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Creating job listings is something we do a lot.
We’ve got a job opening to fill and one of the first things
we need to do is collect enough information to put that listing
together. And not just any job listing—an exceptional job
listing. Not one that will get you tons of applicants (that’s
just creating more work than you need or want). You want to write
up a job ad that will ge...
Discrimination in the workplace is a hot topic. It is still
prevalent and can be very costly to a company. What's more, the
consequences of discrimination on the job can include fines and
litigation costs, not to mention bad publicity.
The answer to avoiding discrimination in the workplace? Hiring.
Your goal should be to create a hiring process where you're focused
on being non-discriminatory, and...
Dear Joan: I work for a small business as a
supervisor. We have 75 employees who are very dedicated and we work
hard all year. A few of us were talking recently about how hard it
is to concentrate during the summer months. We live in Michigan and
when summer comes, it's hard to come to work when it's so nice
We were trying to think of some things that we could do that
would be fun t...
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Organizational structure, much like a human skeletal structure,
determines what shape an organization will take. We don't spend
much time thinking about our skeletal structure until something
breaks, and so it goes with organizations.
How an organization is structured basically means how the
reporting relationships and work teams are organized. It reveals a
great deal about the culture, function a...
With some clarity I remember hearing my Mother say, "That's why
they call it work!" The comment usually was in response to a
complaint about a seemingly difficult or distasteful task. Work,
then, became synonymous with anything but play. Always difficult,
and something to be suffered.
While I've since discovered that "fun work" or "engaging work" is
not an oxymoron, many workers have not. The res...
What questions can employers legally ask? When
dealing with background checks, are there limits to how far back
they can go? Are they just looking for felonies or
misdemeanors too? I hate answering these questions. I
am in the process of getting an assault charge cleared from 12
years ago that was a false charge to begin with.
This is a great question that a lot o...
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Despite what some people may think, being a manager is no walk
in the park. In fact, the combination of mental work, social
interaction, project juggling, time management challenges, high
pressure, responsibility and variability makes it among the more
demanding types of work any person can take on. The hours are
terrible and the stress is inevitable.
But if organizations expect to accomplish anyt...
If it’s time for your annual review, it probably goes
something like this: you meet with your supervisor in a private
room, he or she rates your performance using a variety of scales,
you talk about where you need to improve in the future, and at the
end you learn if you get a pay increase. It’s no wonder most
workers dread this process!
Beyond being ineffective, annual reviews can act...
When it comes to coffee or tea, I'm a coffee guy. I'll
occasionally get decadent and apply for a bank loan so I can get
what my friends call a Froo-Froo Cappafluffa, a.k.a. Overly-Priced
Coffee-Flavored-Milk, but most of the time I'm opting for a plain
What I'm really trying to say is I'm no expert in tea.
I'll leave that to my wife and the entire population of the United