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Brandon Smith

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WORKING: The Pendulum Swing - Labor Shortages Coming Soon?

Some economists say the United States is facing a labor shortage in the next 10 to 15 years, in part because there’s about to be a mass exodus in the workforce as baby boomers finally retire. That’s...

May 12, 2014

How To Fix An Incompetent Direct-Report

Dave was a small business owner. His business, like many, had been hit hard by the recession. Doing business the way it had been done before just wasn’t going to work anymore. He needed to change...

April 22, 2014

WORKING: Forget Your Resume - Where's Your Website?

More and more career advisers say job-seekers need a personal website to stand out—the standard resume just isn’t enough anymore. The argument is that having a unique website dedicated to a job-...

April 21, 2014

WORKING: Sharing Employees' Salaries Might Make Them Work Harder

Ever wonder what your co-workers take home every payday? Though many workplaces forbid talking about that, new research suggests being open about pay actually makes people work harder. It may sound...

April 14, 2014

3 Ways To Stop A Sabotaging Direct Report

If you’ve ever had the unfortunate task of managing a saboteur, you know how tricky and dangerous it can be. “But wait, Brandon,” you say. “What do you mean by ‘saboteur?’ I thought saboteurs cut...

April 11, 2014

WORKING: Why Young College Grads Can't Find Work

About one in five young people in Georgia—ages 16 to 24—is out of work. For people in their early 20s, the numbers are even worse at close to 40 percent. Workplace and career expert Brandon Smith...

April 7, 2014

Signs You've Got A Problem Direct-Report

I’m sure this will come as no surprise, but I hear a lot of stuff. I guess it comes with the profession. Joys, frustrations, worries, opinions, rants, you name it and I’ve probably heard it. When the...

April 1, 2014

WORKING: Making Weekends Work Doesn't Mean Working On The Weekends

People who are considered successful don’t just use the work week to get ahead. Many use their weekends, too. But maybe not in the way you think. “What these people realize is, life is like a report...

March 31, 2014

WORKING: Good Buddies, Good Business Partners?

Going into business with a friend sounds like a great idea. You already get along. You probably think a lot alike. And you likely have similar interests. It can be a great idea, if you start off on...

March 24, 2014

'My Direct Report Is Dysfunctional'

It was my fourth call with Theresa in a week and I was beginning to feel like I was in the movie “Groundhog Day.” Theresa’s direct report, Steven, had been causing her headache after massive headache...

March 18, 2014

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