Liza and her husband, James (not their real names), own a successful small business. A few years ago they got hit with the perfect storm–a personal crisis, the recession, Liza’s undiagnosed thyroid problem and depression.
Liza’s depression made it all the more difficult to recover from the personal crisis and the recession. Predictably, the business suffered. Liza, who does the bookkeeping and content writing for the graphic design business said, “During the years I battled depression, a lot of the writing had to be done by a contractor. That meant more money out the door. The bookkeeping suffered tremendously as well. I got more and more behind because I could only do the bare minimum. Sales taxes got filed late, statements didn’t get reconciled for months, receipts and expenses stacked up and didn’t get entered into the accounting program. A lot of our invoicing was done haphazardly and I’m sure we just didn’t bill some of our clients at all.”
To keep reading, click here: Is Depression Crippling Your Business?
You hire an HR department to keep you from making stupid decisions regarding employees, right?
Well, there are some companies that need to do a little bit better job with the the Human part of Human Resources. Here are the top HR Fails of 2013.
To read the list, click here: Top 9 HR Fails of 2013
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, managers start thinking about what gifts to get their employees. (And for the record, presents only flow downward, not upward. Your employees should not be expected to purchase you a gift and you should put a stop to it if one of your people is trying to bully their peers into getting something for you.) But, what to buy? What do people actually want?
Well, money. Most people want a raise and a bonus. The latter is not seen as a present, and bonus may or may not be seen that way. If the bonus is tied to performance, it’s not a present. It’s part of a compensation package.
Nevertheless, people like money. If your budget is too low to give people meaningful raises, here are some ideas, gleaned from real, actual humans, and not marketers. You’ll notice some are contradictory. This isn’t bad editing on my part. It’s reality. Get to know your employees!
To see the list, click here: What Do Employees Want for Holiday Gifts? We Asked Them
I have worked for a group home company for 11 years. I started off with the boss when he owned a few homes now the company has grown. I have always worked overnights. For some reason I seem to bring out the worst jealousy in people, especially women. That is why I work nights alone.
I come to work on time everyday, do my job to the best of my ability to a point where it seems I am the only one doing the overnight cleaning etc. and I am constantly bashed by an administrator at the head office my boss now has. There are house cleanliness checks done on days I work, but hardly ever other overnights where nothing is done. They nitpick always to find something wrong no matter how much I scrub, scrape, type and file.
The manager lead person now also has jealous tendencies reporting false accusations. They put up cameras 2 years ago and I am written up every other week for anything — that I sat down, that I was not in view of camera, that I opened cupboards, or even that I didn’t smile at the meeting or that I looked at my phone. I am constantly abused by the coordinator yelling ‘look at me when I’m speaking to you!’ She clearly has a deep rooted hatred for me, almost like how dare you black b***.
My boss has been fed so many lies and negativity that he doesn’t even help or care about me anymore. We were very close at one time while he was building his company now I’ve been just fed to the wolves whose only ambition is make my life a living hell. I feel if I go somewhere else it’s always like this for me.
To read the answer, click here: What to do when your boss picks on you
Would you like to help out a grad student? She’s the daughter of a friend of mine. If you do, then take a couple minutes to take this survey. She needs responses by Friday, December 6.
A Swiss referendum to cap executive pay at 12 times the lowest paid employee’s salary has failed, rather dramatically, with 65 percent of the population voting against it. Hopefully this will be a signal to the rest of the world that this is a bad idea.
Sure, it sounds fair that no one should earn more in a month than someone else in the company earns in a year — the idea being that with such a restriction the wealth would be spread around a bit more. John D. Sutter at CNN
called for the U.S. to examine the idea of limiting the wage gap between the highest and lowest paid. He is in favor of “tethering top executive pay to SOME sort of concrete metric,” which, he argues “might stop American execs from floating further into the stratosphere.”
Sooner or later, as a business owner, you’ll have to fire someone. Sometimes it’s easy: When you catch someone trying to force a company copy machine into the trunk of his car, it’s really easy to say, “You’re fired!” Most of the other times, it’s not that easy. In fact, it’s really hard.
And sometimes the people you fire are your friends, or friends of people in your office. I received this email from the human resources manager of a small business. She wrote:
I am the HR person–as well head of all things admin–at a small nonprofit. We have a new executive director, and he plans to fire a colleague who I’ve socialized with quite often. I agree that he is justified in firing her: she is certainly not a stellar employee, and has been warned before; and as a manager, I’ve fired people like her. He has never fired anyone before, and I am going to give him some advice. One piece of advice I would normally give is to have a second person in the room–but in this case, I am the only obvious second person, and I am concerned that my presence will hurt more than it will help. What do you advise? For anyone conducting a firing meeting alone, what is your advice for lawsuit avoidance?
To keep reading, click here: How to fire a friend
A good party needs lots of food, alcohol, a great band, and really awesome door prizes, right?
Well, no. Not only are those things expensive, but they aren’t even appreciated by all of your staff. For instance, did you know that you have staff members who would rather stick pins in their eyes than spend a Friday evening with the boss? Even though, you, yourself, are fabulous, it’s still true.
Regardless of whether or not your staff wants a party, they do want the recognition that everyone has worked hard and accomplished a lot. And a holiday party, or end-of-year party, or whatever-you-want-to-call-it party, is a great way to show how much you care about your employees. Here are five ways to have a great holiday party without breaking the bank.
To keep reading so you can plan your fabulous part, click here: How to throw a great holiday party — cheap!
Women want to help other women succeed. It’s why we have special mentoring groups, and “Women in Business” lunches, right? Theoretically, and maybe on a conceptual level. But, studies suggest that women don’t like to compete with women who are younger and prettier than they are.
But who is making the hiring decisions? Actual hiring decisions are made by front line managers, who are usually a pretty good mix of males and females. But, who decides what resumes actually make it to the managers? That’s where HR and recruiters come into the mix.
When researchers sent a pretty woman
(defined as a woman with ”low waist-to-hip ratio, clear skin, large breasts”) wearing a short skirt and low cut blouse into a room with other women, the results were pretty awful. The women reacted with, what the researchers described as, hostility. The attractive woman didn’t say anything rude, or even try to do anything to the other women in the room, but the comments about her were overwhelmingly negative.
To keep reading, click here: Are other women the cause of the glass ceiling?
(MoneyWatch) As someone who’s written about careers for a very long time, I get a lot of people asking me to please tell them why their resume isn’t landing them a job. In fact, I got the following email this morning:
I read your article about how to write a resume that would get a job interview and liked it very much. I am a recent MBA graduate and have started looking for a job in July. I have applied for about 44 job postings and have not received not one reply — not even a comment. I really appreciate your help. Could you please have a look at my resume and tell me you impression?
I would not have asked you if I didn’t feel stuck. Your kind help is highly appreciated.
To read the answer to the question (have you guessed that there is a new editor at MoneyWatch who doesn’t like the “Dear EHRL format?), click here: Your resume is not the problem (update: link fixed)