How the Fiscal Cliff Agreement Affects You

A fiscal cliff agreement was finally approved late on New Year’s Day. Wealthy Americans will be hit hardest by the deal, due to a 4.6% increase on income taxes for those with incomes over $400,000 (single) or $450,000 (married). A new investment income tax of 3.8% will be levied to help fund Obama’s health care initiative, affecting those with income over $200,000 (single) or $250,000 (married).

While these high income workers represent the minority, all workers will face higher payroll taxes in 2013. The deal did not renew the 2012 payroll tax holiday. As a result, worker’s will pay a 6.2% Social Security tax, an increase of 2% over 2012 tax rates.

In Washington, many are questioning the effectiveness of this hasty agreement. Click here for more information.

How many of you are familiar with how the fiscal cliff deal?

 


Why No Work Gets Done at The Office

Lately I hear a common theme from everyone I talk to; the standard response to the greeting “How are you?” has evolved from “Fine, thanks!” to “Busy!”

Everyone is constantly talking about how busy they are; yet very few of these people seem to be actually getting anything done. The “busy” mentality often means someone is caught up in a barrage of back-and-forth e-mails, conference calls and meetings; with little time left to attend to their true priorities. I’ll be the first to admit, it takes a conscious effort to not fall into the “busy trap.”
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Saving Money with Personal Finance Apps and Websites

Have you ever wondered where all your money went? You haven’t bought any thing memorable, but the $100 you just had the other day is down to $5. Why is it important to manage your money well? The better you are at managing your income and expenses, the more money you’ll have left over – and you’ll be able to see the rewards of your hard work. If you’re currently on assignment through Adecco, we offer several tools to help you be financially successful:

  • Direct deposit ensures that you always receive your check on time, with immediate access to funds. Having direct deposit can eliminate checking account fees that add up at many banks.
  • Paperless pay allows you to view your pay stubs online – reach out to your local branch for more information.
  • As an Adecco contractor, you are eligible to contribute to a 401(k). These contributions are taken out of your check before it is taxed, which saves you money.

But wouldn’t it be nice if there was also an app or website that could track your purchases and show you all of your accounts in one place – instead of logging into 18 different websites? There is; and they’re free. Check out these 5 tools for financial success:
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Win4Youth Triathletes in Barcelona

Win4Youth North American Team

Representatives from Adecco offices all over the world are gathering in this week to compete in the Garmin Barcelona Triathlon in Spain. As part of our Win4Youth program, these Adecco employees have been training for this particular triathlon for months and the miles they rack up will count toward earning money for charity.

Check out the list of everyone competing from our group in North America and send them a shout out in the comments below or on Facebook.


Prioritizing Fitness: How to Stay Healthy with a Busy Lifestyle

womens exercises - busy woman workout 2Everyone has heard of the freshman 15. What no one tells you is that the same thing can happen when you enter the workforce and are suddenly sitting at a desk eight (or twelve) hours a day. Companies praise health and wellness – but how do you stay healthy and stay fit with a busy lifestyle?

Below are some tips on staying healthy when your schedule seems jam-packed:

1. Fit in your workout when it works for you. For some people, this will be first thing in the morning. For others, it will be after work or right before bed. Whatever you decide, schedule your workouts, make a plan for what you will do each day, and stick to it. Treat it like a job – you wouldn’t just not show up to work because you were tired.
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Career vs. Family: Can Women Have Both?

Recently, Anne-Marie Slaughter (former director of policy planning for the US State Department) published an article that set off a flurry of media attention. The article, called “Why Women Still Can’t Have it All“, focused on the conflict of interest women face in having both a high-profile career and a family. As women continue to marry and have children at a later age in the interest of professional advancement, many wonder how they will juggle the multiple demands between their professional and personal lives.

According to Slaughter, it does not matter at what age a woman has children, if a woman has a supportive husband who will take on additional parenting responsibilities, or the level of commitment a woman has to her job.  In Slaughter’s eyes, the true issue is the structure of the workplace: for women to achieve, flexibility is key. Women must “[change] social policies and [bend] career tracks to accommodate [their] choices, too.” As it currently stands, women can’t possibly be everything to everyone.
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