Business Management Daily

There’s no sense in becoming a pack rat if you don’t need to. While the legal requirements to retain records are complex, you’re probably safe in dumping those 1984 vacation-day requests. Still, knowing which records to save or toss can be critical to your business, particularly in defending against a lawsuit.

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Have you discovered all the tools and shortcuts buried within Excel? Hedge your bet by checking out Annette Marquis’s list of Excel features, tools and techniques, which we’ve detailed here…

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A recent study says that 40% of managers are considered “bad bosses” by their employees. Yet most managers assume that their relationships with their employees are running smoothly. Obviously, some of those bosses are wrong … and that can create major problems for a business. Here are seven common employee complaints about management, plus ways managers can silence them.

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The U.S. Small Business Administration last month created a new mobile app that aims to help small business owners gain access to its resources, including listings of counselors and local offices. It also features a start-up calculator.

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Odds are your desk is a hub of organization. If that’s the case, you’re in the ideal position to create more value for your company by coaching others on ROO, or Return on Organization. Your task: Identify a few valuable tips, then share your expertise with others by offering a Lunch ‘n’ Learn on the topic, writing an article in the company newsletter or posting tips through e-mail.

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Friction often exists between HR and supervisors because those front-line bosses don’t fully understand your HR role … and they may hold certain stereotypes about your department. Advice: Set the stage for HR-management collaboration with an “HR for managers” meeting. Explain how key HR functions practically benefit managers and their departments.

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You may think you’ve just penned the most brilliant correspondence of the year, but if it takes the recipient too long to wade through lengthy paragraphs, he’ll never know how bright you are. Let’s face it: Fancy-schmancy business-speak does not make for strong business writing.

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You may not be comfortable when it comes to negotiating your own pay and perks, so lay out your case using these 10 negotiation tips. From opening offers to the handshake that seals the deal, here’s how to make your case and get the rewards you deserve.

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Drowning in information overflow? Try these cool Outlook tips: Click-and-drag names to your Contacts list. Eliminate the auto-complete names that appear in the “To” field of your emails. Share calendars with others in Outlook 2007 …

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It sounds like mission impossible: ensuring that your boss has time for priority work and that he or she never arrives late for a meeting. But you wield much more control than entering appointments on a calendar and reminding the boss what’s coming on the schedule. Help the days flow smoothly by building and managing the calendar better. Here’s how:

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