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Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

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“In my last job it was dog-eat-dog. In my present job, it’s the exact opposite.” ” – Mitch Daniels. President, Purdue University. At work, so often we think “On my next job, things will all be better.

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Request a “Mental Health Day”? Do Not Use that Phrase

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“The frequent attempt to conceal mental pain increases the burden: It is easier to say “My tooth is aching” than to say “My heart is broken.”. – C. Lewis. ACTUAL CASE HISTORY : Last month an article entitled “How to Ask for a Mental Health Day” appeared in the Wall Street Journal, written by “Work & Life” columnist Sue Shellenbarger. Sue is a well known and well regarded writer on matters of “Work & Life.” I respect and admire her very much.

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Happy New Year

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To All of Our Blog Readers, Friends, Clients and Colleagues: “Our BEST WISHES for a Healthy, Safe and Peaceful NEW YEAR”. Thank you so very sincerely for making 2018 – our ELEVENTH year of publication – successful beyond our expectations.

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Happy Kwanzaa

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Kwanzaa is derived from the Swahili phrase “matunda ya kwanzaa,” which means “first fruits of the harvest.” ” It is a celebration of family, community and culture of those of African descent worldwide, celebrated from December 26 through January 1 of each year.

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Merry Christmas

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To all our Readers, Friends and Colleagues, regardless of faith: Our Best Wishes to You and Your Family for a Very Merry Christmas. This holiday is one we have all come to identify with as a time of joy, a time of giving, a time of wonder, and a time of warmth.

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Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

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“A nick here, a nick there. pretty soon you are bleeding to death.” ” – Arthur Ashe, Pro Tennis Player (describing the tennis style of John McEnroe). Everyone has their own way of “negotiating.”

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Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

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“The Supreme Court has ruled that they cannot have a nativity scene in Washington, D.C. This wasn’t for any religious reason. They just couldn’t find three wise men and a virgin.” ” – Jay Leno. In this “holiday season,” let’s remember that “holiday” is derived from “holy day.”

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TRENDS @ WORK – Bully Boss’ed is the New “MeToo”

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Bully Boss’ed is the New “MeToo”. It’s a trend, and a growing trend: the workplace is becoming more uncivil, at times hostile, and more often than we’d like, downright brutal.

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Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

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“Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right or better.” ” – John Updike. At work, whether engaged in simple or complex tasks, as part of mundane or artistic assignments, put care into what you do.

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Happy Hanukkah

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On This First Night of Hanukkah – A Message for all our Friends, Regardless of Faith: Hanukkah celebrates the miracle of “the light,” the miracle that it exists, and the miracle that it endures. Each of us can be a “light unto the world” in our own lives.

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Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

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“If the world seems cold to you, kindle fires to warm it.” ” – Lucy Larcom. Whether it is the temperature outside, or the way others seem to treat you, the cold can make you feel downright uncomfortable, and tempted to withdraw inside yourself.

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For Thanksgiving Day:

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“On many holidays, we celebrate our independence. On Thanksgiving, we acknowledge our dependence.”. – William Jennings Bryan. 2018 Alan L. Sklover All Rights Reserved. Commercial Use Prohibited

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Sklover’s Thought for the 2019 Work Year

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I’m walking into 2019 with a clear heart and mind. If you owe me, don’t worry about it — you’re welcome. If you’ve wronged me, it’s all good — lesson learned. If you’re angry with me, you won — I’ve let it go. If we aren’t speaking, it’s cool — I wish you well. If I’ve wronged you, I apologize — it wasn’t intentional. I am grateful for every experience that I received. Life is too short for pent up anger, holding grudges, and. needless stress or pain. I welcome 2019.

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Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

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“When someone tells me ‘no’ it doesn’t mean I can’t do it. It simply means I can’t do it with them.” ” – Karen E. Quinones. I can attest to having this experience maybe 100 times in my life.

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Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

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“When life is sweet, say thank you and celebrate. When life is bitter, say thank you and grow.” ” – Unknown. So simple. So simply put. So simply applied. And so true. Whether at work, at home, or elsewhere, bear in mind that the darkness is the messenger of the coming light.

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Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

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“People forget the years and remember the moments.” ” – Ann Beattie. It’s quite something. I bet you remember the moment you received your last job offer, and, too, the moment you received your most recent promotion. The years in between? Well, they seem to go by in a blur.

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Work for Hire – Key Words & Phrases

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What is meant by: “ Work for Hire ”? A “work for hire” (or “work made for hire”) is an item of creative content that was made on the job. Examples include written works, data analyses, visual presentations, songs, computer code and programs, and useful forms and booklets.

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Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

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“Winning without fighting is the best of skills.” ” – Sun Tzu. This proverb is truly the essence of what I offer on this blogsite. It is precisely what I espouse for employees at work: fighting is costly, causes damage, and employers generally have greater resources to fight.

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“You expect me to believe THAT??!!”

