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...]

Vision Hiring a Veteran

Memorial Day is observed May 27 and Armed forces Day May 18. Good days to remember our veterans but "hiring a hero" is also a way to give thanks and pay tribute to our veterans. The number of post-9/11 vets who are unemployed is 203,000 as of February of this year. This time last year, that number was 154,000. The math is mean. Post-9/11 … [Read more...]

Low Vision Employee Provides High Vision Customer Service

Guest post by Katherine Allen, Briot/Visionix  In the employment landscape today, technology reigns supreme. Many feel like machines have overtaken the very root of quality human communication. While it’s true, technology does give us various methods to communicate and interface in this world that didn’t use to exist, it also enables the essence … [Read more...]

Eyehow: Take a One Minute Survey to Ensure Your Optical Business is in Compliance for 2013

Both small and large businesses must comply with federal and state employment laws and regulations. Take this 1 minute survey to ensure your optical business is in compliance for 2013. My business has written job descriptions, including ADA requirements, for every position. Yes or No I am aware of new requirements regarding Pregnancy … [Read more...]

Call Me, Maybe Video – ClearVision Optical Intern Program

Internships are appropriate in just about any working environment from a small optical practice to a multinational optical company. As with anything there is the good, the bad and the ugly! Scott Adam’s Dilbert is a satire of what the bad and ugly internship can be. But for the good and opti-fun we pick ClearVision Optical who keeps … [Read more...]

Things To Do For Everyday Success

I read this article from Optical Women written by Jennifer Fiorenza of ClearVision, which was a nice reminder of what we do for ourselves to be successful. 'To me, there are some little things you can do that can make an ordinary day, an extraordinary day. Last fall, I read an article in Fast Company that truly inspired me. It was called 5 … [Read more...]

Seven Tips To Better Delegating

Most people need to be better at delegating. There are three reasons for this. First, leaders need to create more time to work on strategy, marketing and driving traffic, and actively growing their staff. Second, delegating helps future leaders grow and develop. Third, retail can sometimes get routine, and giving people additional responsibilities … [Read more...]

Eye how: Dealing with Age on the Job

Did you know this is the first time in American history that four different generations have worked side-by-side in the workplace? I didn't... CTS - The Corporate Training Shop even has a DVD about it. Cam Marston's new diversity DVD - Managing Four Generations in the Workplace. According to Sherri Elliott-Yeary - author of "Ties to Tattoos: … [Read more...]

Employee Personal Eyewear Policies

Last summer, I had a discussion with an OD on his staff personal frame policy. His policy was all personal frames had to be approved first and paid for in advance and no discount for friends and families. The problem was his ex-wife that worked at the office, took advantage of him and was constantly ordering personal frames for her husband and … [Read more...]

Are you marketing to your employees?

Sounds strange at first glance doesn't it? I read a blog post today on mycreativeteam.com that got me thinking about how we communicate with employees. More than likely you spend many tens of thousands of dollars and for some of you hundreds of thousands of dollars every year advertising to your current and prospective patients/customers. How much … [Read more...]

Using Social Media To Find Your Dream Job

A recent study by conducted by recruiting platform Jobvite suggests that companies are now using social media to find and recruit potential employees. 90% of US-based companies are planning to use social networking to find job vacancies, an increase of 7% from last year’s figures. Two-thirds of the companies surveyed reported that they were … [Read more...]

Being The Best You Can Be: Lessons From Al Berg

Reading Dan's post yesterday on Great Artists Steal , I was reminded of a little story I would like to share. Back in the days when a fax machine was considered a technological marvel, I worked for a little company called Marchon (over 25 years ago). I still remember the sales meeting where Al Berg gave his closing speech on being the best you can … [Read more...]

eyeHow – Delegating Successfully

According to the US Government these New Year's resolutions are popular year after year. One of my resolutions this year was to get better at delegating and when I looked at this list I thought, hmm, I could actually achieve nearly all of these as well if I got better at delegating: Drink Less Alcohol (not an issue for me but sometimes I feel … [Read more...]

Delivering A Great New Employee Experience

"A thousand words will not leave so deep an impression as one deed."  - Henrik Ibsen A new employee's first few days on the job has a big impact on how fast he/she ramps-up to meeting and exceeding your expectations.  I'm the first to admit that I've had more than my share of new employees whose first days were less than stellar. I all-too-often … [Read more...]

Helping Employees Adapt to Change

We always enjoy the OWA's One Minute Mentor emails and thought we would share this one as it is particularly relevant during this challenging economic period. Helping Employees Adapt to Change by Audrey Pavia, Vice President of Marketing at Tura, Inc: We all face change – more often than not. Staff changes, downsizing, reorganizing and cost … [Read more...]