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“If only I had a bigger budget (for my department or my company), all my problems would disappear.” You’ve likely had a similar thought at some point. But is it true? Great companies, and leaders, excel at finding a frugal path when solving problems.

Did you know Outlook will Spell Check your email before it goes out, even if you forget? Do you like the Reading Pane but don’t like items automatically marked “Read”? Don’t like those Desktop Alerts that display every time you receive a new email? Click on Tools, Options ...

A consultant who was running a daily meeting for 20 employees at an insurance company noticed that he had two ramblers taking his meetings off track. Solution? He brought chocolates into the meeting ... and trained the ramblers to stick to the agenda.
Customers love telling about their experiences. They tweet about the latest movie they saw. They Facebook about their favorite restaurant. “Companies that aren’t embracing social media today are missing out on huge opportunities to capitalize on the voices of their customers,” says Ron Kaufman.
Asking questions is more effective than trying to know all the answers, says Andrew Sobel, author of Power Questions: Build Relationships, Win New Business, and Influence Others. The right questions “make people like you, trust you, and want to work with you.”
Employers continue to get marched into court for violating service members’ re-employment rights under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemploy­­ment Rights Act. Man­­agers on the front lines should be aware of the law and these common pitfalls:

When we think about PowerPoint presentations, we usually imagine a speaker in front of the room with a projector and a screen. But many presentations are delivered by alternative methods. One common method is self-directed at a kiosk or at someone’s computer. Creating this type of presentation is easier than you think.

Managers should make documentation of employee performance, behavior and discipline a regular habit. HR can help limit the organization’s legal liability by counseling ­managers to keep three basic principles in mind when documenting discipline.
Nowadays, executives more often are meeting virtually, through instant messaging, video chat and other tools. Here's how to organize a virtual meeting, and prepare participants to get the most out of the session.
Even if you included a new social media policy in your employee handbook recently, it’s time to review it again. The NLRB issued a report recently that called into question the legality of some of the wording employers commonly use in their social media policies.
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