When it comes to life satisfaction, it’s good to be the boss a new Pew study finds.

When it comes to life satisfaction, it’s good to be the boss a new Pew study finds.

Another reason it’s great to be the boss: You’re probably much happier than people who aren’t.

A recent Pew Research Center survey compares the happiness levels of managers versus non-managerial employees and finds bosses are more satisfied with their lives. And it’s not just the cushier paycheck: Bosses also reported greater satisfaction with their work environment and in their personal lives.

For example, 83 percent of bosses reported being “very satisfied” with their family life, compared to 74 percent of non-managers. The contrast is even more stark at the workplace: 69 percent of bosses reported high satisfaction levels with their current job, compared with only 49 percent of non-managers. (Unsurprisingly, bosses were also happier with their financial situation, with 40 percent being very satisfied compared to 28 percent of non-managers.)

Some other interesting stats: Bosses are more likely to be Republican than employees (53 percent to 37 percent). However, on other traits such as religious attribution and important factors about jobs (fulfilling work and job security for example), bosses and workers are quite similar.

The findings suggest that working your way to the top—or starting your own business, so you’re automatically “the boss”—can offer many payoffs personally and professionally. While the survey wasn’t conducted on entrepreneurs, business owners enjoy many of the same perks as corporate managers: better pay than their employees, more control over their work environment and time and greater flexibility. Other surveys have shown that business owners report higher levels of happiness than the general American workforce.

Another important takeaway from the Pew survey: It suggests that non-managerial employees aren’t nearly as happy with their jobs and personal lives and may inspire bosses to work harder to improve the workplace environment for everyone.  If more than half of your employees are disgruntled or disengaged, you probably want to make some changes.

by KELLY SPORS – Editor

Inspirage hosts Next Generation Order Management July 28 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

Oracle order management cloud products enable organizations to optimize their order-to-cash business processes.This in turn delivers improved customer service, increased revenues, lower operating costs, and improved supply chain flexibility. In this session, we’ll provide an overview of the new capabilities available in Oracle SCM Cloud Release 11 with insight into how these Oracle cloud solutions enable a faster more agile enterprise. We’ll also review the Inspirage cloud Rapid Deployment methodology based upon industry standard process flows and preconfigured analytics and how to rapidly and successfully deploy the solution for maximum ROI. The session will conclude with a brief sample demonstration of the order management application.
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Next Generation Order Management


Carmel Road Winery newest Carmel Wine Walk Tasting Room

The Carmel Wine Walk by-the-Sea™ is proud to announce Carmel Road Winery as the newest addition to the prestigious group of tasting rooms clustered in the 1 square mile of the downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea.


With the addition of Carmel Road Winery to the Wine Walk, that brings the tasting room count to a total of 15 on the Wine Walk. The tasting rooms include: Blair Estate, Caraccioli Cellars, Carmel Road Winery, Dawn’s Dream, De Tierra Vineyards, Figge Cellars, Galante Vineyards, Manzoni Cellars, Scheid Vineyards, Shale Canyon, Silvestri Vineyards, Smith Family Wines, Windy Oaks, Wrath Wines  and Vino Napoli.

“We were excited to include Carmel Road Winery to the Wine Walk,” states Scott Caraccioli, VP of Caraccioli Cellars and chair of the Wine Walk group, “the Arroyo Seco appellation is well represented in their wines and the Wine Walk is a great way for them to showcase the best of what Monterey Wine has to offer.”

The Carmel Wine Walk by-the-Sea™ is a self paced, self guided tour to the tasting rooms which are all within in the Carmel-by-the-Sea business district. Tasters can visit each room to sample local estate-grown wines from the first tasting room (Galante) to the newest (Carmel Road Winery).

