Inbox Inbox: February 2016 Published 5 years ago on January 29, 2016 By INVISION Staff Share Tweet WE TAKE REQUESTS ➤ Is there a formula for how many staff hours you need based on sales volume? What are the legal requirements for providing benefits? When does it make sense to do your own payroll vs. hiring a service? Nikki Griffin, EyeStyles Optical and Boutique, Oakdale, MN ➤I’d love to hear about independent companies providing optical design products (displays, lighting, etc.), and a feature on “green offices” to hear how practices build environmentally friendly offices Dr. Blake Hutto, Family Vision Care, Alma, GA ➤ Can you give us some tips on how to best look for optical employees? Many of my colleagues try listing in a newspaper or Craigslist, but the candidates aren’t always what we need. Dr. Angie Patteson, Sunset Eye Care, Johnson City, TN BUILD A BRIDGE ➤ There needs to be a way to bridge the valley between online sales and our brick-and-mortar optical. Maybe it’s presenting more packages to the millennials for single vision (clear or sun). Maybe creating a bond with places like Warby Parker, where we work together so the consumer can purchase “care” packages where the optical gets paid to adjust the frames, provide repairs and cleanings. Jon DuCote, Vision Source Insight Eyecare, Atlanta, GA Advertisement This article originally appeared in the February 2016 edition of INVISION. Related Topics: click to Comment(Comment) Up Next Inbox: March 2016 Don't Miss Inbox: January 2016 Advertisement SPONSORED VIDEO Only Varilux lenses are backed by the patented LiveOptics™ R&D process which tests our lenses on real wearers in real-life conditions to ensure sharper, seamless vision. With Varilux lenses, your patients may even forget they’re wearing glasses. But they’ll never forget it was you who recommended them. SPONSORED BY ESSILOR See Why Choosing Varilux® Matters You may like Promoted Headlines Make Them Yours: Specialty Coatings/Tints North American Coating Laboratories Introducing EssilorLuxottica 360 Essilor American Eyes 2020 — Safilo’s Celebration of U.S. Eye Care Professionals Continues Safilo Advertisement Latest Trending Videos The Big survey8 hours ago Think You’re Having a Bad Day? ECPs Told Us Their Biggest Screwups Best of the Best1 day ago This Seattle Practice Turned A Muralist Loose On Its Walls — With Stunning Results Photo Gallery2 days ago 19 Images That Will Change the Way You Think About Optical Lighting Press Releases2 days ago Prevent Blindness Declares December as ‘Give the Gift of Sight Month’ Columns4 days ago Increase Medicaid Patient Engagement With 3 Simple Steps Photo Gallery6 days ago Hilary Swank in Silhouette TMA Frames … and More Celebrity Eyewear Picks Headlines3 weeks ago Report: U.S. Vision to Lay Off 299 Workers Headlines3 weeks ago Pennsylvania Expands Optometrists’ Scope of Practice The Big survey1 week ago These 14 Industry Traditions Need to Die, ECPs Say Photo Gallery3 weeks ago Check Out These 17 Eye-Catching Optical Murals Headlines4 weeks ago Video: Florida Man Invents Robot to Place Contact Lenses Headlines4 weeks ago Video: Some Retailers Board Up Due to Election Unrest Fears Headlines1 month ago Video: Car Crashes Into Optometry Office; 4 Taken to Hospital Sponsored Content3 months ago Introducing EssilorLuxottica 360 Sponsored Webinars3 months ago Introducing Varilux® Comfort Max Lenses Advertisement SubscribeBULLETINS Get the most important news and business ideas for eyecare professionals every weekday from INVISION. Advertisement Most Popular Photo Gallery6 days ago Hilary Swank in Silhouette TMA Frames … and More Celebrity Eyewear Picks Benchmarks6 days ago How 6 Eyecare Businesses Get the Word Out to the Right People — On a Budget The Big survey5 days ago 35 Time Management Hacks From Your Fellow ECPS The Big survey1 week ago ECPs Share COVID-19’s Life Lessons Products1 week ago 9 Brands That Ensure You’ll Look Good From Your Head to Your Toes Columns4 days ago Increase Medicaid Patient Engagement With 3 Simple Steps The Big survey6 days ago More Than 60% of ECP Businesses Expect Earnings to Fall This Year Mark Hinton1 week ago Are You Effectively Connecting with Patients Before, During and After Their Office Visit?