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Freelance journalist Chris Penttila has covered employee management and leadership issues for more than a decade. Her work has appeared in a number of publications including Entrepreneur magazine, where she served as a contributing editor and monthly management columnist for ten years.

Penttila has interviewed hundreds of small business owners, consultants, professors and other business experts, and she also draws on her own days as a rank-and-file employee at dysfunctional small companies to give entrepreneurs the straight dope on what employees really think about management. She chronicles workplace and leadership trends on her workplace blog .

Penttila has a Master's degree in Journalism and Communication from the University of Oregon. She resides in the Chapel Hill, N.C. area with her husband, Tom, and their two daughters.

30 Recent Stories

How to Keep Cold and Flu Out of the Office

How to Keep Cold and Flu Out of the Office

Cold and flu season is here. How do you keep sick employees from becoming a drain on productivity?
November 19, 2010 in Human Resources
How Not to Be a 'Bosshole'

How Not to Be a 'Bosshole'

Consider this advice for bringing out the best in employees and keeping your top talent motivated.
October 8, 2010 in Managing Employees

Sell Your Company With Savvy

Are you coming off as too desperate to sell your company?
March 31, 2010 in Selling Your Biz

In With the Out(sourcing)

Small businesses are hiring more independent contractors, but be aware of the pros and cons.
January 16, 2010 in Hiring Center

How to Find Ambitious Employees

Attracting proactive people isn't easy, but it's well worth the effort.
November 9, 2009 in Human Resources

5 Ways to Break the Silence Barrier

When your employees are scared, the best thing to do is get them talking.
August 7, 2009 in Growing Your Business

Build a Social Media Hiring Strategy

Use your online network to lure quality talent.
July 1, 2009 in Business Management

Layoffs: Who Stays, and Who Goes?

Assess what makes your company profitable, and who makes it happen.
May 20, 2009 in Managing Employees

Knowledge is Power

Ensure that important company clients, projects and processes aren't lost when an employee walks out the door.
May 13, 2009 in Business Management

Hiring Temporary Talent

Temporary employment is expanding beyond the typical clerical assignment.
April 9, 2009 in Human Resources

7 Ways to Transform Your Business Model

The old business methods won't work anymore. It's time to evolve.
April 8, 2009 in Starting a Business

Learn to Evolve

7 ways to transform your business model.
April 8, 2009 in Growth Strategies

Set the Model for Office Behavior

Even seemingly trivial acts of incivility can lead to reduced employee productivity and loyalty.
March 16, 2009 in Management & Operations

Return of the Stay-at-Home Parents

Employers are embracing parents who took a stay-at-home detour.
March 12, 2009 in Business Management


10 Potentially Sticky Work Situations and How to Manage Them.
March 12, 2009 in Entrepreneur Magazine

How to Manage Generational Dynamics

Gen Xers, Gen Yers, Millennials and Boomers are all working alongside each other. But how do you get them to work well together?
February 13, 2009 in Human Resources

The Corporate Experience Conundrum

Now is a good time to find great talent, but entrepreneurs ask, 'Should you hire workers from big companies?'
February 13, 2009 in Business Management

CEO Salaries in the Crosshairs

Pay-for-performance structures are enjoying a resurgence.
January 21, 2009 in Human Resources

Do Marketing Counterstrikes Work?

It's tempting to answer a competitor's ad campaign, but stick to what makes you unique.
January 12, 2009 in Marketing

Salaries Are In The Open

New websites let employees share pay rates; employers should take heed.
December 18, 2008 in Compensation and Benefits

Walking the Employee Benefits Tightrope

In tough times, company perks tend to take the hit first. But how do you axe them while keeping employees happy?
December 18, 2008 in Compensation and Benefits

Do Tech and Meetings Mix?

There comes a point when gadgets detract from meetings. Or does there?
December 18, 2008 in Leadership

Know Your Return on Innovation

Endless ideas and prototypes don't mean anything if they're sitting on shelves. Get your innovations out there, and then get tracking.
November 17, 2008 in Management & Operations

Risky Business

Is your business ready to deal with the unexpected?
October 15, 2008 in Business Management

Recruit Reboot

Fill your job openings the right way with these solutions.
October 15, 2008 in Hiring Center

Get Thoroughly Green

Take a look at your company's eco-friendliness from start to finish.
September 18, 2008 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Personal Effects

Should you brand yourself along with your business?
September 1, 2008 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Going, Going, Gone?

Coverage for your business in the local newspaper might be increasingly hard to come by.
August 1, 2008 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Rush Hour

Don't let downtime turn into lost time. Learn how to make the most of it.
August 1, 2008 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Ready for Anything

Make sure you're fully prepared for when disaster strikes.
July 1, 2008 in Entrepreneur Magazine
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