1-Minute Strategies: July ’13

Keep tabs on employee spending. Businesses are finding a new way to manage employees’ work expenses. Instead of offering company credit cards or having employees pay for expenses and then file an ex­­pense report, some businesses are using prepaid cards. You can get prepaid cards specifically designed for business use, and some offer the ability to split the account into subaccounts for different em­­ployees within a department. One prepaid card geared specifically to small businesses is the PEX Card, which is offered by a New York company of the same name in conjunction with Bancorp Bank (TBBK) of Wilmington, Del.

Try taking some valuable career lessons from “Mad Men.” Fans of “Mad Men” can get more than entertainment by tuning in, communications pro Jessica Taylor writes. The popular show demonstrates the power of hard work, the danger of office romance and that you can accomplish plenty without the help of modern technology.

Leave something behind when traveling? ChargerBack.com launched this year to help participating hotels connect left-behind items with their owners. Hotels enter key information about forgotten items and travelers do the same for things they’ve lost. If there’s a match, the website connects them.

Evolv study finds employees who are active on social media are also more productive. The research found that hourly employees who are active on up to four social media networks made more sales and handled customer service calls much faster. Those people who use five or more networks did even better.

Checking map apps on the road in California could cost you. A man who got a ticket sued to contest it, saying he wasn’t texting while driving, just checking the map on his phone. The court found that the state’s law aims to cut down on distractions caused by using phones while driving and that checking a map is considered equivalent to texting.

Need to change a typo in that PDF? Depending on your version of Adobe Acrobat, the Tools bar may offer the Edit Document Text command, allowing you to make simple text edits for quick fixes, so you won’t need to head back to the program that generated the document.

There’s power in refusing to say “I’m sorry.” Despite the popularity of the apology, researchers have discovered that people feel better when they don’t offer one. “We do find that apologies do make apologizers feel better, but the interesting thing is that refusals to apologize also make people feel better and, in fact, in some cases it makes them feel better than an apology would have,” says researcher Tyler Okimoto.