Making Workers More Competitive

  The demise of manufacturing in the United States has not been any great secret. That demise has been tied to a number of situations. These include high unemployment, inadequately trained workers taking position in low paying jobs, and growth of service sector occupations that are normally lower paying than the traditional manufacturing jobs of …

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Three reasons supervisory training is so important

  My consulting practice is geared toward small and midsize businesses. One issue I find that is common to many of those companies is a lack of supervisory training. Of course that is unfortunately all too common with larger companies as well. We promote people to those positions often without any preparation. It is as …

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Steps to Stay Out of Trouble Caused by Supervisors

  As I wrote about yesterday supervisors are a hotly contested issue. But we have all known that for quite a while. Supervisors are the closest managerial representative to the employees. The have significant influence over employees, hopefully for good, but not always. So here are steps to stay out of trouble caused by supervisors. …

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Does Interviewing Measure Sight Reading?

If you don’t play music you may not know what sight reading is, as I didn’t. Seth Godin wrote a short blog post called Sight Reading, where he relates that when he was young he did not practice his music lessons. He said “I was so good at sight reading that while I was truly …

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Don’t Assume an Employee Knows the Rules

In my many years of consulting with small companies I have seen a lot of mistakes be made by employers, but I have probably not seen as many as defense attorneys have seen. I was reading a post by attorney Daniel Schwartz entitled Things Employment Lawyers Don’t Want to Hear. Very interesting and I recommend …

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Skill Shortage? Stop Complaining and Do SOMETHING!

In a recent issue of the Atlanta Business Chronicle writer Randy Sutherland reported on a panel discussing the hiring situation in the Atlanta area. In a panel discussion called “Jobs of the Future” at the Atlanta SHRM conference the panelist talked about the fact that despite high unemployment there remain over 2000 high tech jobs …

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