Office politics? You bet. And you better play to win

February 16, 2018

Office politics doesn’t have to be manipulative or sleazy. In fact, it’s one of the most direct, smart and savvy ways to make your mark with those that count. Here are three rules to win the game of office politics.

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2018 standard auto mileage rate increases 1¢ per mile

January 3, 2018

The IRS’ standard mileage rate, which you can use to reimburse employees who drive their own cars on business, increases to 54.5¢ a mile for 2018, up one penny from the 2017 rate.

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4 ways to inject more oversight into flexible work arrangements

November 21, 2017
Employers may perceive flex schedules as a key retention tool, but they’re no longer shy about insisting that day-to-day productivity can’t suffer because of an employee’s altered schedule.
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Help employees connect with their work & workplace

October 26, 2017

Gallup has found that just a third of U.S. employees are fully engaged in their jobs. At the other end, 16% of workers are “actively disengaged” in their work.

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How to question a witness about a workplace incident

October 11, 2017

In questioning someone, you suddenly gain power over that person … and it’s incredibly easy for that to go wrong.

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The power of a handwritten note

October 11, 2017

In the business world, sending messages through Twitter, texting, Facebook or email is certainly easier than writing a handwritten note. But what is often missing in those communications is authenticity and forethought.

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6 replies when employees fall short

October 10, 2017
One of the most important roles you can play as a leader is that of motivator—even when employees haven’t met expectations. Instead of kicking employees when they’re down, use these phrases to refocus them and inspire them to move forward.
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Respond to employees who say, ‘We tried that before’

September 13, 2017
Change resistance comes in all shapes and sizes, but the most common form is the seemingly innocent phrase “We tried that before, and it didn’t work.” To put an end to this type of change resistance, follow this advice.
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Meet the new boss: How to approach an existing team

September 9, 2017
Whether you’re managing a new team as a result of a promotion, job change or an organizational restructure, stepping in to lead a pre-existing team—and the established dynamics, group norms and expectations they tend to possess—demands a thoughtful management strategy. Here are some tips on how to manage a new staff.
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Another nail in the coffin of the old ‘new’ overtime regulations

September 7, 2017
A federal judge in Texas last month formally struck down the Obama-era regs that would have more than doubled the white-collar overtime threshold to $47,476 per year.
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