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Perfume? Too personal. Coffee maker? Too expensive (unless it’s a group gift). The rules for gift-giving at work, in those offices that swap presents, are fairly straightforward. Here’s advice from experts:

Giving great presentations requires skill, work and practice. So if you want to take the easy way out and look like a rank amateur, here are 15 surefire tips to guarantee that you leave a really bad impression.
OSHA has issued en­­force­­ment instructions regarding incidents of workplace violence. Officials will use the directive to decide whether allegations of workplace violence warrant an investigation. It also details methods employers can use to minimize the possibility of workplace violence.

’Tis the season for employees to be stressed and distracted by online shopping, post-party hangovers, visiting relatives, end-of-year deadlines, money woes and sugar-induced belly­aches. Here’s what to watch out for when the holidays are just around the corner.

Winter isn’t a challenging season just because of the lousy weather. It’s tough on payroll staff, who must ensure that the company’s pay policies jibe with the Fair Labor Standards Act when employees leave early, arrive late or just stay home because of snow. Here are the rules for nonexempts and exempts.
When it’s time to produce a newsletter, whether bound for print or available to view online, Microsoft Word has enough tools in its toolbox to add all those polished features you would expect for page layout. Four tips on banners, columns, page borders and linking text boxes:

The holidays are nigh—a time filled with goodwill toward all. Except maybe for you, as you’re charged with handling a bonus payroll, in addition to the regular payroll. If holiday bonuses are in your company’s future, be sure to cover these bases.

The EEOC numbers announced this month show that America’s ongoing economic struggles are continuing to fuel the job discrimination fire in 2011. Employees filed 99,947 charges of job discrimination with the EEOC in fiscal year 2011. That’s the highest number of job bias complaints filed by employees in the EEOC’s 46-year history.

Janie used to wear a ponytail to work, along with scant makeup, khakis, sweaters and loafers. Then a “Power of Image” workshop changed how she presented herself. Now, when she shares her ideas with senior managers, they listen and buy in to what she’s saying.

If you have a policy prohibiting employees from using cell phones while driving on company business, it may no longer be sufficient. Blame the rise of smartphones, which make it more important than ever to have a mobile phone policy.
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