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National Fishing and Boating Week 2016 June 4-12 is National Fishing and Boating Week, sponsored by the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation. Throughout the month, many states offer "free fishing days" when anyone is allowed to fish on public bodies of water without purchasing a fishing license, salmon stamps, or inland trout stamps  (6/17/16-6/20/16 for Illinois). Find free fishing days in other states here: Free Fishing Days 2016. Recreational fishing presents a chance to escape from the daily grind and spend time with family or friends on or near the water. It also provides an opportunity to bond with children while helping them develop an appreciation for waterways and wildlife. Fishing offers a number of health benefits as well (infographic courtesy of Bass Pro Shops) So get out there and take advantage of some of the beautiful waterways near you. Not sure where to go? The Recreational Fishing & Boating Foundation offers a way for to you find great spots and can be even be narrowed down by species of fish: www.takemefishing.org/where-to-fish-and-boat Learn anything you've ever wanted to know about fishing:  www.takemefishing.org Have a topic or suggestion for a blog post you'd like to see? Let us know! Email us - blog@amtransportonline.com  ...
Best PracticesHealthTransportation

Functioning in a Work-First Culture Erin Reid coined the term "cult of busy" to describe the way our workforce has become: jobs come first in the hierarchy and constant availability is the expectation. With the increased ability to always have your work at your fingertips (e.g. email linked to your phone), the assumption of 24/7 accessibility has only intensified - and continues to do so. Working all the time should lead to more productivity, right? Wrong-o. Harvard Business Review and The New York Times have shared studies and stories of the problems that arise from constant work - employees crying and passing out from exhaustion, high turnover rates, and lack of diversity among your workforce being among them. So how are we coping with this ever-growing demand for the 24/7 workplace? Quite disfunctionally, as discussed by Huff Post writer Emily Peck. She talks about three ways we are "adapting" to the work-all-the-time demand. 1. Accepting Just give in and work all the time. Give up the deep relationships, community engagement, and physical well-being for the job. Just keep plugging away until you reach the burnout stage. 2. Passing The "fake it" strategy for coping. Technology makes it easy to be working wherever you are...
CareerTransportation

The Power of One Word As one of the most recognized and honored actors of all time, Tom Hanks has walked quite the interesting road. But he didn't hit home runs like Cast Away right off the bat. If you lovingly remember the early days of Tom Hanks - e.g. Money Pit, Turner & Hooch, Joe Versus the Volcano - he didn't start out his career raking in the Oscar nominations. So what helped him get to his first, second, third, etc. Oscar nominations? One word: no. "I realized...
CommunityHuman Trafficking AwarenessTransportation

May 25th is National Missing Children's Day And this year marks the 3rd annual awareness campaign 'Ribbons & Headlights' that runs throughout the month of May. The Truckers Missing Child Project created this annual campaign to raise awareness of the continuous fight against human trafficking and missing children, specifically in the transportation industry. The goal is to “bring awareness to missing children as well as to show America that we as truck drivers and the motoring public do care about the cause.” During the month of May, and especially on May 25th, participating carriers and drivers drive with their headlights on and decorate their truck with yellow ribbons, representing missing children, and blue ribbons, representing those children who have died. Motorists are also invited to participate in the campaign. Dugal Trimble started the Truckers Missing Child Project as a way to spread notices about missing children across the nation, using Facebook as a major platform for sharing the word with other truckers and groups. Trimble shares alerts from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children in order to keep growing human trafficking awareness in the trucking community. To join in the campaign and help spread the word, like the Truckers Missing Child Project Facebook page. Have a topic or suggestion for a blog post you'd like to see? Let us know! Email us - blog@amtransportonline.com...