Chris Penttila is a Washington, DC-based freelance journalist who covers workplace issues on her blog, Workplacediva.blogspot.com.
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The call center may become a thing of the past--home-shoring is poised to make its mark on the economy. What's in it for you?
Controversy heats up over off-the-clock regulation.
Management & Operations
Barter is back in style and spanning the globe. Here's what you need to know to become the master of your exchange.
A joint venture with a big company sounds great -- until they back out and take your idea with them.
Growing Your Business
A joint venture with a big company sounds like a dream--until the company backs out, takes your idea with it and leaves you in the dust.
Today's consumers no longer fit into yesterday's molds. Here's how to get a grip on the new demographics--and get inside your customers' heads.
If you're asking employees to manage their own benefits, you could be asking for trouble.
Need a fresh perspective on projects, markets and more? Chances are, the answers you need are right under your roof.
Learn tricks for getting in tune with today's five hottest consumer markets, and watch your profits soar.
Angry consumers are using the internet to get revenge. How can you keep them happy?
R&D is being neglected in too many companies. Here's how to ensure your product pipeline is flowing with imaginative and innovative ideas.
Have an employee who's not a team player? It is possible to deal with loners in a way that makes everyone happy.
Can a newcomer revitalize a family business--without igniting a family feud? Learn from 3 entrepreneurs who did just that.
Many states are luring small businesses with big promises--so what's in it for you?
Playing the blame game is out. More CEOs are taking responsibility for their actions--and building stronger businesses as a result.
Are your first impressions of new hires forcing them out the door? Then it's time to open your eyes.
Peer-to-peer interviews give you a closer look at how prospective employees will get along with your staff--but be careful whom you introduce them to.
Feeling optimistic or pessimistic about the state of the economy? Uncertain times like these can really mess with your mind. Here's what other entrepreneurs are doing to keep it together--and keep mov
You can show highly educated employees the corporate ropes--but you'd better do it step by step.
Jumping on a hot trend can be a great way to launch your biz. Find out how to tell a biz-boosting trend from a passing fad!
Everything has its place, especially when launching a biz. But what comes first? Here's what the experts say.