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Compensation & Benefits

When your employer’s finance people look at you they see an expense. They may or may not see related revenue and seldom see related profit as an effect of your work. Consequently the cost of you is what they tend to focus on. The cost of an employee includes salary and benefits as well as […]

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Company Loyalty Is For Suckers

When you stay at a company for ten or fifteen years, through thick and thin, and take your 3.5% or less yearly raise you are not showing that you are worth keeping and increasing your chances of being kept in any future downsizing. If some other company buys yours, chances are they will not look […]

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Get Paid For More Than You Do

Whether you like it or not, you and your employer are natural adversaries. They want to get you to do as much as possible for as low a cost as possible. This adversarial relationship doesn’t end when you are hired. That is when it begins. I am going to refer to movies to illustrate some […]

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Start With Freedom

Once upon a time company men signed on for life. They might have had frustrated inner lives like characters by Cheever, Bellow or Wilson, but they provided a nice living for a growing family on one income. They were mostly loyal vassals and were rewarded for loyalty by their lords, especially if they worked for […]

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The Real Employee Manual –Introduction

I am a veteran of various industry downsizing, right-sizings and debacles, having held management positions: In savings and commercial banks during the thrift crisis when banks rearranged the deck chairs on the Titanic In advertising during two ad recessions when agencies failed to understand what the end of guaranteed 15+% commissions on media meant to […]