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Lead Story

Fed looks to online real-time payments, eventually

Patti Murphy
ProScribes Inc.


Industry Update

Who's to blame for Apple Pay fraud?

Lack of EMV readiness continues, EMVCo steps up

Mobile World Congress 2015 extols innovation, inclusion

Visa Checkout used by 3 billion, plans worldwide expansion

Technology experts weigh in on future of POS


EMV 101 for merchants

Every second counts

What's trending in payments?


The bygone era of clicks

Dale S. Laszig
DSL Direct LLC

Embedding generosity in the fabric of payments

Thom Aldredge
World Gift Card

EMV implementation details urgently needed

Ken Musante
Eureka Payments LLC


Street SmartsSM:
Goodbye until hello

Tom Waters and Ben Abel
Bank Associates Merchant Services

Use big-data resources to better serve, retain merchants

Billy Hubbard

Mobile payments: Enabling merchants for today, preparing them for tomorrow

Michael Gavin

Company Profile

Signature Card Services

New Products

PCI-validated, comprehensive security package

SecurePCI Validated P2PE

Two-sided mobile solution for buyers, sellers

InvisiCorp., Inc.


A different sort of snow job


Readers Speak

Resource Guide


A Bigger Thing

The Green Sheet Online Edition

March 23, 2015  •  Issue 15:03:02

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A different sort of snow job

Recently one of my East Coast colleagues traveled to Arizona on business. The day she left home there was a snow storm. As a result, it took her three hours – rather than the usual one – to get to the airport. Then, on the day she left Arizona, another snow storm hit. Her flight was delayed by 24 hours, but when the aircraft finally took off, the storm still raged on the East Coast. The plane landed in Baltimore without incident, which was a minor miracle, but then it sat on the tarmac for an hour waiting for the snowplows to clear a gate for the plane. My friend was able to de-plane at last, but it took her four hours to get home from the airport because of icy road conditions.

Snow envy

We, on the West Coast, don't worry much about snow; it's brown landscapes in winter that concern us. That may be why, despite the horrific weather conditions snowstorms cause, some people living in milder climes are a bit jealous of those whose winters are white. I'm not just talking about school children who never experience snow days; I'm talking about adults who have to work when their counterparts elsewhere get time off.

When I think about it, however, I see two faulty premises. The first is that today, when so many work "in the cloud," snow necessarily keeps people from being able to work. The second is that those free of snow aren't allowed to have down time.

Productively snowed in

The colleague who was inconvenienced by two snowstorms managed to get a lot of work done while waiting for planes to depart or airport runways to be cleared of snow. She was able to do this because she had her laptop with her and wireless connections in airports. She also had fewer things competing for her attention, due to the weather, and more chances to rest and relax.

A significant amount of work was being done in places free of snow, as well. That was true in my case, but I have to admit I envied the down time I imagined my colleagues were enjoying in the midst of the snowstorms. My antidote for this was my own kind of "snow job."

Snow days reinvented

That is, I imagined what my work day would look like if two feet of snow had fallen outside my window. I removed commuting time from my schedule; I made a list of tasks and crossed off items that would be impossible to tackle during a snowstorm; and I moved some personal projects – usually reserved for down time – to the front burner. Then I did the tasks I could do, followed by some personal things I'd been meaning to get to. It was the most productive and stress-free time I'd spent in quite a while – productive because it was stress-free.

Neither work nor play need ever be "snowed out." And if your personal snow job deludes you into being more productive and relaxed, then "let it snow" every day of the work week.

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