Human Resources

Suggestions for managing employees, personnel protocol, and motivating fellow staffers.


A short course for print ad salespeople

September 13, 2017

During my early years selling print advertising, I thought everything I needed to accomplish could be labeled with words that began with the letter E. But eventually I learned that true success also depended on listening and having a specific reason for the prospect to buy that day.

How employers can make the workplace friendly to those with developmental disorders

September 13, 2017

It is estimated that more than 3.5 million Americans have an autism spectrum disorder. Although varying in degree, individuals with ASD can require several modifications to the workplace.

3 reasons your business should offer a retirement plan

September 13, 2017

Small business owners probably think they have enough headaches already, what with meeting payroll, dealing with government regulations and pleasing customers.

Millennials: Plan for retirement now or pay later

September 13, 2017

A study by the American Psychological Association reported that the group of Americans in their early 20s to late 30s came in at a 5.4 stress level on a scale of 1-10, higher than the American average of 4.9.

A lesson in bad leadership

September 13, 2017

Years ago, during a particularly hot and humid summer, I was concerned about people in the factory. So, I told the factory supervisor to see to it that plenty of bottled water was on hand.

3 positive ways to address employee mistakes

September 13, 2017

Even in the best-run organizations, things go wrong and employees mishandle their assigned tasks.

How to test possible employees

September 13, 2017

Q In this age of social media acronyms, finding people who can write a complete sentence without IMHOs, LOLs and ICMYIs is a challenge. We want to give applicants a try-out before hiring them. What do we need to know?

New administration brings new laws and challenges

March 13, 2017

The arrival of the 45th president, Donald J. Trump, and the 115th Congress brings the potential of many legal changes for community newspapers. Here are just a few.


Changes to ACA could come quickly with new Congress

March 13, 2017

Revisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, are slated for fast-track consideration in the 115th Congress.


Reprieve: Federal court puts a hold on new DOL overtime rule

December 7, 2016

On the eve of the first payrolls governed by changes in the Wage and Hour laws, community newspapers got a reprieve from a harsh new rule dictated by the U.S. Department of Labor. A federal court judge in Texas, Amos L. Mazzant III, issued a temporary injunction preventing an increase in the exempt salary threshold from going into effect on Dec. 1.


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