the power of cheery

happy employees make more (dollars and) Sense

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Oh! It’s them, not you, alright!

Experiencing high turn-over at the management level? Are they moving on up the food chain? Or maybe taking the plunge and starting a business? Yeah, it’s them alright … the people that you chose to hire. I know, you thought for once it wasn’t going to be your fault! Well, of course, it isn’t always your fault! The last person that could claim me as an employee (the greatest guy and boss in the world, by the way) had no way of knowing that entrepreneurism is practically a religious belief in my family. But, sometimes (sorry) you are the problem.

Hiring can be hard. Especially in a small office where you are spending a lot of time with these folks – you want to like them! That’s not the problem. You can like them. However, they can’t be just like you. They need to have skill sets that do not overlap your own. And they definitely need to have goals that don’t mimic yours – because if they do and you are surprised when the go into business for themselves – well, Sherlock, maybe you should be reading a blog that explains the “if it walks like a duck” adage.

So, if this is a problem you are experiencing, take a step back. Create an accurate job description and then make a list of the skills that would match up. Then create a “skill set” wish list. Now you are ready to start interviewing with a clearer focus of hiring the right person – the one who might want to do well and stick with it!

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No Chance to Advance? Think sideways.

In many small office situations there simply is no next rung on the ladder. This can create a stale work environment; and lead to a good employee getting a “wandering eye”. The thing to do is think sideways!

I know that more work sounds like the last thing any employee would want but the truth is more responsibility, more ownership, more creative latitude could be just what the business coach ordered!

Everyone likes to use their talents and skills. So your job, as the boss, is to find a niche that fits. Bring them in on annual planning. Give them some ownership in merchandising. Ask for their input on customer service. Appreciation and work fulfillment are strong anchors. Engaging your employee’s creative side will make them much more likely to stick with you and not look elsewhere..

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The IRS spends God knows how much of your tax money on these toll-free information hot lines staffed by IRS employees, whose idea of a dynamite tax tip is that you should print neatly. If you ask them a real tax question, such as how you can cheat, they’re useless. So, for guidance, you want to look to big business. Big business never pays a nickel in taxes, according to Ralph Nader, who represents a big consumer organization that never pays a nickel in taxes…

Dave Barry (1947 - )

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