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As nice as it would be for bosses to be superhuman, they’re just like everyone else. Some are com­petent and compassionate; others are inept and inconsiderate. Some tactics for toughing it out with a bad boss:
Inclement weather brings with it all sorts of problems for employers, such as employees with child care concerns because of closed schools, tricky road conditions, office closings and cold weather safety. Hope for the best, but plan for the worst with these workplace pointers.
Absenteeism costs American businesses approximately 9% of payroll, according to several estimates. Here are a dozen ways to keep employees coming to work as scheduled, reserving sick leave for health problems—not as a catch-all bank of time off.
You start off as a functional leader, and within a few years, you’re tapped to lead at a higher level. But you’re struggling—it’s different at the top. At this point, it’s crucial to make a series of (sometimes tricky) shifts to make the leap to enterprise leadership.

The growth of anti-bullying laws, policies and public campaigns are making employees ultra-aware to potential bullying situations at work. For supervisors, that means it’s more important than ever to be alert to how your words and actions are being delivered … and received. Here are eight do’s and don’ts:

A simple way for companies to give employees a morale boost: loosening their dress code for a day and allowing employees to dress up for Halloween. It doesn’t cost the company any money or time—except for the few minutes you’ll need to set a few ground rules on costumes.
Many small employers make decisions about medical plans and other benefits based on cost alone. But here’s another factor to consider: How does your organization stack up against employers of the same size?

Let’s say you have a meeting scheduled to discuss resolving customer complaints. To prepare for the meeting, attendees search their inboxes and network drives to find related files they’ll need to begin visualizing a process. By inserting some of these objects into the meeting notice, you can help attendees better prepare for the meeting.

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.