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Smart Business Owners Produce Productive Employees

Work in Today's Workforce

The workforce today is completely dissimilar from even ten years ago. Young, brilliant employees in today's workforce stay on the job for slightly more than two years. Then, these young, gifted employees accepted a position with a different company. And that is only part of the issue facing employers today. As more than 90% of young workers disclosed looking for other opportunities while employed in a job, so goes the young, brilliant workforce of companies that are not savvy.

Employees Sharing and Working Together

Employees Sharing and Working Together

Workforce of Today

Why is this happening in today’s workforce, leaving owners and managers scratching their heads and wondering what could be the problem? Could it be that businesses are not providing the personal attention that they should? Companies are not teaching, training, or giving support to employees while they are learning.

Therefore, these young, talented workers are looking for opportunities in companies that give the most training so they can excel in their skills. A personal skill set is vital to any young employee who is looking for a job or career in the world today. And it is very important that everyone know their skill set.

1.) Transferable skills are those gained from previous job(s), daily life, or even recreational activities.

2.) Personal skills: these are skills that, logically, come naturally; however, they can be learned, like honesty, being punctual, and being a team player.

3.) Work-specific skills—are skills one needs to execute a certain job, such as that of a software designer, bookkeeper, data entry operator, etc. These skills are learned through one’s job experience as well as attending conferences or other training aids.

Yes, employers and owners will need to pull their heads out of the sand. And I understand if the young, skilled, and educated employees are not learning on the job—vital new skills for their personal skill set and knowledge to excel in their jobs. Then I'm afraid they'll dismiss it as a dead-end job, which isn't good enough for them.

Professional Offices

Professional Offices

A Savvy Boss

Anyone in a professional environment has entertaining stories to tell. I admire Donald Trump and his way of dealing with his employees. He knows to whom to give certain responsibilities because of their strengths in the workplace.

A savvy boss knows his employees' assets and flaws; he knows who works in the office and the ones who are there for the weekly paycheck. And who watches the clock more than their duties?

A savvy boss knows when to take out the trash (Donald Trump) because keeping nonproductive employees affects productive employees and the positive ambiance of the office. Who wants to be a dedicated, productive employee who takes pride in their work while watching others who, by all appearances, seem to be working but contribute little to the work's production? These employees do not need to be in a workplace. Take out the trash.

A Boss who Inadequately Operates Business

A savvy boss knows when someone is constantly in their office to earn brownie points. Pay attention now—here is an example:

An employee belongs to the same organization, church, political party, etc. as the boss and stays in the boss’s office most of the morning or afternoon talking about subjects, he or she knows the boss wants to hear about. The boss listens and contributes to the employee's wasted workday and forces others to take up his or her slack by doing their job.

It is bosses like this who do not need to be in an office environment, but many are, and many own and inadequately operate their businesses. They come in to work a little before noon and then walk up and down the hallways checking on who is present and who is not. Then they disappear to lunch for a couple of nonproductive hours. They are an ineffective, imperfect, and unsatisfactorily bad boss. Their actions demonstrate they are not business professionals.

Who Handles Client and Employee Issues of the Morning?

And if there were any emergencies this morning, they would have to be handled when they decided to appear. So the employees have to deal with stress the best way they know how.

And most likely, if the operations manager is in the office, 90% of the time they inform the employee who had an office issue or problem with a client that needs immediate attention, we will have to wait until the boss arrives. Or maybe the operations manager, called the boss, should only hear what she just informed the employee and wait until he or she arrives at the office.

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What do you think the employees and the client think about the handling of the issue? When no one is given the authority to handle issues in an office, it wreaks havoc when the nonexistent boss is not there to conduct the office in a professional manner and solve issues. News travels in the business world, and clients who are not treated professionally will spread the word faster than a teenager with a cell phone.

Does this really happen in offices? Yes, every day, which leads to employee stress, and the productive employees who work on their own without supervision become disenchanted with their jobs.

A Great Operations Manager

The Boss has no Suspicion

Employees start thinking that if the owner—their boss—does not care enough to open and close the office, then why should they care about his or her business?

So, the ball of disillusionment starts rolling down the productive hill of profits, and the company slowly slides into the red. Then, the meetings start with a boss who does not understand what is going on because they are never there for a whole workday. The pointing fingers start—you know the type—it is everyone’s fault, but theirs—and they cannot believe the employees have done this horrendous deed to their company.

Then certain people are called into his or her office and questioned about the current status of the work's production. And the one called into the office first—the operations manager—is the one who is not granted any authority to solve even an infinitesimal issue.

Then the office employee who does nothing most of the day is called in and asked for their opinion. I cannot believe this, you say—well, I can tell you it happens every day. The boss, who has no clue about whom they are inquiring about office issues, is now talking to one of them.

It Blows My Mind

It blows my mind how this continues in offices all over America. What happens when she summons one of the company's hardworking key employees? After he/she talks with this employee and the employee tells him/her their opinion:

  • The boss needs to open and close the office, therefore, being there to handle all issues
  • Then, based on their presence in the office, it will become obvious which employees do their job and which do not.
  • The ones who visited other offices most of the morning before the boss arrived think they are immune to the rules and probably will not stop when the boss is present if he or she tolerates it.
  • The productive employees are now disenchanted with the workplace environment, so something needs to be done.

