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Soft Sell

Those ever-so-nice solicitors are eating up your workers' time.

This story appears in the December 2000 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

One of your employees is selling candy to help his kids raise money for a school project. Another is passing out brochures and taking orders for a party to sell jewelry or food-storage containers. And then there's the salesperson who stops by with a supply of lunch items for your employees to purchase. It's no big deal, right? Wrong.

"While workplace solicitation may seem harmless, it has the potential to create labor problems, productivity problems and morale problems for employers," says D. Allen Miller, managing director of Business Advantage International, a human resource services firm in Farmington, Utah.

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