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Employees overworked? 7 tactics to lessen the stress

May 9, 2012

The employees I talk to say they feel overworked. The business leaders I work with say increased workloads are here to stay. As an office manager, you’re caught in the middle.

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Hiring minors? Be able to identify the off-limits tasks

May 9, 2012

Be careful what tasks you assign to teens if you’re planning on hiring them this summer.

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Know the laws on returning military

May 9, 2012

U.S. combat operations in Iraq ended in December and the Pentagon is gradually drawing down forces in Afghanistan.  Thus, employers will see more reservists returning to work.

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Communicating benefits: 3+3 strategy works best

May 9, 2012

Giving employees at least three weeks to review benefit information and providing that information in at least three different formats (personalized statements, web training, group meetings, etc.) is the key to benefits training that sticks, says new research from benefits provider Unum.

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How patient should you be with new employees?

May 9, 2012

You have to give new employees some time to get up to speed. But where do you draw the line?

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Employee appreciation on a lean budget

May 9, 2012
After a successful company event or quarter, write a handwritten thank-you note to the employee’s spouse, outlining the contributions his or her husband/wife made to the effort.
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You can fire for unprofessional tweets

May 9, 2012
An Arizona newspaper fired a crime reporter after he posted comments on his work-related Twitter account.
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Pregnant workers? Let ’em work

April 15, 2012
A manager in a Houston-based restaurant apparently thought he was looking out for the best interests of pregnant employees and their fetuses when he told them to stop working in their last trimester of pregnancy. Not so fast, said the EEOC …
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Employee Twitter accounts: Who “owns” the followers and Twitter “handle”?

April 15, 2012
Draft an agreement to clarify what will happen to Twitter accounts and followers after employees depart.
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When it comes to hiring, what do you look for?

April 15, 2012
In a new CareerBuilder survey, it seems employers are changing what they look for in prospective employees …
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