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Editor's Note

Your employees are pretty smart. Go ahead and treat them that way.

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This story appears in the April 2001 issue of Entrepreneurs Start-Ups magazine.

I happened to have the opportunity recently to talk with someone who was laid off from his job as director of e-business at a high-tech firm. It was a chance occurrence that I relished, because typically I deal with entrepreneurs, not with the people they employ-or, for that matter, the people they lay off.

The conversation with this former worker-let's call him Joe-called to mind something I think all entrepreneurs should know, regardless of what kind of company you own or what kind of money you're making or how many employees you have. It spoke to good old common sense-to the basic need to treat employees like humans.

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