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Christopher Lihzis

Christopher Lihzis

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Small business owners understandably may be reluctant to use non-compete agreements for many reasons.  The desire to divert precious resources to paying an attorney to prepare a contract is hardly appealing.  Similarly, businesses may feel that such agreements are unnecessary because they have few employees.  But as Ben Franklin once wisely advised, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Have you ever wondered why many “managers” do not get the most out of their employees?  The answer is simpler than you think.
As a leader in an organization, your utmost responsibility is to provide your employees with a working environment that positively charged with motivation. Yet most managers do not particularly recognize this simple duty.   Many managers tend to be promoted to a supervisory role due to their technical competence rather than people-management skills.  As such, managers’ influence on the workforce is not always positive. The solution to this is in a few good words— literally speaking!

Have you ever provided suggestions which were subsequently ignored?

Have you ever provided critiques which were not well received?

Have you ever wanted to provide constructive feedback on something, but held back from doing so because you did not know how to convey your intentions across?

Today’s guide is on how to give constructive criticism to someone. Whether at work or in relationships, sharing (and receiving) feedback is part and parcel of improvement. If you have ideas on how someone can improve, don’t hold your ideas back – rather, share them in a constructive manner. (Provided the subject is something the person has asked to receive feedback on. Otherwise, you are merely imposing your judgment on others.)

After three riveting days of oral arguments in March 2012, employers were left anxiously awaiting the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court about the fate of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, expected near the end of June 2012.

During this period, employers should take interim steps in order to prepare for the eventual decisions. These steps should take into account the full range of possibilities and should position employer group health plans to react to the possible outcomes, respond to inquiries and requests from internal stakeholders, and consider administrative and design issues presented by the possible Supreme Court decisions.


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Some 115,000 new jobs were added to the economy in April, primarily due to increases in service sector employment. Still, the April jobs report showed fewer new jobs than expected, according to CNBC.

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After hearing three days of oral arguments, the Supreme Court has now voted on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act. While we wait to hear the court's decision in June, small-business owners might want to consider the potential effects.


As the nation awaits the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision regarding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), Democrats celebrated the birthday of Massachusetts’ health care law, nicknamed “Romneycare” after its creator, then-Gov. Mitt Romney.

April 12, 2012, marked the six-year anniversary of Romney’s signing into law the health care reform model that President Barack Obama and Congress adopted, in some respects, for the nation in 2010, with the intent of expanding health coverage to millions of Americans. Romney, the expected Republican candidate for president, has said that if elected he would repeal the federal law, dubbed “Obamacare.”

The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to 8.2% in March and a broader measure dropped to 14.5% from 14.9% the prior month, but a separate survey noted that the economy added a paltry 120,000. Why the drop?


Let’s face it, there are a lot of social networks out there and more are popping up every day. For a small business owner, that can get a little intimidating. If only there was an easy way to start getting involved in each. One little thing or activity that could help spur a future of more engaged results and interaction.

Why not start right here?

Below are five ways to ease your way into five different social networks.



Mismanaged supply chain decisions sent manufacturing overseas. But the industry has changed direction.


What’s wrong with job interviews?

Interviews are the second most used and “flawed” tool in HR (right after performance appraisals). They are used and relied on around the world for hiring, transfers, promotions, and for selecting leaders. After studying and researching interviews for over 40 years, I find it laughable when people think they can become interview experts simply by conducting a few of them.

Today we  listed The Top 30 Most Common (and Critical) Interview Problems. Here are 20 more. In total, this makes up the Top 50 interview problems:

According to the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 66 percent of substance abusers aged 18 and over are employed. With this knowledge at hand, one would assume that a vast majority of employers use employee drug screening.