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When teams sputter, conflicts can erupt. As the leader, you can insist that difficult personalities find a way to get along. Encourage diverse teams to look past their differences. Use these strategies to cure your team's negativity.

Promoting from within can save re­cruit­ing costs and staff time if you choose the right employees. But internal hires often go wrong for one simple reason: HR and managers assume they know the candidate.

Few people enjoy conflict, but it’s an inevitable part of life and ­business. So if you want to succeed, you need to become skilled in managing it. A few key phrases can help you to resolve conflicts when they arise, says author, speaker and consultant Barry Moltz.

During a fire or other emergency, the difference between escape and injury or death can sometimes be measured in seconds. That’s why all employers must comply with OSHA’s requirement for exit routes in the workplace.

Life is hectic, but you can make it less so with some simple, savvy tips and shortcuts for using Google Calendar to get your schedule in order, says Elsa Wenzel, a senior editor with PCWorld. Here are nine essential calendar tricks to help you save time and reduce stress.

Legal complaints filed by employees against their employers have risen dramatically over the past decade. How well do you know the law? Take this quick quiz:

Like it or not, people judge you by how you write. Strong writing skills will help you get noticed, earn your colleagues’ trust and move you up in your career, says author and writing coach Roger C. Parker. Five suggestions to help you improve your writing:

When companies need to cut corners, one of the first things executives slash is the training budget. When that happens, it’s time for HR to get creative. Here are seven practical cost-cutting tips.
A few hours after you hear a presentation, ask yourself, “What do I remember?” If you recall anything, it will probably be a story. No matter how well a speaker serves up data, few listeners will remember it. But succinct stories lodge themselves in listeners’ brains.

Most of us have room to improve our productivity and avoid time vampires lurking around every corner, says Dawn Rasmussen, Path­­finder Writing and Career Ser­­vices. She lists the nine worst time-­suckers threatening your productivity.

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