Workplace seem dysfunctional? Colleagues seem cranky? Mistrust in the air?

Published on July 28th, 2016 by Alan L. Sklover

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One Good Deed . . .

Whether we are talking about your workplace, your home, your community, your country or your world, there is a LOT you can do to “repair” it, by doing just a LITTLE.

Each day, resolve yourself to do one small good deed. It could be calling a friend or neighbor who has suffered a loss. It could be sending a card of caring to one you know is battling cancer. It could be just telling one person a silly joke to make them smile. Let someone in a rush cut ahead of you in line at the supermarket. Gosh – just smile at a passing stranger. That’s all. And just once a day.

Imagine what would happen if everyone, everywhere, did the same. Wow!! Likely? Of course not. But your doing your small part might just start other people doing the same. I mean it. A small courtesy or politeness will likely lower the other person’s stress, and before you know it, the people at work might relax a bit, those at home might just pause to appreciate each other, drivers in your community just might honk their horns a little less.

You just might reduce the stress of someone who would otherwise explode or get sick, today or tomorrow.

And, in what seems like the worst situations, a small good deed has its greatest effect, because it will stand out so much more.

Yes, you can do a LOT to reduce the dysfunction, at work, the distrust among colleagues, and the uncomfortable silence at home. Just by a plain, simple good deed, once daily.

Courtesy, caring and compassion – no matter the size – really are contagious. They really are. Give it a try; you have absolutely nothing to lose and oh, so much to gain.

It will even make you feel better about yourself. Yes, it really will.

© 2016, Alan L. Sklover All Rights Reserved. Commercial Use Prohibited.

“My Offer Letter says ‘Pay or Play.’ What’s that?“

Published on July 26th, 2016 by Alan L. Sklover

Question: Dear Alan: I was recently hired by a talent agency in Los Angeles as an Assistant to an agent. The offer letter I received says that it’s for one year, and is “Pay or Play.” Can you tell me what that means?

Altadena, California

Answer: Dear Randy: A “Pay or Play” provision is common in the sports, entertainment and media industries, and is becoming more common elsewhere. Even in those industries where it is common, it is often misunderstood.
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Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

Published on July 25th, 2016 by Alan L. Sklover

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“What a pity human beings cannot exchange problems. Everyone knows how to solve the other person’s.”

– Olin Miller

Isn’t it the truth? At work and elsewhere, it’s fine to offer a helping hand to one in need, but let them decide if they have a need, and how they want to address it. Don’t go telling other people their business. They might just turn around and tell you yours.

© 2016 Alan L. Sklover. All Rights Reserved

[This quote was contributed by Sarah from Alexandria, Louisiana. If you would like to contribute a favorite quote, saying or proverb, please submit it to us at].

We’re pleased to offer another new “Model Letter”:

Published on July 21st, 2016 by Alan L. Sklover

“Request for a ‘Renewal Notice’ Provision in a New or Existing Employment Agreement”

Most employment contracts include a “term” clause that commits both employer and employee to work together for one, two of three years.

As that “term” draws to a close, without a mechanism to provide a transparency process to address the possible end of the employment relation, quite often the employee feels job-insecure, not knowing if his or her employment will be ending soon, and not confident enough to request a prompt answer from the employer.

Likewise, the employer may also fear loss of a valuable employee with little, if any, time to search for a suitable replacement.

A “Renewal Notice” provision solves that problem by requiring each side to provide a notice of their intentions regarding renewal or extension, and, if both sides say “Yes,” then for renewal discussions to commence shortly after that.

It does not cost anyone anything, but is so very valuable to both “sides.” With a Renewal Notice provision in place, no one will be left “high and dry,” and both sides will know in good time whether a new position or employee must be sought with enough time to do so. It is a true win-win proposition.

This model letter shows you how to request that a “Renewal Notice” provision be inserted into either an existing employment agreement, or one in discussion or negotiation.

Play by the rules, but don’t defeat yourself. Learn how, and play hard. That’s what SkloverWorkingWisdom is all about.

To obtain your copy of our “Request for a Renewal Notice Provision,” just [click here.]

“You are not alone, at work, any more.”™

© 2016 Alan L. Sklover All Rights Reserved.

“Subsidized COBRA in Severance – What’s that?”

Published on July 19th, 2016 by Alan L. Sklover

Question: Dear Alan: I was recently laid off from my job in pharmaceutical sales, and received a small severance. I signed up for COBRA healthcare continuation for my family. When the bill came, for family coverage all I had to pay for my entire family was $325 monthly. That is far less than I thought it would cost.

Concerned that there was a mistake, I called Human Resources, and was told that it was not the usual COBRA benefits, but “Subsidized” COBRA benefits. What does that mean?

Bozeman, Montana

Answer: Dear Emy: Good question, as many employees don’t know the difference, and many lose out because of this lack of knowledge. Let me do my best to explain.
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Alan L. Sklover

Alan L. Sklover

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