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Monday, 10th March, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Imagine you're driving down the highway, headed to a new town, and the road map you're relying on dematerializes. Next, your speedometer vanishes. You no longer know how fast you're driving. Then your gas gauge disappears. You don't know how much fuel you have left.

Lacking these tools, your trip takes more effort.

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Thursday, 20th February, 2014 at 6:28 PM

 One of our senior managers gets away with murder. He’s my boss’s brother-in-law. Whenever “Patrick” blows it, the rest of us go to our boss, who tells us...

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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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