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Forum topic by ChuckV posted 07-10-2014 12:41 AM 724 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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ChuckV

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07-10-2014 12:41 AM

Even though I do not run my own woodworking business, I still found this five-part series in the NY Times very interesting.

http://boss.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/06/23/my-disturbing-experience-with-employee-reviews/?php=true&type=blogs&_r=0

-- “While the world with closed eyes sleeps, The sky knows and weeps - steel rain. ” ― Nathan Bell


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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 07-10-2014 01:25 AM

Thanks for posting. I am in the position of needing help, but I can’t even fathom hiring employees. What i see out there would only do me more harm than good.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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nealjones

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#2 posted 08-04-2014 02:24 AM

Thank you so much for sharing this. I can remember also when inspiring women entrepreneurs talked about it as well. Good luck to your business and keep on posting where we can discuss it here.

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Rick M.

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#3 posted 08-06-2014 05:16 AM

Interesting. Unfortunately this is how many business owners operate. I applaud the guy for putting his past and ongoing mistakes out there for everyone to read but he’s a terrible boss.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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Woodbum

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#4 posted 08-06-2014 08:16 PM

I applaud the guy for realizing that initially, the problem with his business was himself and in order for others to change, he had to change first. That is a hard pill to swallow for a business owner who started his own business.
We always laughed in staff meetings that the job would be a lot more fun without employees. But… your employees are your most valuable asset, and most of the time they just want to be kept informed, and treated with respect. Thank you very much for sharing this. You can change the business from furniture making to almost anything, and the story is familiar to all of us out here who have managed multiple employees.

-- Improvidus, Apto quod Victum-- Improvise, Adapt, Overcome

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Earlextech

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#5 posted 08-06-2014 09:04 PM

Having been in business in Florida for almost thirty years I found the hard part was finding a shop worker that had a driver’s license, a vehicle and would also show up! Reviews were easy for me as most employees didn’t last a full year. No matter what, business ownership is always difficult.

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "finished"!

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Rick M.

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#6 posted 08-06-2014 09:47 PM

I found it interesting that everything he disliked about the “Veteran” were things he was equally guilty of. Writing a list of transgressions the night before you fire someone, the same day as their annual review, horrible.

The 2 best things in that article are 1) institute a profit sharing program, and 2) hire someone like “Kyle” if you are a terrible manager.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#7 posted 10-05-2014 06:36 AM

I finally got time to read this this evening. Great story of the learning process and challenges facing a small business owner. Been there and done that both as a foreman and business owner. That is the only part I disliked, dealing with personal issues that were hurting the performance on the job.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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