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Efficiency, Profit Often Depend on Surprising Issues

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I’m not sure there ever was a time when businesses could be sloppy, but that time is definitely not now. Even industries once considered as “choice” like technology face so much competition and challenge today that less than maximum efficiency … Continue reading






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Terminating Entry Level People May Cost You The Most

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I recently heard from two different clients who were planning to terminate entry-level, relatively “inexpensive” people. I asked them what they meant, and each indicated that the employee’s annual salary was around $40,000. When I asked if they wanted my … Continue reading






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Stupidity Outside of Work is Still Stupidity

I often end up addressing some of the sadder aspects of human behavior in and around the workplace. I have frequently been called by clients to help deal with issues such as sexual harassment and bullying, an employee who uses … Continue reading






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How Do You Reward Good Employees? Remove Bad Ones

I’m sure you’ve seen advice regarding employee bonus and incentive systems, including some that are quite complex. The idea is that, to achieve a high-performance workplace, you need to motivate employees and achieve maximum efficiency. None of this is wrong, … Continue reading






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Workplace Harassment: The Never Ending Story

A client recently complained that sexual harassment allegations seem to be as prevalent today as they were in the “bad old days.” Actually, harassment allegations are probably more prevalent today because the problems have been recognized and—to some degree—addressed by … Continue reading






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Time and Anxiety Really Do Matter

Stress is actually a good thing until it overloads people. This overloaded situation is actually called “dis-stress.” The ability to accommodate stress is inherent in all of us, but how much stress we can manage is a personal matter. Anxiety, … Continue reading






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Ethics and Trust: Thresholds You Should Not Cross

There are some thresholds that just shouldn’t be crossed. They are like tripwires that you can’t see, but when stumbled across, will always take you down. One such threshold is that of ethics. In my opinion, once someone crosses an … Continue reading






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Workplace Bullying Not Limited to Football Locker Rooms

There’s an interesting case making its way through the media involving two NFL football players and alleged bullying. Much has been made of various predictable arguments on both sides. One dismisses the allegations with a “boys will be boys” comment … Continue reading






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Employee Retention: A Critical Art

Since I write so much about widespread employee issues, regulations, lawsuits and “mess management,” I may sometimes sound as if I don’t value good employees. The reality is quite the opposite. A report by the Gallagher Organization noted that more … Continue reading






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Scary Stories Provide Good Lessons

I always emphasize that businesses can make themselves virtually judgment proof with preventative action—establishing a zero-tolerance environment and letting employees know what is expected. There is also a science, almost an art, to dealing with employee complaints and concerns. An … Continue reading






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