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  • 22 Jan 2022 4:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    How would you react if someone asked you to spend the entire month of February scrolling non-stop on Tik Tok, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Pinterest?

    Most people would immediately reject the idea with some indignant variation of, “Are you some kind of demented fool? Who in their right-mind would agree to such a brain-belch idea?”

    Yet, we, on average, willingly spend 2 hours and 22 minutes on social media per day. Which, over the course of one year, equates to 28 days, or all of February.  

    If you go by waking hours (16 hours per day) this would total 42 days, equivalent to spending all of February and almost half of March. 

    In the esteemed words of Bart Simpson, “Caramba.”

    Caramba, indeed. 

    Weigh the Positives and Negatives

    To place this in squandered-time context consider a personal goal. Say it’s to learn how to play John Lennon’s Imagine on the piano. If you spent all of February, or even half of the month, practicing it, you, after 28 days, would achieve, or be close to achieving, this goal.

    The ensuing glow of satisfaction surpassed only by a keen inner-sense of pride derived from integrity of focus, purpose and time. 

    Conversely, compare this with the satisfaction you’d feel from spending all of February on social media liking and sharing posts ranging from the reuben sandwich a vaguely remembered high school classmate enjoyed to your backyard neighbor’s vacation photos from Branson, Missouri to a video of dancing kangaroos.  

    Yes, you’d be entertained. Even amused.  But to what end? What would you have to show besides maybe 11 new Instagram followers, 6 new Facebook friends and a shared Tweet?

    Social Media Slim Down

    If you enjoy your time on social media stay on it. Don’t deny yourself. But use the guilt to promote a reassessment of your viewing habits.  Use what personal goals you’re missing out on (aka guilt) – learning the harp, planting a rutabaga garden, juggling French rolling pins – as leverage.

    Instead of two hours per day on social media trim it down to one hour. Or better yet, replace daily checking with one or two specific times a week for social media viewing.  

    For digital balance questions, comments or recommended books on the topic e-mail me at You can also find tips, via short videos (yes, I get the irony) at

    Written by Jeff Wozer, our April 2021 Seminar Presenter

  • 23 Sep 2021 10:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Quarles and Brady, the law firm that is home to our Board Member James Wu, has created an FAQ update designed to provide insights to employers navigating their own COVID-19 vaccination policies and/or considering mandating employee vaccinations.  Read the FAQs here.

    If you have any questions about vaccination policies or related employee issues, please contact:

    James Y. Wu


  • 17 Sep 2021 10:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    “Every silver linings got a touch of grey.”

                                         -Grateful Dead

    Cardinals (red), goldfinches (yellow), and indigo buntings (blue) are common sights during northeast summers. Nothing rare about them. Often seen dining at backyard feeders.

    Yet whenever spotted someone inevitably turns it into a David Attenborough moment. “Look,” they shout, “a goldfinch!” And look we do. Always impressed, sometimes amazed, feeling better for witnessing a brief shake from the mundane.

    House wrens (brownish gray) are also common. They possess the gift of song. Yet their presence ignites no such fanfare. Never does someone shout, “Oh look – a house wren!” Without primary color we view them as dull, unworthy of wide-eyed attention. 

    Susceptible to Shiny Objects Syndrome

    Our brains are attracted to color.  Especially red. It’s the color wheel’s version of shouting.

    So it’s not by coincidence that online notification bubbles – e-mail, Facebook, Instagram – are always red.  Remember: nothing engineered by tech is unintentional. Everything is carefully calculated to manipulate attention – including colors.

    The Power of Grayscale

    Hence, the power of grayscale. Removing colors from your phone screen dulls the appeal. It turns your phone from a gold finch into a house wren. 

    It won’t eliminate screen monitoring urges, but it will curb reactionary checking triggered by colors. The void of colors creates resistance. It stalls impulse, causing enough hesitation for the brain to question the need to respond to the notification alert. It may or may not stop you from opening your phone, but it will, at the very least, provide you with some semblance of control.

    How to Dull Your Phone

    The process for enabling grayscale varies by phone. But generally you can access the color filter, regardless of phone, by going to Settings, tapping the General tab and then opening the Accessibility menu, taking no more than 30 seconds.

