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4 Tasks Successful Leaders Should Delegate

Starting your own business is about more than just doing what you love -- it's about doing it on your own terms. Independent of their choice of industry, many entrepreneurs are drawn to the idea of being their own boss.What they don't bargain for is how much they will have to deal with constant interruptions and tedious minutiae. ...




5 health conditions you can pick up at the office

We spend a considerable amount of time in the office every week, which makes it easy for vulnerable employees to fall prey to germs.

The workplace is an easy place for germs to spread, and the smaller and more overcrowded the premises, the easier it is to get sick. ...




What the heck is a Letter 226J? IRS’s new ACA enforcement comes at a terrible time

HR pros can be forgiven if they’re a bit skeptical about the IRS’ warnings to collect ACA employer mandate penalties. After all, they’ve been saying this for years without actually following through. But with the latest warning, the agency also included some proof that this time it’s for real. ...




How to Communicate About a Work Problem

Office problems range from workflow inefficiencies to personality conflicts. Employees often have front-row seats to observe this kind of drama and system failure but may not feel empowered to discuss issues with managers or executives who have the power to intervene. ...




Viewpoint: How to Deal with Being Seen as Too Young to Manage Others

Age discrimination often brings to mind older workers being overlooked for promotion or being seen as too grey or too expensive and thus managed out of a company. But what happens when it goes the other way? What happens if you're a fast-tracker who has risen to manage a team in your 20s? How do you deal with being seen as too inexperienced? How do you manage colleagues twice your age?
 
Of course, it goes without saying that, as a manager, you have to deliver. ...




Essential Management Skill in the Digital Era

Predictions about the future of business sound very much like what we might expect to see in a science fiction movie from Hollywood:
 

Work will be monitored and controlled by increasingly intelligent machines and fewer human workers. ...




Employee Surveys Are Still One of the Best Ways to Measure Engagement

Once upon a time, surveys were a staple for every leader to solicit feedback and every company to assess engagement. But now, surveys are starting to look like diesel trucks collecting dust in the age of electric cars. Companies are using cool new machine-learning algorithms that crunch big data to measure employee engagement through email response times and network connections outside one’s core team, and forecast turnover risk by tracking signals like how often employees update their resumes. ...




How to Deal With Addiction in the Workplace

Ted is an account manager in a productive financial firm. He’s fun-loving and always a hoot at the company happy hours. But over the five years Ted has worked at the firm, his drinking has escalated. As he gained responsibilities and more stress, the weekly happy hour quickly transitioned into a drink every day after work, and then a few drinks. ...




How seasonal allergies work — and why they make you so miserable

In recent days, millions of Americans have begun to suffer from runny noses, itchy eyes, and the constant urge to sneeze.
 
Roughly 25 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergies, and there's one clear culprit for them — plant sperm. ...




5 times it’s OK to fire an employee on FMLA leave

Of course, you’d never to fire someone for taking FMLA leave. But perhaps the termination had been in the works long before the person took FMLA leave. It’s still a sticky situation, but a court recently outlined when it’s safe to say goodbye to someone on FMLA leave. ...