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You’re on your way to a meeting or you’re in the middle of a project that requires your focus, when someone tells you something im­­portant. “Got it!” you say. Later, though, you realize you weren’t fully tuned in. Consider what sort of listener you are, and then heed these tips:

Employees can be reimbursed for their travel and entertainment expenses (T&E) on a tax-free basis. However, if a T&E policy does not meet the IRS standards, or employees do not adequately substantiate their business expenses, their reimbursements are fully taxable.
A quick scan of the world’s 156 million blogs reveals plenty of employees discussing their work. Sometimes that spells legal trouble for employers. By implementing an effective company blogging policy, you may avoid many of the pitfalls.

If you generate specialty items using Microsoft Word, familiarize yourself with two of the tool groups: Page Backgrounds and Quick Parts. From certificates and diplomas to announcements and posters, it’s easy to give your documents a creative and polished look.

Allowing wage-and-hour problems to fester can land you in hot water, which puts a premium on performing a self-audit of your company’s pay policies. But be aware that you may have to provide this so-called self-critical analysis to employees’ attorneys, should they sue you. Take these steps to minimize this possibility:

In 1946, a Romanian nun on a train climbing the Himalayan foothills de­­cided to leave her convent and help the poor, while living among them. She was inspired and felt the need to act. Is it possible to inspire and motivate the way Mother Teresa did? What can we learn from her?

As businesses make their slow transition from layoff mode to hiring, they may find that job-seekers have changed their expectations of employee benefits. They're beginning to demand everything from more comfortable work spaces to em­­ployer practices that nurture the psychological well-being of the workforce.

For most employers, open enrollment for health insurance benefits in 2012 has come and gone. So now's the time for comp and benefits professionals to start planning for the next health insurance renewal go-round. An early start will give you a fighting chance to keep costs under control in 2013.
You crave it. And you probably don’t get enough of it. Here’s how to ask for feedback on your performance: Schedule it. Explain what you want. Don't fish for compliments. Ask for specifics. Stop being defensive ...
Taming the Outlook monster is something we all need help with, so here are a few easy ways to start cleaning up your Outlook inbox: 1. Sort by sender. 2. Search for old emails. 3. Mark for handling. 4. Set up rules ...
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