Why Kids Love Cats So Much

There are many children who want to have a cat for a pet. Perhaps, your children are among these who desire to have one. If you are wondering why children love cats so much, the below reasons will provide some insight into this.

Cats provide good entertainment. Surely, you have seen a cat scamper across the tops of furniture, shimmy up the walls and jump down from high places and land right on his or her feet. To us who are grown, these behaviors are annoying. We wish that the animal can stop behaving in this fashion and stay out of the way. Kids, on the other hand, find these behaviors to be funny. They sit and watch in amazement, and they laugh heartily. Kids also enjoy playing games with their cats, like fetch, and they like to teach them how to do tricks. When these animals entertain these children, they will stay out of the hair of the adults and have something to do during boring times.

Cats are also nice to cuddle. The reason this is the case is because felines are nothing but big, warm fur balls. If you buy your child a cat who loves to be held, then he or she will cuddle with your young one for hours. Your young one can enjoy companionship while doing homework, and this pet can keep him or her company while sleeping at night. If your child has something comforting to sleep with, he or she will not be scared and feel the need to crawl into your bed to bother you while you are sleeping or taking some time for yourself.

Cats offer children lots of affection. When your child feels sad, the cat will crawl into his or her lap and stay there until he or she feels better. There have been some cases when a cat has been known to wrap his or her paws around his or her owner’s neck and give a hug. If your kid ever experiences this while sad, this will mean a lot to him or her.

Kids love cats because it does not require a lot of work to take care of them. All kids have to do is clean out the litter box, provide food and water and make sure the animal remains safe. It is not necessary to walk a cat, take it out to go to the bathroom or bathe it.

If you get a boy cat for your child, then you will want to get it fixed. If you do not, he will feel the need to mark his territory. The male cat will urinate all over your furniture, clothing and other odds and ends. Because cat urine smells, you do not want this to happen. You will also need to get the animal declawed, whether it is male or female. If you do not, curtains will be torn up, furniture will be scratched and the pet will ruin things around your house because he or she will feel the need to use various objects as scratching posts. If you take these precautions, your child will enjoy his or her pet, and your house will remain clean and orderly.

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Weight Loss Tips and Tricks For Effective Weight Loss

Everyone wants to look good today, especially the young. But more and more people today understand that looking good need not be healthy, and being healthy is more important than just looking good. Of course, the better deal would be to look good and healthy.

Many would assume that you can just lose some weight or pockets of unwanted fats here and there in your body; and that constitutes weight loss to good health. But nothing is farther than the truth. To lose weight and keep healthy is to burn more calories compared to what you take in.

Your optimal weight is measured by your BMI which relates your height and weight measurements to the amount of fat in your body. More and more Americans are overweight today as they consume more saturated fat or processed foods which attract more diseases.

Losing weight is usually easy for many but the challenge is maintaining the weight loss. However, if you adopt a weight loss program on a regular basis, it will be easy.

Tips and Tricks

Here are a few tips and tricks for your weight loss program to work effectively.

Have more low nutrition foods, such as fresh fruits and green veggies; these contain less calories and high fiber, which translate to faster weight loss and keeping extra weight at bay. Avoid highly saturated fatty foods like deep fried foods as extra fat is always stored away as excess fats.

Part of the weight loss maintenance program calls for a fewer food selection especially snacks. The fewer choices you have in front of you, the less tempted you are to binge.

Drinking lots of water or low calorie beverages is an excellent way to keep your weight consistent as you get full with water instead of fats.

Listen to your mom who always tells you to chew your food. There is a lot of truth in that advice as it would take you longer to finish your meal, which you would feel fuller than if you were to gobble down quickly.

It is crucial to stabilize the amount of sugar in your blood to maintain your weight loss. This can be achieved by eating the right types of food such as whole grains and dried beans which release their glucose slowly into your blood streams.

Others who love the hot pepper have the advantage of another way to maintain their weight loss by taking on a bit of hot pepper with mustard on their meals. This easily increases the body metabolism by 25%.

