On ObamaCare, Employers, and the Full-Time vs. Part-Time Decision

With full implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka ObamaCare) now within sight, every organization with a payroll and a modicum of good sense is getting serious about determining their strategy and tactics with respect to the act. Some have already decided to go ...

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Discretionary Effort: Why Wisconsin’s Governor (and Yours) May be Playing a Losing Game

Having already wrung needed and significant concessions from them, the newly elected Governor of Wisconsin has been making a rather poorly disguised effort to nullify the collective bargaining agreements and rights of various groups of state workers, principally teachers. As with nearly every ...

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Leadership Lessons From the Wisconsin Budget Crisis

Politicians of every stripe, particularly in the State of Wisconsin, are predictably getting into their respective corners over the degree and methods by which deficit spending should be reduced at the expense of government employees, particularly those who are unionized. It’s a serious matter ...

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On Mission, Motivation, and Discretionary Effort

This morning, as I watched TV coverage of the space shuttle Atlantis touching down at Edwards Air Force Base in California, I said a silent prayer of thanks for the safe return of the craft and crew. Today’s landing completed the 124th successful space shuttle flight (of 126 attempts). That’s ...

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Mad Cows in the Workplace

Over the past dozen years we’ve worked diligently to build a brand centered on the premise that treating people (workers) right yields better business outcomes. The evidence is irrefutable. Whether in good times or bad, companies like Marriott International, Wegman’s Foods, Chick-fil-A, Pebble ...

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