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How to communicate employee expectations effectively
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Employee expectations gone awry can practically be spotted from a helicopter miles away. The tension becomes so thick it changes the air. Anxiety spreads. Alliances form. A mutiny brews. At the failing end of the communication spectrum, the workplace resembles a Survivor tribal council. But it doesn't have to be that way. Effective communication can give the workplace a friendly atmosphere where employees are comfortable and can focus on doing what they do best. To get there, executive coaches advise a grounded communication approach that's equal parts clarity, empathy, and honesty. More

More employers eligible for HIRE Act tax breaks: Treasury report
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Nick Leiber wrote in Businessweek, "Two months ago, we wrote about, a Houston blinds e-tailer that was struggling to determine whether to hire additional workers. The boss, Jay Steinfeld, told us his business was profitable and had "plenty of cash," so he could afford to take on new staff. But he was worried about the state of the housing market, crucial for any home furnishings retailer. Government initiatives weren't top of mind. Still, as we talked, he did acknowledge that his team was taking into consideration some of the Obama Administration’s incentives to hire. His CFO, Marilynne Franks, said that the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act's tax credit for hiring unemployed workers, which took effect in March, would soon be paying off for the company. She figured would be eligible for tax credits for 8 or 10 of the 35 employees it had brought in since the beginning of the year. More

The evolution of retirement
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For previous generations, retirement simply marked the end of their working days and usually lasted a relatively short time. Retirees wrote their memoirs, spoiled their grandchildren and got their affairs in order before they passed on. But retirement for the modern worker bears little resemblance to the past. Retirees today face a complex financial and emotional landscape that can stretch out for 30 years or more in some cases. Here are just a few of those challenges. More

Career watch: How women can get ahead
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Women who make it to the executive ranks take professional risks before they feel ready for them. The day when we can say "Now I feel ready" is usually too late — others have claimed the opportunity we wanted. Women executives make it a habit to ask themselves, "What do I need to be comfortable enough to do this?" or "What can the organization do to facilitate my success?" More

Managing risk: Thinking the unthinkable
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Executives face unprecedented uncertainty today, and much of it is unthinkable: an oil spill of unprecedented magnitude in the Gulf, a deadly crash on Metro when an automatic train-control system goes haywire, a lightning strike of a business in a summer thunderstorm that seemed to come out of nowhere. All of us are ill-equipped to handle the unthinkable because all of us are experts at suppressing the negative. When the unthinkable is woven into the fabric of daily living, it easily loses its identity. Yet decisions must be made in a milieu that includes the unthinkable. How can an executive navigate successfully through a range of risks? What can be done when those risks threaten to negate obvious opportunity? Why do we erect an "Unthinkable Barrier?" More
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IRS recruits casino workers to track white-collar crime
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Several months ago, Internal Revenue Service agents who investigate financial crimes in Las Vegas began calling big casinos to set up meetings with their employees. The calls were friendly. In fact, the IRS needed the casinos' help. The feds were asking floor workers to drop a dime and report suspicious people gambling with lots of money. Since the 1980s, Nevada casinos have filed thousands of reports containing the names, Social Security numbers and other identifying characteristics of customers suspected of laundering money or simply gambling with ill-gotten funds. Those figures are rising in the recession and appear to coincide with increased financial crimes across the country. More

Microsoft Excel 2010 keyboard shortcuts
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If you do a lot of typing, being able to access commands from the keyboard is faster than moving your hand to the mouse. Excel 2010 introduces new keyboard accelerators accessed using the Alt key. In addition, many of the old Alt keyboard shortcuts still work and all the old Ctrl shortcut keys are still functional. For instance, Ctrl+C still copies a selection, Ctrl+X cuts a selection, and Ctrl+V pastes a selection. In this piece, Bill Jelen points out which of the old keyboard shortcuts still work, shows you some new shortcuts and introduces you to the new keyboard accelerators. More

Deloitte's 2010 Ethics & Workplace Survey finds
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According to Deloitte's fourth annual Ethics & Workplace Survey, one-third of employed Americans plan to look for a new job when the economy gets better. Within this group of respondents, 48 percent cite loss of trust in their employer and 46 percent say lack of transparent communication from their company's leadership are the primary reasons for pursuing new employment at the end of the recession. Additionally, a large majority of Fortune 1000 executives who are concerned employees will be job hunting in the coming months believe trust will be a factor in a potential increase in voluntary turnover. More

The 7 golden rules of reestablishing credit after bankruptcy
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Myths about the process for reestablishing credit after bankruptcy abound. Some people say you should wipe your hands clean of credit cards and loans. Others say you should open accounts, but tuck them away in a drawer. Still others say that your credit score will be so low that you cannot get a loan until the bankruptcy falls off your credit report in ten years. What is the truth? In short, the truth is that your credit score will suffer after bankruptcy, and it will not begin to improve until you do something about it. If you want to improve your credit score, doing nothing is not an option. Instead, begin the process of reestablishing credit after bankruptcy by opening new lines of credit. More

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