Posts Tagged ‘personel management’

The Over 40 Hour Myth

In a recent blog, When 40 Hours is Enough, I discussed how ineffective and unproductive people become as they routinely work over 40 hours in a week. While I have no illusions that hardcore workaholics will change their ways, I am hopeful that business owners and managers will see the light. But, the truth is that it is a myth to believe that regularly working over 40 hours per week adds significant value.

It’s about Efficiency

If you read my previous post you may recall Read the rest of this entry »

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If It Ain’t Broke It Will Be

You probably heard someone say, “I was just walking along minding my own business when it happened.” Perhaps you were the one who said it. Businesses, especially small businesses often operate the same way.

But Everything Was Working

Many businesses operate much like the person above with an attitude of if it ain’t broke, don’t worry about it. Everything was working just fine, and then it happened. What happened? Perhaps sales began to fall, expenses started increasing, cash got tight, employees became unhappy and started jumping ship, or a host of other things. You didn’t even see it coming, and that raises a question. Read the rest of this entry »

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Rigid Management

You undoubtedly have heard the phrase uttered, “It’s my way or the highway.” Do you find this comment not only offensive and dictatorial, but incredibly narrow minded?

So What Makes Your Way Better?

Rigid management that takes the attitude of it’s my way of the highway is robbing itself and a company of valuable feedback and improvements. Nobody knows it all and others serve to improve us.

The business owner or manager who takes this position probably has no business in their current role. With it, the owner will eventually see the growth of his company stagnate and perhaps even reverse. Managers of this bent will see valuable employees depart. We may want to think we do, but none of us knows it all. Read the rest of this entry »

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When 40 Hours is Enough

I recently read and article by Jessica Stillman in Inc. magazine entitled, Why Working More Than 40 Hours a Week is Useless. A link to the article was posted to Linked In. Let me just say up front that I agree with her general consensus on the 40 workweek which is based on multiple studies from the 1930s forward. I would like to add a few additional things to consider. Read the rest of this entry »

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Purge, Purge, Purge

I recently posted a blog called Organize – Everything in It’s Place. In that I discussed the importance of staying organized, of having a routine time to do this, and some methods to aid in the process.

Okay, I’m organized. Now What?

If we have stayed on top of our organization we will soon notice that we accumulate an incredible large number of files. We all know that they are not all useful or needed, but just looking at them makes us want to Read the rest of this entry »

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Income Taxes, Bureaucracy, Policies and Procedures

Having just finished my personal tax return, I am reminded why Income Tax Preparation and Planning are services I have never had an interest in providing. There are two reasons why:

  1. My belief is that this service is specialized and should be handled by someone who makes it their specialty
  2. I also believe the U. S. Tax Code is absurdly bloated and complicated, causes countless wasted hours to comply with, and in the end is non-productive

Increasing Complexity

Like the U.S. Tax Code, over the years companies have a tendency to add layers of bureaucracy and increasingly complex procedures. If you own a company or have worked somewhere for an extended period, stop for a moment and look back to what the company was like when you first started. Chances are things were a lot simpler and perhaps more efficient. Read the rest of this entry »

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