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14 interview questions that get to the heart of the candidate

October 8, 2014
Interview questions need not be tricky. But they do need to reveal the character of what might be the next person on your payroll.
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Mandatory retirement: Is it ever legal?

October 8, 2014
Of course, you can’t give older workers a hard time so as to pressure them into leaving. You know that’s against the law. But could you maybe suggest—or even require—that they retire at a given age, say, 65 or 70? Nope. You can’t set any mandatory retirement age unless the people involved fall into one of five very limited categories.
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Strategies from your peers: On which day of the week do you like to start a new employee and why?

September 15, 2014
Do you have a tip or tactic you would like to share with ­readers? Please email your response to editor@OfficeManagerToday.com along with your first name or initials. Answers may be edited for clarity and space.
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Your office copier: A security risk?

September 15, 2014
Before you sell, trade in or scrap your office copier, consider this: Copiers—especially the newer models—are in fact highly sophisticated computers that can be a security risk all on their own.
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No spare room for breast-pumping? Consider portable lactation station

September 15, 2014

Do you have a place where an employee can pump breast milk? If you don’t have a spare room or want to dodge the renovation costs of creating such a room, there is an alternative: a movable breast-pumping pod known as the Mamava Lactation Station.

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Strategies from your peers: When conducting performance reviews, what do you discuss last?

August 11, 2014
Do you have a tip or tactic you would like to share with ­readers? Please email your response to editor@OfficeManagerToday.com along with your first name or initials.
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Consider humility when hiring

August 11, 2014
Skills, experience and attitude usually top the list of attributes sought in a job candidate. But for Rob Daley, CEO of 4moms, a Pittsburgh-based baby products maker, humility comes high on that list, too.
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Where moms spend their days

August 11, 2014
Stay-at-home mothers are increasingly rare, and highly educated, relatively well-off mothers who stay at home are the rarest of the rare.
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Is ‘We’re short-staffed’ a legal reason to deny an employee medical leave?

August 11, 2014
Employers must be fully staffed to function efficiently. But what if you’re already short-staffed and an employee requests leave for a last-minute medical appointment? Just how much scheduling chaos must you tolerate before saying “no”?
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When you hire someone with a disability …

August 11, 2014

You’ve just hired a new employee. She uses a powered chair. You know she can do the work, but you’re concerned with how she’ll fit in with the team. Here are a few tips on how to make everyone feel more comfortable,

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