Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Published on January 15th, 2018 by Alan L. Sklover

Tourist Visit Lincoln Memorial In Washington

“When I marched in Selma, I felt my legs were praying.”

– Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

Every now and then there appears a person who reminds us of our highest aspirations. He or she usually upsets the status quo, is often hated by some, but over time brings people together, and – sadly – disappears all too quickly. Think of these people, at least once a year, and recall their sacrifice, their teachings, and their contributions to humanity. That is, no doubt, the purpose of their appearance before us.

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Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

Published on January 8th, 2018 by Alan L. Sklover

Featured Coffee Cup

“If you really want something, you bring cash.”

– B.B. King
Legendary Blues Guitarist

Promises, promises, promises. The essence of employment is that employees devote their time, energy and creativity to their employers in exchange for promises of future rewards, including raises, promotions, bonuses, stock, etc.

Unfortunately, sometimes workplace promises are not fulfilled. Some workplace promises are “discretionary,” meaning that they will be fulfilled only if the employer decides to do so. Some workplace promises are “conditional,” meaning that they will be fulfilled only on certain conditions. Others are tentative or unclear in other ways.

When you receive a workplace promise, consider requesting three things: (1) payment sooner than later, (2) a “substitute promise,” to be fulfilled just in case the primary promise is not, and (3) if appropriate, that a simple record of the details of the promise be made, perhaps an email by the promisor to you, or from you to the promisor. Otherwise, those details may include that it is “discretionary,” “conditional,” or even not to be fulfilled for many years. Always ask with respect, but don’t be afraid to ask, for clear confirmation of a promise. Chances are, you’ll be glad you did.

This quote was sent to us by Paul of New Brunswick, New Jersey, Much obliged to you, Paul. If you would like to submit a proverb, quote or thought, please submit it to us at vanessa@executivelaw.com.

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Happy New Year

Published on January 1st, 2018 by Alan L. Sklover

To All of Our Blog Readers, Friends, Clients and Colleagues: “Our BEST WISHES for a Healthy, Safe and Peaceful NEW YEAR”

Thank you so very sincerely for making 2017 – our TENTH year of publication – successful beyond our expectations.

May your 2018 be filled with the warmth of loved ones, the health we all sometimes take for granted, the joy of holding a newborn baby, the inner comfort of job security, and the wonder of a six-year-old about to open birthday presents.

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Sklover’s Thought for the 2018 Work Year

Published on December 26th, 2017 by Alan L. Sklover

Perspective

“It is hard, but sound advice: Don’t let your fears – even wholly legitimate ones – drive you. Hold on, have faith, retain your standards. In the short term this can be difficult. In the long run, it’s the only way to win.”

          – Peggy Noonan

If recent events are any indication of what we can expect in the 2018 Work Year, it will be a challenging year for us all. While the overall economy may be good, even a good economy may present increasing challenges.

For numerous reasons, each industry, profession, sector and employer will be under pressure to maintain its competitive position due to increasing competition, technological advances, concentration into mega-firms, and even political instability. You can speculate what these things mean for you, but no one knows for sure.

Each person, job and workplace are different, making broad generalizations difficult to make. But one generalization that can be made with confidence is that your wisest response to upcoming waves of workplace competition, disruption and insecurity may be a very simple one: maintain your personal and professional standards, regardless of what changes may take place in your work life.

Standards? I speak of standards of conduct (especially for men), standards of work quality, standards of honesty, integrity and civility. Whatever challenge you face at work, whatever crisis you may encounter, just strive to be faithful to your highest standards, whatever the events, conduct and circumstances around you.

Your “inner standards” are inside you, and you may not be entirely aware of what they are. But, they will make you uncomfortable, edgy and reluctant to proceed if you are headed down the wrong path. Listen to their “whisperings,” their messages of encouragement or warning. They will tell you when they feel violated.

By being known as among “the best of the bunch,” greater job security will be yours, more opportunities will come your way, and, as the saying goings, “the cream always rises to the top.” When I lived in the Northern woods, the only question was “Are you good wood or mere veneer?”

Giving in to the inevitable temptation to cut corners, to stretch the truth, to bend the rules will confront you each and every day. The most important question is this: Will you be able to say “yes” to the daily question, “Is this my best work?” or will you perform, well, “just good enough?”

Not retaining your own highest standards may result in better short-term results in new customers, sales, revenues, and hours billed. But, in the long term, maintaining your own highest inner standards will make you stand out, and in the long run, yield more faithful customers, trusting colleagues, enhanced job security and greater career opportunities.

And, too, fidelity to your highest standards will yield fewer instances of being questioned, criticized, alleged of wrongdoing, fired, or even having your career taken from you. And, oh yes, you will truly feel better about yourself when you are true to yourself.

However rough the seas and winds may be, the benefit of a stabilizing rudder cannot be underestimated. You will be propelled forward – wherever you are headed – by your own self-confidence and the confidence of others, as a firm, steady wind at your back.

The Work Year of 2017 saw a lowering of standards in many fields, especially in interpersonal conduct and public discourse. In 2018, we will all surely look forward to those in whom we know we can trust and depend, at home and in work life.

Just a thought for your upcoming 2018 Work Year.

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Happy Kwanzaa

Published on December 26th, 2017 by Alan L. Sklover

Kwanzaa is derived from the Swahili phrase “matunda ya kwanzaa,” which means “first fruits of the harvest.”

It is a celebration of family, community and culture of those of African descent worldwide, celebrated from December 26 through January 1 of each year.

We wish every member of our “blog family” who celebrates the Kwanzaa holiday nothing but happiness, joy and inspiration on this special holiday.

And for those who do not celebrate Kwanzaa, may your lives be uplifted by the holiday’s meaning and spirit.

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Alan L. Sklover

Alan L. Sklover

Employment Attorney
and Career Strategist
for over 30 years

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