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Hiring new employee discussions, how to on-board new employees and where to find candidates. Firing employees is difficult. Terminations are often disruptive. Discussions about the need to terminate employees in your business.

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  3. Hiring

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  4. Short staffed

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  5. To fire or not

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  6. Need Shop Techs

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  7. shortage of good techs

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  8. Finding a Mechanic

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  9. Firing employee today

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  10. Ever Hire Brad Pitt?

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  11. Employee Needed

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