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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.
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.