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Urge employees to shop smart

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You can lecture workers all day about spending the company's money wisely, but your entreaties may fall upon deaf ears. Here's a cleverer, more memorable approach: quote others.

Tom Waits, the musician, wrote a song called "Eyeball Kid" about an unscrupulous promoter. Cite a line from that song, "Cry right here on the bottom line," to warn employees to resist high-pressure tactics from vendors and suppliers.

All of us make irrational or inconsistent buying decisions from time to time. If an employee isn't applying sound logic when weighing a big purchase, cite humorist Dave Barry's observation, "American consumers have no problem with carcinogens, but they will not purchase any product, including floor wax, that has fat in it."


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