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Handling the toughest retirement question

Has an employee ever asked you, “How do I know if I’m saving enough for retirement?”  There are no easy answers for this one, especially since: You don’t know what percentage of income the person’s putting aside each year, or How long he or she intends to keep working (and if that estimate is realistic based […]

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Motivational dos and don’ts that leaders need to know

Every manager discovers through experience that not all employees are motivated the same way. How you push one staffer’s buttons might not be the best strategy for another staffer. But there are some motivational “Dos” and “Don’ts” that resonate with just about everyone: Do reward teams and individuals Group rewards and recognition are just as important […]

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Just how stressed out are you? What you may not know

Feeling stressed at work? You’re not the only one. Stress affects many people in their jobs and can carry over to their personal lives. But how do you know when stress passes the acceptable limit and becomes unhealthy? Are you handling stress the right way? Test your knowledge of stress by answering True or False to […]

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Disability lawsuits for bending, lifting, even toilet breaks on the rise

Picture this: A diabetic employee needs to take frequent restroom breaks, which sometimes causes headaches for his co-workers. He says the restroom’s too far from his work area. But his supervisor says relocating him closer to a restroom doesn’t make sense. What do you do? Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Amendments Act, these […]

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The innocent Finance paperwork mistake that cost this company millions

Spoiler Alert: It could happen to anyone.  Think of all the paper that crosses your desk in a given day. Some of those are just business as usual; others are binding legal documents. And if someone makes a mistake on that paperwork, you could still be bound to it. No matter how much money it […]

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‘No-touch’ means lower costs: Why this technology pays off

No-touch toilets, sinks and paper dispensers are now the norm in airports, shopping malls and new commercial buildings.  But many commercial buildings haven’t made the switch yet. Or they’ve dipped their toes in the water (sorry for the bad pun) by going with no-touch (aka “hands-free”) toilets only. There are two reasonable explanations for why […]

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Keeping difficult but competent staffers in line

When dealing with a staffer who people don’t get along with, many managers will eventually let that person go.  But firing a “high-maintenance” staffer may not always be the best course of action. The difficult staffer may be strong in some areas or possess the kind of institutional knowlege that’s not easy to replace. Or […]

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Find the Best Accounting Software – One Minute Could Save You Days of Frustration

The key benefits of financial management systems are clear: better visibility of costs and expenditures, which leads to more financially responsible decision-making. But there are so many financial management solutions on the market today with specialized functionality for almost any industry or size of organization, the process of selecting a solution tricky. Let the unbiased […]

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