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    To Achieve Workplace Diversity, Go Beyond Good Intentions

    To Achieve Workplace Diversity, Go Beyond Good Intentions
    It's taken a while, but these days most companies understand that employing a diverse workforce is not only the right thing to do, it's also good business. But good intentions are one thing. Actually hiring and promoting men and women with varied racial and ethnic backgrounds, religions and sexual orientations is another. Here's how companies and workers can do what they ...
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    How to Deal with an Absentee Boss

    How to Deal with an Absentee Boss
    Most of us wish our bosses weren't breathing down our necks every day. Yet if you talk to anyone whose boss is constantly on the road, you'll hear complaints of last-minute phone calls from off-site, changing travel locations and dates, and deadline changes from the field to meet clients' demands. Meanwhile, back at headquarters, other managers feel free to dump work ...
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    Create a Disaster Plan: Work Together to Prepare for the Worst

    Create a Disaster Plan: Work Together to Prepare for the Worst
    When it comes to preparing for disaster, executives are the ones who sweat the big stuff, whether the potential risk is a hurricane, earthquake, pandemic, terrorist attack or other calamity. Top managers approve the plan for offsite data mirroring, pick an alternate payroll processor and assure the firm's biggest customers that current services won't be interrupted. But of course, it's the ...
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    Looking for Great Deals for Your Office?

    Looking for Great Deals for Your Office?
    From the blog post Looking for Great Deals for Your Office? Are you the person that purchases stationary and other items for your department? Do you feel that you could find better buys, not just by going to the different stores such as Staples or Grand & Toy, but online as well? There are some companies that, unfortunately, don’t allow for ...
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    Get Your Deadbeat Customers to Pay Up

    Get Your Deadbeat Customers to Pay Up
    For most small business owners, dealing with deadbeat customers comes with the territory. Often times, these calls have to come from the admins. You want every sale you can get so the business can grow. However, a sale isn’t much good if you’re not paid. Given the sputtering economy, a growing number of clients or customers may decide to either delay ...
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    How to Fill in for Your Boss

    How to Fill in for Your Boss
    Stepping into the boss's shoes for a day or two is no big deal but if you're taking over for a longer stretch there are a number of issues to keep in mind EVEN the hardest-working managers need to take a break sometime, whether it's for a short holiday or a 12-month secondment to another office. And when they do, you ...
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    Win the War Against Interruptions

    During crunch time, it's not unusual for Kelly Kelley, CPS, a senior administrative assistant for Vanir Construction Management, to be working on 10 to 15 computer documents, have 40 or more unread emails, hear two phone lines ringing and have two people standing in front of her desk. Interruptions, such as phone calls, incoming email and people dropping in, can make ...
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    Meeting Planning 101

    Meeting Planning 101
    Last summer, Robbie Davis was planning a meeting at a hotel for company personnel. In her email to attendees, she unknowingly made a typo in the link to the hotel's Web site, leading recipients instead to a pornography site. While she immediately sent another email correcting the error and asking recipients to disregard the first one, coworkers clicked the original link ...
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    The Soft Sell Of The Hard Sell – Relationship Marketing For Tough Times

    The Soft Sell Of The Hard Sell – Relationship Marketing For Tough Times
    Tough times call for tough marketing. The “tough marketing” is being tough on yourself, not on others. Today’s marketplace calls for understanding and empathy on the part of marketers towards prospects and others in your supply team. However, you have to be tougher than ever - on yourself. The idea of the “Hard Sell” doesn’t sit well with many people, including ...
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    Going Green - Can I Make a Difference?

    Going Green - Can I Make a Difference?
    Does it really matter if I get a little greener? That's a question I've asked myself and you may have too. To answer, I'd like to share some information from the Natural Resource Defense Council's web site (complete article here). If every household in the US bought 1 box each of 100% recycled facial tissues, toilet paper, paper towels & napkins ...
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    Six Ways Admins Can Manage Up

    Six Ways Admins Can Manage Up
    We are all managers - of our bosses, if no one else. So a key to success as an administrative professional is to learn how to manage your manager. Here are six ways to do it. Understand Your Boss First, do some groundwork. “You need to understand your manager’s initiatives and their impacts on the organization,” says Heather Mayfield, VP of ...
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    What to Include in Enewsletters and Eflyers

    What to Include in Enewsletters and Eflyers
    Have you ever noticed how Harvey Norman, Domayne, Bunnings Warehouse or just about any other major retail outlet sends out catalogues each month? Hell, if we take Bunnings for example, they’ve even gone one step further and called their standard catalogue a “dogalogue”. Sure, it’s unique but it’s memorable and the whole catalogue idea serves a very important purpose and that’s ...
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    13 Bosses and How to Make Them Love You

    Along with paychecks, deadlines, and overtime, bosses are one of the things you just can’t avoid in the workplace. But how to identify these strange characters and deal with them? Don’t go it alone — it’s a jungle out there. We show you how! [page] The Robot Distinguishing characteristics: An empty desk, no family pictures. What they do: All business, all ...
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    Five Don'ts for Marketing in Tough Times

    Unpredictable. Slow. Bleak. Grim. Gloomy. All words that have been used to describe the economic outlook for the balance of 2008—and depending upon who you talk to, the scenario for 2009 and beyond. Standard & Poor's believes the economic difficulties we've been experiencing due to the mortgage mess and skyrocketing oil prices will be at their worst early next year (BusinessWeek.com, ...
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    How to Manage a Stressed Colleague

    How to Manage a Stressed Colleague
    I’m managing someone who claims to have stress and is working reduced hours, but I think they are pulling the wool over my eyes. As times get tougher, the rest of the team are becoming increasingly suspicious and resentful. This will come as no surprise to an increasing number of managers. As times get tougher, organizations can increase the pressure without ...
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    10 Ways to Make Next Week Better

    10 Ways to Make Next Week Better
    On one of the last episodes of “Seinfeld,” the main characters are stuck in traffic on a Sunday night. Galpal Elaine, who desperately wants to get home, wails, “All I know is that it's Sunday night, and I have got to unwind! Now, who's with me?” If perpetually single Elaine felt that way, you can imagine how the rest of us ...
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    Debunking Six Social Media Myths

    Debunking Six Social Media Myths
    For companies, resistance to social media is futile. Millions of people are creating content for the social Web. Your competitors are already there. Your customers have been there for a long time. If your business isn't putting itself out there, it ought to be. But before you take the plunge, bear in mind the many myths that surround social media. 1. ...
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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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    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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    Establish a Workplace Safety Policy

    Establish a Workplace Safety Policy
    Why worry about safety? Because failing to do so could literally destroy your business. Besides your ethical responsibility toward your employees, workplace accidents cost money and time. You could be liable for substantial penalties that could wipe out your business's cash flow. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) penalty for willful violations of safety rules that could result in death ...
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