Monthly Archives: August 2011

TOUGH DAYS AHEAD FOR MANAGERS WHO DON’T WANT TO BE LEARNERS

Today’s “squeeze economy,” in which we’re trying to get more out of everybody and everything, without having to pay for it, put managers under overwhelming pressure to perform. What can you do about it? Keep growing and pushing yourself to work on your “highest and best use.” Focus on those “A activities” that produce bottom-line… Read more »

RECENT DOL DISABILITY VIOLATION ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITIES: EMPLOYERS, BEWARE!

Here are four recent cases in which the Department of Labor went after companies for ADA violations. These settlements are far lower than if private counsel were litigating the suits and interested in a big jury verdict (which average more than $200,000): EEOC Sues Tideland EMC for Disability Discrimination The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission… Read more »

SETTING UP A SALES COMPENSATION PLAN

Sales compensation can be a tricky affair to master. Any plan should answer these basic questions: What’s your overall goal? What is working and not working about the current plan? What do you need to eliminate or improve and what should you exploit further? Who is involved in designing the plan? Who can impact the… Read more »

UNDERSTANDING THE VALUE OF GREAT HR

One of the career challenges HR executives face is being able to articulate the bottom-line difference they can make. In part, this is because very few of them focus on making those types of distinctions as their activities are non-strategic in nature. I recently became engaged to help hire a high-end HR executive who will… Read more »

SLEEP DEPRIVATION: A RECIPE FOR A HEALTH DISASTER

Today’s society carries an unrealistic expectation, if not demand, for individuals to fit more and more into their lives. The often teetering balancing act between work and everyday life causes many to defer sleep to get everything that’s expected of them done. Late nights and early mornings can be a recipe for a health disaster…. Read more »

INCOME GROWTH DICTATES NEED FOR MORE LIFE INSURANCE COVERAGE

Many people fail to realize that when they accomplish goals like earning more money and achieving a higher standard of living, they increase their need for Life insurance. That’s because Life insurance provides support for your dependents if you die prematurely. It allows your family to maintain the same standard of living they have become… Read more »

INDIVIDUAL HEALTH INSURANCE: KNOWING WHAT YOU’RE GETTING AND FIGURING OUT WHAT YOU NEED

Although most Americans with Health insurance are covered under an employer’s plan, there are still many employers that don’t have Health insurance offerings. Workers of companies not offering insurance are left to find and purchase their own private individual health insurance directly from an insurer. There are actually several advantages to purchasing private individual health… Read more »