Sklover Working Wisdom

Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

Sklover Working Wisdom

“A slim settlement is worth more than a fat lawsuit.” ” – Yiddish Proverb. Let this lawyer of 36 years tell you the truth: this proverb is quite wise. Or, as one lawyer once defined a lawsuit for me: “A lawsuit is a $200 court filing fee and a dream.”

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Al’s Perspective

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My View: “Not Paying Employees is Both A Crime and a Sin.”.

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Saint Patrick’s Day

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To All Our Friends Of Irish Descent, and All Who are Blessed with the Irish Spirit: “May you have all the happiness and luck that life can hold — And at the end of all your rainbows may you find a pot of gold.” ” Happy St. Paddy’s Day. from All of Us at. SkloverWorkingWisdom.com.

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Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

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“Throw yourself into some work you believe in with all your heart, live for it, die for it, and you will find happiness that you had thought could never be yours.” ” – Dale Carnegie. Hey, Al. easier said than done.” Yes, I know that.

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Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

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“When you stop doing things for fun, you might as well be dead.” ” – Ernest Hemingway. Don’t let the starkness – or darkness – of this quote hide its living message: Don’t forget to have some fun. Don’t ever stop doing things simply for the fun of it.

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Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

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“The time has come to worship with our lives as with our lips, in the streets as in the sanctuaries.” ” – Maurice Davis.

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Voluntary – Key Words & Phrases

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Be on the lookout for. Voluntary,” as in “Voluntary Departure,” “Voluntary Resignation” or “Voluntary Waiver”. You’re quite likely to find the word “voluntary” in several work-related legal documents. If you do notice it, that word may be very advantageous to you.

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Did You Read about Glassdoor.com.?

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Wall Street Journal Analysis: “Companies Game Glassdoor Rankings”. According to a recently published report by The Wall Street Journal, there’s good reason to doubt the credibility of Glassdoor employer rankings that so many employees use to decide which employers to work for.

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Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

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“The second kick of the mule can’t teach you anything more than the first kick should have.” ” – Farmer’s Proverb. Walking behind a mule is a dangerous mistake, and can result in a kick you won’t soon forget. Hopefully, you will have learned its lesson, and will not forget it.

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Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

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“No winter lasts forever. No spring skips its turn.” ” – Unknown Author. This time of year – especially in colder zones – we all start to get a bit buggy, impatient waiting any longer for the coming of the spring, bearing its special gifts of warmth, birdsongs and wild flowers. Have faith that this year, like every year before it, spring and its glories are eagerly on their way. At work, consider the spring’s arrival as a metaphor for “better days ahead.”

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Chinese New Year

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On This First Day of the Chinese New Year. – A Message for all our Friends, Regardless of Ancestry: Legend has it that in ancient times, Buddha asked all of the animals to meet him on Chinese New Year. Twelve came, and Buddha named a year after each one.

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Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

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“Never hesitate to charge hell with a bucket of water.” ” – Liz Carpenter. Aide to President Lyndon Johnson). sometimes it just takes near-crazy dedication, zeal, and enthusiasm to achieve your goals, even the biggest ones. People tell you that your dreams “Can’t be done”?

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

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“When I marched in Selma, I felt my legs were praying.” ” – Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. Every now and then there appears a person who reminds us of our highest aspirations.

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New Feedback

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Lately we have received a lot of wonderful feedback. hope you don’t mind our sharing one recent example with you: Dear Alan: I have been facing gigantic problems at my workplace for the last 5 years. My employer is very powerful. Your logic, intelligence and the structure of your thoughts has helped me during this difficult time. I finally defeated them with their own weapons. You saved me and saved many inhabitants of this country.

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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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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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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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Human Resources. Employee Relations. What’s the Difference?

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Question: Recently, a female colleague reported to my Department Head that she felt she was being harassed. I received an email from someone in “Employee Relations” asking that I meet with her to be interviewed as part of an investigation. What’s the difference between Human Resources (“HR”) and Employee Relations (“ER”)? She said she is a lawyer, but that she does not represent my employer. Could that be? Jessica. La Vergne, Tennessee. Answer: Dear Jessica: Your question is a very common one.

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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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New Feedback

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Lately we have received a lot of wonderful feedback. hope you don’t mind our sharing one recent example with you: Dear Sklover Team, I recently found your website, and used its information and guidance.

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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 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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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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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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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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“Umbrella Negotiating” – Best Response to Private Equity “Hurricane Tactics”

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“I am no longer afraid of the storms for I am learning how to sail my ship.”. – Louisa May Alcott. ACTUAL CASE HISTORIES : Kalisha, 44, had worked for six years as the Financial Controller of a St. Louis-based, family-owned lighting distributor. After three generations of family ownership, during which the staff grew from two to 150, the grandchildren-owners received an inquiry from a Private Equity firm about their interest in possibly purchasing the company.

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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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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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