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Fathers at work; e-mail subject lines; ways to get fired

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Fathers at work

A recent survey by CareerBuilder.com found that working fathers were less likely to report flexible working arrangements than were working mothers. While more than half of the women surveyed said their employers offered such arrangements, only 40 percent of the fathers did.

More than one-quarter of the dads surveyed said work is negatively affecting their relationship with their children; 40 percent indicated they would stay at home as primary caregivers if their spouse or partner earned enough to support the family.

Subject: Read me! 

"The subject line [of an e-mail] is the first impression; you never get a chance to make a second one," says business communication pro Benjamin Tomkins. He cites six principles that determine whether recipients read, respond, or act on your e-mail: The message must inform, intrigue, entrust, call for action, project empa­thy, and "collaborate" with the sender's identi­ty (the "from" line).

Knowing how to write good, catchy subject lines tailored to the audi­ence—be it an employee, customer, or manager—is an essential skill not just for communica­tion specialists but all e-mailing managers.

Ways to get fired 

The career counseling and outplacement spe­cialists at the Five O'Clock Club identify "the five most common mistakes people make at work that put them at risk." They include: not being careful with your computer use; misbe­having at company parties; disagreeing with your boss in public; not respecting the com­pany culture; or speaking to the press (unless that's your job), even if what you have to say is positive.

While one may question whether all of these are that common, there's no denying they're things that any smart man­ager will avoid.

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