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Need to hire new talent but only have a bare-bones recruiting budget? Here is a checklist of low- and no-cost recruiting ideas that work in a strong economy, but are especially appropriate when money is tight.
Usually, tax pros advise high-income tax­­payers to push taxable income from the current year into the following year in order to delay taxes. But there’s a major tax storm brewing on the horizon. Crazy as it sounds, this year you might want to do the exact opposite of what you normally do at year-end.
For busy executives, managing time means capturing to-do items and then prioritizing what matters most. Harried people often fail to list a fleeting thought (“I need to follow up with Chris”) and, as a result, forget it.

To stand out in today’s fast-paced world, organizations are realizing the importance of creating a compelling and engaging recruitment and employment branding strategy. Many best-in-class organizations are using video to reach their target audiences.

There are plenty of ways for organizations to lose money—bad business decisions, tough competition, fickle markets. But one of the most insidious fiscal perils: employees who steal. Here’s a sketch of whom and what to watch out for in your workplace.
Flex is becoming as coveted by businesses as it is by employees. Organizations, it seems, need as much flexibility when it comes to staffing as employees do when it comes to balancing work with personal commitments. Here are seven ways your organi­zation can benefit as much as its employees do from offering time-and-place flexibility.

Here are three words of advice to communicate well: Make it count. Sending mass emails or holding un­­necessarily frequent meetings can test employees’ patience and distract them from higher-priority work.

If you allow employees to listen to music in the workplace, be aware of the legal and practical consequences, lest you start hearing the not-so-sweet sounds of co-workers' complaints … or even lawsuits.
If you feel like your office or cube is becoming a cage lately, it’s time to add a little more “human” to your human resources. Increasing your visibility among employees could counter employee attitudes that associate HR only with bad news and being disconnected from employee issues.

Is your recognition program a top-down affair, with execs deciding how to sprinkle around the praise and prizes? Actually, studies show peer-to-peer recognition can boost employee morale and productivity more than traditional reward programs. Some examples: