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Best practices for keeping telecommuters on track

Telecommuting has become one of the most popular benefits companies offer. Whether it’s one or two days a week or full-time work at home, telecommuting can be a challenge. Not just for the folks who work off-site, but also for their direct supervisors back in the workplace. Here are four ways supervisors can ease the […]

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Turn workplace disagreements into a positive

Next time you overhear a work-related disagreement among staffers, don’t be too quick to jump in and mediate.  Reason: Occasional conflict can be a great problem-solving tool (so long as it’s not personal infighting). Why don’t many companies figure out they have big problems on their hands until it’s nearly too late to fix? More often […]

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Going with one vendor? The risks can outweigh the savings

“Single sourcing” with vendors can save companies a lot of money.  But it can be a risky move when it comes to critical supplies and services that your business can’t do without. For example: Imagine if your primary vendor is flooded or burns to the ground. Could you secondary or frequently used vendors fill the […]

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Best Accounting Software: Review Top 10 Systems for 2015

There is a vast array of financial management solutions on the market today, with specialized functionality for almost any industry or size of organization. Specific types of accounting can differ between programs (e.g., project, fund and fixed asset), and the ever-changing standards, compliance requirements and technology platforms make the process of selecting a solution tricky. […]

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Finance in 2014: A by-the-numbers guide

Finance is known as the “numbers people” of any organization. Well, have we got a slew of new numbers for you!  They come in the form of new benchmarks on how finance departments work across the U.S. from Robert Half International and Financial Executives International. And the findings can help you see how your finance […]

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Obamacare reg makes helping employees even harder

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has proven unaffordable – and aggravating – for plenty of employers.  Here’s the latest shoe to drop: The federal departments of the Treasury, Health and Human Services and Labor are prohibiting two strategies that a number of firms had been using to curb healthcare costs. Here’s what the feds’ FAQ […]

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The financial advice workers may need the most

Guess how many employees are “whistling past the graveyard” when it comes to their financial security?  Fact: 58% of of workers don’t have a financial plan in case of an emergency. That’s just one sobering statistic from a recent Aflac Work Forces report. Bad enough that well over half of U.S. workers haven’t planned for […]

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Don’t forget this factor when it’s time to renovate

When it’s time to shop for new office furniture, you probably focus on these items:  price durability practictality, and appearance. Don’t forget ergonomics. More and more companies are going the extra mile with ergonomic chairs and work stations to boost employees’ health and reduce costly injuries. The good news is, office furniture manufacturers are all […]

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