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Each month, assembles a digestible collection of 1-minute strategies that help you save time and stress. Below are the 8 most recent time-saving tips:
The costs of employee absenteeism—reflected in lost production, overtime and temporary replacements for the absent worker—can add up quickly. What’s the best way to combat the problem? With a clear policy, careful documentation, consistent application of the policy and progressive discipline.

Say you’re an office manager, and you’ve heard from several employees about a problem with the way people use the break rooms. You need to write an e-mail that helps resolve the problem. What's the most effective way to write it? A few decades ago, a formal tone was proper for memos. Today that same tone sounds cold to most ears.

You’re as dependable as a Swiss train: You never miss deadlines, never show up late and always complete even your worst projects ahead of schedule. In return, you’d hope management would offer its appreciation once in a while. Here’s how to get the recognition you deserve without looking as if you’re seeking attention.

If your organization is targeted by a union-organizing effort, take note. Labor law gives your employees the right to join a union. Assuming you prefer to operate as a nonunion company, what are your rights?
Q. I recently heard that same-sex domestic partners of employees are now eligible for the long-term care insurance. Is that true?

Frustrated with her snooping co-workers, one anonymous admin wrote on the Admin Pro Forum: “I work with a group of people who always want to know what I’m working on, what I’m doing, what I’m looking at, who I’m talking to, who that e-mail is from, etc. How do I handle inquisitive co-workers?” What other admins advise:

The health care reform law requires you to report the value of employees' health insurance on their W-2s, for benefits provided beginning in 2011 (i.e., W-2s filed beginning in 2012). Wrinkle: You must honor terminating employees' requests for their W-2s by the later of 30 days after their request or the last payment of wages. Bottom line: Payroll systems will need to be adjusted by early February 2011, for employees who terminate in January and request their W-2s early.

No pay raise is the worst part of the recession, say more than a quarter of administrative professionals, while slightly less (21%) say their workload has increased, according to a new survey from the International Association of Administrative Professionals.
Q. One of our full-time employees has just informed us that he will be on two weeks of National Guard duty soon. He will be absent from work to attend an annual encampment in a reserve branch of the armed forces. What are our legal obligations concerning pay to this employee?