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Game of Groans? How to avoid worker misclassification drama.

Worker misclassification can come with a hefty price tag. In 2015, for example, the Department of Labor won judgements totaling over $700,000 against construction companies who made their workers form LLCs to avoid the federal and state wage and safety laws.

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Do You Have One Problem Or Two?

The CEO of a local startup reached out to me recently and asked for help talking through a big problem. We scheduled lunch and met at a cool place near the water in Seattle.

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How We (Mostly) Stopped Making Bad Hires

A bad hire can be more than just a bad experience. We, along with plenty of other employers, know that bad hires can drive down productivity, put a strain on morale, and hurt client relationships. A recent survey even states that 27% of U.S. employers reported a single bad hire cost their company more than $50,000. Why do bad hires happen, and how can you avoid them?

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How Can Little Jingles Impact Your Leadership Communication?

Finish this jingle: The best part of waking up…

…is Folgers in your cup. Why was that so easy to remember? How many times did you hear or see that commercial before you could recite it yourself?  Is it possible to make your internal communications as catchy as a jingle?

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Will They Tell You When They’re Scared?

Around 2:30am last Friday I felt a gentle tap on my hand while I was sleeping. I slowly opened my eyes and saw a small silhouette with some crazy hair in the darkness. My three-year-old daughter leaned over and whispered, “Daddy, I’m scared. Will you sleep with me?”  Who could resist that? 

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Showing Up is Half the Battle

It was an ordinary day in Mosul, Iraq; children playing barefoot on the dusty roads and locals shopping in the market for dinner. The sun was bright and hot, with very few clouds in the sky. I’m a Private in the U.S. Army and this is my first deployment overseas. Our mission on this day is to show a friendly presence and ensure that the locals feel safe.

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Who is a Part of Your Family?

5/19/2016 By Tom Mehl Culture

The fateful words still ring in my ears, "Daddy, I have to get sick".  Little did I know that those words would be the start of a nearly month-long ordeal with my son Zach that would forever change my priorities, focus, and view of my family at home and at work.

My world changed at 2am, on January 1, 2013.  The week prior we’d taken Zach to the ER because he was having stomach pains, fever, and fatigue.  After a few hours, he was sent home and we were told he had the flu and nothing else was wrong.  An appointment with our pediatrician the next morning confirmed the flu and we were told to get him rest and to expect him to get worse before he got better.

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What’s the Best That Could happen?

We have all heard the saying, “what’s the worst that could happen?”  I grew up hearing this and thought of it as a mainstay of how to look at the opportunities and challenges that lay before me.  However, a wise man challenged me to look at things differently.

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Are You at Risk for Vertical or Horizontal Joint Employment?

What is Joint or Co-employment?

The legal doctrine of joint or co-employment states that a worker, or a group of workers, can be considered the employee of more than one employer. Because an increasing number of workers today are engaged via staffing firms, temporary placement firms, franchises, or other third-party arrangements, this doctrine is central to understanding today’s workforce.

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It’s Simply a Matter of Perspective

How do you want to be perceived? What does your attitude say about you? How can a change in attitude improve your company’s image?

Often times we don’t realize – or we find it hard to imagine – how others perceive us. One thing I’ve learned to do is to slow down and remove myself from a situation and take an objective view on how my attitude, actions, and even my appearance can change someone’s perception of me.

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Can I Expect You to Show for Your Reservation?

My favorite restaurant is this cool little Italian place near my house.  The owner’s name is Giovanni and his family is from the "Old Country".  Mama’s always cooking in the kitchen and the service makes you feel like you’re in their home.  The food will literally knock the big toe off your foot!  I never order…I just tell them to have Mama "surprise me".

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3 Trends to Watch in Independent Contractor Compliance

The first quarter of 2016 is in the books and the topic of Independent Contractor Compliance is hotter than ever.  Here are three of the key trends we’ve been keeping track of so far this year:

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Are You the Hero or the Guide?

We all have dreams. We all have ideas we want to share. We all have more potential than we realize. We’re all afraid of something. We all want our lives to matter.

Why is it that leaders don’t often know the answers to these important questions?

My first job out of college was some of the best leadership training I ever received. I had relocated across the country to work for a large company in St. Louis, MO. I was completely on my own, excited, nervous, eager to learn, and ready to move up the corporate ladder!

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Tapping Into the Values of Veterans

Leadership, grit and candor are three words that you’d hear pretty frequently within the walls of our community.  These are qualities many of our employees have, and also guide how we’re expected to behave on a daily basis.  As you might expect, these qualities also play a huge role in our process to select new people to join our teams. 

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How Culture Tips the Scale

3/22/2016 By Tim Wang Culture

As a novice small business owner, I am often pulled in many different directions.  Starting at inception and continuing through the growth stages, it's an ongoing process to learn and understand such things as entry into the market, value proposition, how to build a customer base and delivering on what we’ve promised to those customers.  At this point in our company lifecycle, what we prioritize often starts with what is "most squeaky" and finding the quickest solution to "grease that wheel".  All so we can keep performing at a high level while doing what our agency calls “Make it Happen”.

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