A policy has changed. Your task? Share the news with the office. Write a well-received policies and procedures memo by addressing these four questions:
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Hold a shorter, more effective meeting by remembering the three purposes for having a meeting in the first place: to inform, to gather input or to ask for approval ... Read faster using this technique developed by reading expert J. Michael Bennett: rhythmic perusal ... Try this remedy for a foul-mouthed boss ...
Here's a look at some of the more significant laws affecting the workplace that were enacted or became effective in 2009.
Workdays can be split roughly into three parts: pre-work activities (if any), the actual workday, and post-work activities (if any). Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), you have to pay employees for their pre-work and post-work activities if those tasks are integral and indispensable to their principal activities. A federal appeals court has ruled that employees' post-work activities, which consisted of uploading data to the company's server, may be compensable working time. [Rutti v. Lojack Corp., Inc., No. 07-56599, 9th Cir. (2009).]
Given the Department of Labor's (DOL) increased focus on enforcing wage and hour laws (the agency announced in November that it has increased its staff by more than one third by hiring 250 new wage and hour investigators), and the high price of losing a wage and hour lawsuit (in one case, a company agreed to pay $517,000 to 60 misclassified workers), auditing employees' exempt classifications is a smart move.
Question: “I have a new boss and she is so disorganized. She has piles and piles of papers and complains that she can never find anything. How do I get her to organize her desk?”
Projected starting salaries for administrative professionals could see a decrease by an average of 2.2% in 2010. The good news: If you’re good at adapting to unexpected situations and able to quickly learn new skills, you’re the sort of person who will still thrive.
As the New Year approaches, it’s time to pull out your calendar and compare the paid holidays you’ve got planned with those of your HR counterparts across the nation. Most employers recently told SHRM that their 2010 schedules will look a lot like 2009’s—with one exception.
When a control-freak boss monitors your every move, you and your co-workers may be tempted to rebel. Instead, don't let your annoyance show. “Getting visibly irritated when he leans on you will only make him think he needs to keep an even closer eye on you,” says Albert J. Bernstein, a clinical psychologist and author of Am I The Only Sane One Working Here? Here are more strategies: