Think You Know New York? Exciting Facts!

New York is an iconic state, home to the most populated city in the US and one of the most exciting locations in the whole world! Most people think they know all there is to know about New York, but here are some intriguing facts you may not have heard before…
New York was once called New Amsterdam following the Dutch trading posts that were established there. The English took over in 1664 and changed it to New York.
New York became the 11th state in 1788 when it ratified the United States Constitution.
Gennaro Lombardi opened the first New York pizzeria in 1895 in New York City, sparking a craze for pizza that has since become a characteristic flavour of the city.
Oneida is the largest lake in New York and Taughannock is the largest waterfall.
It was the first US state to have license plates as a requirement on the roads for its cars.
Dairying is the biggest farming industry in New York.
New Yorker John Babcock invented the rowing machine in 1869.
Manhattan Island was bought from the Lenape Native Americans for 60 guilders in 1626 by the Dutch, the equivalent of around $1000.
Did you enjoy watching Avatar in 3D? The first ever 3D film showing occurred in Manhattan’s Astor Theater in 1915.
A New Yorker by the name of Joseph C. Gayetty of New York City was the inventor who thought up toilet paper in 1857.
Beloved pets can be buried in the Hartsdale pet cemetery, built in 1896 and the site of more than 12,000 plots for deceased furry friends.
NYC Subway buskers actually have to go through auditions in order to be picked to busk. Some of the musicians have even played the Carnegie Hall.
Rochester created bloomers, Jell-O, marshmallows, baby shoes, mail chutes, gold teeth and French’s mustard.
From White Plains office space to Midtown Manhattan towers, only Hong Kong can claim more skyscrapers than New York.
Albany on the Hudson River is the state capital and NY is the state abbreviation.
The New York City Marathon is the biggest in the world with nearly 40,000 participants in 2006.
The first ever President of the United States of America was George Washington, who was inaugurated at Federal Hall in New York in 1789.
New York City actually has the lowest crime rate of the 25 largest US cities since 2005.
Forty percent of the subway system in New York is actually over ground.
Theodore Roosevelt was born in New York City in 1858 and went on to become the 26th US President.


How to Retain Staff and Boost Morale

As any good manager will tell you, the key to running an efficient workplace is keeping the staff happy. It may seem like a no-brainer, but you would be astounded to hear some of the horror stories employees have told me about the terrible conditions under which they are forced to work. All this does is create a high turnover of staff, which means lower productivity because you’re constantly having to train new employees and then repeat the process. A good manager knows that the key to productivity and efficiency is a long-term staff who know they are valued and feel happy to be at work. There are several ways in which you can try to create a good work environment for staff, from taking the responsibility of office cleaning off their hands to making sure their work/life balance is respected. Here are a few tips:
Be Flexible:
These days, no two families have the same requirements and the changing economic climate means that people have to shift things around a fair bit in order to be able to fit all their commitments in. If you can offer a flexible workplace tat acknowledges that people have other commitments than just their jobs, you will be able to retain staff for longer, make sure they are less-stressed while they are at work ad make the most of everybody’s full potential.
Be Social
Promoting a good social atmosphere in the office is something that every boss of manager can do to make sure that staff bond and enjoy their time at work more. This can be as simple as organising Friday-night after work drinks, or making a special effort to celebrate birthdays and special occasions when they come up. Never underestimate the binding power of a cake at morning-tea time!!
Reward Good Work, and Be Constructive About Bad Work
Too often, the only time employees ever have direct dialogue with their manager or boss about work issues is when there is a problem. It is vitally important to reward staff by letting them know you value and appreciate the good work they are doing. Also, no one likes being reprimanded for bad work, so try and make criticism constructive rather than destructive to their self-esteem.
Keep a Clean Office
The environment in which we work contributes largely to the way we feel when we are thee, and this included the cleanliness of the office. asking staff to do the cleaning themselves is not really acceptable, and for a relatively low cost, you can get a commercial cleaning service in to keep the office looking neat and tidy. You’ll be amazed at the effect this can have on company morale, and an organised space will encourage productivity and efficiency.
Keeping your staff happy is as vital a role as teaching them how to do their jobs properly. It effects every aspect of how your workplace runs and is a necessary part of management that all too many people forget.