Changing certain foods will go a long way as in using low fat and sour cream instead of the full cream. Changing the way you cook your foods or how they are prepared gives you greater control on maintaining your weight loss.

There are so many ways you can work on to lose weight and to maintain it.

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Real Estate Investment Outlook

Although it appears to have been mainly technical factors that triggered the correction in the stock market, inflation concerns have been the major cause for plummeting stock market prices. We have outlined such a scenario of inflation and its impact on real estate investments.

Indeed, the difference between current and trend economic growth is moving close to zero, rising labor demand is putting upward pressure on wages and salaries, but it is still far from a strong acceleration in inflation rates. Meanwhile, the recommendation by the US Department of Commerce in its investigation to restrict aluminum and steel imports on national security grounds is a reminder that the risk of escalating trade tension has a significant impact on real estate investments.

We are not suggesting that the probabilities of risks have risen substantially in light of these events. However, we argue that higher volatility combined with uncertainties about the future uncertain outlook for US trade policy is not an environment where we should risk everything on one endeavor, but rather seek returns by pursuing opportunities in the real estate market.

It would be more than natural that unjustified price appreciations will be corrected over time. Some observers believe that rising inflation may have played a prominent role in the recent stock market sell-off. However, higher inflation points to an overheating economy and rising wages could lower profit margins. Neither case obviously applies at the current time. However, historical evidence shows that periods when inflation begins to rise often create volatility in real estate markets and, on average, returns are meager. Finally yet importantly, higher interest rates could hit real estate prices if they reflect rising risk. Higher interest rates should be less relevant if they result from higher growth.

For now, we expect the implications of rising interest rates on the real estate outlook to be limited. A more persistent significant decline in real estate prices could, however, be associated with somewhat slower growth, either because the economy anticipates a slowdown, or because economic decline itself dampens growth.

The impact of rising interest rates on growth also depends on the factors that pushed up interest rates. The rise in interest rates could be the consequence of stronger growth momentum, in which case the economic fallout is understandably limited. However, if higher interest rates reflect rising risks, for instance, then growth may well suffer more significantly. Financial conditions remain very loose and interest rates relatively low. This should continue to support economic growth.

Therefore, we are keeping our scenario of sustained economic growth: (1) higher world economic activity, (2) rising fixed capital formation, (3) a very gradual adjustment of monetary policy in the US. We acknowledge the risks from higher protectionism, as recent announcements are a reminder that trade frictions could escalate significantly. At this point, it remains to be seen what action the US will take and how other countries may respond.

Since the beginning of the Great Recession in 2008, most have averted the specter of deflation by deploying conventional and – even more importantly – unconventional measures of monetary policy. Inflation in the US averaged around 1.5%, with a dispersion of -2% in mid 2009 to approximately 3.8% in late 2011. Currently, US consumer price inflation stands at 2.1%.

In the US, the government is embarking on a path of fiscal stimulus, and more trade tariffs and trade friction may push inflation higher. However, several factors are keeping underlying inflationary pressure contained for now, including still-cautious wage bargaining behavior by households, price setting by firms and compositional changes in the labor market. In addition, the recent readings have likely overstated current price trends,( the surprising weakness in inflation in 2017). Outside the US, wage and price trends have not changed much in recent months.

Against this backdrop, we do not foresee any surprises over the course of 2018. The Fed is expected to gradually lift rates with caution depending on the tightness of the US labor market, the evidence of accelerating wage dynamics and the potential impact of higher financial market volatility on economic growth.

In addition, a tax policy that fosters the competitiveness of Corporate America and attracts direct foreign investments, helping to raise the potential growth rate of US, should also be supportive for the greenback. At the same time, there are as many factors pointing to a glorious future for real estate markets

According to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the current probability of recession for the US economy stands at around 4%, moving to approximately 10% at the end of 2018. In our view, the gradual tightening of monetary policy, limited inflation expectations and cautious investment demand, will keep real interest rates relatively low. Therefore, we prefer real estate investments in 2018.

