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Hiring, firing, and managing people is one of the most difficult challenges for small business owners. Watch Firing Employees from our HR Heaven or Hell Series.
A great employee told
his manager that he was leaving the company he had been at for more than 12
years because he needed to be off every other Friday. He didn’t want to leave
but a personal situation necessitated that he be off these days. He interviewed at one of my client’s
businesses. He was honest about no...
A company has grown profitably but business isn’t fun for
the owner anymore. He doesn’t enjoy
coming to work and everything is still dependent on him. If he doesn’t do it,
or communicate it, then it either doesn’t get done or gets done wrong (from his
perspective). He is totally frustrated
When you’re stressed out or in a rotten mood – throw a
I’ll bet you laughed at this opening line.
One of the best tools that I use to decrease stress and
get out of rotten moods is a Styrofoam red brick. As a child I had styrofoam
ball called a Nerf ball. That was the
ONLY ball that I could throw in the...
This weekend I was watching one of my recorded sessions of
Chopped (yes, I am a food junkie) and an ad for Hill’s Science Diet came
on. Most of the time I fast forward
through the ads. However, this one
caught my eye. Why?Blackie, my 60 pound Lab/Weimaraner eats a lot of dog food
and I feed him Science Diet. ...
How would you answer this email that I received from a
reader:How would you handle employees that feel they can set
their own schedule and no matter what you say they do what they want. They know if I let them go, I will have no
one to do the work.
Here is my answer:Remind them that the customer writes their paychec...
This summer was really hot in many areas of the
country. One of the air conditioning installation
managers I work with wasn’t having any fun.
He was depressed and dreaded coming to work. His attitude was rubbing off on the field
The remedy - simple. I made him find something to complement