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Book Review: A book of lessons on how to be a better boss

‘You Can’t Fire Everyone And Other Lessons from an Accidental Manager’ By Hank Gilman Penguin Portfolio $25.95 224 pages You catch more flies with honey than vinegar. As far as you can see, that old saying — a reminder that being nice works better than being a jerk — holds true for every boss you’ve… Continue Reading Book Review: A book of lessons on how to be a better boss

In the second management shakeup in a week, Ramtron’s CEO Bill Staunton has stepped down, to be replaced by Eric Balzer, the company’s current chief financial officer. Staunton resigned effective Monday, and the board named Balzer CEO, according to statements from the company released today. Balzer has been a director at Ramtron since 1998, and… Continue Reading Ramtron CEO resigns in second management shakeup in a week

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About 57 percent of employees surveyed in a LinkedIn and Right Management online poll say they regularly make suggestions about how to improve their workplaces. But the ideas apparently fall on deaf ears. “Our findings suggest a surprising number of employees go the extra mile by making suggestions in the workplace,” said Mark Schmitz, general… Continue Reading Workers have ideas – bosses don’t care

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The nation’s businesses are working to lift themselves out of the long and lingering effects of recession, and employees who were taken for granted during the lean years are poised for exodus — just as soon as the economy cooperates. And while talent retention is often overlooked during a down economy, as employers struggle to… Continue Reading Employee retention: A little appreciation goes a long way

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Leveraging intellectual property

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Effective asset management is a critical part of running a successful business. That message has been reinforced by the many middle-market companies with weak balance sheets which have succumbed to the weak economy and frozen credit market. A commonly overlooked asset is intellectual property. According to Dictionary.com, intellectual property is defined as original creative work… Continue Reading Leveraging intellectual property

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Employee compensation to rise this year

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The majority of senior executives and managers expect compensation to their subordinates to increase this year. More than three-quarters (77 percent) of business leaders expect to increase employee compensation, based on responses to a nationwide survey of 251 senior executives and managers conducted by NFI Research. More than half cite business conditions (57 percent) and… Continue Reading Employee compensation to rise this year

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CEOs held on to jobs last year

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More CEOs apparently held on to their jobs last year than in 2006 – despite the subprime lending fallout. Chief executive departures fell 8.3 percent from 2006’s record levels, say analysts from Challenger Gray & Christmas. Last year, 1,356 chief executives were relieved of their duties, down from nearly 1,478 during 2006. Of the exits,… Continue Reading CEOs held on to jobs last year

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Higher education in Colorado accounts for $4.25 billion in wages and salaries, according to a study released yesterday [630Kb pdf] by the Adams Group. The analysis counted 57,675 people working in higher education in Colorado, with another 39,888 indirect or induced jobs. The $4.25 billion figure comes from the assumption that the jobs pay the… Continue Reading State’s higher education creates $4 billion in wages and salaries

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November unemployment rate holds steady

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The nation’s unemployment rate held steady at 4.7 percent during November as employers continued to hire at a moderate pace, according to a Labor Department report released late last week. Employers added a net 94,000 jobs to their payrolls during November, down from an unexpected gain of 170,000 jobs during October. The jobless rate has… Continue Reading November unemployment rate holds steady

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Goodwill receives state staffing contract

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Goodwill Staffing Services has been awarded a contract from the State of Colorado to fulfill temporary staffing needs in El Paso and surrounding counties. Temporary employees may be hired to work at state-run colleges, correctional facilities, the Department of Revenue and the Forest Service. Goodwill Staffing Services is a division of Goodwill Industries of Colorado… Continue Reading Goodwill receives state staffing contract

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