    For digital balance questions or comments e-mail me at jeffwozer@gmail. You can also find more tips, via short videos (yes, I get the irony), at

    Written by Jeff Wozer, our April 2021 Seminar Presenter

  • 26 May 2021 10:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    I hesitate using the word audit. It’s the depressant of the English language. No other word creates such an immediate negative reaction. Even when partnered with words with upbeat associations it still manages to convey dread butterscotch sundae audit, wine tasting audit, swimming with bottlenose dolphins audit.

    If audit sounds too harsh, call it an awakening. Or a focus-oscopy. Or becoming hip to your screen jive. Whatever you call it do it.

    A digital time audit represents an opportunity. The chance to take a focus inventory. Get a grasp on how you’re utilizing your attention and, more importantly, intention.

    Focus Oblivion

    Writer Jim Harrison once said, “The danger of civilization is that you piss away your life on nonsense.” And so much of what we do online adheres to this appraisal. The unimportant hobnobs with the important, enjoying equal attention, if not more.

    Consequently, instead of being present, focused at work or at home, tapping into potential and possibility, we’re watching Tik Tok videos of dancing kangaroos or reading must-read stories on ‘What Kim Kardashian Stores in Her Fridge’s Crisper Drawers.’ (In case you’re wondering: red bell peppers and rhubarb.)

    Brace for Flabbergast

    If you own a business you’d want to know if someone was stealing from it. The same should hold true for your focus. All the more reason to conduct a digital time audit.

    But when you do prepared to be shocked.

    According  to Provision Learning, a senior living community provider, that conducted a phone-use study with 2,000 baby boomers and millennials, 82% of us underestimate our phone use time.

    Even Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, experienced a reality zap when he tracked his digital habits via Screen Time, Apple’s screen monitoring app. Said Cook, “I thought I was very disciplined about this. And I was wrong. When I began to get the data, I found I was spending more time than I should. And the number of times I picked up the phone were too many.”

    Screen Monitoring App Suggestions

    1)   Moment

    2)   Space

    3)   ZenScreen

    4) Digital Wellbeing - Already installed on your Android phone that can be accessed and activated via Settings.

    5) Screen Time - Already installed on Apple devices. It can be found in your device’s Setting menu.

    For digital balance questions or comments e-mail me at jeffwozer@gmail. You can also find more tips, via short videos (yes, I get the irony), at

    Written by Jeff Wozer, our April 2021 Seminar Presenter

  • 5 May 2021 10:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Stress. We all know it. We’ve all felt it, especially these past few months. BUT, what can we really do to help colleagues, our family and ourselves during times of stress? By the end of this article, you’ll have a few practical tools and maybe a new view of how stress really acts in our lives.

    First off, what is stress? Stress is a perception that demands are going to exceed our resources. It’s a feeling that we aren’t going to be able to handle what is coming. Or, it’s a threat…real or imagined. Now, when we’re walking down a dark street and someone jumps out at us, that is a real threat (perhaps) and we should absolutely have that fight or flight response. But we’ve all had a situation where we’ve freaked out about the snake just find out it was a garden hose. The fight or flight response is incredibly helpful in ensuring our survival. But today, so much of our stress is that perception of danger. The boss says, “I want to see you first thing Monday morning.” Ack! There goes your weekend and you make up stories as to what she wants. Are you in trouble? Are you getting fired? Did she find out I’ve been taking post it notes and pens home? Sure this situation may lead to something negative (or not, we don’t know) but is it fight or flight worthy? Not really. As you find yourself having a strong reaction to something ask yourself is it fight or flight worthy? Often not. It’s about training ourselves to recognize our reactions, responses and behavior and making a conscious choice and effort to make changes.

    Now, right now, I want you to stop reading this article. Well, in a second. Right now, I want you to take a deep inhale and exhale and then come back to reading…I’ll wait. Great, that might have been the first conscious breath you took today. What that breath does is anchor us back in our body, signal to our brain that we are okay so it stops the stress response and triggers a relaxation. It also allows us to take a pause. And in that pause, there is power. It allows us to decide whether we are going to respond to something or react to something. And isn’t it the reactions that get us in trouble? That pause is power and it’s one of the most important things you can do. Now, I want you to do that breath again, but this time really observe the breath. See if you can notice where the inhale starts and stops, and there’s a little pause before the exhale starts and stops. You’ll notice when you do that that you slow down. Go ahead and take a second to close your eyes and do that slower, more focused breath. The breath is more intentional and again, stops that flight or fight. If you have no time to do anything else during a stressful situation, this will be enough to help you relax and regain control.

