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When drafting performance reviews, every manager aims to be fair and consistent. But research shows that, too often, a concept known as “rater bias” can subtly—and inadvertently—influence a manager’s ratings. Here are the six most common types of bias to be aware of when drafting reviews or other types of feedback:

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In today’s business world, it’s important to separate yourself from the herd and use your skills to propel yourself to new heights. Do you think you have what it takes to make the transformation from an administrative assistant to an executive assistant? If you’re effective and execute work flawlessly with integrity and style, you might want to contact someone like Melba Duncan.

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Many busy professionals spend a significant part of their day using Microsoft Office. Now a free download is available to help you reduce the time you spend typing Word documents and creating Excel spreadsheets at work. The keyboard shortcuts in Tip Card: 25 Keyboard Shortcuts will decrease the number of errors you make when typing and help you complete your work more efficiently. In honor of the 60th anniversary of Administrative Professionals Week, Business Management Daily is offering these Microsoft Office keyboard shortcuts free for a limited time.

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In a time crunch? You’re not alone. These days, time management is essential to successfully manage your workload.

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It’s a snowball effect: The more poised and confident you are, the more people will like and admire you, which in turn will boost your confidence even more. It’s evident that business professionals who appear poised and at ease shine during meetings. Are you in need of meeting etiquette and protocol tips? Here are guidelines to help you excel during that important meeting.

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Keep your bosses happy, your meetings on track and bring more value to your role as an admin with these tips on meeting management.

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In honor of Administrative Professionals Week, April 23-27, Business Management Daily is rereleasing its very popular Standard Operating Procedure: An example manual of operating procedures for an administrative assistant. The manual provides a detailed example of the day-to-day activities conducted by an organization’s administrative assistant.

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Employers are increasingly being held accountable for their discrimination against employees. A significant number of claims filed with EEOC include job discrimination. For example, 37% of claims include race discrimination and 30% include sex discrimination. Here are five recent cases that serve as good lessons for any manager.

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What the heck is a pivot table?!? I like to call pivot tables custom table writers. Let’s say you have some very detailed data: employee data, student data, or maybe customer transaction data, and you just want to see a segment of it in a report. Let’s see how we do this with a pivot table…

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Managers aren’t only responsible for an organization’s fiscal assets, they’re also responsible for its human assets. According to a recent Adecco report, here are 13 simple ideas you can implement today to become a more effective manager: 1. Recognize a job well-done Everyone likes to know when they’ve done something well. Make your employees feel […]

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Wage-and-hour labor litigation continues to increase exponentially. Federal class actions brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) outnumbered all other types of private class actions in employment-related cases. Particularly hard hit: employers in California, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Texas. Clearly, this is not the time to make an FLSA compliance mistake. Federal employment laws govern this workplace issue and many more, including discrimination, family leave and harassment.

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“Out with the old, in with the new!” chant managers as they dispose of documents that have accumulated in their office throughout the year. But, in your quest to keep a clean, organized desk, you might run the risk of getting rid of documents you must keep under the law.

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Human Resource professionals spend a lot of time ensuring companies comply with the law so the employers don’t wind up in court losing time and money. But more and more, HR managers are finding themselves defending not their employers’ bottom lines, but their own personal bank accounts. Business Management Daily uncovers how HR pros can protect themselves against personal liability in the workplace.

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Microsoft Excel is known as the dominant producer of spreadsheets. It’s used by organizations throughout the world. But is the program an enormous challenge for you? You know how effective it can be, but does working with Microsoft Excel ultimately cause you more time and stress than it’s worth?

 

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According to recent findings from a Gallup Daily tracking series, 52% of employees are “not engaged” in their work. However, it’s also essential to determine whether managers are engaged in managing their employees. In an attempt to “empower” their staffs, too many managers take a completely hands-off approach, leaving employees alone unless they really need help.

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Because absenteeism typically comes under the “minor problem” category, the first step is a precounseling session between the individual and his supervisor. In this session the supervisor determines if the employee understands the company’s policy on absences. The positive discipline approach then consists of the following stages:

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If co-workers’ bad attitudes create tension, protect yourself from those office toxins.

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Is your job burning you out? Don’t work harder, work smarter. Discover better ways to increase productivity! Get more done in less time and reduce stress.

 

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The best managers aren’t just the ones who can extract the most productivity from their people, but the ones who produce great future managers.  How can you be sure that your best people will someday be top-notch leaders themselves?

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It’s a common dilemma for many business owners, supervisors, managers and directors: How do you prioritize appointments, meetings, conference calls and staff needs and still leave enough time to take care of your immediate responsibilities and projects? The solution may be to focus more on project management than time management. Discover how to gain efficiency through more effective project management skills.

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