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Why You Need to Implement Job Descriptions in Your Business

By Hedley Lawson
Thursday, August 25, 2016 1:05 PM

NEW YORK—As you may already know, there is no state or federal law that requires employers to have job descriptions. But as we have all found in our businesses, job descriptions can be helpful tools for both practical and other legal reasons. Here are some of the most important reasons.

Is Your Plan Ready for Overtime Compliance
Under the New FLSA Legal Requirements?

By Hedley Lawson, DBA Contributor
Thursday, August 11, 2016 7:45 PM

NEW YORK—Employers have less than six months left to comply with the Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) new overtime rule, and they need to start putting a plan together now.

Recruiting Challenges Lead to a Growing Temporary Work Force

By Hedley Lawson
Friday, July 15, 2016 12:15 PM NEW YORK—Some 76 percent of companies are using contingent labor to enhance their work force and close talent gaps, according to the Definitive Guide to Building a Better Workforce report released by Adecco Staffing USA.

Difficulties in Recruiting Lead to a Growing Temporary Work Force

By Hedley Lawson
Wednesday, June 15, 2016 2:05 PM NEW YORK—Some 76 percent of companies are using contingent labor to enhance their work force and close talent gaps, according to the Definitive Guide to Building a Better Workforce report released by Adecco Staffing USA.

What You Need to Know About The New Federal Overtime Rules

By Hedley Lawson
Tuesday, June 7, 2016 10:05 AM NEW YORK—The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced the highly anticipated federal overtime rule under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). When the final rule becomes effective on Dec. 1, 2016, an estimated 4.2 million white collar workers will become entitled to overtime pay when they work extra hours and wages for workers will increase by $12 billion over the next 10 years, according to the White House.

Do You Know How to Create an Employment Brand?

By Alex Slater, dba Contributor
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 2:15 PM As with any brand, an employer brand is very much about perception. It is the image you project to current and prospective employees, and also how customers and the general public view you as an employer. Your employer brand is more than the wages and benefits you offer.

What to Look Out for When Outsourcing Your Labor Needs

By By Hedley Lawson
Monday, February 22, 2016 4:10 PM NEW YORK—A recent case settled by the United States Department of Labor (DOL) Wage and Hour Division highlights how companies, large and small, who outsource labor to staffing agencies may want to take precautions to ensure they are in compliance with the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and other employment regulations.

Keep Your Team in Sync With a Morning Huddle

By Evan Kestenbaum, MBA, dba Contributor
Friday, February 5, 2016 9:10 AM Lack of communication is a problem for single locations that multiplies with each additional location. How do you keep a busy team in sync? I suggest a brief "morning huddle." You say, "Wait! Yearly meetings, quarterly meetings, monthly meetings, weekly meetings...now you're telling me to have a daily meeting! Isn't that meeting overload?"

Sometimes Bonuses Work...Sometimes They Don’t

By Mark Wright, OD, FCOVD
Friday, February 5, 2016 9:05 AM
One of the issues that always comes up is should I bonus my staff, or should I just pay a flat salary. There are two different sides to this argument. One side says just pay a healthy wage and they’ll do everything that you ask of them. The other side, which is the side I tend to think about more, is that we all work on bonuses.

Tracking Results at Multiple Locations:
Setting Up a ‘Standards of Excellence’ Checklist

By Jay Binkowitz and Evan Kestenbaum, MBA, dba Contributors
Monday, January 11, 2016 10:10 AM The critical piece to your success operating multiple locations is the ability to implement and track results. This doesn't happen on its own. You need someone accountable to "trust but verify" what is really occurring at each location. You need to "Train the Trainer." In other words you need someone who will visit and track what is occurring at each location.

Opti-Port Member Eyecare Groups Learn Leadership Skills

By dba Staff
Thursday, December 10, 2015 10:15 AM

ST. LOUIS—Members of the Opti-Port group recently spent time learning about a range of leadership issues and management skills through the group’s Eye Care University, a program developed for Opti-Port members in a partnership with the Bell Leadership Institute, a leader in executive education and development.

Learning to Engage With Multicultural Customers and Patients

By dba Staff
Monday, November 30, 2015 11:05 AM NEW YORK—Today’s diverse population offers many opportunities for regional optical chains and ECP groups to forge even stronger connections with patients and customers of varied backgrounds.

Dressing Associates for Success

By Evan Kestenbaum, MBA and Jolan Yow, dba Contributors
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 10:00 AM The age-old adage "dress for the job you want, not the one you have" could be just as appropriate for the associates throughout your multiple-location practice as it is for anyone.

Keep Your Team in Sync With a Morning Huddle

By Evan Kestenbaum, MBA, dba Contributor
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 3:40 PM Lack of communication is a problem for single locations that multiplies with each additional location. How do you keep a busy team in sync? I suggest a brief "morning huddle." You say, "Wait! Yearly meetings, quarterly meetings, monthly meetings, weekly meetings...now you're telling me to have a daily meeting! Isn't that meeting overload?"

Train the Trainer:
Teaching Leaders to Manage Multiple Locations

By Jay Binkowitz and Evan Kestenbaum, MBA, dba Contributors
Tuesday, April 7, 2015 1:05 PM The critical piece to your success operating multiple locations is the ability to implement and track results. This doesn't happen on its own. You need someone accountable to "trust but verify" what is really occurring at each location. You need to "Train the Trainer."
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