JNR Spotlight: Labor Day

Oh no, the first Monday in September is coming – Labor Day — the end of summer.  The parties, parades, picnics, barbecues, fireworks and events are sure to be fun but think about the children who have to face the back-to-school anxiety. When the kids protest, don’t tell them about “back in your day…” teach them a little American History. Let them know that Labor Day is to appreciate and celebrate the contributions and achievements of American Workers.   That, in the 1800s, children as young as 5 worked in mills, factories and mines across our country, earning little or no money at all.  The average American worked 12-hour days and seven-day weeks just to make a very basic living.

The 18th to 19th centuries were times of great innovation and much progress.  Americans and European societies formerly immersed in agriculture and working from their homes, became industrial and urban. The iron and textile industries, along with the development of the steam engine, played central roles in the Industrial Revolution, which also saw improved systems of transportation, communication and banking. While industrialization brought about increased volumes and varieties of manufactured goods and an improved standard of living for some, people of all ages, particularly the very poor and recent immigrants, often faced extremely unsafe working conditions, with insufficient access to fresh air, sanitary facilities and breaks.

As manufacturing became the source of American employment, labor unions appeared, and grew more prominent and vocal.  They organized strikes and rallies to protest poor conditions and compel employers to renegotiate hours and pay. There were many events that turned violent during this period and people were killed.  Then, on September 5, 1882, 10,000 workers took unpaid time off to march from City Hall to Union Square in New York City, holding the first Labor Day Parade in U.S. history.  Because of this massive unrest and in an attempt to repair ties with the American workers, someone first proposed the Labor Day holiday in 1882. We still don’t know if it was Peter J. McGuire, cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, or Matthew Maguire, a secretary of the Central Labor Union.

The idea of a “workingmen’s holiday,” celebrated on the first Monday in September, caught on in other industrial centers across the country, and many states passed legislation recognizing the holiday.  However, it wasn’t until 12 years later, on May 11, 1894, that worker’s rights were brought directly into the public’s view, when, employees of the Pullman Palace Car Company in Chicago went on strike to protest wage cuts and the firing of union representatives.

On June 26, 1894, the American Railroad Union called for a boycott of all Pullman railway cars, crippling railroad traffic nationwide. To break the strike, the federal government dispatched troops to Chicago, unleashing a wave of riots that resulted in the death of many workers.  Afterwards, in 1894, the labor movement created the Labor Day Holiday and then Congress passed an act making Labor Day a legal holiday.

So while we are lamenting all the fun stuff we didn’t get a chance to do this summer, let’s be thankful that our ancestors worked so hard during the Industrial Revolution to make America great so we have fun stuff to do – all year long.  Besides, summer is not really over. We’ve got weeks left until September 22, the last official day of the season. So quit worrying; Instead, go do summer things. Go to the beach, have a picnic, wear shorts, eat all the barbecue you want. Take the long Labor Day weekend off. Enjoy summer. It will be gone soon — just not now, so have fun!

Happy Labor Day!

By JNR Incorporated

Written by LuAnn Jalet, Chief Operating Officer

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JNR Incorporated is a results-based, globally recognized leader that specializes in creating custom incentive travel, meeting, event, prepaid card and merchandise programs that motivate, engage and inspire the employees, customers and channel members of our clients. We have over 30 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies in many diverse industries. Our programs are tailored to fit the specific needs of marketing, sales, management and human resource professionals. The unique solutions we apply are measurable and proven to increase performance, loyalty and revenues.

JNR Spotlight: Corporate Trends in Conferences

Earlier this month Successful Meetings released an article revealing the six corporate trends that they see as revolutionizing today’s conferences. We thought we would take a closer look at what factors made the list.

  1. Unique and New Venues

The venue for meetings and conferences can make all the difference between the “same old” and a mesmerizing experience. Over the last few years JNR has held events in Football stadiums, Queen Elizabeth’s garden and has even had an emotional chat with Nelson Mandela’s cellmate in the very cell they were imprisoned in for so many years. A venue should be tailored to the group and the desired outcomes.

