Columns / Fair Exchange

Profit-hsaring works — just ask Founding Fathers

I like profit-sharing plans, and I am in good company. Our Founding Fathers saw America as a country that would prosper because every worker is a capitalist.

Hard numbers and humility needed in minimum wage debate

Remove the hype, histrionics and hubris from the minimum wage debate, bring in some hard numbers and a touch of humility.

Minimum wage, minimum information

Remove the hype, histrionics and hubris from the minimum wage debate, bring in some hard numbers and a touch of humility — keep in mind that we are all human — and maybe something good will happen.

Thinking beyond one-size-fits-all minimum wage

To everything there is a season. A time to plant, a time to reap. A time to gain, a time to lose. A time to build up, a time to break down. After a long season of loss and tearing down it is time to build up, reap and share the gain. The economy is turning and we are in a season of growth. The pleas for an increase in wages and a share of the financial gain has devolved into a debate on the minimum wage.

If the minimum wage increases, then what?

As a long-time advocate of paying employees a living wage I should be happy that Seattle’s new mayor, Ed Murray, has issued an executive order to “begin the process of raising the minimum wage of the city’s employees to $15 an hour.”

Corporations don't need safety nets, people do

It’s the least we can do.” I appreciate the honesty, but why tell me you could have done more? What was the more generous option you rejected? That’s what I want to know when I hear those words.

Helping a rookie supervisor around the bases

Some people step into the job of supervisor and instinctively know how to manage people. But most of us find our way by trial and error. Last w

It takes a good staff to raise a new boss

Your new boss has no experience as a supervisor. She may not have any experience with the kind of work you do. She is friendly — but close to clueless. You are sure she is going to be a pain to work for.

Yes, Virginia, the holidays can be jolly

’Tis the month before Christmas, and all through the house the employees are scurrying — to please their new boss. Good results are achieved and reported with flair in hopes of big profits — and they’d each have a share. But instead, they each received tiny cheeseboards. And that’s just one of the many reasons I would like to untangle Christmas and the workplace.

When you work for a weasel ...

Given a choice, I would prefer to work for a moderately capable but honest, hard-working boss than a smart weasel of a boss. And I am not alone in my preference. The top reason people leave a job voluntarily isn’t for pay or a promotion; it’s because of a dishonest or incompetent boss. A few hundred years of literature followed by decades of employee attitude surveys provide the proof.