Don’t Bet on “Anything Goes” Regulation Change

I do expect some change to regulations on bullying and sexual harassment, but business owners and managers will still need to maintain a safe environment in the workplace.

Social Media: Things are Not Always What They Seem

With a new president who likes to tweet, this might be a good time to remember that for most job seekers, social media should be used with caution.

Your Biggest Job? Motivating Your Staff

Technology, inventory, logistics and more are critical to organizations of every kind. But the most important single item for owners and managers may be motivating your employees.

Toxic Employee: Stop It or Leave

It's human nature to ignore an unpleasant problem. But ignoring a toxic employee can bring down your entire workplace.

Don’t Try to Kill a Dragon With One Arrow

Procrastination and desperation are twins of management failure. If you wait until a problem is so bad only a massive effort seems likely to succeed, you may have already failed.

Seasons Change. So Do Laws and Regulations

It’s clear that the legal and regulatory climate of our world is changing. Whether you run a masonry firm or a medical office, the changes are everywhere.

Culture Eats Strategy for Lunch. Every Time. Everywhere.

Budgeting a little time to explain things at work can help build momentum and support. And those can make the difference in success and failure, ultimately the bottom line.

Rationalizing Shortcuts Can Bring an Expensive Disaster

It's easy to cut corners, but if you own or manage an organization, certain shortcuts should be avoided. Namely in policy and practice which may sound almost identical but are not.

Double Standards Never Work at Work

Even when someone at work is a pain, it's usually better not to come down harshly in front of others. Managers risk looking like the bad guy and undermining their own authority.

Insurance Parity: Make It Work For You

Sure, new regulations are not always great for businesses and even non-profit organizations. But mental health parity can be a long-term plus for organizations that utilize it.

Race and Religion Are Tough; Don’t Make Them Tougher

There's room for our differences in the workplace.

Battle for a “Safe” Workplace Continues to Evolve

Just as no means no, a safe environment means just that.

Stress Should be Recognized and Dealt With—Quickly

Stress is unavoidable, but that doesn't mean it should be tolerated more than necessary, even at work. Good leaders learn to recognize excessive stress and take steps to reduce it.

Workplace Bullies Are Bad, Really

Workplace bullying isn't going away soon so smart owners and managers will be prepared to deal with it. It's both the right thing to do and the smart business move.

Company Parties: Skip the Alcohol or Keep It Under Control

This time of year holiday parties often involve alcohol. That's fine, but if the drinking is part of a business or organization, you'll want to limit consumption to limit liability

Small Oversights Can Cause Big Management Problems

Small business owners and managers are especially prone to being overwhelmed by details. And yes, the devil really is in the details on many occasions. But not scheduling time for some strategic thinking can be an even bigger mistake.

Predatory Behavior—Formal or Not, You Must Watch for It

Business leaders, managers and owners don't need a degree in psychology, but it might help.

Individual Rights Likely to Continue as Workplace Trend

My advice to employers and managers is generally to first consider the issue of workplace fairness and try to avoid inserting their own personal beliefs. It's not easy either way, but mixing emotions with work can cause big problems for owners and managers.

Are You Building a Community, or an Organization?

Developing a sense of community in any organization is usually a plus, but keep in mind that a true community is a very difficult achievement. Most businesses and even non-profits ultimately must prioritize their organizational goals, otherwise they are likely to become a thing of the past.

Ethics for Supervisors: All for One or Else!

More than front-line workers, supervisors who are working against organization goals are really guilty of an ethical breach. Allowing it to continue is a cost you probably can't afford.

Ethics and Trust: Thresholds You Should Not Cross

Don't think that an employee's ethical lapse outside of work isn't relevant, or that questioning such behavior is old fashioned or out of place in today's business world.

Reduce Unnecessary Stress with a Little Talking, Listening

Helping your staff handle stress may be one of the most important things employers and managers do. There's a lot to consider, but the payoffs and penalties are significant.

Employee Conflict: Fighters vs. Flighters

Categorizing your workforce with this simple "psychology" may not be scientifically accurate, but it can help keep you sane.

Background Checks: Better Safe Than Sorry

Background checks are not always popular, but they can provide employers with critical insight as they make hiring decisions.

Keep Your Office Humming by Keeping Employees Engaged

It's hard to find time for things at work that don't demand instant attention. Nurturing your workforce is one of the most difficult, but it can pay dividends if you do it right, and kill your organization is you don't.

Absences at Work: More May Be at Stake Than You Think

Dealing with employees who are frequently “missing in action” can be a major challenge. Looking at it carefully can pay off for both you, your organization and your workers.

Racism and Allegations: Never Easy at Work

Racism and bigotry are alive and well, and their impact at work has hardly lessoned. Handling employee/employee issues requires all the skill you have.

Your Job Is Like a Stradivarius—Play It Well!

The economy is good and many may slide into taking their job for granted. That rarely is a good idea.

Don’t Take Anything for Granted!

Both employers and employees can easily fall into a habit of taking each other for granted. It's almost always a mistake. Good jobs and good workers are never easy to replace. Both parties need a plan to avoid this pitfall, starting with an effort to realistically value what they have.

Critical Mass Is Not Just for Physics Anymore

As an employer, you have the power to create a critical mass event in your organization and tailor it to fit your specific needs. The trick is to get as many people affected by the issue involved as possible.