BMD Editors

Before you sell, trade in or scrap your office copier, consider this: Copiers—especially the newer models—are in fact highly sophisticated computers that can be a security risk all on their own.

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Q. We’re considering hiring a woman from Canada to sell our products in Canada. We have no idea how to start the process of hiring a foreign worker. Suggestions?

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At Pixar, the movie studio behind blockbusters such as “Toy Story” and “Cars”, Ed Catmull cultivated a culture in which filmmakers could share ideas and opinions in a free-flowing, nonthreatening manner. He devised the Braintrust, a regular series of management meetings where the primary purpose is straight talk.

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Q. Our smoking area is outside our building, but the smoke seems to be drifting into the ventilation system. An employee who is super-sensitive to smells has complained. Can we move smokers to their vehicles? Do we even need to provide a place for smokers onsite?

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Imagine you’re a star NFL halfback making $10 million a year. One day you find out that your team’s star fullback, who produces at the same level, makes $5,000 a year more than you—that’s just .0005% more. It’s an absurdly small drop in the bucket, yet you would want to know why he’s making more, wouldn’t you?

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Q. We have a couple of workers who keep getting “negative dilute” results of drug tests. Our policy is to not accept the result and to retest. Can we require the retest to be an observed collection?

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Chances are, you’ll have to part ways with a vendor someday. There are specific steps you can take to make it less painful for everyone.

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You’ve just hired a new employee. She uses a powered chair. You know she can do the work, but you’re concerned with how she’ll fit in with the team. Here are a few tips on how to make everyone feel more comfortable,

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Skills, experience and attitude usually top the list of attributes sought in a job candidate. But for Rob Daley, CEO of 4moms, a Pittsburgh-based baby products maker, humility comes high on that list, too.

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While the widening pool of potential recruits is good news for managers, it underscores the importance of conducting an interview that attracts the best candidate.

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