What is Biophilic Design and How Can it Improve Workplace Productivity?

Biophilia is defined as the inherent human desire to affiliate with nature.  Biophilic design, an extension of biophilia, is the practice of using architecture and building design to connect people and nature.  This is accomplished through incorporation of natural building materials, natural light, vegetation, and nature views into an urban environment.  So how can using biophilic design in a work environment improve employee productivity?

What’s Your Decision-Making Style?

Does making a decision come easily to you or do you struggle to come up with the perfect solution? Everyone has a personal decision-making style, but that style may not always be the best one for your business. The most effective leaders use a combination of styles depending on the decision being made. Essentially, there are four decision-making styles.

A Letter from the President

In the coming days, the Small Business Association will file an Amicus Brief with the Michigan Court of Appeals. It concerns a case challenging the validity of a properly passed piece of legislation which authorized moving an oil pipeline out of the straights of Mackinac and into a tunnel, through bedrock, 100 feet below the lake bed.

How to Leverage Fringe Benefits and Make More Competitive Bids

In general, government contracts are awarded to the lowest bidder. Yet prevailing wage laws require contractors to pay wages that are comparable to those for similar work in the same city or geographical area. Such laws can make it difficult for contractors to win public projects. However, you may have an opportunity to reduce costs and make your bids more competitive by leveraging fringe benefits. Let's look at this strategy.