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December 2019
Whatever you choose to celebrate this winter season — Christmas Day, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, Chinese New Year, or otherwise, from all of us to all of you, we wish you happy holidays!
Eileen's Lesson:
One day a number of years ago, our washing machine started acting odd. It wasn't completing a cycle and was quite frankly acting as if it had the flu.
My husband and I debated. Should we repair or replace it?  We decided to call a repair shop to evaluate the washing machine and make that determination. The repairman arrived about 30 minutes later, then he said, I found your culprit. It was likely in a pocket and just got stuck in the mechanism. 

What was the culprit? A Barbie towel. When I say Barbie towel, I mean a teeny tiny Barbie-sized towel. This little item was stuck in a pipe and prevented the washing machine from working effectively.

As managers, many times we look at an employee who has stopped performing and we assume that we need to dismiss them. However, an effective manager needs to evaluate the entire situation, look at the tools, systems and processes that are given to the employee to ensure they are actually able to do their job to the best of their ability.

Need help resolving an employee issue? Contact The HR Team for assistance. Washer not working? See if Barbie has all her accessories still intact.
 
-Eileen
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Impending Baby Boomer Retirement Wave

For businesses, this massive exodus represents a worrisome loss of employees with valuable skills developed over decades in the workforce, strong institutional knowledge, and leadership abilities that are often lacking in younger workers.

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Boost Holiday Spirit without Sacrificing Productivity

Workers struggle to focus on their jobs-they're busy shopping for gifts, planning parties, organizing trips to see relatives, and trying to figure out how they're going to get everything on their massive to-do list completed in time.

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Industry News You Can Use
FAQs on the draft 2020 Form W-4

Why redesign Form W-4? The new design reduces the form's complexity and increases the transparency and accuracy of the withholding system. While it uses the same underlying information as the old design, it replaces complicated worksheets.

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www.irs.gov
Decade Dead Zone

Remember all of these once-beloved brands and stores that are, sadly, no more? The last recession as well as changing trends, the death of brick-and-mortar purchasing, and shifting shopping habits all had a lot of victims, including employees.

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www.msn.com
From our Facebook Page
To Be Successful, Chase Your Purpose, Not Your Passion

New studies shows purpose gives you grit, and that's what will get you ahead. "Follow your passion" is one of the most frequently repeated bits of work advice. It's also one of the most frequently criticized, and for good reason.

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www.inc.com
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