 

  1. Event Transformation

No matter what the venue, some form of transformation needs to take place. While our Planning and Operations teams do a spectacular job of precisely creating the exact look and feel that the client wants, we’ve been known to call on the expertise of a specialized décor company to ensure the desired outcomes are achieved.

 

  1. Focus on Attendee Engagement

With the use of apps and the integration of social media platforms, the attendee experience can completely change from simply sitting in the audience to becoming an integral part of the program. Successful Meetings mentions how traditional presentations are being replaced by live-feeds, video conferencing, hands-on audience participations or workshops, on-site bloggers, event-specific apps and event hashtags.

 

  1. Ultra High-Tech Events

This point goes beyond free Wi-Fi to include personalized push notifications, real-time language translation and in-app scheduling and communication capabilities. Audiences want to see a ‘WOW’ factor and with all the advances in technology, such as virtual reality and holographic display, the ‘WOW’ factor can certainly be achieved.

 

  1. Events as Communities

Technology is allowing attendees to connect before the conference begins as well as stay connected after the conference ends. LinkedIn and Facebook groups allow for discussions and event hashtags let attendees see what other people are experiencing. This community aspect gives attendees the feeling of belonging and creates a memory trace back to the events and the learnings.

 

  1. Local, Organic and Sustainable

We love this trend and have been embracing it for years. Not only does providing attendees with local and organic meal options give them healthier and more energizing fuel to learn while at the conference but going the sustainable route leaves a smaller foot-print on the environment. It’s a win-win situation.





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Let us design your next big conference or meeting by implementing some of the ideas you have read here.  Please give us a call at 800.343.4546 or email us at jnrinfo@jnrcorp.com.

 

By JNR Incorporated

Written by Stephanie Thomas

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JNR Incorporated is a results-based, globally recognized leader that specializes in creating custom incentive travel, meeting, event, prepaid card and merchandise programs that motivate, engage and inspire the employees, customers and channel members of our clients. We have over 30 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies in many diverse industries. Our programs are tailored to fit the specific needs of marketing, sales, management and human resource professionals. The unique solutions we apply are measurable and proven to increase performance, loyalty and revenues.

 

JNR Spotlight: Sleeping While Traveling

Whether you are traveling for business purposes or going on a lavishing vacation to another country, one thing we can all agree on is that sleeping in an economy seat on an airplane can be quite a mission. The small space and the upright seats can make it hard to get comfortable enough to take a relaxing nap. Here are a few tips to keep in mind through air travel that will help you doze off peacefully.

Expectations

Do not board a plane with the expectation that you will easily fall asleep. This is often unrealistic, causing a traveller to get frustrated when they can not slip quickly into slumber. Putting too much pressure on yourself will almost always ensure you get no sleep. Keep in mind that for the most part, people are so excited to get to their destination.  The anticipation does not always make it easy to relax and sleep.

Seat Selection

With airline seat availability becoming more and more limited for economy travellers, flyers do not always get the seat they want- “the window seat!” This spot is the easiest seat to fall asleep in as you have something to lean on. If the window indent is an inch or two in front of the seat you have the perfect place for your head to lie against. That however cuts out two thirds of the rest of the plane leaving travellers in the center or aisle with less than optimal sleeping arrangements.

Travel Gear

When traveling by air it is important to wear comfortable clothing and loose-fitting shoes. Think about it; are you able to fall asleep in your bed while wearing jeans? If you can’t fall asleep in your own bed then how will you fall asleep in a small upright chair? In addition, due to pressurization our bodies swell so you want to ensure that your clothing doesn’t fit too tight leaving you uncomfortable.

Now that you are wearing the right gear you want to be sure to bring the correct sleep goods to help you achieve your ultimate goal. Three important must have products are a travel pillow, an eye mask and earplugs/headphones. A neck pillow will help your head from falling side to side while the eye mask is a gateway way to escape from your surroundings. The earplugs/headphones are the icing on the cake zoning out any unwanted noises or allowing you to listen to soothing music, calming and relaxing your body.

