Everyone Plays a Role…

Most all of us have interest in increasing the value of our own personal investments. Over the last several years there has been much concern with the economy, the market and how it affects our livelihood as it pertains to our investments. These same questions occur within Boards and management as they work to grow the value of the companies they manage and/or oversee.
One age old benchmark or metric that has been used by companies and individuals over the years is “Return on Investment” or ROI. A simple calculation of taking your year-end profits and dividing by the Stockholders Equity determines what your ROI was for the year (example: If you made $100,000 profit on an investment of $1,000,000 you would have a ROI of 10%. 100,000/1,000,000).
Within a company there are several ways to increase profits. The more successful a company is at driving these areas typically the better the ROI will be.

Increased Sales

Increased Gross Profit

Decreased Inventory

Decreased Receivables

Decreased Expenses

Marketing and Branding

Relationships, Service and Support

Now here is the challenge or opportunity for each and every employee within a company they work for. You as an individual or within a team can directly or indirectly have a positive effect on one of the processes above. Your own observation and/or creativity with effective communication can assist with being a “change agent” to improve the Return on Investment for your company. The results end up being a win/win situation with much gratification and feeling of accomplish for all!

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Looking Forward to 2012

With 2011 coming to an end, we have been busy; tying down loose ends and preparing for 2012. This time of year always sees us going through the customary budgeting process. This year it has been an even bigger challenge as we try to determine what the economy is going to do and how it will affect our clients.

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Happy Holidays from Parker, Smith & Feek

Employee Spotlight: Susan Brock – MS Society

For unknown reasons, the Pacific Northwest has one of the highest incidence rates of multiple sclerosis in the entire world. In Washington, 180 per 100,000 people are known to live with the disease.

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Supreme Court to Hear Arguments on Legal Challenges to the Affordable Care Act

On Monday, November 14th, the Supreme Court announced it will hear arguments on legal challenges to the Affordable Care Act.

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We wish there was more we could do!

There are so many factors that affect employees outside of work. For the past couple of years, I have certainly noticed that a lot of my own family and friends have been impacted in some way by this worsening economy and our employees are also seeing the effects that this downturn brings.

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A Minor League Player Making King County A Better Place To Live and Work.

For the past two years, I have had the privilege to be a United Way King County (UWKC) Ambassador. Ambassadors are typically business people who believe in the work of UWKC and volunteer their time to speak at corporate campaigns.

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2012 Workers’ Compensation Rate Proposal

Against the recommendations of Washington business groups, L&I is requesting a 2.5% rate increase effective January 1, 2012 in order to increase their contingency reserve.

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Parker, Smith & Feek hosts third annual Employee Olympics

Last Friday saw Parker, Smith & Feek host the third annual Employee Olympics. Fifty-five employees participated in our program designed for fitness, fun, and teamwork.

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2012 Workers’ Compensation Rate Indication

Earlier this week, the Department of Labor & Industries presented their actuarial review of the proposed 2012 rates at the Workers' Compensation Advisory Committee meeting.

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Final Rule for Notification of Employee Rights

The National Labor Relations Board has issued a Final Rule requiring most private-sector employers to notify employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act by posting a notice.

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Hurricane and Tropical Storm Action Plan

While Hurricanes don’t usually affect us in the Northwest. We have had some requests  to provide information on how businesses, that may be exposed, can mitigate the damage and danger that Hurricanes present.

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