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Exempt vs. non-exempt: When must employers pay overtime.  This is a paramount question every employer should ask as it has been brought to light recently by a lawsuit against mega-retailer Target.

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Suffering from both information overload and work overload? Especially in a difficult economy many managers are asked to fill multiple job roles. Office Manager Today is a new business resource for busy professionals who need trustworthy, reliable office management advice—but don’t have all day to find it. Publisher Phillip Ash says the new publication and its website provide “essential topics under one umbrella” for those involved in office management.

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Using the computer toolbar again and again to pull down the same functions is monotonous and stifles productivity.

Ursula Faix, of Sarasota, Fla., offers her time-saving strategies of bypassing drop-down menus so “every command I need is one click away. For me, the most important time-saving technique in Microsoft Word and Excel is to customize the toolbars,” she says.

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When creating a form letter or other document template, the field code feature in Word versions 97 and higher can come in handy. With dozens of field codes available, you can manage everything from inserting information that is automatically updated to creating drop-down lists that allow users to choose which information to insert.

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In business writing, you don’t receive extra credit for slathering your sentences with fancy phrases, the way you did in college. Do that in a memo or e-mail, and you can expect eyes to glaze over. Here are five “less is more” tips for writing more effectively at work.

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In a down economy, many workers find their positions turned into “stretch jobs.” They handle greater responsibilities—like managing budgets of combined departments and supervising more employees—but they haven’t received training to manage more tasks. “Stretch jobs challenge people to grow by providing opportunities that stretch their thinking and behavior. But it’s counter-productive to stretch employees to the breaking point…”

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We all know the “basics” when it comes to computers, right? Not necessarily. One person’s everyday shortcut may be another person’s “Cool! I didn’t know you could do that!” Try these nine keyboard and mouse tricks right now.

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Paul Falcone, author of 101 Tough Conversations to Have with Employees, offers these scripts to follow when you need to have awkward but essential conversations with employees. Here’s what managers should say after they’ve said, “Hey, got a minute?” 

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Learn how to set up a time sheet, create drop-down lists and navigate anywhere in Microsoft Excel

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Most managers have heard HR’s mantra:  “Document, document, document.”  But that doesn’t mean they have been taught how to keep records of important hiring and disciplinary conversations.  “If you’re ever hauled into court to testify in a lawsuit against your organization, what you say, and how you say it, can sink your defense—or help you win,” says Patrick DiDomenico founding editor of The HR Specialist. “And more than your credibility may be on trial; you could even be held personally liable for some discriminatory acts.”

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