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14 interview questions that get to the heart of the candidate

October 8, 2014
Interviewing need not be tricky—but it does need to reveal character.
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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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