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    The 15 Coolest Office Gadgets

    If you have to be stuck at your desk all day, you might as well make it fun. From the totally useful to the completely random, there’s no end to the gadgets that can perk up your work day. Here’s our collection of the greatest office gadgets of all time!           Laser Trip Wire Fruit-Powered Clock USB ...
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    Is Amtrak a Viable Solution for Business Travelers?

    Is Amtrak a Viable Solution for Business Travelers?
    With rising fuel costs and concerns about my carbon footprint, I decided to take the train on a recent business trip. Although I've often used high speed trains in Europe and Japan, riding the rails in America outside the Northeast corridor promised a new adventure. When visiting the East Coast I often use Amtrak to traverse the Northeast corridor between ...
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    I Cut Office Costs by $500 Per Month

    I Cut Office Costs by $500 Per Month
    Learn how one business saved this amount each month by cutting back on non-essentials. Your business can use these methods to decrease expenses, too. There's no escaping it: The economy is officially dismal. Many companies are being forced to increase sales and/or decrease costs in order to remain competitive or, in some cases, survive. That's why we decided to do ...
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    Toxic Bosses: How to Live with the S.O.B.

    Toxic Bosses: How to Live with the S.O.B.
    About two years ago I landed my dream job as a territory manager for a midsize technology company. I knew the sister of my prospective boss; she had been a business partner of mine for a number of years. She is a very relaxed, hardworking salesperson, and is well-known in the industry for being professional and effective. Unfortunately, the calm, effective, ...
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    AdminSecret's Laptop Buying Guide

    AdminSecret's Laptop Buying Guide
    Over the last few years, laptops have become powerful, portable, and inexpensive enough that it's easy to get by without a desktop machine. As laptops have become more of a default than a luxury, the range of features, models, and prices has expanded greatly. Sorting through all those options isn't always easy, but these 10 rules for laptop buying should help ...
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    Build a Great Working Relationship with Your Boss

    Build a Great Working Relationship with Your Boss
    One of the worst things you can do at your new job is to make your supervisor look bad for hiring you. After all, your boss is key to your current on-the-job satisfaction and to your future success in the organization -- and perhaps even beyond. If there ever were a relationship for you to invest in, this is it. So ...
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    11 Writing Mistakes Even Smart People Make

    11 Writing Mistakes Even Smart People Make
    Professional writers often worry that their work is unnecessary. After all, can't anyone with even a basic education write? The answer: no, they can't. Even college graduates don't seem to be learning composition basics. Of course not everyone is going to be the next Mark Twain, but career success does depend on looking professional. Sure, some clients, coworkers, or resume readers ...
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    Budget Travel Sites to Keep You Out of the Red

    Budget Travel Sites to Keep You Out of the Red
    With stock prices falling like acorns, budget-centric websites are rising to the top of more vacationers' bookmark lists. USA TODAY's Laura Bly points a mouse to 25 sites — some old favorites, some newcomers — aimed at bargain hunters. h3. AIRFARES Airfarewatchdog.com Relying on brain power rather than computerized algorithms, Airfarewatchdog's site and newsletter emphasize unadvertised, time-sensitive deals, including Web-only fares. ...
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    Be Green at Work

    Be Green at Work
    You don’t have to be a tree hugger or corner-office visionary to devote yourself to greening your workplace. Still, if you want to have maximum impact - by minimizing the impact of your office’s operations on the environment, that is - you’ve got to do more than just drop a few sheets of paper into the recycling bin every day. Here ...
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    Airline Cutbacks Ripple Across the U.S.

    Airline Cutbacks Ripple Across the U.S.
    Use the interactive map to locate the changes in your area. Airline cutbacks: About this graphic USA TODAY analyzed domestic airline schedule data from OAG — Official Airline Guide for October 2008. The data reflects what airlines had reported to OAG regarding their October schedules as of June 9. The analysis examined domestic schedules because that's where airlines are making the ...
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    Snacking At Work? Healthy Or Junk?

