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To determine what’s most im­­portant, says time management expert Hyrum W. Smith, ask: “Why am I doing this?” “Should I really be doing this?” and “Do I want to do this?”
Most Americans judge their co-workers by how clean or dirty they keep their desks, says a survey by Adecco. It’s likely that you’re not the one suffering from disorganized habits, but your co-workers or boss may need help wrangling their desks into shape. Here are tips on streamlining a mess:
No need to quit your job and join the Peace Corps. These days, you can do “good” in the world no matter where you work. Three ways:
“There was a time, not so long ago, when I was busy, busy, busy,” says Laura Vanderkam, author of 168 Hours. “At least I thought I was.” Then she began tracking her time and found she’d been kidding herself. Rather than complaining about your long to-do list, own up to how you’re really spending your time.
Employees who get married but forget to update their Social Security cards with their married names will lose out, because the Social Security Administration won’t be able to credit their earnings to their benefits accounts. Remind newlyweds to get replacement Social Security cards showing their new names.

Admins make roughly $15,000 worth of decisions every year, according to an IAAP Benchmarking survey. Yet it’s sometimes hard to know whether to make a decision on your own or wait for the boss to weigh in. Here’s one litmus test for determining whether to forge ahead or wait for a nod from the boss.

Group health insurers that don’t spend between 80 and 85 cents of every premium dollar on medical care and health care quality improvement must make so-called medical loss ratio (MLR) rebates to employees, beginning Aug. 1, 2012.

Today’s tight economy has prompted many employers to try to reduce costs—including overtime—by classifying workers as independent contractors instead of employees. That hasn’t escaped the notice of the IRS and the U.S. Department of Labor, which have stepped up efforts to deter misclassification.

Nothing conveys urgency and efficiency like being on your feet during a daily meeting. Stanford Business School professor Bob Sutton observed this as he was co-writing the management book Hard Facts, along with Jeff Pfeffer.

Under tax code Section 83, you don’t have to tax employees who receive company stock, stock options or other property that is subject to a substantial risk of forfeiture until the risk lapses and the property vests. Proposed regulations now define what counts as a substantial risk of forfeiture.

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