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  • Greedy Employee v. Disgruntled HR: The Case of the Missing Orange Juice

    When the weather is nice, I like to jog one mile to an upscale grocery store near my apartment, indulge in a few samples of cheese, bread and cookies as fellow shoppers watch my sweat collect on the tile floor, and then run back home. Clearly, my love for free things knows very few bounds. Unfortunately, the same can be said for my ex co-worker. In addition to the typical coffee and tea...
  • You’ll Put Your Eye Out Kid.

    Sometimes the simplest changes are the hardest to implement.  Safety training is about achieving behavioral change, and getting people to change their routine, even in a seemingly minor way, can be hard to accomplish unless the individuals involved “buy in” on the benefit (to them – not you) outweighing the effort to change that work habit. One of the classic examples in apartment maintenance...
  • Yup, Me and Jewel (the country singer) Could Do Our Laundry Together

    Whenever America’s favorite snaggle-toothed singer, Jewel, talks about her past life as a homeless person living out of her car, I picture her in an environment very similar to that of my 1996 Jeep. A co-worker who will remain nameless (Michelle) once likened the contents of my car to something you would see on Hoarders. While I respectfully disagree, I will admit I could survive quite...
  • Three Common Facebook Abuses: What’s Not to Like

    It started innocently enough. I was visiting the Facebook page from a friend from my high school days and wanted to write on his wall and I noticed a familiar multifamily housing industry face on the “mutual” friends’ section. I was intrigued. Was it possible that one of my industry colleagues knew my friend, Ed? The one who sat across the aisle from me in Calculus? Who married his high-school...

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