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Work/life issues are no longer women’s domain. Surveys by the Boston College Cen­ter for Work & Family and World­at­Work agree that men are struggling to balance the need to both care for their families and work to support them. Here are 11 recommendations from the surveys’ authors:

Problem: An administrative assistant works for several Johnny-come-lately bosses who think nothing of showing up late for meetings. What can she do to thwart the rude habit? Some of our readers had solutions:

Social media can be a tool to save you time and actually help your business. Here are five suggestions from OpenForum.com to get more out of it:
Q. One of our executives will be making day trips once a week to Boston from Philadelphia for a special assignment. Do we have to compensate the secretary (she is nonexempt) for her travel time to and from Boston?

The Equal Pay Act requires employers to pay women and men equally for substantially equal work. Gender can’t be a salary factor. That doesn’t mean employers don’t have considerable flexibility when setting salaries. The fact is that dozens of reasons that have nothing to do with the applicant’s sex may jus­tify different pay scales.

With tons of undiscovered shortcuts, your BlackBerry is master of productivity. Use the following 10 tips to get more done in less time:

Nokia went from being the undisputed king of cell phones to a company doing nearly everything wrong. Nearly a year ago, CEO Stephen Elop came on board to turn around the company. His strategy:

Before any employee begins telecommuting, there are payroll issues you need to resolve: keeping time for nonexempts, how and when to pay, and reimbursement for business expenses.

It won’t be long before the kids start heading back to school. How about you? Maybe you’ve decided to take a refresher course in your specialty at a local college. Or you could be thinking about shifting gears and starting a new career path. In some cases, you can deduct your business education expenses; in others, you can’t.

Bright ideas to jump-start the team: 1. Open up thinking time. 2. Play games. 3. Learn from mistakes. 4. Shut off the self-mockery. 5. Reduce the fear level. 6. Don’t forget the carrots.

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