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    Slideshow: 13 Ways to Cut Business Expenses

    Slideshow: 13 Ways to Cut Business Expenses
    Below, "Three Easy Ways to Cut Business Costs" then see the slideshow for 10 More Ways to Cut Business Costs Small business owners are always looking to cut expenses where they can. But in today's business climate, reducing outlays may be particularly important. In this column, Smart Answers shares several tips on how small companies can save on operating expenses. Do ...
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    Slideshow: 10 Ways to Cut Business Costs

    Small changes to reduce expenses and improve profitability can help prevent more painful cuts later on. Here are 10 ways your company can trim costs without touching your core business, with links to in-depth articles on each technique. [page] h3. Reduce Energy Use Switch to compact fluorescent lighting to save electricity. Cut your heating bill with better insulation and windows. ...
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    Sounding the Alarm about Workplace Privacy Issues

    I recently attended an IAAP dinner meeting and we had a lawyer speak to us about the proper disposal of confidential documents. As assistants we often work with information that is confidential and we need to use good practices when disposing of these documents. In Canada document disposal came to the attention of Ontario’s Privacy Commissioner in the filming of a ...
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    Skills for Bridging the Language Diversity Gap

    Skills for Bridging the Language Diversity Gap
    Although linguistic diversity can make life interesting, there are times when we need help to communicate across accent and language barriers. Because diverse workplaces are rapidly becoming more the rule than the exception, it is likely that at some point you will find yourself working with someone who is less than fluent in English or has an accent that is difficult ...
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    Meetings: A Necessary Evil

    Meetings: A Necessary Evil
    How much time do you spend in meetings? How much of it is necessary? Industry Week reports that the estimated cost of wasted time in unproductive meetings exceeds $37 billion annually. Estimate a meeting’s cost by taking the average hourly rate of the participants - a conservative estimate for managers is $40/hour - and multiplying it by the number of people ...
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    Preparing Your Office for Natural Disasters

    Preparing Your Office for Natural Disasters
    Natural disasters--whether tornado, flood, earthquake or fire--can be devastating both personally and professionally. Although you can't control disasters, you can take steps to prepare for the unexpected. -Make a video record of your belongings. Buy, rent or borrow a video camera, and videotape everything in your office. While taping, describe in detail everything you see. As they say, "A picture is ...
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    Real-World Cost-Cutting Practices

    Real-World Cost-Cutting Practices
    These 4 companies are saving money in day-to-day operations. And they're doing it without affecting the customer experience. What began as a challenging economic cycle has spiraled into a recession. Most employers have laid off employees, put a hold on future projections and nixed large purchases for the sake of survival. It may leave you thinking there's nothing more to do ...
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    5 Deadly Marketing Mistakes

    5 Deadly Marketing Mistakes
    In my book, Kick-ass Copywriting in 10 Easy Steps, I teach small and mid-size business owners who can't afford to hire professional copywriters how to write effective copy that will bring the results from their marketing efforts that they want and need. However, just as there are steps you must take to write great copy, there are also mistakes you can ...
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    How Admins Can Fight Sexual Harrassment

    How Admins Can Fight Sexual Harrassment
    Sexual harassment of admins can be as simple as a client's unwanted flirtatious winks or as elaborate as a male boss's systematic assaults on female employees. And admins are likely to encounter this occupational hazard. Approximately 15,000 sexual harassment cases are brought to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) each year. 31% of the female workers claimed to have been harassed ...
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    Be A Better Manager: Learn to Delegate!

    Be A Better Manager: Learn to Delegate!
    How do you find the time to develop your people? Delegation both frees up your time and can develop your people. It also increases productivity, morale and commitment. As the economy becomes more dependent on knowledge, managers need to delegate to be effective leaders. The number one reason for management failure is an inability to delegate. So, why don’t managers delegate? ...
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    Is Age Discrimination at Work a Serious Problem?

    Is Age Discrimination at Work a Serious Problem?
    Hot topic age discrimination Last month, Channel 4's Dispatches programme exposed the problem of age discrimination in the workplace. The law states employees can be forced to retire at age 65 without any explanation from their employer, but 25% feel employers should have the right to force employees to retire at 65. Dispatches claimed 67% of 1,000 employees who were forced ...
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    How to Write a Job Analysis and Description

    How to Write a Job Analysis and Description
    The employees you hire can make or break your business. While you may be tempted to hire the first person who walks in the door - "just to get it over with" - doing so can be a fatal error. A small company cannot afford to carry deadwood on staff; so start smart by taking time to figure out your staffing ...
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    Hiring and Orienting a New Employee

    Hiring and Orienting a New Employee
    Editor's note: This article was excerpted from Managing a Small Business Made Easy, which is a guide to the essential elements - including human resources, customer service, advertising, finances and advisors - you need to be successful. I was working late one night to complete an important project for our company, a medium-sized manufacturer of agricultural and industrial equipment. It happened ...
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    Admins: Get Comfortable Wearing the Manager's Hat

    Admins: Get Comfortable Wearing the Manager's Hat
    Your job description doesn't include the word manager, but sometimes you're forced to wear a manager's hat. You may find yourself hiring temps to help complete a project, or your department may grow and move you up the totem pole. Unfortunately for administrative professionals, many organizations don't train staff in management skills, yet companies pile on supervisory expectations. Part of the ...
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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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    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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    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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    Office Emergency and Disaster Preparedness

    Office Emergency and Disaster Preparedness
    Disaster Preparedness is essential for disasters. A written plan of your insurance information, medical and personal information, as well as inventory of belongings and copies of your important papers will help you get back up and running after the disaster is over. Prepare now. A complete plan of action of where you will go, what you will take, and who will ...
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    A Beginner's Guide to Creating Newsletters

    A Beginner's Guide to Creating Newsletters
    Your boss has put you in charge of a company or department newsletter, but you've never taken an editing or graphic design class? Don't panic. Today, many admins are taking on this responsibility. These tips will help you get started. h4. Concise Content The biggest mistake newsletter novices make is including articles that are too long, says Elaine Floyd, the St. ...
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    How to Make Less of a Mess (Literally)

    How to Make Less of a Mess (Literally)
    Businesses produce 40% of the garbage in the U.S. Here's how to clean up your act. PAPER, GLASS, PLASTIC, ALUMINUM It starts with the paper cups that hold your morning caffeine fix. Then come the stacks of junk mail, which get added to the old business cards, notebooks, and page after page of outdated sales reports. Each employee typically uses 1.5 ...
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