The True Value of Recruiting Services

Have you ever paid attention to car manufacturers’ ads?  They show you models that are loaded with extras and then entice you with prices that seem too good to be true – and they usually are.  Because what those numbers in bold print don’t include are all the fees, taxes and options that can literally… Read more »

Ways To Eliminate Negative Thinking

“Here we go again…” “Why does everyone else seem to have all the luck?” “What else could possibly go wrong today?” Admit it.  At one point or another, you’ve had thoughts like these.  I know I have.  But while it’s perfectly normal to occasionally fall prey to negative thoughts – especially after losing a job… Read more »

Tips for Ensuring Legally Defensible Performance Reviews

Implementing a faulty or sloppy employee review system can put your company at risk.  One misstep can lead a disgruntled employee to “pull the trigger” on a hairy lawsuit.  So as a responsible manager, how do you keep your company out of the crosshairs? Here is a quick list of best practices for ensuring your performance… Read more »

32 Tips for Using Facebook for Business

You probably know that Facebook is a great tool for keeping in touch with friends.  But did you know it’s also a great business tool?  Used properly, this social networking sight can help you market your products, connect with current and potential customers, and enhance your business image. If you want to use FB as… Read more »

New Ways of Doing Business in the Food and Beverage Industry

One of the only constants in our industry is change.  How will your business adapt to changes in consumer buying habits?  How will the radical changes that occurred in 2009 impact the future of your organization? Tony Perazzo, a partner in the San Francisco office of Grant Thornton, LLP, recently contributed his thoughts on the… Read more »

Action Steps to Overcome Procrastination Pitfalls

“If it weren’t for the last minute, I wouldn’t get anything done.” “Two rules of procrastination:  1.  Do it today.  2.  Tomorrow will be today tomorrow.” Although I can’t tell you who came up with these gems (authors are unknown), I can tell you this:  the quotes may be funny, but the consequences of habitual… Read more »

Reference Checking: Unexpected Questions May Yield More Candid Feedback

“I’m sorry, but all I can do is verify this person’s name, title and dates of employment.” Sound familiar? These days, getting an honest and reliable reference can be a real challenge.  HR is cautious.  Supervisors are too busy.  And often, the references provided are afraid or unwilling to give honest feedback.  So how do… Read more »

How to Make a Graceful Exit if You Lose Your Job

“Rightsizing.”  “Staff reduction.”  “Position elimination.” Regardless of what you call it, a layoff still hurts when it happens to you.  And in today’s economy, it seems to be happening far too often. But while you may not be able to control whether or not you lose your job, you can control how you handle the situation. … Read more »

Top Food and Beverage Industry Issues and Trends for 2010

It’s 2010 – time to flip the calendar, wipe the slate clean, and take a look ahead. To help you start off the new decade right, here is a summary of some of the biggest issues likely to impact the food and beverage industry this year: Increased Regulations.  The food safety bill means increased inspections… Read more »

Teambuilding: Seven Steps to Motivate & Improve Performance

Question:  What’s the one thing you can do to motivate employees, build camaraderie, and strengthen leadership – all while helping your staff understand company goals and vision? Answer:  Hold a team-building event.  It’s a great way to boost the morale and spirit of any group.  And (despite the collective groan I can hear echoing through… Read more »