in – it’s handwritten letters! What’s actually great about this, though, is that writing someone a letter by hand has become a sincere display of appreciation. Sending a text message or a copy-and-pasted generic email is easy, and therefore has less meaning. Make sure to pull out a pad and paper and wish your customers and coworkers a Happy Thanksgiving, while including some reasons why you appreciate them!

Make sure to pull out a pad and paper and wish your customers and co-workers a Happy Thanksgiving. Don’t forget to include a few reasons why you appreciate them!

2. Get Specific

Don’t be generic with your ‘thank you’ greetings! Thank that employee for staying late all week to work on that project. Let that client know how much you appreciated that referral they gave you last month. Make sure to be as specific as possible and it will make the recipient feel important and thankful for you as well — an ongoing cycle of admiration!

3. Add a Gift

If you really want to go above and beyond this Thanksgiving, add a little gift to show how thankful you really are! It does not have to be expensive to be impactful. Going the extra mile and showing the recipient that you care enough to buy a little something for them will mean the world!

4. Make it Personal

If your client is located in the Northeast, tell them that you hope they are enjoying the fall weather. Even beter, why not wish your client’s children good wishes by name? I hope Billy and Sally enjoy the Tofurkey! Maybe even check out the Thanksgiving Day football schedule and wish your client’s team good luck! Remembering and acknowledging small details are key to showing people that you care, which is a small facet of the relationship-building strategy we have at LNE Consulting.

5. Include a Recipe

This adds some more spice — pun intended — to the personal effect of your gratitude. Along with the other thankful, personal, and specific things that you say to your client or coworker – send them a little recipe to make for their family’s feast!

If you have a famous stuffing recipe that kills on Thanksgiving, don’t be afraid to share the secret with the person to whom you’re giving thanks! It’s personal touches like this that keep clients and employees engaged and excited to be involved with you!

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5 Things You Can Do to Make Your Mornings Easier [LIST]

Mornings can be rough, can’t they? At LNE Consulting, we understand the importance of not being stressed out and rushed before you head out to a full and productive day of work. We put together a list of five things you can do to ease your morning routines, reduce stress and make mornings much more enjoyable.

1. Make your lunch the night before. You may be tired and would really rather leave it until morning, but you’ll thank yourself in the morning when all you have to do is grab your lunch and head to work instead of waking up earlier to make it.

2. Set multiple alarms, earlier than you need to be awake. This way you’ll gradually start to be aware that you need to wake up soon, and you’ll also be able to reward yourself when you can sleep in an extra 10 minutes before you actually need to wake up!

3. Lay out your clothes the day before. Don’t waste time in the morning trying to find the perfect tie or that left sock – if you look ahead of time then all you have to do in the morning is wake up and get dressed. Dressed for success, always. 

4. Turn on the coffee machine while you’re in the shower, this way the moment you’re out you can indulge in a wake me up and continue getting ready without having to wait for the coffee to brew.

5. Always put your car keys back in the same spot to ensure that you’re not scrambling around come morning. Routines are the best way to ensure that you don’t lose or forget important things and car keys are especially important.

Hopefully, these things will help to ease the rush and stress of the morning before work. LNE Consulting understands that coming into work after a morning where everything went wrong can be especially difficult, but we commend you for doing it because the work wouldn’t get done without you and the sacrifices that we all make to do the things we love.

From all of us at LNE Consulting we hope you have stress-free mornings and productive work weeks!

Four Things to Be Thankful For in Your Career [Thanksgiving Edition]

November is here and soon it will be Thanksgiving! At LNE Consulting, we like to take this time to reflect on our careers. Here are four of the major ones. Give it a read and reflect for yourself on what makes your job and career something to be thankful for.

  1. Your boss. We are thankful to have Julie Edmonds running the show at LNE Consulting. Having a boss who cares about his or her employees is so very important. Someone who pushes you to do your best and challenges you as you make your way in your career is a valuable asset in this life.Screen Shot 2017-07-06 at 3.20.59 PM
  2. Your colleagues. Having good friends in the office to get you through long weeks and late nights is essential to a good work environment. We are so grateful for the wonderful coworkers who make going to work way more fun than it should ever be!
  3. The opportunity to build a career. LNE Consulting is a wonderful place to push yourself and further yourself in your career. We like to give our employees many opportunities to challenge themselves in their work, and they become better because of it. Only you can build your career, but LNE Consulting can help along the way. 
  4. Challenging work. We are thankful that we are in a field where we are pushed to do our best every single day. LNE Consulting is such a great environment to leave your comfort zone since there are help and support everywhere you turn. Besides, what fun is work if there isn’t a bit of a challenge to it?

There are truly many things to be grateful for as Thanksgiving approaches, and from all of us at LNE Consulting we truly hope this Thanksgiving is filled with good food and family.

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