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October 2013
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Top News

Compromise - An Important Word for Businesses
In light of the recent government shutdown as a result of Congress’ failure to agree on a budget for the new fiscal year, we wanted to highlight the importance of compromising as a necessary skill in business. While there is never a clear easy way to come to an agreement with an opposing party, there are certainly moves that will help you reach a compromise. We list a few essential tips for negotiating and remind you of a few common pitfalls in the negotiation process. Read more.

What Bosses REALLY Shouldn't Say
We have all heard some of the awkward and sometimes awful things coworkers have let slip, and even bosses have said some surprising words at times. However, these are typically not words that do damage over time. Sure, if you call your staff names, you are likely to hurt them, and that can result in legal proceedings and/or loss of your employees. But you may be saying things to your staff that actually do more damage than you think.
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Minimum Wage Increases by Location
There has been a long-running debate across the nation about increasing the minimum wage, and protests have recently sparked controversy among political groups and large corporations. While a Federal move has not recently been made, many local and state governments have raised the minimum wage in order to assist low-income workers. Most of the protests and recent wage increases have occurred in areas where the cost of living has risen greatly. However, new data shows that no place in the United States is affordable on just the minimum wage. Could this lead to more protesting and legislation?
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September Jobs Report
Due to the recent shutdown of our federal government, no Jobs Report was published for the month of September. However, there are still come statistics available from other non-government sources. Read more.


Management Matters

Learning to Listen Up!
Do you have those in your office that do not seem to listen to others’ ideas and opinions? Perhaps you listen, but are not listening actively or with full consideration of your speaker. In any case, bad listeners can pose issues for your team, and identifying those people and working with them (or on yourself!), can open up new possibilities for your business. Anita Clew offers a list of those bad listeners and how to deal with them. Read more.

Go Figure

  22 The number of days the last shutdown of the United States Federal Government lasted. This was from December 15, 1995 to January 6, 1996, and Bill Clinton was in the White House.  
 
Management Tip

  The last quarter of the year has begun...
and it is often the busiest season for many businesses! Make sure you remain clear on the goals your team must meet, and look out for those unexpected extra holiday days your staff may want. Use data to help visualize goals and ask for notice of vacation days!

Safety Rules

Building a Safety-Conscious Staff
No person enjoys getting hurt on the job, and injuries cost businesses millions of dollars each year. So, why is it that so many injuries still happen? The reason lies behind the fact that safety is not always a priority for many workers, and training workers on proper safety rules and regulations may be far down the to-do list for many business owners and managers. Cultivating a staff that is conscious of safety hazards and rules will prevent illnesses and injuries in your workplace. Read more.

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