eyeHow To Tell Your Co-Worker They Have Bad Breath

We’ve all been there. We’ve all dealt with it. And we all know what it’s like to work with someone who has bad breath. Bad breath, (which is also known as halitosis in the medical field), is a fairly common condition when an individual has consistent bad breath. There are many ways you can treat halitosis, like brushing and flossing your … [Read more...]

Employee Team Building

Employee morale is an important part of the business and one of the toughest to address sometimes. Teamwork is an essential part of keeping employee morale positive and the most productive. One of the best ways to build team work with employees is to do something fun together in a competitive environment  that requires major co-operation to … [Read more...]

Employees Make a Business Successful

We have all heard the phrase a company is only as good as its employees but often those employees are not giving their best because they are not appreciated or not well trained, any number of reasons. For employees to make a business successful they must be given the opportunity to give their best. A company that does this well is U.S. Vision - … [Read more...]

Hiring Requirements For Eyecare Professionals

Another great article from Doug Fleener, who is talking about retail experience. While optical experience and ABO accreditation is important for dispensing of eyewear, contacts and more. I believe what he says about other qualifications are equally as important and he makes very valid points. You see, you can learn optics, but can you learn to … [Read more...]

Eyecare Jobs

We have been asked to post jobs, we get about 1 request a week from either an ophthalmologist or optometrist asking about jobs. Unfortunately we are not a job or career website, which is a completely different type of blog, although we do post on management and some human resources. For those who are looking for an optical job  or need someone to … [Read more...]

The Unmerited Merited Pay Raise

I read this article and it really struck a cord with me. Having worked at companies where people (slaggards) automatically received merit pay raises really irritated me. Why- because it was demoralizing to those who worked and tried hard to achieve results, why should they receive the same merit raise as the person who lags?  In a perfect world, … [Read more...]

How To Be Resilient

As I sit here "aching" at my sister's desk in cold, damp England writing my Optical blog I realize I have to be a little more resilient to the challenges of travel and then I look up and see "How to be resilient" tacked to her notice board. It has some good advice and I think it would be great to share with other optical employees and friends so … [Read more...]

“Super Vision” Tip – Turn Stress into Success

Thanks to U.S. Vision and Smart Supervision for this "Super Vision" Tip. We all have stress and  sometimes the pressure  gets to the point  that you think you might explode. This is not an unusual emotion for supervisors, not just in Optical but any industry. The conflicts and stress of watching out for employees and assisting management can be … [Read more...]

OWA One Minute Mentor – Optical Career Makeover

We really like receivingOWA's One Minute Mentor and like to post them when we think there is a good one for our optical readers. This is a good one for anyone feeling stuck in an optical career rut. Also, it gave me an idea for another good subject to post on - "Before and After Eyewear Makeovers".  Send stories and pictures if you have any … [Read more...]

Hiring Optical Employees? – Ten-Step Interview Tips

Thank you to U.S. Vision for sharing this Ten-Step Interview tip adapted from the book: Hiring Smart. Make small talk Go over the job briefly Ask questions in sequence: Education Job history Outside interests Strengths Shortcomings Goals, personal and professional Take notes Probe, probe, probe - always in your areas … [Read more...]

Top 15 Reasons To Fire Someone

One of the worst things I hate to do is fire someone. I have a timeline as it takes me 3 days to do it, because it is so hard. Day 1, get written documentation in order. Day 2- Gear self up and make notes as to why I am firing and Day 3- Just Do It. The reality is firing someone is not always bad. In some cases it can be a relief to both parties. … [Read more...]

Eyecare Contests For Optical Professionals-Fun and Motivating

Many eyecare offices don't like spiffs and contests in their office. I think I have heard every objection in the book from 'it's unprofessional' they are 'not fair to all employees', we don't allow freebies and we don't want the focus on only one product when we have alot of other products to sell. While I can agree with some of the above, there is … [Read more...]

Saving Money by Reducing Optical Employee Turnover

One of the best ways of saving money is by reducing optical employee turnover. Thank you to FirstSight Vision  Services for bringing this interesting and  money saving topic to our attention. Human Resources is an important part of making any optical business successful. How to Reduce Optical Employee Turnover Develop a Hiring Strategy - … [Read more...]

What’s Hot For Summer – Optical Summer Interns

The Great Recession is slowly recovering but unemployment numbers are still at the worst since 1948. It is hard for people without experience to jump into the workplace, especially new graduates. There will be many students needing summer internship positions this summer and this is a low cost opportunity for optical businesses to see if they can … [Read more...]

What to Look For in New Optical Hires

A new optical employee is a big investment and knowing when you have found the right candidate is vital and is one of the most important aspect of Human Resource responsibilities. This means more than following your instincts. Supervisors need to know what important criteria to look for in new hires. The following are red flags to be aware of … [Read more...]