    Snacking At Work? Healthy Or Junk?
    Do you snack at the office? Do you bring your own food or do you run down to the vending machine/convenience store to get something? Studies have shown that people start to gain weight on a slow, but regular basis because of this alarming trend. You think to yourself, "It's just one bag of chips" or "It's just one chocolate bar" ...
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    Ten Tips to Stay Happy at Work

    Ten Tips to Stay Happy at Work
    If you find yourself longing for greener work pastures, don't immediately go looking for the first exit ramp off of your chosen career path. The Balance Team, which specializes in professional- and personal-growth seminars for administrative and executive assistants in Fortune 1000 companies, suggests these 10 tips for staying content at work: 1. Keep Personal Problems Personal: When you're preoccupied with ...
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    Depression at Work

    Depression at Work
    How serious is depression on the job? According to nationwide labor reports and studies, it's more serious than most of us realize. Here are some shocking statistics: • Depression accounts for close to $12 billion in lost workdays each year. • More than $11 billion in other costs accrue from decreased productivity due to symptoms that sap energy, affect work habits ...
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    10 Body Language Blunders

    It doesn't even matter what you say if your body is saying something else. And sometimes body language mistakes people don't even know they're making can hurt relationships at work or at home. To protect yourself and your career from a harmful communication breakdown, check out the following mistakes and be sure to avoid them. 1. A Closed Body Whether ...
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    All Aboard: Booking Trains for Business Travel

    All Aboard: Booking Trains for Business Travel
    Need to be productive en route? Take the train. On most Amtrak routes, four people can spread out at a table, use their cell phones, and actually do some work. Amtrak All routes have business-class cars and participate in an awards program, and most have cell phone-free cars. The Boston-to-Washington, D.C., Acela Express is geared specifically for the business traveler, with ...
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    Tips to Stop Work From Taking Over Your Life

    Tips to Stop Work From Taking Over Your Life
    Many work/life coaches glibly assert that administrative professionals must be responsible for achieving their own balance in the face of ever-increasing demands -- from 9 to 5 and beyond. But given their spot in the org chart, admins often feel compelled to sacrifice too much for their jobs. “It’s a partnership, but management has the bigger responsibility for admins’ work/life balance, ...
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    The Best Business Travel Websites

    The Best Business Travel Websites
    The big travel sites are hustling for business travelers, but there are other good options. AccessFares.com sells discount first-class and business-class tickets for international destinations on most major airlines. Airlinequality.com offers extensive airline reviews and ratings. Low-cost-airline-guide.com searches fares on budget airlines in Britain and Europe. Kayak.com compares and displays prices from across the Web, often finding deals other travel sites ...
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    Business Gifts That Cost Less but Mean More

    Business Gifts That Cost Less but Mean More
    Don't have the budget to go all out this year? Here a few creative ideas. It's that time of year when the gift baskets and candy boxes begin arriving almost daily. But what if you don't have the funds to send out your normal high-priced holiday gifts to employees and valued customers and staff? Not to worry. These 9 budget-conscious ideas ...
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    How to Throw an Awesome Office Birthday Party

    How to Throw an Awesome Office Birthday Party
    My first glimpse of an office birthday party was via the movie Office Space, when the corporate drones stand awkwardly around the cake and sing “Happy Birthday” to their boss in monotone voices. Flash forward seven years: the first company I worked for as a recent college grad had its monthly birthday celebration, and I had an overwhelming sense of déjà ...
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    Shopping Tips for Holiday Business Gifts

    Shopping Tips for Holiday Business Gifts
    Shop smart for employees and valued customers this holiday season with these guidelines from a gift-giving expert. With the holidays fast approaching - and the number of shopping days quickly disappearing - it's time to start thinking about what you're going to give your staff and customers to show your appreciation for their hard work and continued business. But before you ...
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