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The key to working smarter is learning shortcuts. PC World recently asked several tech experts to share a few of their productivity secrets. Here are some of the best culled from the list.

Shuffling candidates between one-on-one interviews with different managers is time consuming and can produce assessments that are vastly different or inaccurate. That’s why more businesses are including panel interviews as a tool in their hiring belts.

You’ve probably heard the one about Gen Y’ers wanting—and ex­­pect­­ing—constant feedback. Two things to know about that generational myth: First, it’s not ex­­actly true. Second, if you accept it at face value, it could get in the way of good intergenerational relationships.

Even if they’ve been diligently socking away money in their 401(k) plans, employees who are about to retire are no doubt nervous about their financial futures. The nagging question: Will their retirement savings last as long as they do? Believe it or not, the IRS wants to help.

Nothing conveys urgency and efficiency like being on your feet during a daily meeting. Stanford Business School professor Bob Sutton observed this as he was co-writing the management book Hard Facts, along with Jeff Pfeffer.

Supplemental health insurance plans can build good will among employees, make your benefits package more competitive and enhance HR’s image. To make sure you secure the best coverage at the best prices, ask insurance brokers about the following topics.

Figuring out if applicants have the technical skills to perform a job is relatively easy. What’s more difficult is finding out whether a person has the personal characteristics to become successful and be someone co-workers wouldn’t go nuts working alongside.

“The issues most people struggle with have little to do with our ability to do the work,” says Quint Studer, author of The Great Employee Handbook: Making Work and Life Better. “It’s all the things that happen around the work. ... It’s whether we make life easier for our co-workers or more difficult.” He offers these four workplace secrets:

With new applications being released on a minute-by-minute basis, here are some of the best new applications that you might have missed.

When it comes to retaining and motivating employees, compensation is important, but communication is key. Especially for a company with a combination of on-site and virtual employees, regular, required communication between management and staff—and among peers—is essential.

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