Now, a person who could become a savvy boss would take this advice and run with it. However, 75% of the time, the boss does not change anything. No sir, the boss lets it slide, making us wonder if they are thinking about what to do. So what happens next? You guessed it. The productive workers are given their pink slips, and the slackers are still employed.

Can the Boss be Terminated?

This is a time when a boss should be terminated because he or she has inflicted mayhem on many hard-working people who do not deserve this type of stress and treatment.

Since one cannot fire him, one can obtain legal advice, but the more positive road to travel would be to update your resume and start making interview appointments. There are corporations in the workforce that appreciate productive workers and award them accordingly.

Next is Bankruptcy and the Business is Closed.

A profitable business that, if handled properly, could function in the black with productive employees and a savvy boss.

A boss who does not tolerate slackers and rewards the excellent employees who take pride in the work. And employees who are loyal to the person who appreciates them And this is shown by the employee receiving a good salary and benefits.

Yes, a savvy boss is the one to work for if you take pride in your work and are a productive employee. A savvy boss always gives birth to productive employees and appreciates them.

A Savvy Boss Must Treat Everyone Equal

Having the experience of working in an office where certain people are treated differently from the other workers does not go unnoticed. I was surprised when this happened in an office where the owner/manager always made a big display of saying she treated everyone the same. She stated adamantly that she gave no special treatment to anyone.

It was brought to my attention by an employee who was hurt because she felt mistreated. She had asked for a day off because her sister was coming to town. And I was told no because it was a busy time of year.

But someone else was given that day off because she wanted to go Christmas shopping. And I told her not to let her hurt gnaw at her; to go and talk with the boss; that was the only way for a professional worker to act. Then she would know the reason and could let it go and get on with her work.

Bosses, be aware that employees are always watching, so make sure your office is conducted in a professional manner at all times.

Question About Your Boss

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2012 Barbara Purvis Hunter


Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on September 04, 2012:

Good Afternoon,

Thanks for the visit and comment. Have a great week.

Bobbi Purvis

Girish puri from NCR , INDIA on September 04, 2012:

man management is the mot easy and the most difficult task, well written, thanks.voted useful.

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on August 25, 2012:


Thanks for your visit and comment. It is always a pleasure to have you visit.

Bobbi Purvis

Joseph De Cross from New York on August 25, 2012:

So true! Savvy bosses are needed, even though they are seen as black sheeps for the manufacturing businness and for enterprises that succeeded. From Henry Ford to the Donald, there is no more than savvy minds with a powerful drive. Thanks Bobbi!

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on August 21, 2012:


Thank you so much for the kind words and coming from you---it touches my heart.

We are so lucky to have you on HubPages as you reach out to writers with such wonderful comments it makes their world seem brighter.

Thank you,

Your Hub Friend,

Bobbi Purvis

epigramman on August 21, 2012:

....a savvy boss???? must be an oxymoron - lol lol - where are these people anyhow? But I do know one thing for sure - you are one savvy writer, world class communicator and extraordinary human being - and thank you for the idealism here in a perfect world - sending you as always good energy and pleasant thoughts from a sunny day here in lake erie time 3:40pm ontario canada

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on August 19, 2012:

Hi Sis,

Thank you for your visit and comment. Unless one has worked in an office with people with all levels of society---they do not know what they have missed. It is an experience to remember.

Happy Sunday to you---it is raining here in Florida---I hope where you are today is sunny.

Your Hub Friend,

Bobbi Purvis

Angela Blair from Central Texas on August 19, 2012:

I've retired from the workplace but looking back -- I personally have known all these people at one time or another and the outcome is always the same. Great Hub and well written! Best/Sis

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on August 19, 2012:

Thank you and Good Morning,

I appreciate your visit and comment. It is always great to see you. A Happy Sunday to you and yours.

Your Hub Friend,

Bobbi Purvis

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on August 19, 2012:


Thank you for my morning laugh---your comment was so funny. I am so happy you stopped for a visit.

You have a great Sunday.

Your Hub Friend,

Bobbi Purvis

Dianna Mendez on August 19, 2012:

This certainly does portray the makings of a savvy boss with great leadership skills. Following this guideline, you would have very little management issues in the company. Voted up.

Rain Defence from UK on August 19, 2012:

I read your title and thought of a woman popping out sprogs to create a workforce. Family businesses can do very well so it is true!

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on August 18, 2012:


Thanks for your visit and comment. Have a great weekend.

Your Hub Friend,

Bobbi Purvis

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on August 18, 2012:

Keeping employees happy means better production. Interesting hub and voted up!

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on August 18, 2012:


And that is a good point. Thanks for the visit and the comment. I hope all is well with you and your and have a great weekend.

Your Hub Friend,

Bobbi Purvis

Audrey Howitt from California on August 18, 2012:

Great hub! I wonder if it all boils down to a workplace where people are invested in what they do as opposed to just putting in time? Yes?

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on August 18, 2012:


And thank you for your visit and kind words. You have a great weekend.

Your Hub Friend.

Bobbi Purvis

Pollyannalana from US on August 18, 2012:

Wow this is great and I know exactly what you are talking about. It is just a K/A world, isn't it and that really makes me sick. Even here I cannot stand to hear ones so sucking up to Hp, can you? They are so obvious. Who really believes them? We all know the rules and we live with it, but some act like watch dog guards and compare Hp to their favorite activity, and you can guess which that is! lol

Good write, you said it! These are not going to do them the best in the long run. It is too bad someone can't see it and stop it, isn't it?

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