employees

Post image for Awkward! Managing Potentially Sticky Work Situations

“Been there, lived it,” you say.  Crazy co-workers, back-stabbing co-workers, co-workers who babble on all day and won’t SHUT UP enough to let you focus and do your job, co-workers who seem to wear every sensitivity on their sleeve (as well as those who trample over you like a bull in a china shop). You’ve […]

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Post image for Basic Training: Zapped! Or, Is $60 Too Much for a Legal Consultation?

Q: What kinds of legal issues do I need to be aware of in my business? And, do all attorneys charge for consultations? I went to one attorney who wanted to charge me $60 for a consultation. A: Not sure where you’re located or what stage your business is in, so it’s hard to tell […]

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Post image for Employee? Consultant? Or Independent Contractor?

You’ve reached a point where you’re ready to tear your hair out. You’re pulled in 17 different directions and, try as you might, you haven’t found a way to manufacture the 28-hour day. Much as it’s daunting, you’re staring down an inescapable fact: In order to grow your business, you . . . need . […]

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The word “motivate” means “to stimulate towards action.”  I emphasize towards because too often, we hear of stories where it’s only the threat of the lash (and termination) that keeps employees in their seats … for fear of losing their income. But that’s not motivation—as in moving forward.  That approach doesn’t bring your team happily […]

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Are You Ready to Increase Your Office Staff… Without Employees? I reached a point in my law practice a number of years ago where I was stuck. Like, La Brea Tar Pits stuck. I had reached my fullest capacity – by myself — of serving clients, handling the billing, and going out to get more […]

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Post image for Employees and Electronic Workplaces

As my mother is fond of saying, “Watch what you wish for–you may get it.” That certainly applies to the ways in which technology has made an impact on our workplaces. On the one hand, it has opened up a wonderful world of flexibility, new business arrangements and ease of automation. On the other, it […]

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Post image for Should You Let Your Employees Blog?

I just returned from Miami Beach, where I spoke on the subject of “Social Media for Corporate Executives” with fellow (sister?) Entrepreneur blogger Lena West. [Check out her Tech Forward blog if you haven’t already.] Blogging is fun, blogging is new, blogging is strategic, and blogging raises hairs on the backs of the necks of […]

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Post image for Basic Training: Is it Gross Hygiene? Or a Disability?

This week’s Basic Training involves a situation that really stinks. (Insert groans here). Read on to find out why . . . . Q: What are the rights of co-workers when another experiences side effects (i.e. malodorous flatulence) due to gastric bypass? The surgery is not recent, and to add insult to injury, the offender does […]

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Post image for Employees and Freelancers and Independent Contractors–Oh My!

“Aw, c’mon,” you cry, “so what if I have my friend’s daughter coming into handle my bookkeeping and I just pay her hourly?” Well, that “so what” could cost you thousands of extra dollars in penalties and interest if you don’t classify your “workforce” properly. Whenever your business benefits from someone else’s time, intellect, and […]

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Post image for To Compete or Not to Compete? That Is the Question

“Can I get my employees to sign a non-compete?” I’m often asked. Unless you’ve thought through this special kind of legal provision carefully, they are often struck down. A non-compete clause essentially prevents your worker from entering into a competing business or working for a competing business when he or she leaves your employ.  While […]

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