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How to Earn 6-Figures in Holistic Nutrition

Does this story sound familiar to you?

You graduated from nutrition school totally jazzed about building your holistic nutrition practice.  You thought you had all the pieces in place for a successful nutrition business – the counseling program, the website, the business cards, the brochure, and the fire inside to spread your message about holistic health and nutrition.  You’re doing workshops, meeting referral partners, launching events, and coaching clients…you’re working your butt off!  And yet you’re almost dead broke.

I know your story, because I had the same experience!

Until one day I realized….why waste your valuable time and money building your practice using unproven strategies and trial and error, when it’s possible to discover the biggest mistakes – and the most effective strategies – of Holistic Nutrition Professionals who have careers that are already thriving?

I mean, how much money and time could you save if you could analyze, understand and MODEL real-world, profitable holistic nutrition practices?

With this in mind, I interviewed ten top holistic nutrition pros to discover EXACTLY how they built their booming careers.  And I learned that there are three keys to success in holistic nutrition.

1.    Passion

Most holistic nutritionists got into this career because they had a personal experience with nutrition that utterly transformed their own lives. They have a deep, burning conviction in the transformative power of nutrition, and a driving desire to help other people experience that transformation.

2.    Persistence

Would you believe that even Dawn Jackson Blatner, author of the best-selling “Flexitarian Diet” and featured nutritionist in magazines and TV shows all over the country, was turned down over and over again for almost every job she got? Even this brilliant and gifted nutritionist, who has made an indelible mark on the industry, had to push past “NO” a hundred times. 

Kathie Swift, Dr. Mark Hyman’s featured nutritionist in “UltraMetabolism” had to spend years convince top doctors about the benefits of nutrition and functional medicine before she could help create the now world-renowned nutrition and medical programs at Canyon Ranch Spa and Resorts.

These trailblazing holistic nutritionists had a driving passion for their work, and they simply didn’t take “no” for an answer!

3.    Passive Income

There is no doubt about it – the most successful holistic nutritionists are able to go beyond the traditional model of seeing individual clients and being paid by the hour.  These savvy nutrition pros know exactly how to package, price and market their services, so that they have products and services practically selling themselves when they’re asleep, at the gym, or on vacation at the beach!

By leveraging this kind of passive income stream, the top holistic nutrition pros have been able to easily explode their practices into the six-figure mark and beyond.

So what does studying and modeling the careers of successful Holistic Nutrition Pros mean for you?

If you’re someone with a passion for nutrition, who wants to turn that passion into a career…

It means that it IS possible to make a great living while doing you love to do, instead of going to a job everyday that drains you.

If you’re a practicing holistic nutrition pro, but you’re not getting enough clients or making enough money…

This means the difference between getting two clients this month, and getting TEN clients this month.

For both practicing nutrition pros and nutrition-pros-to-be….

This means the potential to add a ZERO onto your currently yearly income…by helping people transform their lives through the power of food.

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Let Your Body Do The Talking Through Nutrition Response Testing

At its most basic definition, nutrition response testing is a professionally administered battery of tests in which answers to health questions and ailments are sought via the body’s central nervous system. By manipulating the body by way of individual positioning, movements, and other manipulation techniques, the practitioner can then record nervous responses and draw certain conclusions from them. Each response is associated with a particular problem or ailment within a particular part of the body and can thus be interpreted as actionable health suggestions and change.

Administration

Anyone can easily become concerned at the thought of tampering with the nervous system, but this type of test is quite simple and just requires the physical manipulation by the practitioner upon the patient. There are no machines, electrical currents, or adverse effects to then be concerned with. In fact, the patient is sure to be tougher on their body on a typical day than the test practitioner would ever come close to during these simple manipulations.

How, Why It Works

So, how exactly does it all work? To get down to the science of it, one must understand how the central nervous system works. When certain movements or actions take place in a limb or other body part, the nervous system immediately runs its myriad of reporting and communications relays throughout the system. These interactions take place by way of neurotransmitters, axons, neurons, and dendrites all working in tandem to assess and communicate the current events to the brain and body alike.

