Is your home office ready? Working from home could be here to stay…

2020 has seen more people working from home than ever before.  And the trend doesn’t look like it will be ending any time soon with big companies like Twitter and Facebook announcing a permanent WFH policy. And for good reason –  both employers and employees alike can save serious money by working from home half the time.  According to Global Workplace Analytics, employers can save … Continue reading Is your home office ready? Working from home could be here to stay…

Now is a great time to sell or buy a home

If the past several months has taught us anything, it’s that our home is more important than ever. It has become our office, our classroom, our gym, our favorite restaurant…in short, our safe haven. And as a result, there are more buyers looking for their perfect home. Combined with low interest rates, many prospective buyers have now become active buyers ready to close a deal! … Continue reading Now is a great time to sell or buy a home

Motivational books that inspire

The reading options seem endless when it comes to the topic of motivation. One professional coach who has spent much of her career reading up on the topic consistently comes back to one title in particular, “Man’s Search for Meaning” by Viktor Frankl.  The book recounts the author’s time at a concentration camp and reminds us that even in the most adverse of circumstances, life … Continue reading Motivational books that inspire

July unemployment data is out… and it shows promise!

July unemployment data is out and for the 3rd consecutive month, unemployment has fallen from a high of 14.7% in April to 10.2% in July. It is important to note the difference between temporary (furloughs) and permanent (layoffs) unemployment. July was the first month where permanent unemployment declined, which is a positive sign. Because unemployment is being driven by a medical crisis, job recovery will … Continue reading July unemployment data is out… and it shows promise!

Navigating public restrooms

Public restrooms already have an ick factor but during a pandemic, the ick factor can be off the charts.  Whether you have children or not, there are simple steps you can take to ensure a safe visit to public restrooms. Overall, transmission rates are fairly low if you take precautions since the time spent in public restrooms is very short.  But always remember: Use a paper … Continue reading Navigating public restrooms

Just how dirty is your cell phone? Very!

The findings vary, but one study out of the University of Arizona found that cell phones are 10x more dirty than a toilet seat! YIKES!! So how do you keep your phone clean? Simple. Daily use of alcohol wipes (you know, the type you get at restaurants to clean your hands) on a phone that has been unplugged from a charger and turned off will … Continue reading Just how dirty is your cell phone? Very!

Major hotel companies require guests to wear face coverings

At least in all public spaces.  Following the lead of the CDC and the American Hotel Lodging Association (AHLA), major hotel brands are requiring their guests and employees to wear face coverings throughout all indoor spaces.  Some major companies implementing this mandate include: Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt, Choice Hotels, IHG and Accor Hotels. For additional information on your favorite hotel company, please click the following for … Continue reading Major hotel companies require guests to wear face coverings

A deeper look into why plane ticket prices are so affordable

Airlines have always priced tickets based on historical data. But with the extreme lack in demand for travel, historical data is no longer relevant. So airlines are pricing flights with very little variance between traditional high and low demand periods. Flights during high demand periods that were once cost prohibitive for a family of four are now more affordable (assuming you feel safe traveling). What … Continue reading A deeper look into why plane ticket prices are so affordable

Just the facts, ma’am

Welcome to the inaugural post of the gatherist!  We’re excited to have you on this journey with us!  Our goal is to provide all things relevant in today’s world.  Things have changed A LOT over the past many months and in this over-politicized world full of opinions it’s hard to get the information you need to make practical, rational decisions.  Is it safe to go … Continue reading Just the facts, ma’am