When consultant Roger E. Herman hears small business owners complain that
“people go where the money is,” he quickly retorts: “False! All the
studies show otherwise.” He points to a Robert Half International survey
which demonstrates that “compensation is not the predominant reason why
people leave their jobs for supposedly greener pastures.”
Instead, asserts Herman, “People are hungry for opportunities to grow
into their jobs. They crave advancement, both in position and stature, and
What problem costs the American economy more than $100 billion every year?
What problem causes employers to incur a 300 percent increase in medical
costs and benefits? What problem is being addressed by large companies but
neglected by small businesses?
The answer is substance abuse in the workplace, including alcohol
abuse as well as illicit drug use. And it’s a bottom line issue that is
only getting worse for our nation’s small business owners. Research shows
“Work, work, work, work, work.” – Mel Brooks
In his movie, Blazing Saddles, famed actor-director Mel Brooks
plays a simple-minded sheriff who scurries from one task to
another, all the while muttering his work mantra.
While they’re certainly not engaged in the same types of
activities such as rounding up errant citizenry, many
entrepreneurs can relate to the sheriff’s feelings of being
Running a business is no small feat, and business owners are