Monthly Archives: October 2011

Oct 10, 2011  |   By Todd Stanton →

Workplace Bullies: Asking for Trouble

Raise your hand if you’re an abusive boss. Raise your hand if you’ve had an abusive boss. If my experience holds, a lot more hands went up in response to the second question than the first. I’ve found that the reason for this disparity is two-fold. First, one obnoxious manager can wreak havoc on the lives of several subordinates. Second, very few folks believe—or are     Continue reading

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Oct 10, 2011  |   By Todd Stanton →

“Employees? Why bother? I just use independent contractors!”

During a recent conversation with a local retailer, I asked him how many employees he had in his shop. He assumed a Cheshire grin… “Employees? Why bother?” he asked rhetorically. “I just use independent contractors. It simplifies everything.” “Really?” I prompted. He did not catch the sarcasm. “Sure,” he proudly continued, “All 1099s. I don’t have to worry about workers’ comp, unemployment, withholding, overtime –     Continue reading

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