Office Technology

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It is said that people only use 10% of their brains. Are you only using 10% of your office technology? We’ll help you unlock the other 90%.

Q. Is there anything I can do to deter employees from stealing or damaging computers after a termination?

Soon after Gary Lizalek was hired at a Wisconsin medical firm, he informed the company that he believed, as a matter of religious faith, that he was three separate beings. The company fired all three Lizaleks. He sued, saying the company failed to accommodate his religious beliefs.

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Innovation never rests, despite the down economy. Designing applications for mobile phones is the latest way to make money hand over fist. Consider the Bloomberg app, which tracks finances. Consider Mint and Wesabe, which track your finances. Consider Ocarina, which lets you play your phone like a flute.

Complicated visuals cause listeners to ignore your voice while trying to decipher the slide. Here are three rules for better PowerPoints:

Despite their discomfort with new web tools—like YouTube, blogs and Facebook—some executives are finding value in them. Not only is it a cheap way to communicate, it’s where young people are, says James Schiro, chief executive of Zurich Financial Services.

Like McGyver, you probably have a trick or two that you deploy when you don’t have the exact items you need for the job. Maintain your reputation as “the one who always finds a solution, no matter what,” by using these low-tech solutions for common gadget problems:

Backing up the phone list stored on your cell phone (or your boss's) doesn’t have to cost a fortune or even require much of an effort. Most carriers have cheap or free plans available for current phones. Here’s a recent rundown on how each plan works.

Create an organizational chart for your office using a new wiki from Forbes ... Find templates, photos, animation effects and more ... Don’t waste time tracking down government and legal forms or creating your own form letters.

The time-waster meeting is a common fixture in offices across America. The reason, says Reid Hastie, a professor of behavioral science at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, is that we’re not thinking about and valuing our time the right way.