Essentially, the nutrition response testing practitioner will manipulate certain parts of the body, record the nervous responses that are noticed, and draw subsequent conclusions from that gleaned information. The test can be administered in a broad sense so as to provide a sort of whole-body check or in a more accurate area of focus or concern. The patient is then able to take this information and advice and apply it to their daily habits in nutrition and personal activities.

A Sample Outcome

To get a better picture of the process, let’s take a look at a hypothetical patient and health dilemma. Jack is a middle-aged man that is experiencing energy-drain and exhaustion like never before in his life. After checking some other areas to no avail, he consults with a Nutrition Response Testing Practitioner.

After going through the test, he is made aware of a specific trace mineral that his body is now lacking and needs more of than most others. He then goes on to try supplementing this mineral into his diet, and sure enough, the problem quickly diminishes. If not for this particular testing method, it’s unsure if Jack could have ever truly discovered this issue by other means, medical or personal.

Finding The Right Nutrition Response Testing Practitioner

The NRT practitioner should be a medical professional that is well-versed in nutrition, the nervous system, and physiological responses in general. When choosing the right practitioner, ask questions to be sure that they are a good fit for this new healthcare alliance being created. Most importantly, find out their level of experience in this area as well as their abilities as they pertain to your particular medical concern.

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Eco-Friendly Interior Design – A Guide to Creating a Sustainable and Ecological Interior

It is not often realized that the materials used for interior design could be threatening the environment or even your health. It is always a wise option to look out for an eco-friendly interior designer who could bring your ideas to your life at an affordable cost while ensuring the materials used don’t endanger the environment or put you at the risk of respiratory problems and other conditions.

Paint

A host of eco-friendly solutions are in the market if you only look for them. Eco-friendly paint is one, conventional paints and finishes are quite dangerous if scientific reports and investigations by interior designers are to be believed. They are said to release low level toxic emissions long after they have dried on your walls. Paints with Low-Volatile Organic Compounds (Low-VOC and No-VOC) are the solution. You can feel the difference they are free from odor, thanks to the lack of harmful chemicals. Some of these eco-friendly paints are however expensive and may turn those on a budget off. But it is important to remember that it is almost impossible to create 100% non-toxic and non-allergenic paint even though manufacturers claim so. What can be done is to use paints that have a lesser concentration of the harmful elements which is effectively what the Low-VOC and No-VOC paints are.

Wallpaper

For those who would like a bit of vibrancy added to their walls, eco-friendly wallpapers are around. The problem with the regular wallpapers lies in the inks that are used while manufacturing. Eco-friendly wallpapers feature water-based inks; these inks are printed on chlorine-free paper obtained from forests specifically managed for the purpose. Low-VOC adhesive can be used for lightweight and medium weight paper-based wall decorations.

Carpets

Once you are done with the walls it is time to turn your interior design cravings to the floor. The pollution hazard with generally used carpets and flooring is that their installation can fill the indoor air with plenty of VOCs or volatile organic compounds. Included in these VOCs are carcinogens such as formaldehyde and benzene. You certainly would not want yourself or your loved ones to be inhaling these toxic substances. You ca not escape from it as these compounds could take years to dissipate, long after your flooring has been completed. What’s more, the treatment employed to keep the carpets free from moths, soil and moisture involves toxic chemicals. The carpets themselves could attract toxic substances and VOCs from outside the house. The good news is that eco-friendly interior designs can be employed here as well. There is wide variety of eco-friendly flooring options that include bamboo, cork, recycled metal and glass tiles, linoleum, stones and sustainable and reclaimed woods.

Carpet Tiles

Check out modular carpet tile squares that can used in place of the traditional carpet, these tiles are held to the ground by adhesive dots. They resemble the conventional carpet when all the tiles fall in place together, but are made from totally recycled materials and can be recycled again and again square-by-square. If you’ve dirtied one square by mistake it can be given to be recycled while you get a new tile!