    Let’s talk about the here and now for a second before the next technique. So, the key to this stress reduction thing is that stress isn’t the problem. WHAT!? I know, it sounds crazy. But it’s really not the problem. The reason it’s not the problem is that you can’t control the stress. It’s some outside thing. We only have control over our thoughts and responses to that thing. This is where the breath work and the other techniques help. It gives the power back to us to make a different choice about how we respond to the things that are thrown at us.           

    The other technique is the mini meditation. This is one of my favorite techniques and I’ve taught it around the world. So, do that breath again and this time on the inhale think, “I am.” And on the exhale think, “at peace.” And repeat over and over. If other thoughts intrude, dismiss them without judgment and return to the breath and the mantra. This can be done anytime, anywhere by anybody!! Including you. And as Type A as I am? If I can do it, I know YOU can.

    I hope you find this info helpful. Please reach out if I can be of any assistance to your organization or team if you’d like to grab a copy of one of my books.  You don’t have to do this alone! or

    Written by Dr. Kathy Gruver, our March 2021 Seminar Presenter

  • 15 Apr 2021 10:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On September 17, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation greatly expanding family and medical leave of absence requirements for all employers with at least 5 employees in California. More specifically, SB1383 expands the California Family Rights Act ("CFRA") and requires employers with 5 or more employees to provide certain unpaid, protected family/medical/military leave to eligible employees. The new law goes into effect on January 1, 2021, thus employers must take steps to comply immediately.  Read here for more details on the particulars, courtesy of our Board Member James Wu.

    If you have any questions about the new California Leave Laws or related employee leave issues, please contact:

    James Y. Wu


  • 30 Mar 2021 8:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On Friday, March 19, 2021, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law SB 95 which enacts supplemental COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave. The law goes into effect immediately, however, covered employers have a 10-day grace period through March 29, 2021 to start providing the leave. Additionally, the law is retroactive to January 1, 2021.  Read here for more details on the particulars, courtesy of our Board Member James Wu.

    If you have any questions about the new California supplemental COVID-19 paid sick leave or related employee leave issues, please contact:

    James Y. Wu


  • 2 Mar 2021 10:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Rossmoor Walnut Creek

    Martha Rivas, HR Generalist

    Members since: November 2017

    Why did you join the CCCEAC?

    We enjoy the variety of topics discussed and getting to know the other members.

    What do you look forward to the most from your CCCEAC membership?

    Pre-COVID we enjoyed sitting with others, sharing our struggles and how to deal with them.  We hope to go back to that soon.  However, we truly enjoy the commitment that CCCEAC has to its members during such a challenging time by always going above and beyond.  We always look forwar to the topics because they are relevant and helpful.  (Note from the CCCEAC:  Martha was our 2018 and 2019 scholarship winner!)

    Tell us about your company!

    Rossmoor is a nationally recognized community for seniors who are 55 and older. It is a place of comfort, beauty and serenity, enjoyment and enrichment that is home to people from all over the world.

    The Senior Community of Rossmoor first opened in 1964 with HUD-approved co-op housing. The community, originally known as “Leisure World,” was the brainchild of Ross Cortese, who saw the growing population of older citizens and felt their special needs were not being met. His innovative dream was to create self-contained senior communities, offering rewarding living for average individuals whose busy professional and child-rearing days were ending, but who were still interested in active and enriched living. He wanted to establish a country-club atmosphere that would be in reach of the average senior. 

    Today, Rossmoor has more amenities and leisure activities than even Cortese could have imagined. There are five clubhouses and an event center, a fitness center, 27 holes of golf, eight tennis courts, a state-of-the-art table tennis clubhouse, lawn bowling greens, bocce ball courts, three swimming facilities, picnic grounds, a computer center, a full-service library, a bridge/card room, a movie theater, hobby and arts shops, a full-service restaurant and bar and a dog park.

