Should a new minimum wage come with some education?

The push for a new minimum wage of $15 per hour is starting to gain some traction. Recently the state of New Jersey joined the small number of states and municipalities that now have a $15 per hour minimum wage. The new wage is not going to be enacted until 2024, so it does not …

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Wednesday wisdom from Tom Peters

I am a big fan of Tom Peters and I have to admit I am dismayed when I mention his name and people don’t know who he is. In my opinion, he is as influential as a management guru as is Peter Drucker, but then again there is another name many people no longer recognize. …

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Future Friday Replay: Is empathy a key skill of the future?

I am out of the office today on a brief vacation. I wanted to replay this post because empathy is so needed in today’s world. I am reading the book Hit Refresh by Satya Nadella, the CEO of Microsoft. He covers quite a bit in the book, ending with a discussion of artificial intelligence, which …

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Valentine Day Archive: Losing out to a lover does not mean you were discriminated against

Valentine Day always sparks a blog post or two about office romances. Here is one I wrote in 2017.  Does a man, who does not get promoted or get an increase, because his boss gives them to his lover, have a claim for discrimination? According to one court, the answer is “NO”. The case Mr. …

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A replay: “Have you” questions to ask yourself

I was flipping through my copy of The Little BIG Things and came across the pages that this previous post was written about. I thought as we approach the end of the year holidays it would be a good time to replay this post from earlier this year. Appreciation goes a long way! I am …

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5 Ways to Tear Down Department Silos and Unify Your Organization

Today’s post is brought to you by my friends at SocialMonsters.org.   Silos and turf wars can cost your organization precious time and money. But the effects can be compounded even more when departments are at odds with one another and lack the proper tools to adapt to a fast-paced, ever-changing workplace. Output then gets …

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From the Archive: One secret to understanding people better

I was able to read and finish a book on a flight to a conference in Las Vegas last week. The book is Dave Kerpen’s The Art of People. It is a very readable book chocked full of pretty sound advice. The subtitle of the book is “11 Simple People Skills That Will Get You …

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Top 5 Health and Wellness Trends for HR Managers

It can be hard to make your company stand out. Savvy human resources managers are learning one of the best ways to cut through the clutter is to offer irresistible ongoing benefits that can attract new candidates and retain employees. One of today’s top workplace trends is simply providing a positive experience. Sounds simple enough, …

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Future Friday: Is there a Chief Happiness Officer in your future?

In my reading I came across a discussion of happiness and productivity. The article, Rethinking Physical Workspace Helps Improve the ‘Human Experience’ for Employees, Says JLL, quoted results of a survey conducted by an office design and real estate firm. The quote that caught my eye was: Nearly 70 percent of participants agreed that happiness …

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