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Now here’s a point of view you just don’t hear that often. It turns out the DigiSnack 6500 is not wild about your office manager’s attempt to fiddle in its affairs.

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Prepare for a tough conversation as carefully as you would prepare for an important meeting with a client. Here are three effective steps to take when laying down the law.

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Q. We have an experienced employee who is not working at an acceptable pace. We need to address his speed, but we’re concerned he may have medical issues. Can we ask him about his health? — Anonymous, Illinois

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Has it come to this, where we need anti-distraction apps in our lives? Absolutely. Here are five to make you stay on task.

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The Occu­­pa­­tional Safety and Health Admin­­is­­tra­­tion recently rolled out a new heat safety mobile app that allows workers and supervisors to calculate the heat index for their worksite, and, based on the heat index, displays a risk level to outdoor workers.

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Q. If an employee leaves company premises during his designated paid or unpaid breaks (without clocking out) to get food or go shopping, is the company liable if the employee is involved in an incident?

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Renée Robertson, founder and CEO of Trilogy Development, explains the subtle difference.

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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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According to a survey conducted by RingCentral, 41% of U.S. adults respond to a text message in less than 10 minutes, with 6% claiming they’re typing away in less than 60 seconds.

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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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