January 2019

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Dilemma of The Month: Coaching An Inexperienced Manager

I’m in my 50s and the HR manager for a startup — about 80 people and the average employee is under 30. I’m dealing with a 20-something problem employee. She’s dramatic, often disrupting work with her grievances. Despite my recommendation, her manager (also young) won’t put her on a performance improvement plan over concerns it will reinforce the idea we have a toxic environment. What can I do?

Jan 3, 2019 Suzanne Lucas

Boom on Broadway

Infill development helps usher in the next generation of eateries on Broadway’s west end

Until recently, Tower Cafe in Sacramento was one of the only food options west of 16th Street on Broadway, with some of the most well-known establishments east of the intersection, including Willie’s Hamburgers, Los Jarritos and Pancake Circus. The west end of Broadway heading toward Sacramento River, while not completely devoid of restaurants, was largely an industrial hub.

Jan 7, 2019 Graham Womack

In Need of a Place To Belong

“There’s no place like home” is a familiar phrase, evoking images of a warm hearth and family. For most of us, home is a place of refuge, where we feel safe and can rest and recharge from a long day. It’s something I’ve thought on extensively while producing this month’s issue on housing.

Jan 17, 2019 Winnie Comstock-Carlson

In the Making: No Frills

Artisan furniture maker Trent Dean shows how he makes his minimalist designs. 

Jan 4, 2019 Fred Greaves