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“Oh, it’s no big deal, it’s just a cold.” How many times have you heard an employee casually dismiss an illness like this? As a manager, it’s imperative that you inform employees of how easily common infectious bugs such as colds and flu spread.

Being in HR requires the ability to maintain confidentiality. This can be challenging if you do not have an office with a door that you can close and lock. Here are some ways you can overcome the challenges of working in a cubicle.

In most states, workers are employed on an “at will” basis, meaning employers may terminate workers at any time for any legal, nondiscriminatory reason. However, at-will status doesn’t mean you won’t get sued. Here's how to minimize your exposure to wrongful-termination claims.

About one-third of employees listen to music at work using an iPod, MP3 player or other portable music device. But employers need to be aware of the potential negative effects that these devices could have on communication, performance and safety.

Leaders with emotional intelligence rarely possess it by accident. Their high self-awareness lets them see cause-effect relationships between their feelings and their actions. To raise your awareness, keep daily notes of your actions—and the thoughts that led to those actions.
Corporate HR departments love nontraditional benefits—perks other than leave, health insurance and retirement benefits—because they’re generally cheap and build loads of employee good will. But many so-called lifestyle benefits are taxable, much to HR’s chagrin.
Most people would agree that it’s important to manage your emotions in the office. But is it appropriate to create official policies that would ban heated exchanges? That’s what one reader asked recently on the Admin Pro Forum.
Because unemployment figures remain high, many employees stay put even if they dislike their jobs. If you manage people who seem detached, take these steps to en­­gage employees so they don’t sit and stew:

For the first time in almost 20 years, you’ll need to relearn how to use Windows. That's because Windows 8 is a dramatic change from previous versions of Windows. The most obvious difference between Windows 7 and Windows 8 is the user interface. Here's an at-a-glance view.

Legendary marketer David Ogilvy once said, “When you advertise fire extinguishers, open with the fire.” It’s good advice for business presenters. Captivate your listeners from the first seconds of your talk. To organize the first minute of your speech, prepare in threes: