Word on RealStreet!
Employee Newsletter Vol. IV Issue IV
December 2015

December is here! Now that the turkey has been eaten and the tryptophan has worn off, we look towards the remaining holidays with (slightly larger stomachs and) excitement! With all the parties, sweets and holiday cheer, we hope you enjoy this festive time of year! 
From everyone at RealStreet, w armest thoughts, and best wishes  for a wonderful holiday season. 


Katy Cook, CSP
Marketing Coordinator  

Holiday Eats and Creative Treats!

Have a hand crafted holiday! Impress your friends and family with delicious homemade food and tasteful crafts this season.  For a few tasty holiday recipes to make your holiday dinner or party the best yet, check out the following ideas from Country Living Is it time to deck the halls or trim the tree? Add a personal touch to your home with the fun and easy decoration ideas from HGTV !
Featured News

The holiday season is officially in full swing! This is a great time to begin making resolutions for 2016. After all, what better time for a fresh start, than a new year? If you are not satisfied with your career, it might be time to make a change.

Your job is a huge part of who you are. If you are lacking satisfaction, it could start to encroach on your personal life and hinder your professional development.  Read more for five (5) Great Reasons to Consider a Career Change in 2016
Minimize Seasonal Stress

While the holiday season can be a wonderful time of year, it can also be incredibly stressful. Each year, people struggle to work productively, surpass deadlines, meet family commitments and still find time to get a little shut eye. With all of the hustle and bustle, how do they do it without becoming overwhelmed? Read this USA News article for 6 tips to maintain a healthy work-life balance during the holidays. Forgo shopping mania, spend time with loved ones and let the deals come to you with the tips provided in the following US News article: 7 Ways to Save Time, Money and Stress This Holiday Season.
Avoid Winter Woes

A monthly message for drivers from The Hartford:

The best way to decrease the probability of a weather related collision in winter is to SLOW DOWN. The majority of weather related collisions are a result of driving too fast for conditions.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offers these safety TIPS for driving in Winter Conditions:
  • Remember to always wear your seat belt.
  • Do not text or engage in any other activities that may distract you while driving.
  • Drive slowly. It's harder to control or stop your vehicle on a slick or snow-covered surface. On the road, increase your following distance enough so that you'll have plenty of time to stop for vehicles ahead of you.
  • A word of caution about braking: Know what kind of brakes your vehicle has and how to use them properly.
    • In general, if you have antilock brakes, apply firm, continuous pressure.
    • If you don't have antilock brakes, pump the brakes gently.
  • If you find yourself in a skid, stay calm and ease your foot off the gas while carefully steering in the direction you want the front of your vehicle to go. This steering maneuver may require additional counter-steering before you can regain full control of the vehicle. Continue to stay off the pedals (gas and brake) until you are able to regain control of your vehicle.

In addition, these five driving rules can help minimize your involvement in potential crash situations.
  1. Be Far-Sighted
  2. Keep Eyes Moving
  3. Take in the Whole Picture
  4. Maintain a Space Cushion
  5. Communicate with Others

Be far-sighted, not near-sighted. Look far ahead of where you are to help see situations developing and take appropriate action. In other words, use the phrase - City Block/Country Mile.

Move your eyes at least every two seconds. Never allow a distraction or hazard occupy your eyesight for very long. While you are staring in one direction, something is happening elsewhere.

Take in the whole picture, not just what is directly in front of you. Don't just look straight ahead. Look at the cars along the street, alleyways and cross streets.  Look to the side when approaching intersections and keep track of what is happening behind you by using your mirrors.

Maintain a space cushion to ensure you have time to stop. See the chart below. The way you measure a three-second space cushion is like this:
When the rear of the vehicle in front passes an easily identifiable point, like a shadow across the road, or an overpass, or a sign alongside the road, start counting seconds. An easy way to do this is to say -- "One thousand one, one thousand two, one thousand three," at a moderate speed. The front of your vehicle should pass the point as you finish counting. If you arrive at the point before you have completed your designated 'count,' you need to slow down mo mentarily and increase your space cushion.

Time Interval

Car / Van
3 seconds

Truck / Bus
4 seconds

Tractor Trailer
5 seconds
  • Add One Second Over 40 Mph
  • Add at Least One Second for Adverse Weather Conditions
Communicate with other drivers and pedestrians. You share the road with a multitude of people each day. Show them your next move using turn signals, friendly hand signals, headlights, brake lights, friendly horn and eye contact. Don't wait until the last minute to communicate. Let others know your intentions early so they can make appropriate decisions.

This winter season, remember to slow down and follow these simple driving rules to help minimize your involvement in potential winter related crash situations.

Source: The Hartford 
Celebrations & Observances
Wishing you a very Happy Birthday!
  • Gregory W. - 12/01
  • Janet P. - 12/04
  • Mark F. - 12/07
  • Thomas A. - 12/11
  • Bennie H. - 12/13
  • Sherry A. - 12/16
  • Percy B. - 12/22
  • Juan B. - 12/28
Happy Holidays!
Our office will be closed on December 25th and on January 1st in observance of the holidays.

Holiday Musings
"The holiday season is a perfect time to reflect on our blessings and seek out ways to make life better for those around us." 

~ Terri Marshall
Hot Jobs!
Holiday Job Search
Do you know someone who is looking for a new job? The holidays can be a great time to look for new opportunities!

How Hiring Is Like Holiday Gift Shopping, written by Arnie Fertig and published on  US News.com

4 Reasons Why the Holiday Season is a Great Time to Look for a New Job, written by Stephanie Vozza  and published on 
During the
Holiday Season
Things to consider while working during the holiday season:

 6 Tips to Stay Productive During the Holidays, written by Lisa Evans and published on  FastCompany.com .

How to Win Your Next Promotion at the Office Holiday Party written by Susan Adams and published on Forbes.com.
We Value Referrals
Who in your network is looking for a new opportunity? Check our  open positions, to see if any of them are a match to the job seekers that you know. 
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Word on RealStreet is the monthly employee newsletter. If you have feedback regarding this newsletter, article ideas or suggestions, please contact the editor: 
Katy Cook 

Marketing Coordinator

Phone: 443.574.3386
Email: kcook@


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