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Filed Under:Career & Jobs / Career Advice
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Archived Since:June 7, 2008

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2 Halloween Posts

  5 Tips For Your Office Halloween Party Halloween is the greatest holiday. There are no obligations to go visit Grandma, or humor your mother by silently listening to Uncle Hank’s slightly offensive stories. You don’t have to make a fancy meal. You get to dress up in a costume and eat candy. And even […]

The 4 Questions of Self-Appraisal for the CEO

One of the best things about being the boss is that no one tells you what to do. Scratch that: Your investors tell you what they expect, and you had better meet those expectations. Your mentors tell you where you’re screwing up. And your employees? They should be giving you feedback as well. But no […]

Why performance reviews are so reviled

Lots of companies have an annual performance review that goes along with the calendar year, which means right now it’s probably on your mind. If you’re a manager, you’re dreading writing them. And unless you own the company, you’re probably dreading receiving yours — no matter if you’re a top notch employee. Even if your […]

Lessons in Leadership From Donkey Hiking

Learning how to be a leader can happen through a seminar, or through living life. Often, though, lessons in leadership happen everywhere, and sometimes against our will. My first mistake was having a late night meeting, leaving my husband and children home alone. By the time I got home at 10:00 pm the trek had […]

Why Neutral References Don’t Work

You want to protect your business, so you listened to your attorney and you implemented a policy of only “neutral” references. That is, you only confirm dates of service and title. This is a great policy, and the one recommended by many attorneys. In fact, last week, I asked six labor and employment attorneys their […]

Nordstrom’s Awesome Employee Handbook is a Myth

Nordstrom’s famously has the shortest employee handbook ever. Here is the entire handbook: Welcome to Nordstrom We’re glad to have you with our Company. Our number one goal is to provide outstanding customer service. Set both your personal and professional goals high. We have great confidence in your ability to achieve them. Nordstrom Rules: Rule […]

The Most Valuable College Classes for Small Business Leaders

When you enter college, you do so with the hope of learning a few things that will lead to a fabulous career. Looking back, the courses that helped us the most may not have been the ones we’d thought would be important when we were in school. I asked 10 small business leaders and entrepreneurs […]

How to survive in an imperfect work environment

Every job has its downsides. Perhaps it’s too many hours, or an annoying co-worker, or a nit-picky manager, or something else that just annoys you. The grass always looks greener on the other side, but it isn’t always. The reality is, all of us work in an imperfect work environment. The trick is making it […]

Want success? Behave like a rich person

Have you ever looked around and wondered why you’re working a lousy job while someone else has a much better job, and therefore, a lot more money? Who hasn’t. But still, it makes you wonder: Is it simply luck? Was the other person born into better circumstances, or have an uncle who opened doors? Of […]

To Share or Not to Share

What items gathered during the recruitment process can I share with others? We require approval from several parties before making an employment offer, and I am concerned that we may be sharing confidential information when “check complete” should be enough. The following items are obtained during our pre-employment screening: drug screen results, Office of Inspector […]

Jimmy John’s serves up a lesson on how not to treat your employees

Your company may have non-compete clauses, and in some cases, I support those. After all, you don’t want your top widget salesman to leave today and go to the competitor widget maker and take all your clients with him, but what about the guy that makes your sandwiches? Should he have a non-compete clause in […]

How to prevent distracted driving at work

If you’re not a bus driver, long- distance trucker or a taxi driver, you probably don’t think about driving at work much. After all, your job is to do something else, not to drive. But a lot of us drive for work all the time, even if it’s not a core function. Salespeople going from […]

What to do when your coworkers are gross

Life is gross, but sometimes your coworkers make it even more disgusting than it has to be. If you have a colleague who picks his teeth during meetings, cuts her toenails at her desk, or does any number of yucky things, what can you do? If you’re the boss, of course, it’s your responsibility to […]

5 Ways to Make Your Employees Love You

You want employees who are loyal and work hard. You want them to trust you and follow your vision. And most of all, you want employees who will help your business grow. How do you do this? It’s really easy. I’ll give you five examples–drawn from real life–of how to turn your angry, sullen workers […]

Your Former Employees Want a Reference, Here Is What Your Attorney Thinks About That

Being the boss means that you will have the opportunity to provide references for your former employees. Some companies ask that you just verify dates and titles and others want to question you about your former (or sometimes current) employee. Lots of companies have policies requiring people to keep their mouths shut, but others allow […]

Mormon Leaders’ Guide to Success

If you want success, look at those who have succeeded. Unlike other churches, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ leadership doesn’t come through the ranks of full time clergy. There are no paid local leaders, so church leaders are also leaders in business, education, military, and all other walks of life. Therefore, not […]

How to be more productive at work without a java jolt

There’s a Starbucks on almost every corner. If you happen to need coffee before you get to the next corner, there’s always Dunkin’ Donuts, or McDonalds, or the Keurig in your kitchen or the ubiquitous coffee pot in your workplace. American business gets done because of coffee. Or maybe it’s actually killing your productivity. That’s […]

How not to get stung by a relocation contract

Imagine that you signed a relocation contract with your employer that said they would cover your moving costs up to $10,000. So, you hired a moving company, moved across the country, and incurred a lot of expenses, based on the belief that you’d be handed a check for $10,000 at the end of it. And, […]

When Your Boss and Co-worker are Best Friends

Friendships at work can be difficult to navigate. Sure, that’s where you spend a good portion of your waking hours, so it makes sense that you’d bond with the people you work with. But, when you have friendships across levels, it can become tricky for everyone else at the office. For example: My co-worker and […]

Why Football Season Can Be Good For Your Office

Football season is in full swing, and for sports fans that means talking about football at work–either the day after the game to discuss the ins and outs, or the day before to discuss the anticipation of the whole thing. Oh, and of course, you’ve got the fantasy football games to discuss as well. It […]

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