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He's Being Fired; when should we give him the bad news?

Tuesday, 14th January, 2014 at 8:14 PM

We're planning to fire one of our employees. It's a decision we've put off for months because we kept hoping things would improve. They haven't. Even though we've invested dozens of..

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The Game of Work

Monday, 6th January, 2014 at 5:14 PM

 How successful would your company be if your employees worked as hard as they play when they're skiing, fishing or having fun? I'm thinking about an employee I know who skis every weekend until he drops. He doesn't mind how cold he gets -- he just skis. He doesn't complain...

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Duck Dynasty – Did A & E Network Violate Title VII?

Thursday, 2nd January, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Although commentators talk about free speech, gay rights and religious freedom given A&E’s suspension of Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson, perhaps the real question is – were Title VII rights violated?

News media reports state that, during an interview...

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Valley Commuters

Monday, 30th December, 2013 at 5:08 PM

My employer doesn't seem to realize we live in Alaska where ice and snow affect an employee's ability to arrive on time.
I live in the Valley because we can't afford Anchorage housing prices... 

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Do You Say Yes When You Really Want To Say No? Four Tips For Saying No With No Regrets

Friday, 27th December, 2013 at 9:49 PM

You're a person who makes things happen. You're a problem-solver, an achiever. Give you a goal and you go for it. Ask you to accomplish a challenging task and you turn on the energy.

This achieving, problem-solving energy makes saying no difficult. You're used to saying yes and if asked to take on a new project, you add it to your list. Somehow, it's easier to say yes and work 'til midnight... 

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Christmas Bonsuses

Monday, 23rd December, 2013 at 5:58 PM

 Last year we gave every employee a bonus along with a gift certificate. We later learned we should have added both amounts to our employees' end-of-the-year wage statements. Seriously?

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December Job-Hunting Holiday

Friday, 20th December, 2013 at 6:44 PM

I've been out of work since late October. I never thought it would be this hard to get a good job. I've put my resume out for more than 50 jobs but only had two interviews...

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Paying For My Own Company Party

Wednesday, 18th December, 2013 at 10:31 PM

The office manager just asked me for $20 for "my share" of the company party...

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Post-Party Disaster Recovery

Monday, 16th December, 2013 at 6:35 PM

You are at the office holiday party and there is lots of booze around – I mean, really – what could go wrong?

Let me count the ways...

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The Drug Addict In Your Workplace

Wednesday, 11th December, 2013 at 6:27 PM

When "Nancy" laid her purse on the table, a bottle rolled out. You grabbed to catch it and as you handed it back, you saw the label: Vicodin.
Suddenly, everything made sense. How she careened from life of the work party to withdrawn sullenness. Nancy's frequent visits to the bathroom and unexplained breaks -- you'd thought she was hiding out to text. 

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