Employee Appreciation Day Is March 3, 2017

Where would you be without employees? March 3, 2017 is Employee Appreciation Day and a great day to say Thank You. You do not have to break the bank to say thank you, a simple thank you costs nothing. A card or ordering in pizza are very easy and economical ways to show appreciation. … [Read more...]

Paid Time Off (PTO) Planning

It's the beginning of the year and one starts thinking about vacation schedules, time off and personal days. This might be the time to review the employee manual, policies and procedures as the New Year progresses. Make sure the policies are clear and concise, as well as dealing with Time Off abuse and termination of employment. What to … [Read more...]

Goal Setting In Eyecare Offices

Every business should be working towards some type of goal. Goals help motivate your team and help you measure and monitor success on different initiatives in your practice. But, it's also something that's easy to push to the wayside when you're busy managing a practice and taking care of patients day in and day out. Today we want to share … [Read more...]

Tip Of The Day: Seven Things

What I love most about Doug Fleener are his simple ways to coaching staff. His Take Five Tips on increasing productivity and morale, but I love his Sweet Spot idea on emailing your manager on 7 Things to stretch their thinking. Many times in Staff meetings have you wanted staff to step up to the plate. Sometimes people do not speak up because … [Read more...]

4 Tips To Keep Your Best Eyecare Employees

Employee turnover cost money. According to Investopedia An $8.00/hour can cost a company $3500 a year in turnover costs. In Training magazine in 2007, companies spent an average of over $1,200 annually per employee. In 2005, employees spent an average of 32 hours per year on training. Another survey of 610 CEOs by Harvard Business School: mid-level … [Read more...]

Dealing With Tardiness

I don't know about you, but people that are habitually late drive me nuts. It is not about the one off major traffic jam or the kid was sick. It is about the person who finds it acceptable to be late to everything including work. To me it says that they do not value my time and shows a lack of integrity on their part. Technically speaking being … [Read more...]

Whats Makes An Employee Happy?

We all make personal choices in life... you can either choose to be happy or choose to be unhappy. You can choose to be happy at work or choose not to be happy at work. Conversely your employer can choose to help make their employees happier or choose to not really care. If you choose to make your employees happier, what are the top criteria for … [Read more...]

Plugs, Tattoos and Piercing In The Workplace

Tattoos, Piercing, Plugs, nose rings, tongue studs, you name it the day of the decorated human being is here now and most likely here to stay for awhile. It is growing trend at 13% a year and becoming socially acceptable. At one time it was considered a rebellious, individualist and tribal expression of a person. No longer, it is becoming the … [Read more...]

I Had A Dream

For Martin Luther King Day, January 18,  are presenting a few of his famous quotes as well as part of his famous I had a dream speech was August 28, 1963..... I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these … [Read more...]

Our Top Fail Post of 2015

Bill Gates said 'it's fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.' As we brag about our top hits and shares, it is important to review our top failures. I consider this my top Fail Post of the year for many reasons, primarily... no-one read it! Very few clicked on it on the feed. It was on Facebook, no one … [Read more...]

To Commission Or Not To Commission

Some opticians see commission programs as a normal part of their job, and may even come to expect them from your practice. A typical commission program can vary anywhere from 1-5 percent of monthly dispensary sales. However, some independent practices have felt the struggles that can come along with implementing a commission program. Today, we want … [Read more...]

22 Creative Compensation Ideas

There has been quite a debate on whether to increase the minimum wages. The Federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour although each state and city may have their own wage provisions in place. In fact in places like San Diego minimum wage will be $13.00 (2017) and hour and in Seattle, $15.00 an hour. As a business owner, while you may be paying … [Read more...]

Health Insurance Premium Subsidies May Expose Employers to Hefty Fines

As of July 1, 2015, a new IRS regulation subjects all businesses (including small businesses with at least two employees) that reimburse or subsidize the cost of individual health insurance policies for employees to significant potential penalties for noncompliance with the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Violators could face penalties of $100 … [Read more...]

Insomnia And Productivity

Quit smoking, exercise, eat right, de-stress, de-tox, de-digitalize are all healthy and wellness recipes. Most people forget to add in good sleep. Good, restorative sleep is becoming increasingly more important as studies continue to show the correlation of sleep to health and productivity. In fact companies are hiring Sleep Consultants  and … [Read more...]

Motivating Your Staff with Great Company Culture

Many practices are always looking for new ways to keep their staff motivated and happy at work. One of the best ways to achieve this long-term is through a company culture that inspires. A company culture is the values, beliefs, symbols, and rituals that a company develops over time. Everything from your mission statement, to your practice logo, … [Read more...]