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The easier your organization makes it for employees to access work files from home—or from anywhere outside the office—the more time they will spend working before and after their scheduled hours. The more technology your organization’s employees can take home with them, the more productive they’ll be.
One of the biggest tax breaks on the books is the federal income tax exclusion for gains from principal residence sales. The giant exclusion might not be enough, though, if your home has appreciated hugely since you bought it. But certain home improvement expenses may cut down the taxable gain.
If applicants ask why they didn’t get the job, conventional wisdom says to simply state that another individual more closely met the company’s needs, period. Short, sweet, to the point, and unlikely to result in a discrimination claim. Or is it? You may want to reconsider how much feedback to provide re­­jected applicants.
One of the most dangerous smartphone functions (from the employer perspective) is also one of the simplest: sending text messages. Considering the rise in harassment claims based on texts, employers should develop policies addressing textual harassment in the workplace.

If you’ve been on the fence about which online file storage and sharing program to jump into, or you're thinking about making a switch, Walt Mossberg recently gave an overview of the top four picks in his Wall Street Journal column. Here’s a quick look at Dropbox, SugarSync, Microsoft SkyDrive and Google Drive.

A number of recent studies confirm that working makes people fat, especially if their jobs call for them to sit for long periods, skip meals or deal with stress. Here are 10 ways your organization can help its employees stave off what scientists refer to as "sitting disease."
Exuding authority often comes easier to men than women, but those same behaviors can also be a liability in collaborative work environments, says Carol Kinsey Goman. She shares five body language mis­­takes and tips on how to avoid them.
With U.S. unemployment still running high, that means two things: You’re receiving more résumés per job, and applicants are ramping up the creativity to grab your attention. That creativity leads to a lot of home runs ... and some dramatic strikeouts.

Are your employees adequately protected in the event they suffer a long-term illness? Consider providing long-term care insurance as a company fringe benefit. As long as you meet the tax requirements, the premium payments are deductible by your company and tax-free to your employees.

Having a glowing recommendation attached to your profile is a great way to stand out to recruiters, but it’s important that you also write great recommendations for others. Expert tips to help you get and give effective recommendations: