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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:
Publication of the new DOL guide to employees’ FMLA rights signals an opportunity for employers to take a fresh look at this sometimes confusing law. It’s a golden opportunity to remind employees how their company leave policies mesh with the FMLA.
“In today’s reputation economy, what you stand for matters more than what you produce and sell,” says Kasper Ulf Nielsen, executive partner of Reputation Institute. “People’s willingness to buy, recommend, work for and invest in a company is driven 60% by their perceptions of the company ... "