Office Administration

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Über-organized? There’s a downside

June 10, 2015

When you think of a well-oiled, smooth-running office, organization and a strict adherence to procedures come to mind. Such traits give the workplace stability, a sense of direction and a rudder. But according to Sue Shellenbarger, writing in The Wall Street Journal, an uncompromising rigidity in organization creates a double-edged sword.

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The making of a $24 bottle of water

June 10, 2015

In 1991, Duncan McFie moved to King Island to launch a career as a teacher. The remote island, part of Tasmania, has clear air, sparkling water and little pollution. McFie, 47, soon learned that King Island rainwater is among the purest in the world because trade winds carry its rain clouds 7,000 miles from South America without passing over any land …

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Are those images you’re using legal?

May 23, 2015
When the Office.com Clip Art library shut down in late 2014, it was a blow to those who produce office memos, newsletters and other publications. It can be tempting to just use any images you find online, but doing so is asking for trouble, legal experts say.
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Your office lighting may be killing productivity

May 13, 2015
Have you ever asked your employees how the lighting in your office affects them or about their preferences? It’s a conversation worth having.
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Pencils are cool again!

May 13, 2015
According to Jason Chen, writing in Bloomberg Businessweek, vintage pencils are gaining traction as the preferred writing instrument of those who just might be tired of the pen and PC and want the feel of a well-balanced wooden writing tool.
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Suburban office parks? Don’t get used to them

May 13, 2015
Choice Hotels, Marriott and State Farm Insurance have joined a growing list of large employers quitting the far suburbs and moving office complexes closer to downtown.
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Celebrate the creators within your office

May 12, 2015
So how come the art in your hallways isn’t produced by your employees, or their kids?
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Still have some employees resisting direct deposit?

May 12, 2015
State laws generally prohibit employers from mandating that employees participate in direct deposit. And regardless of your best efforts, a few may be tough to convince. One tried-and-true tactic is to include direct deposit enrollment forms as part of routine paperwork.
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When you hire someone with a disability …

April 15, 2015

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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Beware the heartbreak of ‘vendor switch remorse’

April 13, 2015

It looks so good on paper: You can shave 5% of the procurement budget just by picking up a phone and returning that new, aggressive vendor’s phone call. But many an office manager has gone down this road only to regret it.

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