Uses for Bamboo

Bamboo is an excellent option for eco-friendly flooring as well. Interior designers could give you innovative ideas to use bamboo for not only flooring but an array of interior furnishings. Recycled metal tiles available in aluminum as well as brass from dealers are great for the bathroom, kitchen floors and walls. They are often thought of as fashionable interior design statements. Available in polished, matte or rough finish, they can satisfy the decorative tastes of many, especially offering a contrast with wood used elsewhere in the room.

Sustainable and Reclaimed Wood

Sustainable and reclaimed wood are great interior design options and they work for floors as well as furniture. Rapidly disappearing forests have spawned the need for sustainable wood products. These wood products are made with wood from managed forests. The difference between a regular and managed forest is that the latter is never destroyed in one clear sweep (clear-cutting) as is the case with other forests. Only selected trees are removed, leaving behind a variety of different tree species. Each area of forest is then managed and replanted giving a 30 years cycle of regeneration of the forest to be complete before the felling starts again. This system does not deplete the land of its tree cover and it also ensures a constant supply of wood.

Here’s how interior designers can find out if the furniture or wooden accessories they purchase is made from wood from sustainable and managed forests. The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) seal is one of the seals that are reliable, the other being Rainforest Alliance’s “SmartWood”, and the SCS and “Green Seal” labels from Scientific Certification Systems. FSC works globally to ensure responsible use of the forests of the world. The FSC certification only falls on forest managers and manufacturers who have satisfied the highest environmental and social standards in all stages of the wood production cycle, from the forest to the market through the factory. There’s no better way to balance the interests of society, environment and industry.

Beds, bed frames, dressers, nightstands and accessories are all available from sustainable wood certified by the FSC and other organizations, while reclaimed wood products are also around. Reclaimed wood products are made from wood that have previously served in structures and flooring. No fresh tree is cut to create a reclaimed wood product.

And Finally…

If you make the decision to make the environment safer for everyone, there are plenty of options you can try out. Beginning with the floor, you can customize everything from furniture and accessories to flooring and walls. Newer eco-friendly ideas are set to come up in the market as well. Kick-start the eco-friendly revolution!

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The Ideal House (Home Sweet Home)

The house was the place of the gathered and protected family from various disturbances that came from nature and from the disturbance of the bad hands.

Because of that so that we feel at home remained at home, then was needed by the atmosphere of the pleasant house.

Several characteristics of the Ideal House:

  • His atmosphere interior enjoyable.
  • The exterior had the environment that beautiful
  • The clean kitchen part
  • The clean TOILET part

In the house, the values of the family and humanity was invested in a manner for generations to the individual.

As main means of a family, the existence of the house must become main attention.

Four conditions must be met to be able to be said as the ideal and healthy house.

  1. The house interior must be enough to be available the room for parents, the child and the guest. For the tropical area, better the attic was rather high, so as the volume of air in the room was enough. Air ventilation must be good, likewise room information must be enough.
  2. The house exterior in order to have the area of the yard that was enough so as to be able to be planted the reforestation crop, the fruit, vegetables and the flower. The environment might not around the house be dirtiest pollution. Was available water facilities, electricity and continuation of the telephone. Had the road that could be passed through car to head means of the public’s service like the market, the hospital, the school and the place of religious duties.
  3. The part or the kitchen of the processor of domestic food must meet the condition for the cleanliness. In this place food was processed. When the dirty kitchen, then food that was cooked dirty also and this was dangerous for the health of the member of this house of occupants’s family.
  4. The condition for the four healthy houses was the existence of the clean TOILET.
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Eco Friendly Cleaning Products For Home Sweet Home

Ever wonder how eco friendly cleaning products really work in creating your home sweet home? After all, cleaning is just a spritz here and there and you wipe it clean, right?

Not so fast. Let’s start with a larger view and work back, sort a like you do with your business plan.

Across the globe, it’s estimated that about half of today’s population will be suffering from water shortages by the year 2025. That’s 3 billion folks facing a water shortage crises.

