Human Resources

Beware the Negative Employee

The warning beware the negative employee is important as at some point nearly every worker has an encounter with one. But just why is the warning so important? Read the rest of this entry »

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80/20 Accounting

The 80/20 rule (Pareto Principle) is one of the most useful we will ever encounter. Let’s discuss its use with 80/20 accounting. This is about focusing on the 20% of customers, products, expenses, etc. that account for most of our company’s results. Read the rest of this entry »

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Employees are Not Pawns

Have you ever worked at a company where the everyday employee was treated as if they were expendable? There was likely either an owner who alone or with the cooperation of a favored few simply ran roughshod over everyone else. They perhaps have either forgotten or chosen to ignore the reality that employees are not pawns to be manipulated like they were part of some sort of game. If you’ve ever played the board game of chess you know that pawns are Read the rest of this entry »

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What Will You Change in the New Year?

If you are like me you don’t go for the idea of New Year’s Resolutions. From what I’ve read about them not many people are successful with this process. The classic example is people who join a gym at the beginning of the year and within a month or two are no longer attending. But, resolutions are not the same as asking what will you change in the new year and there are real differences. Read the rest of this entry »

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Communicate Regularly with Employees

If you’ve ever felt like as an employee you were in the dark to what was really going on, then as a manager or business owner this is for you. While there are of course businesses of only one person, once you begin to take on employees (even one) then the nature of how you operate changes, Read the rest of this entry »

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Clear Vision Produces Clear Communication

Imagine trying to explain something to someone when you don’t see it clearly yourself. Difficult as that would be we do it regularly in business. Read the rest of this entry »

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Block Out Negative People

Don’t let negative people discourage you. Listen politely but know when to stop and turn a deaf ear to them. Some people either don’t believe you can do something or sometimes don’t even want you to succeed. Read the rest of this entry »

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Be Willing to Take a Time Out

Although we sometimes act like we can continue endlessly, everyone needs a break at some point. If we recognize that and embrace it there are some benefits.

Rest to Recover

When we are willing to take a time out we are able to get the rest needed to recover from making a concerted effort to achieve our goals. Some people think a dedicated worker is one who regularly puts in 50, 60, 70 or 80 hours per week. Baloney! That is not dedicated, but rather it is foolish. There are crunch times when we do have to go long hours Read the rest of this entry »

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Loner Employees

Most companies with several employees have at one who goes quietly about their business. Why does this bother some people? Being a loner employee does not mean they don’t care about other workers or are unfriendly.

We’re All Different

There are some people, no matter where they work, who seem to mix easily with others. They draw a certain amount of strength from this interaction. Read the rest of this entry »

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Employee Input

Hopefully you’ve never worked in a company where all decisions came from or had to be signed off on by one person. What’s wrong with that?

Their All Stupid

All kidding aside, I did have a client once who acted like every employee was stupid. In fact, I even heard this individual makes statements to that effect when he was upset with a decision Read the rest of this entry »

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