Eating and Drinking

People don’t usually think about how eating can affect their sleep, but this is an important component that should not be overlooked. Before and during your flight you want to avoid eating anything salty.  Salty foods paired with cabin pressure can lead to uncomfortable bloating. Stash chamomile tea bags and ask the attendant for hot water as the drink cart makes the rounds.  A nice cup of tea can help you reach dreamland mid-flight.

Some flyers order a nice cocktail to help them nod off quicker, but don’t be fooled into thinking you will get a better rest. Studies have confirmed that falling asleep after consuming alcohol will leave you dehydrated, making you groggy when you awake. In addition, it can amplify jetlag and disrupt your sleeping pattern all together.

Add these few tips to your routine when traveling by air next time and arrive at your destination rested and refreshed.

By JNR Incorporated

Written by Tatum Dumont

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JNR Incorporated is a results-based, globally recognized leader that specializes in creating custom incentive travel, meeting, event, prepaid card and merchandise programs that motivate, engage and inspire the employees, customers and channel members of our clients. We have over 30 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies in many diverse industries. Our programs are tailored to fit the specific needs of marketing, sales, management and human resource professionals. The unique solutions we apply are measurable and proven to increase performance, loyalty and revenues.

 

 

JNR Spotlight: How a Massachusetts Dealership breaks all the Traditional Automotive Rules

The Kelly Automotive Group credits three generations of hard working and dedicated automobile enthusiasts for the phenomenal growth and success it has experienced over the past 50 years. Established by Roland D. Kelly in 1965, his son, Brian Kelly is now the President and CEO and runs the 11 stores, with 485 employees and 13 franchises in Massachusetts.

Their showrooms contain fleets from Nissan, Infiniti, Honda, Volkswagen, Jeep, Maserati and Fiat, with their Nissan Dealership representing over 35% of the new Nissan’s sold in the surrounding district.

What factors make the Kelly Automotive Group so successful? It all comes down to the treatment of people: Customers and Employees.

Customers:

  1. “Honest Sales and Excellent Service”

When Roland D. Kelly founded the Kelly Automotive Group he wanted his dealership to stand out from the crowd. He instilled a pride in “Honest Sales and Excellent Service” for all of his employees and as a result, his customers trust the company.

 

  1. The “Kelly Automotive Look”

The Kelly Group understands that buy a car is big decision for most of the people who walk through the doors of their dealerships and that customers want to see someone represents the worth of the vehicle. All employees at any of the dealerships must adhere to the company dress code. Their outfits must come from Men’s Wearhouse, White House Black Market or Anne Taylor and the company shares the cost of the clothing but the employee gets to keep the garments.

 

  1. Easy Process

The Kelly Automotive Group maintains a 25,000 sq. ft. climate controlled indoor showroom that can hold up to 200 vehicles. Having so many models in an array of colors on hand can cut the buying process down by 45 minutes. A customer can come in knowing what they want and drive out with the car that day.  Their website touts their great guarantee “If we advertise it, we’ll have it when you get here. It’s easy, it’s honest and it’s guaranteed!”

As the winters get cold in Massachusetts the indoor showroom also cuts down any deterioration of the vehicle compared to when cars are left outdoors.

 

Employees:

  1. The Right Employees

The Kelly Automotive Group hires educated people and spends time training them in the areas they need.

 

  1. Take Care of Employees

The Kelly Automotive Group takes good care of their employees with Brian Kelly stating “It really isn’t complicated. There isn’t a magic formula to it. It’s just doing the right thing.” This motto has resulted in high retention rates with some employees celebrating over 40 years with the company.  A feat not often met in the Automotive industry.

 

  1. Promotes from Within

A big key to success is listening to employees and hearing where they see themselves in the future. Brian Kelly takes time to hear what employees are passionate about. It is not uncommon for those who start off as receptionists or greeters to progress into higher roles.

 

Brian Kelly makes a conscious effort to expand to new locations most years by accessing new pieces of land every week. This growth in dealerships allows for his young employees to continue to grow and move up in the company.

