Monthly Archives: November 2013

New TFW Spokesdog

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THREE WAYS SUCCESSFUL LEADERS FIGHT DISENGAGEMENT

When Jim Collins, author of Good to Great and other excellent books, spent some time among West Point cadets, he came away with additional insights into the characteristics of successful leaders. Based on this experience, he wrote an article in Inc. magazine that describes a three-part formula for successful leadership in the workplace. Here’s an… Read more »

A FEW THOUGHTS ON HIRING LOW-WAGE WORKERS

Work is as meaningful as we decide to make it, no matter the business we’re in. If your company has low-wage workers, follow these guidelines to hire – and retain –quality employees: See the lifetime value of a worker in the same way that marketers evaluate the lifetime value of a client. Brand your company… Read more »

SUPERVISOR’S COMMENTS LEAD TO AGE DISCRIMINATION SUIT

In a case that illustrates how a supervisor’s ill-advised comments can come back to haunt a company, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently revived a discrimination case by an older employee who had been laid off. In Sharp v. Aker Plant Services Group, Inc., the plaintiff accused his employer of age… Read more »

EDITOR’S COLUMN: ON BEING STUPID

The college football world was rocked at the beginning of this season by the possibility that its shining star, Johnny Football” Manziel, last year’s freshman Heisman trophy winner, might have to sit out the season because he violated NCAA guidelines by selling his autograph. Luckily for everyone, the issue has gone away – at least… Read more »

DEBRIS REMOVAL INSURANCE: PICKING UP THE PIECES

If a windstorm, fire, or other catastrophe ravages your building, property insurance will pay for repair and rebuilding, up to the amount of coverage. But what about the cost of clearing and disposing of debris before reconstruction begins? Your property policy provides a percentage of total coverage, often 25% of the direct loss plus 25%… Read more »

INTERNAL FRAUD: FIGHT BACK!

An industry seminar on fraud risk, prevention and response, found 778 internal fraud cases in 2012 (more than two a day!). These scams included fake billing, corruption, and expense reimbursement. Although the companies affected suffered minimal losses in more than half of these cases, their headaches came from private civil claims, potential government investigations, criminal… Read more »

CREATING AN APP? FOLLOW THESE GUIDELINES

The global market for mobile application technology should top $25 billion by 2015. If you’d like to get a piece of this action by developing and marketing an app, experts recommend that you take these steps: Follow the rules. Starting any business requires following a series of steps (from registration to hiring employees). These 10… Read more »

HO, HO, HO, HOST LIQUOR LIABILITY

The holidays are almost upon us and alcohol will be flowing at company parties throughout the land. Beware! If an employee or guest gets inebriated at a social function sponsored by your business and then injures another person, you could be held liable. Consider this scenario: After polishing off four eggnogs in an hour at… Read more »

THE ABC’s OF KEY PERSON INSURANCE

Key personnel tend to be one to two people that your company heavily relies on. These employees can be anyone from a partner to an operations manager or a site foreman. The contribution of these key personnel is essential to run your company. If one of the key personnel dies, where would you find the… Read more »