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Crisis Leadership: Finding Ways to Cope with Coronavirus

The only certainty about anything today is that coronavirus has created an unholy mess for business owners and workers.  Leaders, unprepared for a pandemic, are forced to make decisions with information that changes daily.  Business owners are worried about lost productivity and healthcare costs, while their employees are feeling more stressed than ever.  They wonder how they will take care of their families …

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Career Advice: Choose, Don’t Settle

The best advice I ever received from my mentor, a seasoned CEO with decades of corporate storytelling under his belt, was “choose, don’t settle.”  At the time, I was trying to decide between accepting an “okay” job offer or continuing to pursue a more intimidating management position that nevertheless, I was qualified.  By taking his advice and choosing not settling, not only did I …

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Is Your Company’s Approach to Sick Leave Pathetic or Empathetic?

Next to death and taxes, nothing is more certain than the spread of cold and flu in American workplaces.  Guilt at leaving workloads with co-workers and fear of job loss, keep many sneezing and coughing people at their desks.  Lasting from days to weeks, airborne and surface-spread illnesses sweep through companies like wildfire, infecting immune-vulnerable, stressed, and over-worked employees.  For small businesses, multiple …

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Hot Topics for HR Managers in 2020

Wishing you a happy, prosperous New Year   ̶  and best wishes with your bedside reading if you are an HR professional!  While this is not a comprehensive list, read on to get an idea of some of the new laws and trending HR issues you will need to be on top of for 2020: New Laws and Regulations Redesigned Form W-4 for …

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Effortless Etiquette to Get You Through Your Office Holiday Party

Etiquette is a must-add to your business skills portfolio, especially at office holiday party time.  If you feel a bit stressed by your less-than-formal comportment, take heart.  With a few tips, you can shine at your company gala without becoming tomorrow’s water-cooler entertainment! Job One:  Attend!   Yes, many corporate functions can be tedious, but there are upsides to appearing.  First, read the invitation and …