Advice

Ask the HR Lady: Are Tatoos Taboo?

Posted by on Sep 12, 2011 in Advice, Managing Employees | 0 comments

HR Lady:  We own a restaurant and have a strict “no tattoo” policy.  We feel that tattoos might offend some of our guests.   There’s a worker I really want to hire, but she has a tattoo.  Can I make an exception?  ~Tom, Missouri Dear Tom:  Tattoo policies are like any other policy.  You have to decide what kind of an organization you want to be and then that will answer your question.  The best example of how to treat policies is DaVita, Inc.  They are the largest independently owned kidney care company in the United States.  Their philosophy about their handbook and policies are that it’s a guideline, not a rule.  When you put it in that perspective,...

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5 Ways to Have a Better Morning

Posted by on Aug 17, 2011 in Advice, Hate My Job; Burned Out | 0 comments

5 Ways to Have a Better Morning

In a perfect world, birds would sing on our window sill and we would greet them with a smile and a Cinderella-like “la la la”.  Enter, real life mornings.  Amid the craziness of alarm clocks, lunch packing, showering, hair combing, clients calling early, poopy diapers, spilled cereal milk, and shoes that suddenly don’t fit, there’s just gotta be a better way to get up and out the door in the morning. Here are 5 ways to have a better morning: 1.  Don’t scream at anybody.  Chaos just seems to create more chaos, so take a deep breath and whisper when you feel like yelling.  If you’re like me, you’ll whisper the vowels and...

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Living Your Purpose

Posted by on Aug 16, 2011 in Advice, Featured Articles, Hate My Job; Burned Out, Live Your Purpose | 0 comments

Living Your Purpose

In January 2011, the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) launched and one of the shows offered is a Master Class.  It’s basically famous, wise, insightful people who pass on their knowledge and wisdom to viewers.  Folks like Diane Sawyer, Simon Cowell, and the queen bee (Oprah) herself sat down and passed on some really great advice. The thing that struck me the most and has now changed my entire perspective on life is the concept of living one’s purpose.  It’s about more than a job, a paycheck, a marriage, a geographical location, a house, a car, a bank account, popularity, success, accomplishments, and all that.  Oprah said that one way to find your...

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Improve Your Circumstances

Posted by on Aug 1, 2011 in Advice, Featured Articles, Lunch & Learns! | 1 comment

Improve Your Circumstances

See those little bones on top of her skinny feet? I used to have those. 🙂 “Improve Your Circumstances”. This is what we all want, isn’t it?  From the guy making $100,000 a year to the person going to school and hoping for a job when they graduate.  We all want to improve our circumstances – it’s the American way.  The problem is, most folks don’t know how to do it.  Do you get a job or start a business?  It’s like standing on your tiptoes on the edge of a cliff – both seem risky and are heart pounding. The fact is, we let ourseoves become a nation of people who want someone else to provide us with work...

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Burned Out At Work: How to Fix It

Posted by on Jul 7, 2011 in Advice, Hate My Job; Burned Out | 0 comments

Burned Out At Work: How to Fix It

Check out this article on how to have a Vacation Day at Work.  Here’s an excerpt: So have you ever really needed a vacation day, but didn’t have any?  Fear not, frazzled friend.  There is a plan. First, consider momentarily those days when you worked like a person on meth.  (The good meth, not the watered down stuff that my crackhead relatives say the kids are smokin these days. )  These are the days when we say “I gave my employer 110%”.  And, truthfully, you probably did. It’s just a matter of math.    Here are a few ways that good employees earn a vacation day at work:  read more The reality is that we all get a little (or a lot) burned out...

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Ask the HR Lady: Best Way to Ask for a Raise

Posted by on Jun 29, 2011 in Advice, Pay | 0 comments

Ask the HR Lady: Best Way to Ask for a Raise

Dear HR Lady: I have been in my current job for about 6 months and need to make more money.  What’s the best way to ask for a raise?  ~ Cindy, Wyoming Dear Cindy: I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but you are more likely to eventually get fired than get a raise if you ask for one.  In today’s economy, all the negotiations for the first three years at your new job need to be done when you’re working out the job offer.  Once you have agreed to the terms of the job such as hours, pay, work location, etc., you need to be ready to live with that for at least 3 years before asking for a major change.  Any sooner, and you will likely spook your...

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