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Environmental psychologists know that sensory experiences impact the way we work. Here’s what they say: 1.  Keep red to a minimum. 2.  Grow a leafy green. 3.  Face the entryway. 4.  Make small adjustments for comfort. 5.  Declutter but not too much.

There’s nothing like a young manager—bright-eyed, full of pep and ideas, ready to make his or her mark in the organization. But often, the young manager makes mistakes that could lead the organization to age discrimination lawsuits. Here is a list of do’s and don’ts:

As baby boomer workers grow older and employees of all ages worry about their economic security, it might be time to consider offering long-term care insurance as a voluntary benefit. More employers are, even as the number of carriers offering the insurance shrinks.
It's important for employers to know what factors the IRS uses in determining whether an individual is truly an independent contractor versus an employee, and whether independent contractors fall under the protection of federal and state employment laws.
Less-experienced individuals learn and grow faster under the tutelage of more seasoned professionals, who as mentors gain renewed enthusiasm for their careers. This adds up to improved recruitment, retention and promotion—and the bottom line—for your organization.

If you spend any time at all on Twitter, you’ll eventually run into this problem: It’s overwhelming. A person can easily be consumed by constantly scanning the scroll of a Twitter feed. You can’t possibly read it all, of course. The solution: Twitter lists.

It's retaliatory to take an adverse em­­ployment action against employees because they've filed discrimination complaints, although such employees are not completely shielded. Here are six not-so-clear-cut ­sit­­­­u­­ations to test your retaliation knowledge:

Maybe you own a vacation home as a getaway for the family during summers and long weekends. But now that the kids are grown, you’re not using the place much anymore. Strategy: Rent out the home this summer. Although it can be a hassle, the tax benefits generally outweigh the inconvenience.

If you worry that the personal habits and behavior of your employees—particularly new hires, fresh out of school—might be holding them back (and re­­flect­­ing poorly on your organization), try these tips for reinforcing business etiquette.
Sarah spent the afternoon working on a quarterly report for her boss, only to hear this when she delivered it at day’s end: “This isn’t a final version, is it? It won’t be a problem for you to work overtime today and fix this, will it?” Her boss just de­­livered a question trap—a leading question.
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