Many years ago a business owner asked me for advice on firing his one and only employee. They were good friends and the business owner didn’t want to talk to his friend about performance problems. He thought it would be easier if I came in and did the firing for him.
When employees paid an hourly wage realize the boss is short-changing their paycheck, they have every right and the resources to get it resolved under state and federal rules that protect them. But what can a salaried employee do who has an ever-expanding workday and a paycheck that is unaffected by the number of hours worked? People paid a salary
When I brought Charlie home from the Blue Mountain Humane Society he had to learn the rules of a new home, and I had no idea how to explain rules to a dog.
Marissa Mayer, the CEO of Yahoo! for just seven months, was hired to shake things up and turn the Internet communications company around. She has certainly shaken things up, but whether it improves the company’s bottom line remains to be seen.
Q: Can my boss make me clean up my work space?
Charlie was found in the woods, scrawny and ragged. He wasn’t what I was looking for when I visited the Blue Mountain Humane Society facility, but when I saw him, I knew he would be my dog.
When my co-worker told me that Phil had built a barricade preventing anyone from entering his department I was surprised. When the facilities manager called and told me that Phil was perched on an upended desk like a large bird and was shouting at them to leave his department I thought he was joking.
Last fall the substitute referees were doing their best for a sport they loved, but every mistake they made was broadcast over and over with ample ridicule.
Q: What should I be able to say when providing an employee reference? My new employer has a policy that restricts managers to confirming dates of employment for ex-employees.
Presenteeism: On the job while sick. Think of it as the opposite of absenteeism. It’s a hot topic right now; the best way to contain the spread of the flu is to keep sick people out of circulation. They should be in a warm bed with a bowl of hot soup on the bedside table and a stack of DVDs ready when some entertainment is needed.
Q: Can my boss tell me to stop using my cell phone while I am driving around for work?
There are a few workplaces where everyone gets along and the morning greeting is warm for one and all. But in most workplaces there are a few oddballs, know-it-alls, food snatchers, loud-mouths, gossips, slugs, sticklers, stinkers and just plain horribly inconsiderate people.
My boss mentioned that he may cut back our hours to avoid paying the employer mandate for health care next year. Is that legal?
It was a holiday hullabaloo of the first order, with a steel drum band on the south side of the building; a bagpiper to the north and the employee rock band performing in the building atrium.
It was a holiday hullabaloo of the first order with a steel drum band on the south side of the building, a bag piper to the north and the employee rock band performing in the building atrium.
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