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Office Communication

Communication in business requires the understanding of different communication styles, and the ability to break down communication barriers.

In business communication, effective communication requires a sort of “office communication toolkit” – the kind of resource Business Management Daily provides.

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Saving taxes is a year-round proposition, but tax planning takes on added significance at year-end. This Special Issue primarily is devoted to year-end tax strategies that can literally save you thousands of tax dollars. On the other hand, if you stand by idly, you’ll be missing out on valuable tax breaks.

Make a few smart moves as the year winds down, and you can slash the tax bills for both you and your business. The overall strategy: push income into next year and pull deductions into this year.

For your convenience, we’ve divided this year-end issue into two main sections:  personal and business. We offer you 10 ways to cut your personal taxes (starting below) and eight ways to trim business taxes.

Several key tax breaks are going off the books at the end of 2007 (unless Congress extends them), so take a look at our seven last-chance tax opportunities to cash in your tax chips now.

It can be frustrating when employees don't rush to take part in optional benefits like financial-planning seminars or even your EAP. Yet when an employee does need help, the availability of your benefits can go a long way toward relieving stress and retaining that employee. Here are seven ways to communicate benefit information more effectively...

The U.S. Labor Department sued Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. for violating the Fair Labor Standards Act by failing to pay approximately $3 million in overtime wages to more than 500 former and current employees. The department claims employee records at the company’s Dallas facility failed to show the number of hours the poultry-processing employees worked each day and the total number of hours they worked each week ...

It's not exactly news that nonverbal communication plays a huge role in the impression we give to others. Strengthen the message your body language says about your leadership with these tips.

California employees have a right to a work environment free of sexual harassment, and employers are obligated to prevent harassment. But that doesn’t mean that every comment, gesture or look that may be perceived as sexual can be considered harassment ...

As autumn approaches, you might begin thinking about what charities you want to favor at year-end. But this year, you really need to stay on your toes. Strict new record-keeping rules apply to cash and cash-equivalent donations made in 2007.

Employment laws give older workers unique protections that younger workers lack. Specifically, the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act and Ohio’s Fair Employment Practices Act prohibit discrimination because of age against workers 40 and older. However, employers are getting a reprieve of sorts from a new EEOC regulation ...

When publisher Ziff Davis encouraged its employees to communicate about shared projects on internal blogs rather than e-mail, the results were astonishing.
Rent a room near the office for the night. Under a new IRS ruling, you can deduct the cost of the room as an employee business expense. If your company foots the bill, the payment is tax-free to you as a “working-condition” fringe benefit. (IRS Notice 2007-47)

At Los Gatos, CA-based Netflix, employees can take as much vacation time as they want. No kidding ...

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