The Carmel Wine Walk by-the-Sea™ also offers the Wine Tasting Passport for $65 which provides tasters with a Wine Walk flight at their choice of any 9 of the 15 tasting rooms. The Wine Walk Passport allows guests the ability to choose and taste the distinct flavors of any nine of the fifteen tasting room all in one day ―or to spread the tastings over a weekend, several weeks, or even months. The Wine Tasting Passport is available for purchase at the Carmel Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center on San Carlos between 5th & 6th in Carmel-by-the-Sea or online at http://www.carmelwinewalk.org.

Each tasting room on the Wine Walk is pleased to offer restaurant recommendations or to call for reservations. As an added bonus, corkage will be waived for bottles purchased at a Carmel Wine Walk by-the-Sea™ tasting room at participating restaurants for one bottle per visit, per party with official Wine Walk label.

Wine blending as art—not fad

Source: Wine blending as art—not fad

3 tips for Thanksgiving flower arrangements

Thanksgiving flower arrangements from Westphoria, Sunset’s Blog.

Source: 3 tips for Thanksgiving flower arrangements

8 easy-care plants for parking strip gardens

Parking strip or even side yard planting! Great ideas!

De Tierra Vineyards hosting Summer BBQ in the Vineyard

De Tierra Vineyards will be hosting their Summer BBQ in the Vineyard  – Vino with the Vindegard at the Russell Estate Vineyard at the end of Corral De Tierra Road in the heart of the Salinas Valley in Coastal California. Their Second Annual Vino with The Vindegard event will be on July 11 from 1 – 4 PM and will celebrate the Summer Season and impending harvest.

“We are so excited when guests join us at the vineyard,” states Anna Russell, General Manager of De Tierra Vineyards. “This event gives everyone the opportunity to get a taste of what we do from vine to wine; while drinking, eating, and relaxing with our beautiful vineyard as the backdrop.”

Vino with the Vindegard

July 11 Summer BBQ at De Tierra!
















The Vindegard is the De Tierra’s talisman who stands watch above the Estate vineyard. You might hear the Russell’s whisper, that he brings them luck and a bountiful harvest each year. Much work and preparation goes into the fall hand-harvest of De Tierra Vineyards; many times harvesting the same vineyard multiple times in order to ensure each row is harvested at the optimal level of ripeness. This Summer BBQ is a way to thank De Tierra’s friends and family who have helped through out the year as well as welcome new guests to the De Tierra family.

Known for being family owned and sustainably operated winery that produces SIP certified limited production, estate grown Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Syrah, De Tierra is pleased to announce the release of two new wines that will be launched at The Vino with the Vindegard event: De Tierra’s 2013 La Estancia Riesling and 2013 Monterey Rose Wine that will be poured. In addition De Tierra’s 2012 Russell Estate Chardonnay, the 2009 Estate Pinot Noir, the 2011 Puzzler Red Blend, the 2009 Estate Merlot, and the 2012 Mesa del Sol Syrah will round out decants.

The menu, crafted and executed by friends of De Tierra, Chefs Kathleen Robison and Matthew ‘Gus’ Gustat, will paired perfectly with the wine and give guests the true family feel that permeates the Russell Estate Vineyard.

The afternoon will start with passed hummus with cucumber spears, blue cheese stuffed dates, pita triangles with chèvre and sundried tomato spread. Guests will then enjoy grilled beef Tri-tip and grilled boneless marinated chicken thigh strips with Tabbouleh salad made with quinoa, the classic mixed beans and red onion salad and a dinner roll. Dessert will tempt attendees with date-walnut-oatmeal bars and sorbet made with De Tierra’s Ekem Late Harvest Riesling.

In addition to the wine and paired menu, fun friendly competition will also ensue. Known throughout the Salinas Valley for working hard and playing hard, this family-run operation could not host an event with out a little prize package that goes along with it. Guests will have the chance at games of skill and winning t-shirts and bragging rights for competitions that include trivia, a blind tasting competition, and more!

Tickets are on sale now and are $65 General Admission and $55 Wine Club Members please purchase tickets online at detierra.com by Wednesday, July 8, 2015. Tickets will sell out, so be sure to order online now; under the events tab or RSVP to Chris at chris@detierra.com or 831.622.9704.