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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.

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.