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1-Minute Strategies: December ’14

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Turn your next meeting into a walkabout. Creative input increases by 60% when someone is walking, according to Daniel Schwartz, professor at Stanford Graduate School of Education, who co-authored the study Give Your Ideas Some Legs. So ask your boss if he would like to schedule a few walking meetings to encourage creativity and get everyone moving. Steve Jobs and Aristotle both liked to talk and generate ideas while walking.

Spin your tips into a blog or podcast. If you give or receive advice frequently, finding a way to save and share that information may help you and others. Lifehacker’s Dave Green­­­­baum suggests you turn frequently asked questions into a blog post or record a phone call, with permission, and turn it into a podcast.

Always work to advance your career. Smart people do something each month to improve themselves and work on their career, says career coach Caro­­line Ceniza-Levine. In Decem­­ber, she suggests reaching out to your old contacts. Recon­­nect with people you haven’t seen recently in a festive setting to strengthen connections for the upcoming year. Save the serious work talk for 2015.

Need to do a quick search in Outlook? Hit Ctrl+E to get there faster.

Department of Labor A to Z guidance. Tired of all the acronyms and jargon of U.S. em­­ployment law in the workplace? The U.S. Depart­­ment of Labor offers an A to Z comprehensive guide to hundreds of words and phrases. So if you’re not sure what the OFCCP, ERISA or COBRA is, no problem.

Another reason to love coffee: It can help your teeth. Re­­search from Boston Uni­­ver­­sity found drinking coffee can protect people from periodontal disease, an inflammation of the gums and jaw. Coffee is still known to stain teeth, though, so don’t overdo it.

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