 

Employee retention is one of the most valuable assets a company can have.  For additional ideas on how to keep customers and employees loyal and engaged contact us directly at 800.343.4546, or email us at jnrinfo@jnrcorp.com. We would love to set up a time to discuss programs that can increase productivity and ROI.

By JNR Incorporated

Written by Stephanie Thomas

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JNR Incorporated is a results-based, globally recognized leader that specializes in creating custom incentive travel, meeting, event, prepaid card and merchandise programs that motivate, engage and inspire the employees, customers and channel members of our clients. We have over 30 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies in many diverse industries. Our programs are tailored to fit the specific needs of marketing, sales, management and human resource professionals. The unique solutions we apply are measurable and proven to increase performance, loyalty and revenues.

 

JNR Spotlight: Card Holder Security

Fraud, identity theft and cyber security is a blip on everyone’s radar these days. In the past few years there have been high profile corporate hack attacks on companies such as Sony, Home Depot, Target and Ebay.  At risk is everything from email addresses to bank details.

We acknowledge the fact that fraud, identity theft and scams are serious issues facing the prepaid debit card industry and we want to assure you that we are well prepared to combat them.

JNR is PCI Level 1 compliant. The PCI Security Standards Council is a global industry initiative and membership organization that is dedicated to protecting payment card data.

Essentially, our PCI compliance means that we are a certified secure provider of prepaid debit cards guaranteeing that your information is always safe with us.

To avoid fraud, identity theft and scams, please keep your card and all information in a secure location and refrain from giving out any personal information via email or phone.

JNR is committed to helping you protect your personal and financial information as well as your privacy by adhering to strict procedures and using the latest technologies.  When you call in to JNR Customer Service or check your card status online, we take specific steps to confirm your identity.

To Confirm Your Identity we may:

  • Ask you to provide two forms of identification
  • Ask you specific questions about yourself or your account
  • Send you a notification to verify that you have requested a change of address on your account

Many fraudulent companies will use a variety of techniques to gather your personal information.

To Protect Yourself from Fraudulent Activity and Scams you should be aware of the following:

  • Email Phishing– emails linking to a fraudulent website are common ways to attempt to get personal and account information. Always ensure that the email address is coming directly from the company you are doing business with.
  • Internet Scams– scams related to online transactions, lottery or sweepstakes or employment are common online.
  • Telephone/Voice Phishing– you receive a telephone call or voice message that appears to come from a legitimate company. Fraudulent companies may have basic information like your name which they will use to make the call seem more authentic and convince you to share personal and account information.

You can actively take steps to protect yourself both online and offline.

Reduce the Chance of Becoming a Victim of Crime By:

  • Carry only necessary information with you and leave your Social Security Card, Credit and Debit Cards you will not be using at home and in a secure place
  • Shred all documentation containing personal or financial information before discarding
  • Promptly receive all incoming mail to limit the chance of theft. Consider paperless options for your bills and statements
  • Contact a company’s customer service department directly if you stop receiving a regular bill or statement
  • Use a USPS mailbox for all outgoing mail
  • Keep your computer and mobile device passwords protected
  • Install and keep anti-virus software updated and on your personal computer, tablet and mobile devices
  • Do not respond to telephone, text or email requests for information such as your Social Security number, account numbers, PINs or other personal identifiers. If you receive such a call, hang up and call the company using a phone number from a trusted source.

Information security is a top priority for JNR.  We remain as committed as ever to your privacy and use the latest technology to protect your personal and financial information. Whether you are using a JNR Debit Card or any credit or bankcard, knowing how to spot a scam and the appropriate ways of sharing personal information is the best way to protect your identity.

Cardholder Security is our Top Priority…Not an Afterthought

By JNR Incorporated

Written by Stephanie Thomas

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JNR Incorporated is a results-based, globally recognized leader that specializes in creating custom incentive travel, meeting, event, prepaid card and merchandise programs that motivate, engage and inspire the employees, customers and channel members of our clients. We have over 30 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies in many diverse industries. Our programs are tailored to fit the specific needs of marketing, sales, management and human resource professionals. The unique solutions we apply are measurable and proven to increase performance, loyalty and revenues.

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