Most people don’t like paying for things they don’t want to buy. And most people don’t want to even think about their funerals let alone pay for one. That puzzles funeral directors. They know the great lengths they go to when putting details together for smooth-running ceremonies. According to the National Funeral Directors Association, the average funeral cost $7,360 in 2016. Compare that to an average price of $25,449 for a new car, $35,329 for a wedding and $352,500 for a new home, and funerals start looking like bargain. But not to John Q. Public as demonstrated in the following exchange:
Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard once wrote, “Life can only be understood backward, but it must be lived forwards.” That’s a poetic way of saying that we can learn from the past, especially as the world continues to rapidly change. OGR’s weekly e-newsletter, Independent Insider, reported on events, issues, and trends of interest to funeral professionals. Here are the five most popular articles of 2017. Read the rest of this entry »
Gobble! Gobble! It’s that time of year again… a time to get together with family and friends to reflect on the blessings we have and eat way too much turkey and dressing.
We all have many reasons to be thankful this Thanksgiving holiday. Here at OGR, we are thankful for all of our Golden Rule funeral home members who help make this association strong. We are grateful for the trust you put in us to provide you with the best resources an association can offer, and we thank you for your many years of loyalty and friendship.
We asked some of our funeral home members to share what they are most thankful for. You can see their responses below.
Let’s say you’re reading this post, and you’re not a funeral director. Imagine you’re at a party. You meet funeral director Joe, and when you hear what he does for a living, you think of a simply brilliant pun to tell him and the group around you about his profession and what he does on a day-to-day basis.
If we can offer you any advice, it’s to stop right there. Don’t open your mouth and share the pun, crinkling your eyes as you throw your head back in laughter. Don’t slap him on the back and say “that’s a good one!” Chances are he’s heard every single pun you could possibly come up with hundreds of times, and he doesn’t think they’re funny. They weren’t funny the first time, and they definitely won’t be funny by the time you get to them.
Here’s our list of 9 not-so-funny puns. Use at your own risk. Read the rest of this entry »
This article originally appeared in the 2017 summer issue of OGR’s Independent magazine. This is part 2.
As a business owner or manager, there are times when you’re faced with employee performance issues. Last week we explored questions to consider when an employee is an under achiever. Today we’ll explore how to approach mentorship and termination after those questions have been thoroughly answered. Read the rest of this entry »
by Randy Gagnon, OGR Member Brunswick Memorial Home
As of 2015, Millennials have surpassed Generation X as the largest workforce in today’s economy (Pew Research Center, 2015). Millennials will be assuming more and more positions in your firm and with the vendors you encounter daily; therefore, knowing how to successfully manage them is critical to the future of any business. Do you know how to manage this generation to maximize their productivity?
While there are no exact years as to when this generation begins and ends, researchers typically believe them to be born in the early 1980s to early 2000s (Wikipedia). This much is true: Millennials are the product of a different time, with different values, different motivations, and different desires than many of those who manage them. Millennials grew up in an electronics-filled, Internet-driven, and socially-networked environment.
Interestingly enough, Millennials have received the most marketing attention of any generation (Forbes, 2017). They have been taught to ‘follow their dreams’. They were raised in structured environments but have had substantial contact with vast and diverse groups of people via the Internet.
Like many generations of workers, performance lies in management. Here are some best practices for maximizing the potential of your millennial employees from the perspective of a Millennial: Read the rest of this entry »