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When times get tough, employers may need to dial back some of the extras. But how do you decide what to cut first—and what should be the last resort? Tip: When other perks are cut, keeping a good pot of coffee in the lunchroom is a way of letting employees know that things aren’t hopeless.

More and more employees use cellphones and smartphones to get their work done, something many employers encourage in the name of greater efficiency. But there’s a downside: significant safety and financial risks created by employees who use mobile devices while driving. Here's some common-sense perspective on protecting your employees ... and your bottom line.

Everyone has a communications pet peeve in the workplace, such as when people habitually “reply-all” to emails. But are any of your habits peeving somebody else? Four common bad habits, as well as steps to take to break them:

You may have heard that Excel Pivot Tables are too difficult and should be attempted only by the most advanced users. Not true! Pivot Tables are easy to create and you can use them for everything from answering simple questions to performing complex analysis.

Most organizations create a dress code policy to ensure that employees come to work in appropriate, acceptable attire. But the way those business dress code policies are implemented can be the root of employee lawsuits, ranging from religious accommodation requests to different grooming standards for men and women.

Underlying the list of what needs to get done is the list of what your team needs to get things done. Satisfy those basic needs, build a culture of trust, and people will follow. To build a culture that satisfies basic needs, create a sense of stability.

Substance abuse in the workplace costs employers billions of dollars annually in lost productivity, absenteeism and theft, as well as workers' compensation, health insurance and medical costs. Here are employer guidelines for creating a workable substance abuse policy.

The iPad can be a powerful presentation tool with its high-resolution display and portability. But most people are not taking full advantage of the device’s capability. Make your iPad presentations stand out with these tips.
The easier your organization makes it for employees to access work files from home—or from anywhere outside the office—the more time they will spend working before and after their scheduled hours. The more technology your organization’s employees can take home with them, the more productive they’ll be.
One of the biggest tax breaks on the books is the federal income tax exclusion for gains from principal residence sales. The giant exclusion might not be enough, though, if your home has appreciated hugely since you bought it. But certain home improvement expenses may cut down the taxable gain.