What do Lehman Brothers, AIG, Merrill Lynch, Washington Mutual Savings, Arthur Andersen, Starbucks, and Toyota all have in common? All went gunning for business growth but instead ended up with self-inflicted wounds. Each of these companies pursued the wrong kind of growth for the wrong reasons.
For employers with operations in the 14 states that have legalized marijuana for medical purposes, it is a difficult task to juggle the need for a drug-free workplace environment and the rights of employees who have prescriptions to legally use marijuana. How does legalized use of marijuana impact drug testing policies?
You can help your employees improve, even on the most intangible performance issues, if you start focusing intensely in your regular management conversations on spelling out concrete solutions. For example, if an employee is failing to meet quality standards, give her a checklist of what she needs to get right.
With the passage in Arizona of a controversial immigration-related state law and possible federal immigration reform legislation, it is possible we may soon be seeing more immigrants’ rights demonstrations. The economic impact of employees missing work to participate is obviously a legitimate concern.
HVAC contractors can take a cue from Orville Redenbacher, one of the most popular popcorn brands in the United States. In the marketing of your company’s brand, you might consider stepping front and center and let consumers know that you personally stand behind your company’s products and services.
When President Obama signed the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 into law, it brought months of bitter debate to an end. Regardless of how employers may feel about the two pieces of legislation that make up health care reform, most have been left to wonder: What exactly do we do now?
How do I get my employees motivated? How do I get the phones to ring more? How do I keep busy all year long and avoid the slow seasons? How do I make more profitable sales? Just about every service contractor complains about one or more of these issues, but they all can be eliminated with very little effort.
Last October, President Barack Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2010 into law. Among other things, the amended NDAA expands the number of employees who are eligible to take Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) qualifying leave. In this case, it is to care for sick or injured family members in the military.
Albert Einstein said that imagination is more important than knowledge. It’s obvious that the executives at Disneyland and Einstein are of the same mindset. That’s because at Disney, their imaginative minds created a promotion that is pure genius. It’s the “Give a Day, Get a Disney Day” celebration and it’s truly amazing!
Employers that have workers who want to get involved in disaster relief efforts while on the job must proceed carefully. It is critical to ensure that any company-sponsored charitable efforts are legal, transparent, effective, and consistent with the company’s business ethos and approach.