A little unknown secret about Black Friday

There was a time when Black Friday actually didn’t start until 9:00 AM. Then it went to 8:00 AM; then 7:00 AM. Soon Black Friday started at 5:00 am; and in recent years Black Friday sales started at Midnight! Tuesday night I found myself in JCPenney; my friend needed to pick up a piece of jewelry that was being repaired. We were engaged in conversation with the salesperson about Black Friday. Here is what she shared: The store would be opening at 4:00 AM; she needed to be there at 3:00 AM to get the diamonds into the counter Every employee would be working that day Every employee would be working a ten hour shift Every employee would only be given a thirty minute break during that ten hour shift First of all there is nothing I need or want that badly to get me up and at the store at …

Study shows a ???% of employees are disengaged and ready to jump ship!

If you’re at work, look around. Who is smiling? Who is not? Who looks, well…… just plain pissed off? A recent survey by Right Management shows an alarming statistic regarding the percentage of people who are so frustrated with their current position and company that they are ready to jump ship. Do you think that number is: 25% 60% 82% 41% The number is 60%. And while turnover might be a good thing in bringing about innovation and creativity, imagine losing 60% of your team. Imagine if 60% of your people needed to be replaced next year? Do you have the manpower to take on this task? Think about how much time, training, $$$, and energy this is going to take. But worse yet, imagine the 40% who remain and need to pick up the workload while the interview process drags on to replace 60% of their peers. Yikes! Frightening thought? It should be. …

The Truth About December 21, 2012

My friend was amazed at me last night. We went to see 2012 and I actually stayed awake for the whole movie. You see, I don’t watch much television or go to the movies; I tend to fall asleep. There is just something hypnotic about those screens. Or maybe the quality of the show or movie sucked? This one obviously kept my attention. Well if you’re not aware of this, the world is supposed to end on December 21, 2012; at least according to the Mayans; as that is the day their calendar ends. It couldn’t possibly be that the Mayans got bored with the calendar project, figured it would be a fun evil joke to mess with future generations’ heads, or maybe they had ADD? But according to the Mayans we’ve got a little over 3 years to live and Hollywood took advantage of the story. 10.5: Apocalypse rip Now I won’t tell you about the movie, I want to be …

The Office Holiday Party is On!

Everyone is looking at budgets. Everyone is trying to stay in business. And when you look at places to cut budgets and save, the holiday party is usually first on the list to go. Bad decision. Very Bad Decision. Severance divx Last I was told the purpose of a holiday party is to show thanks, celebrate successes and bring people together to increase morale and employee engagement. Blitz Wolf dvd I don’t care how tight your budgets are………..if you’re still in business these days you have a lot to be thankful for and a lot of successes to celebrate. Now more than ever is when you need to bring people together. Any sane employee understands that we are in tough times and will understand that perhaps the company party might not look like it used to; but below are some great ideas to at least get you thinking about what it can look like: The Omen …

The USPS. Continuing to Do What It Takes To Disengage A Customer.

About 5 times a year I go to pick up my mail and I don’t have my box key. It’s a small post office; I’m talking tiny; and even though the sign says you must have your key and mail will not be handed over the counter, that rule is usually broken. Clearly, people are not abusing the rule. Well today was one of those times when I forgot the key. My mail was handed over with a smile and a comment that moving forward I would be charged the cost of a key if they have to hand my mail over the counter. Hey United States Postal Service! Wake up. Are you people that stupid?! Annie Get Your Gun hd You’re an obsolete service. your extinction might be near – and you’re now telling me that good ole customer service is going to have a premium price as well? You’re gonna punish …

Easy Experiment: Does Your Dog Like You Better Than Your Boss?

This really works!  If you don’t believe it, just try this experiment…. Put your dog and your CEO, Manager, Supervisor, Co-Worker, etc. in the trunk of your car for an hour When you open the trunk, which one is really happy to see you?   High Tide psp Disclaimer: Before trying this experiment, please make sure you have enough savings to support yourself and the dog while you look for a new job   thanks for the inspiration Judy K. Target Earth rip

We Need A Director of Tracking Promises!

So it’s the day after Election Day here in the United States. Some people still have a job. Some people have a new job. Some people are crapping in their pants now that they need to go find one of those jobs that they promised they would create. Some people, in smaller communities, might now have a second job. And the rest of us…..well there is a good possibility that we were all given a Snow Job. The Urban Dictionary (my favorite source) defines snow job as: an effort to deceive, overwhelm, or persuade with insincere talk, especially flattery. Politically apropos??? But it got me thinking,…………..  What if every organization (political, corporate, volunteer, etc) had a Director of Tracking Promises? This Director of Tracking Promises would do the following: Demand that politicians live up to every promise they made during campaign season; even knowing when he/she was making those promises …