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Need 6 Strategies to Promote the Growth of Your Employees?

One of the best things ever as a manager is when you hire someone new who is awesome. Your new hire jumps right in and solves problems, builds relationships, thinks up new ideas. In short, you couldn’t hope for a better employee. On the other hand, one of the worst things is when you hire someone new […]

Why Hillary Clinton’s Tipping Matters to a Startup

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton did not–I repeat not–leave a tip in the tip jar at Chipotle on a recent visit. The horror of it all, right? It’s not a sit-down restaurant. The employees aren’t receiving a paycheck based on the idea that they are eligible for tips. If you were to put money into a […]

Donkey Hiking Part II

Some of you may have remembered that last year we went hiking with Donkeys in southern France. We had such a good time we decided to do it again, but on a more difficult trail. That was dumb. So, for that week where I totally disappeared, that’s what I was doing. I had planned to […]

How to Build a Better Marijuana Policy

A little more than 6 years ago, my American husband received a job offer in Switzerland. Being that I was working as a labor and employment law consultant in the United States, I asked him, “How are they doing the drug test? Do they contract with someone local? Does the US office of their company […]

5 Ways Smart People Are Solving Income Inequality

Yesterday was “equal pay day day” which is supposed to represent how far a woman needs to work into 2015 to make as much income as a man did in 2014. While lots of people disagree with the premise that the difference in pay is based on discrimination (the Washington Post, for instance, gives the […]

What Can an Employer Do If an Exempt Employee Fails to Work 40 Hours?

We have a relatively new (4 months) office manager who supervises others. She is our highest paid employee in a 15-person office. Company policies state a 40-hour work week. We understand the exempt laws and having to pay full salary even if they do not work a full day, and so forth. Since her hire, […]

How to Hire When Your Company Stinks

You’ve got two days to file your taxes, so right now you’re probably not feeling all that warm and fuzzy about the IRS. I know I’m not. And this is part of the problem. When you ask a teenager what they want to be when they grow up, they might say, “an accountant!” but the […]

Boomer vs Millennial: What You Need To Know About Training Across Generations

Your Millennial employees are so techy, they’ll just learn organically. Wait, what? Discussing generational stereotypes and the need to conduct training across all groups. Make sure to check your assumptions. One of the awesome things about hiring Millennials is that you can save a fortune in technical training costs. After all, they practically came out […]

Can I please take a lunch break?

I was just reading a great article you wrote titled Can you be fired for skipping lunch. I have a question that has been pestering me for a while. I am an hourly worker and it’s normal for all my team members to work through lunches. Sometimes we take a 15-20 minute lunch maybe once […]

Can Companies Cut Salary When I Move to a New Location?

To keep things short and simple, I work at a corporate business. When I first started working, my hourly wage was X, then I transferred stores (and regions) and my hourly wage was lowered to Y due to “cost of living and change of work status”. By meaning of work status, they said I was […]

5 Ways to Evaluate MOOCs on a Resume

Guillaume Dumas, a 28-year-old Canadian, made headlines recently when he announced that he had obtained an Ivy League education for free by sneaking in to classes at prestigious universities. His story — coupled with the skyrocketing costs of a college education — raised serious doubts about the value of a diploma. With tuition costs rising […]

Can you fire a pregnant employee?

I was an assistant manager at a restaurant in California. I’m pregnant and have noticed that my general manager began treating me strangely. Then they promoted an employee to be assistant manager, then another day a new person was hired as assistant manager, making 3 assistant managers! The same day the new assistant manager began working, […]

15 True Tales of Job Interview Embarrassment

Job interviews are often awful–even when we do well. Sometimes, though, we torpedo our own chances by opening our own mouths. Here are 20 true stories of interviews gone wrong: When honesty is not the best policy 1. I once interviewed for a job as a diversity trainer. “Why do you want the job?” they […]

20 Embarrassing Things Never to Say in a Job Interview

We all have to do job interviews–either as the candidate or as the boss interviewing candidates. (We’ve all been the candidate at one time or another, regardless of where we sit now.) Lots of different topics come up in job interviews, and conversations go all over the place, but there are 20 words and phrases […]

Will this go on my permanent record?

I was reading your article and had a few questions in regards to larger companies. What happens after the company has fired the accused? Are legal charges ever brought up? What if the accused was fired but didn’t actually commit the harassment? Does it go on a public record? Your teachers liked to threaten students […]

Is my exempt boss double dipping?

The VP of hospital operations recently came to our skilled nursing facility, which is a part of the hospital. She asked what our census was, 2 patients, and then pulled our administrator into the office for a talk. When she emerged 30 minutes later our administrator followed shortly after. She, then proceeded to inform me […]

5 Reasons You Should Strive for Mediocrity

A meme appeared on my Facebook feed with the following text: Always remember: The Squeaky wheel gets outsourced High achievers end up working unpaid overtime No good deed goes unpunished Dare to be adequate! True? False? There is absolutely some truth to those principles. If you annoy the boss enough, she won’t fight to save […]

Leaders Set the Pace Through Their Expectations and Example

Many years ago, I interviewed for what turned out to be my very first job managing people. I was naive and optimistic, a fact which must have amused the VP of HR who interviewed me. She asked, “Why do you want to manage people?” I don’t remember my exact answer, but it was something along […]

Wanted: Your embarrassing interview stories

Inc has asked me to write an article about things NOT to say in a job interview. I thought stories would be more fun than a list. Have you ever thoroughly embarrassed yourself in a job interview? Or interviewed someone who embarrassed himself? Send me an email ( or write a comment.

Is a Poisonous Attitude Reason to Fire an Employee?

An employee with a tremendous amount of knowledge is bitter and angry all of the time. She is very good at her job. She also believes that everyone else is incompetent at theirs. This person used to have a leadership position but no longer does. She was very harsh and critical and used her authority […]

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