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Coffee was a perk; now it’s a grind. According to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, employees are being given more choices than ever regarding the varieties of coffee provided for free by their employers at work. And, they are complaining about it more than ever before.

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Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

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“Outer order contributes to inner calm.” ” – Gretchen Rubin. Got a few minutes waiting for a phone call? Arrived at the office a little early due to light traffic? Perhaps you came into the office on a Saturday to retrieve something.

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A Note to Our Jewish Friends.

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Our Best Wishes to all. Our Friends of The Jewish Faith – and all others, too – for a Sweet, Happy, Healthy, Safe and. Prosperous New Year. 2018 Alan L. Sklover All Rights Reserved. Commercial Use Prohibited

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Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

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“Set a goal so big that you can’t achieve it until you grow into the person who can.” ” – Zig Ziglar. There’s nothing like a great challenge, an outsized goal, a vision both clear and far from today, to light a fire under your chair. Like shooting for the stars.

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Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

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“It is only the farmer who faithfully plants seeds in the Spring who reaps a harvest in the Autumn.” ” – B. Forbes.

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Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

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“Either you run the day, or the day runs you.” ” – Jim Rohn. At work, achievement counts. Yet we have to make time for personal, family and unexpected matters, too.

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Expense Reports Are Ending Careers Like Never Before

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— Danger Ahead: Expense Reports Are Ending Careers Like Never Before —.

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Expense Reports Are Ending Careers Like Never Before

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— Danger Ahead: Expense Reports Are Ending Careers Like Never Before —.

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Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

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A Native American Chieftain was asked which animal was in his soul. He answered “Two Dogs. One is loving, honest and faithful, the other is evil, dishonest and disloyal. They fight a lot.”

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Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

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A Native American Chieftain was asked which animal was in his soul. He answered “Two Dogs. One is loving, honest and faithful, the other is evil, dishonest and disloyal. They fight a lot.”

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Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

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“People who enjoy meetings should not be in charge of anything.” ” – Thomas Sowell. How true!

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Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

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“People who enjoy meetings should not be in charge of anything.” ” – Thomas Sowell. How true!

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A Note to Our Jewish Friends.

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Our Best Wishes to all. Our Friends of The Jewish Faith – and all others, too – for a Sweet, Happy, Healthy, Safe and. Prosperous New Year. 2018 Alan L. Sklover All Rights Reserved. Commercial Use Prohibited

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We’re pleased to offer another new “Model Letter”:

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“Complaint of FMLA Interference and Retaliation to U.S.

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We’re pleased to offer another new “Model Letter”:

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“Complaint of FMLA Interference and Retaliation to U.S.

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Boilerplate – Key Words & Phrases

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In contracts, what is meant by: “ Boilerplate ?”. Often people refer to certain provisions of an agreement as “boilerplate.” For example, it is quite common that a client will say to me “The agreement I need you to review is mostly boilerplate, so it should not take long to review.”.

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Boilerplate – Key Words & Phrases

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In contracts, what is meant by: “ Boilerplate ?”. Often people refer to certain provisions of an agreement as “boilerplate.” For example, it is quite common that a client will say to me “The agreement I need you to review is mostly boilerplate, so it should not take long to review.”.

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Labor Day

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“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”. – Ralph Waldo Emerson. Labor, work, toil or endeavor. Strain, struggle, travail or exertion. No matter what you call it, it comes from within.

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Labor Day

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“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”. – Ralph Waldo Emerson. Labor, work, toil or endeavor. Strain, struggle, travail or exertion. No matter what you call it, it comes from within.

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Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

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“If wool shrinks when you wash it, why don’t sheep get smaller when it rains?” ” – Unknown. We’re now in the last week of August. What most of us consider summertime is soon to come to an end. Here’s a silly little quote, but one that might, just might, give you a little laugh.

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Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

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“If wool shrinks when you wash it, why don’t sheep get smaller when it rains?” ” – Unknown. We’re now in the last week of August. What most of us consider summertime is soon to come to an end. Here’s a silly little quote, but one that might, just might, give you a little laugh.

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Make a “Go File”. Pleeeeeze

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Workplace Negotiating Insight No. 16: Make a “Go File”. Pleeeeeze. Observe and Learn: Life is unpredictable, and workplace life is especially unpredictable. You need to be prepared.

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Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

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“There are times when being strong is the only option.” ” – Adam Scythe. At work and elsewhere, sometimes what is happening to you, and going on around you, seem so very painful and hard to endure. You can cry, you can run and you can hide.

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Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

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“One can pay back the loan of gold, but one dies forever in debt to those who are kind.” ” – Mayan Proverb. Kindness is a variable blend of being friendly, generous and considerate. It is a unique act in a moment’s time, as well as a quality of character that lasts a lifetime.

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Election Day

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“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”. – Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. I don’t care what anyone says: though politics may be corrupted by big money, full of egotistical grandstanders, or stuck in a gridlock, voting is important. The idea that, no matter how much or little money a person has, no one has more than one vote, is just so extraordinarily powerful.

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