    How can members contact you regarding services provided by your company?

    Check out our website

  • 15 Feb 2021 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    • By now you’ve likely heard about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Superbowl LV win over the Kansas City Chiefs. Being a resident of the Tampa Bay area, for us, this has been a long time coming. While the Buccaneers won the 2002 – 2003 Superbowl after many years of being the laughing stock of football, they had not reached the playoffs since 2007. So, you can imagine for us here in Tampa Bay, this win is the equivalent of winning the billion-dollar lottery Powerball.

      But the question many people are rhetorically asking is, what was the difference this year? It’s rhetorical because we all here know the answer to that question. You guessed it, Tom Brady. That got me to thinking about organizations and the leaders who influence them.

      After an unceremonious exit from the only team he’s played for since entering the NFL, Tom Brady landed with the Bucs and immediately began drawing from a talent list of players. Only a year after retiring from the NFL, he coaxed tight end Rob Gronkowski out of retirement. It is reported that Gronk replied to Brady’s call, “I’ve been waiting on you to call.” He also tapped running back Leonard Fournette, who himself was out of a job, having been released by the Jaguars. And one of the most startling people Brady tapped was Antonio Brown, who like Shleprock in the Flintstone cartoon, trouble never seemed far behind him.

      What does Gronkowski, Fournette and Brown have in common? All were recruited by Tom Brady and not one of them were with the Buccaneers the year before. There are some incredible lessons organizations can learn from the moves made by Tom Brady.

      Great Leaders Draw Great People

      Many, if not most leaders spend a great deal of time simply working to achieve results. While results matter, they are not the holy grail. Great leaders take it a step further, and draw great people to build a great culture. Great leaders aren't satisfied with what they "have." Great leaders also have an influence that causes others to want to be around them.

      Tom Brady, knew Gronkowski still had more juice left. Tom Brady, knew Leonard Fournette wasn’t washed up and could still be a punishing runner. Tom Brady, knew that with the right mentoring, Antonio Brown could flourish. And because of Tom Brady’s leadership, not only did the men he recruited excel, they were the keys to the 4 touchdowns for the Buccaneers.

      Who is your Tom Brady in your organization? Who is that person that uses their influence to draw out the best in others? Who’s that person within your organizations that persons inside or even outside of your organization want to work for?

      How Can You Be Like Tom Brady (And still be you)?

      1.    Spend a little time each week looking for great people to spend extra time with to mentor.

    • 2.    Spend time developing people to become something instead of getting them to simply do something.

    • 3.    Make connections and keep notes on talent you may want to tap down the road.

    • 4.    Instead of putting together a list of potential candidates to replace Susie when she gets promoted or moves on, have your own list of people who are the type of talent you want now.

    I believe we all want to be around or work for great leaders. I’m aware that neither you nor I are Tom Brady, however, we both certainly can make sure we’re the kind of person that others would want to follow.

    So, I leave you with the question I started with, who’s your Tom Brady?


    Kelvin McCree

  • 2 Feb 2021 10:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Muller Veterinary Hospital

    Julia Stephens, CFO

    Members since: early 2000s

    Why did you join the CCCEAC?

    I joined as a veterinary consultant before I was with Muller VH at the referral of another member.

    What do you look forward to the most from your CCCEAC membership?

    Our team gets so much from the educational opportunities that help us run our business.  You offer excellent speaker.  I do miss the in-person networking where I have met and hired some very helpful consultants for our business.  We have also used the attorney benefits where we have received excellent advice, on several occasions!  I think that CCCEAC is one of the most undervalued and undermarketed resources for smaller employers in Contra Costa County.

    Tell us about your company!

    When you have a pet, giving them the best care possible is definitely achieved at Muller Veterinary Hospital in Walnut Creek.  Muller Veterinary Hospital was established 1957 by Dr George Muller, the Father of Veterinary Dermatology.  It was later sold to Dr Erin Troy in 1999.

    Muller VH has been accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association since its inception.  They specialize in general animal veterinary services as well as providing world-class pain management care in their canine rehabilitation center(Note from the CCCEAC:  Muller is currently such a popular hospital, there can be up to a several week wait before a new client can get a first appointment.)

      How can members contact you regarding services provided by your company?

      Check out our website

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