As we witnessed from the talks in Copenhagen, the pressure is on for clean, fresh water. United States has the highest footprint of water use per capita. No surprise there.

Because of water shortages, water districts across the states are putting out calls for mandatory conservation. They are calling on individuals and businesses to take daily actions that can add up to big savings.

There are many sources of water pollution with a major contributor coming from our activities at home. Fertilizing our lawns, oil from the driveways, washing our cars and residues from decking products are just a few ways our activities contribute to water pollution.

One household activity that creates a problem for our water is cleaning! Well, maybe not cleaning by itself but the household cleaning products we use while we are busy creating that shine can be polluting to our drinking and fresh water supplies.

These sources of pollution get washed into our sewers, lakes, rivers and stream causing algae bloom and a whole host of other problems choking the poor duckies and fish and ultimately reducing our fresh water supplies.

Traditional household cleaning products can leave toxic residues in our waters as we rinse our cleaners down the drain. Many of these household cleaning products contain toxic chemicals that pose hazards to our health.

These toxic chemicals can affect the nervous systems of both humans and in animals. These toxins have been associated with cancer and reproductive disorders. At the very least, some of these chemical toxins can irritate our skin, eyes and lungs causing respiratory problems.

Our indoor air is also affected by these products. We may have a shine, but our indoor air quality is about 2.5 times worse than outdoor air quality. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in some extreme cases, indoor air quality is 100 times as bad as outdoor air quality. Yikes!

Some cleaning products and air fresheners ultimately increase the hydrocarbons and terpenoids in the air with reduce the ozone and produce secondary pollutants. So you can see why inhaling them it not such a good idea either.

Three common products that contain ozone-reactive chemicals are general purpose pine-oil based cleaners, orange oil-based degreasers and plug-in scented-oil air fresheners.

Properly disposing the remains of these products is also something to be aware of. Maybe not buying them in the first place is a better answer.

There are many alternatives on the market that can effectively replace the traditional household cleaning products. As new regulations get put into place new products are coming onto the market.

Having a clean house and living in an eco friendly environment is no longer a dilemma. With new non-toxic household cleaning products, cleaning can be safe and effective. This is one area you won’t have to worry about anymore.

Cleaning up the water ways can start at home. You can get the shine, reduce your exposure to dust, mold, germs and reduce health hazards to you, your family and the planet.

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Responsibilities Of A Real Estate Agent

In many areas of this country, there is no shortage of licensed real estate agents, yet, we often, witness, some, who are merely, going through the motions, rather than, taking their responsibilities, duties, etc, seriously, and helping, buyers and sellers, reach a well – considered, mutually satisfied, meeting – of – the minds. While every client and customer, has certain unique needs, priorities, goals, etc, a quality agent, recognizes, he has, both, a legal, and ethical responsibility, to doing what’s right, consistently, rather than merely what might be expedient, and/ or easy! With that in mind, therefore, this article will attempt to briefly, examine, consider, discuss, and review, some of these basic responsibilities, and why, customers and clients, deserve quality, responsible, responsive, relevant service, and representation.

1. Fiduciary: Both ethically (according to the Code of Ethics, of nearly all realtor organizations, as well as most state’s real estate laws), and, morally, an agent must realize, he has a fiduciary responsibility, to his clients. This means, he must protect a client’s privacy, and avoid disclosing, any personal items, or reasons, someone might be selling, which might hurt the homeowner’s bottom – line! However, there is a somewhat, fine line, at times, between doing this, and the legal responsibility to disclose, honestly, anything which might be considered, a material issue, etc. Some of those include: material defects; known issues about the area, which might impact values, etc. Protecting, ethically, a client’s needs, include: non – disclosure of the seller’s financial information; stating a client’s time – table, especially if it’s needs – related, etc.

2. Integrity: Agents must demonstrate a clear, commitment, to maintaining their absolute integrity, even, when there might be a temptation, to take a short – cut. Quality representation means, your clients’ best interests, must come first, and any personal benefits, and/ or, self – interest, must never interfere with that focus and intention! Agents must be service – oriented!

