A Little “Ohm” Can Be Good for Business

A Little “Ohm” Can Be Good for Business

Q:   I recently interviewed for a position at a high-tech company.  Afterwards, I was given a tour of their swanky new building.  I was impressed but not surprised when shown conference rooms with oversize monitors, motion-detector lighting and well-stocked break...
Team Building on a Shoestring

Team Building on a Shoestring

Q:  I have a small staff of about 10 people, half of them have been with me for a while but the other half are fairly new.   I’d like for us to do a team-building activity but, like many small businesses we have no money set aside for this kind of thing.  Do you have...
Why Employers Should Give Workers Time Off to Vote

Why Employers Should Give Workers Time Off to Vote

Q:  I can tell that my employees are very interested in this election, and I am not sure what I should do regarding giving time off to vote.  What are my legal obligations as an employer?  What are some best practices? A:  Many states have rules requiring employers to...
Want to Bring Your Pooch to Work?

Want to Bring Your Pooch to Work?

Q:  Some of my employees have requested that we allow them to bring their dogs to work, citing Google and Ben & Jerry’s as examples of companies with a pet-friendly policy.  Although I’m a dog lover myself and I like the idea, I’ve resisted because I worry about...
Show Employees Where They Fit in the Big Picture

Show Employees Where They Fit in the Big Picture

Last week I wrote about younger workers’ career impatience and suggested ways employers could keep them engaged to stay longer. We discussed this generation’s need to “make a difference” and desire to know where they fit in.  I cited the  JFK and the janitor story...