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As a hedge to the stock market volatility, some investors are turning to gold and other precious metals. But watch out for the tax consequences. Absent special reasons, it's best to invest in gold inside your retirement plan so you can dodge a tax disaster.

Most employers would prefer employees focus on work and not the state of the world when they are on the clock. So how can you quell political arguments in the workplace? You must balance employees’ interest in speaking freely with your interest in maintaining order and productivity:
Talent-based interviewing asks questions about real-life situations that are phrased in a unique way to elicit a candidate’s first (natural) response. This is a better assessment of future performance than simply checking whether the candidate has previously worked in a similar role (experience).
At-will employment is the rule in most states, meaning you can terminate employees at any time and for any reason (except an unlawful one), as long as you don’t promise them a job for a specific length of time. Don't risk their at-will status by using the term “permanent” or “probationary period.”
Failing to effectively communicate with your employees isn’t just bad for business. It also can create legal trouble. Here are five of the most common errors that land employers in court. As you’ll see, communication lies at the heart of all of them.

You may take it as a given that browsing the Internet makes you less productive, just as eating lunch at your desk makes you more productive. According to studies, though, both of those statements may be myths.

By changing the way attendees show up for meetings, you can help transform the work that happens inside of them. Help team meetings run more smoothly by making sure attendees come into the meeting room ready to engage. Try these two tips.
Are you still looking for ways to cut your business's 2011 tax bill? Here are 10 tax-saving deals, ranging from buying a personal vehicle to cashing in worthless stock to claiming the generous 179 deduction of up to $500,000 this year.
A corporate crisis could kill your career or it could position you for future success. Tips for handling a corporate crisis in a way that benefits your career: Do extensive homework before joining an employer. Resist the desire to quit. Keep meticulous records about your crisis management.

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:

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