3. Responsiveness: How well someone articulates their message, and responds to, the questions, concerns, etc, of, both, their clients, as well as potential buyers, often differentiates between, responsible, responsive agents, and the rest – of – the – pack! Your representative must provide you, with his feedback, and be prepared to give you insights, recommendations, etc.

Before hiring someone, to help you, market, sell, and represent, your home, you should carefully interview, several, to determine, who might best, serve your specific needs, goals and priorities. Since, for most, our house, represents our single – biggest, financial asset, doesn’t this make sense?

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The Four Stages of ‘Change Curve’ Small Business Owners Should Know

The ‘Change Curve’ is a helpful tool for small businesses to understand the stages of personal transition each employee undergoes. Kubler Ross developed this model to explain the grieving process (Shock and Denial, Anger and Fear, Acceptance and Commitment).

This model helps small business owners predict how employees will react to a change, and advises how to help and support the employees through their personal transitions.

An organization does not change just because of new systems or processes. It changes because people within the organization adapt and change. Only when people within the organization make their own personal transitions can the organization benefit from the change.

The Change Curve model

The ‘Change Curve’ model helps small business owners understand the stages of personal transition and organization change. This model comprises four stages that employees go through as they adjust to a change.

Stage – 1: Shock and denial

Stage – 2: Anger and fear

Stage – 3: Acceptance

Stage – 4: Commitment

Stage – 1: Shock and denial

This is the first reaction that small business owners notice in their employees – they react to the challenges to the status quo. This reaction is seen more in experienced and established employees because these employees are indifferent to new systems and procedures. They feel uncomfortable because of the fear of the unknown, fear of doing something wrong and lack of information. They feel threatened and fear failure. Under these circumstances, they normally take it as a friction rather than an opportunity.

What do the employees need here?

Employees may experience this stage multiple times. To get over it, employees need information, need to understand what is happening in the organization and need to know how to get help from the organization.

Note: This stage affects particularly those employees who have not experienced any major change before.

What should the organization do?

At this stage, it is the responsibility of the owners to communicate with their employees and educate them about the benefits that they will gain by adapting to new systems – personally and professionally. Remember not to overwhelm your employees by flooding them with loads of information at a time, or they may even be more confused.

Stage – 2: Anger and fear

This is the second stage that is seen in the employees. As employees react to a change, they start expressing their anger, concern, resentment or fear. They may resist the change actively or passively. This stage could be dangerous and if the organization does not manage it carefully, it might result in chaos.

What should the organization do?

At this stage, the small business owner should handle employees’ objections carefully. Since reaction to change is personal and emotional, it’s impossible to prevent it from happening. Therefore, the organization should try to address the employees’ experience and iron out the issues as early as possible.

Note: As long as employees remain at Stage – 2 of the Change Curve by escaping progress, the change will be unsuccessful.

Stage – 3: Acceptance

This is a turning point for employees as well as the organization because the employees have stopped focusing on what they have lost and have started accepting changes. They begin exploring changes, and get a real idea of what’s good and what’s not and how to adjust themselves accordingly.

What should the organization do?

This stage is critical – it takes time for employees to learn and accept things. Therefore, don’t expect your employees to be 100% productive during this stage. Give them time so that they learn and explore without much pressure.

Stage – 4: Commitment

At this stage, there will be a commitment from the employees in analyzing and embracing the change. They start rebuilding the way they work and this is the stage at which the organization starts to see the benefits of the change.

Benefits of the change

At this stage the organization will see the benefits of putting in effort for the welfare of their employees when they were in a grieving stage. The positive effects of the Change Curve are now more evident through its productivity and profit.

The Change Curve is an effective model for small business owners while managing employees. Locating an employee on the change curve will help the business owner decide on how to effectively communicate information to employees and to know what kind of support they require. This helps them take necessary measures and protect both the business and the employees.

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