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Q Our policy grants workers five sick days per year. Should we make sure employees aren't using these days for other purposes? —T.W., Maryland
Instill collaboration, not competition, among your staff.

Don’t JED on me

by on November 1, 2001 6:30pm
in Office Management

When you’re criticized, listen and digest the message.
An employee wants to confess wrongdoing or alert you to sensitive personnel or safety matters. But before opening up, the worker asks, “Can you keep this confidential?”
You can’t plan for everything, but futurist Watts Wacker says answering these questions is key to your business.
Futurist Alvin Toffler coined the term “information overload” in 1970. He got that one right.
Over the next six weeks, you’re probably going to throw a holiday party for your staff. Do your best to make it a happy memory.

Respect your privacy

by on November 1, 2001 9:00am
in Office Management

I’m buying a house. Instead of getting a mortgage, I’m paying for it in cash. I mentioned this to my boss, and now he’s told everyone I’m a fat cat with a big bank account.
Like clockwork, one of our employees always gets sick around this time as the going gets tough. I can’t afford to have that happen again this year. Ideas?

Give a little

by on November 1, 2001 9:00am
in Office Management

What do I do if a co-worker keeps pressuring me to donate to his charity?