When you enter college, you do so with the hope of learning a few things that will lead to a fabulous career. Looking back, the courses that helped us the most may not have been the ones we’d thought would be important when we were in school. I asked 10 small business leaders and entrepreneurs what college course helped them most over the years. Here are their responses:
To find what courses are awesome, click here: The Most Valuable College Classes for Small Business Leaders

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How to survive in an imperfect work environment

by Evil HR Lady on October 20, 2014

Every job has its downsides. Perhaps it’s too many hours, or an annoying co-worker, or a nit-picky manager, or something else that just annoys you. The grass always looks greener on the other side, but it isn’t always.

The reality is, all of us work in an imperfect work environment. The trick is making it work for you. (Now, if your job isn’t merely imperfect, but causing you mental or physical health problems, you should focus on finding a new job so you can get out.) Here are some ideas for surviving:

To read the ideas, click here: How to survive in an imperfect work environment


Want success? Behave like a rich person

by Evil HR Lady on October 17, 2014

Have you ever looked around and wondered why you’re working a lousy job while someone else has a much better job, and therefore, a lot more money? Who hasn’t. But still, it makes you wonder: Is it simply luck? Was the other person born into better circumstances, or have an uncle who opened doors?

Of course, those are possible explanations, but behavioral differences also separate the rich from the poor. Take, for instance, dieting. Rich people are more likely to change their diet and exercise more when they need to lose a few pounds, while poor people are more likely to take diet pills, according to a recent study in the Journal of Preventative Medicine, which found that your economic status plays a strong roll in how you tackle a weight problem. The Atlantic described the results as follows:

To keep reading, click here: Want success? Behave like a rich person


To Share or Not to Share

by Evil HR Lady on October 16, 2014

What items gathered during the recruitment process can I share with others? We require approval from several parties before making an employment offer, and I am concerned that we may be sharing confidential information when “check complete” should be enough. The following items are obtained during our pre-employment screening: drug screen results, Office of Inspector General search results, criminal background results, CPS results, references, driving history and pay stubs from previous employers (used to verify salary).

To read the answer, click here: To Share or Not to Share


Your company may have non-compete clauses, and in some cases, I support those. After all, you don’t want your top widget salesman to leave today and go to the competitor widget maker and take all your clients with him, but what about the guy that makes your sandwiches? Should he have a non-compete clause in his contract?

The Huffington Post reports that sandwich restaurant Jimmy John’s makes their entry level people sign a non-compete agreement that is surprisingly broad. It’s not just that employees can’t walk directly across the street and accept a job from Subway, they are limited for two years from working for any restaurant that derives 10 percent or more of their revenue from sandwiches or similar, if that restaurant is within a 3 mile radius of a Jimmy John’s. As article author Dave Jamieson says, “It isn’t clear what sort of trade secrets a low-wage sandwich artist might be privy to that would warrant such a contract. A Jimmy John’s spokeswoman said the company wouldn’t comment.”

To keep reading, click here: Jimmy John’s serves up a lesson on how not to treat your employees


How to prevent distracted driving at work

by Evil HR Lady on October 14, 2014

If you’re not a bus driver, long- distance trucker or a taxi driver, you probably don’t think about driving at work much. After all, your job is to do something else, not to drive.

But a lot of us drive for work all the time, even if it’s not a core function. Salespeople going from customer to customer, a receptionist picking up lunch for the office, a team leader driving across town for a meeting with another group are all driving while working.

And that means your company needs to be concerned about distracted driving.

To keep reading, click here: How to prevent distracted driving at work

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What to do when your coworkers are gross

by Evil HR Lady on October 13, 2014

Life is gross, but sometimes your coworkers make it even more disgusting than it has to be. If you have a colleague who picks his teeth during meetings, cuts her toenails at her desk, or does any number of yucky things, what can you do?

If you’re the boss, of course, it’s your responsibility to speak up and to stop the gross behavior. But if you’re a colleague, you have no authority over the germ-covered person in the next cube. Speaking up can be tricky. Here’s what you should and should not do to address the problem:

To keep reading click here: What to do when your coworkers are gross


5 Ways to Make Your Employees Love You

by Evil HR Lady on October 10, 2014

You want employees who are loyal and work hard. You want them to trust you and follow your vision. And most of all, you want employees who will help your business grow. How do you do this?

It’s really easy. I’ll give you five examples–drawn from real life–of how to turn your angry, sullen workers into ones who love you.
To read the hints, click here: 5 Ways to Make Your Employees Love You


Being the boss means that you will have the opportunity to provide references for your former employees. Some companies ask that you just verify dates and titles and others want to question you about your former (or sometimes current) employee. Lots of companies have policies requiring people to keep their mouths shut, but others allow their managers to speak freely. Lots of people think references are illegal (they aren’t). Which policy should you adopt?

I asked several labor and employment lawyers what they think. Here are their responses

To keep reading, click here: You Former Employees Want a Reference, Here Is What Your Attorney Thinks About That


Mormon Leaders’ Guide to Success

by Evil HR Lady on October 8, 2014

If you want success, look at those who have succeeded. Unlike other churches, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ leadership doesn’t come through the ranks of full time clergy. There are no paid local leaders, so church leaders are also leaders in business, education, military, and all other walks of life. Therefore, not only can they provide spiritual guidance but good advice for running your start-up.

If you were on Twitter over the weekend, you might have seen #ldsconf trending and for good reason. This past weekend was the semi-annual LDS General Conference, held in Salt Lake City, Utah, and broadcast all over the world. In 12 hours of meetings, Mormon leaders taught principles that can bring happiness and success in life–and business.

Here are some ideas that can be implemented in your life and at your work to make things better.

“May we be a little more thoughtful, and a little kinder,” President Thomas S. Monson. President Monson is the President and Prophet of the LDS Church, and is well known for his focus on taking care of others. Sometimes as the boss, it’s easier to just scream and yell at our employees so that they know we mean business and they better get it done, but research shows that a little kindnessgoes a long way. Remember, that’s another human you’re talking too.
To keep reading, click here: Mormon Leaders’ Guide to Success