The Gender Dividend

We need to reinvest in our entrepreneurial women

The so-called “gender dividend” seems to be in the news these days. Research, public officials and corporate leaders are all exploring how women could spur greater economic growth.

Aren’t women already a major part of our national economy?

Aug 31, 2013 Winnie Comstock-Carlson
Production Supervisor Trevor Parkinson is the son of Jelly Belly Executive Vice Chair Lisa Brasher. The sixth-generation employee has been with the company for six years.

Human Capital

Avoiding the nepotism conundrum

About four decades ago, Bob Clark and his brother Don began to work as weekend janitors for Clark Pacific. As young teens, they would tag along with Dad to work and earn a buck. Today, they are co-presidents of that same company, responsible for more than 500 employees and $75 million in annual revenue.

Apr 30, 2013 Stephanie Flores
Allyson Dalton, owner, Fox & Goose Pub & Restaurant

Breakfast of Champions

I’ve long believed that just about the worst way to begin a workweek is scheduling an in-office staff meeting. Employees start dreading it by mid-day Sunday. The gatherings usually get off to a late start, drag on and are deemed worthless by most participants.

Enter the breakfast meeting.

Mar 1, 2013 Douglas Curley

Houston, You Have a Problem

Tips for approaching a disturbed manager

The boss must be crazy. 

It may be the riskiest and most difficult conversation to bring up at work, but what other option does an employee have when a manager becomes abusive, disturbed, withdrawn or otherwise damages the workplace?

Leave? That may be an option, or it may not be. The same goes for visiting the human relations department. If H.R. can’t — or won’t — fix the problem, here are some tips on how to address your boss’ behavior and keep your job. 

Jan 1, 2013 Allen Young

Polarized

Has the North Pole grown too complicated for Christmas?

The king stood over the toilet. The reluctant owner of that famous belly, that bowlful of jelly, lifted the overarching fold with two hands, exhaled, concentrated and waited for the stream to bolt from its alcove. No luck. Seconds passed, and a soreness grew in his knees.

Dec 1, 2012 Dean Napkin

Union-Free Activist

Acuity with Kim Parker

Kim Parker, 46, is the executive vice president of the California Employers Association. A nonprofit, the CEA provides human resource solutions for small to medium-sized businesses throughout the state. Parker is also president of the national Employers Association of America. 

Jun 30, 2012 Douglas Curley

Urine Trouble

Workplace drug screening is worth debating

A staffer in the office of Bonney Plumbing, Heating, Air & Rooter Service grew concerned after smelling alcohol on an employee headed out to a job site. The staffer immediately notified management, who met the man at the site and also detected the scent. This was enough reasonable suspicion to demand a drug test, which showed the employee had been intoxicated while driving a company vehicle.

Apr 30, 2012 Samantha Bronson

Unnatural Selection

Steady shifts in patient demographics and insurance reimbursement rates are forcing some practitioners to re-evaluate their business models and the way in which they deliver care.

Dec 1, 2011 Christine Calvin
Ken Rogaski, Mercy Healthcare of Sacramento

Exec Strategy

Health care plans for top management

Consider the annual physical and why both doctors and America’s work force find them frustrating: The worker has to carve out time to take all the exams and tests, often in different locations and on different days, and doctors lament the lack of time to discuss the results with patients.

Mar 1, 2011 Robert Celaschi
Karen Skelton, executive producer of "The Shriver Report: A Woman's Nation Changes Everything," and managing partner with Dewey Square Group

Balancing Act

Is the battle of the sexes over in the workplace?

For decades America has been steadily approaching a major social development — a time when the number of women in the work force would surpass the number of men. That moment has now arrived, brought on by, of all things, a recession.

Jun 30, 2010 Bill Romanelli

Executive Network

Is social media a boon to recruitment

Tasked with finding matches for the highest-ranking positions in business, executive recruiters rely on their networks to find candidates. With websites such as Facebook and Twitter linking personal and professional worlds, it seems like a natural move to forgo the phone tree in favor of web connections.

May 2, 2010 Andrea Lorenz

Litigation Litany

When employers and workers can't get along in today's economy

Even in the best economy, employers fight a financial tug of war with the people who work for them. One side wants more pay and benefits while the other side wants to trim costs. When the economy takes a nose dive, though, the tug of war can get a lot rougher. State and local government jobs are getting much of the attention in Sacramento this year as furloughs and layoffs have increased tension with workers. But Sacramento’s private sector has seen temperatures rise, too.

Oct 1, 2009 Robert Celaschi