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What to do when it’s ‘he said/she said’X


April 10, 2013 by Jim Giuliano

Every manager has run into this issue during an investigation. Employee A says one thing happened. Employee B says something completely different happened.

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Check for rebates when updating HVAC


April 8, 2013 by Jim Giuliano

Before you start your next big energy-efficiency project, you may want to look into utility rebates.

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Watch out for this cyber attackX


April 3, 2013 by Jim Giuliano

Emails from Nigeria designed to separate fools from their money are a joke these days. But what’s no laughing matter is the increasingly sophisticated art of mining highly personal data from company websites and using it to maliciously craft what appear to be emails from friends or colleagues.

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6 new ways to determine if a customer is credit worthy


April 1, 2013 by Jim Giuliano

When it comes to evaluating customers for credit, it may be time for some new approaches.

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4 ways to protect your data when you’re on the road


March 29, 2013 by Jim Giuliano

While many companies are focused on locking down smartphones and tablets, don’t forget the other device that can put data at risk: your laptop, especially when you’re traveling.

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Warning: ‘Shells’ steal from legit firms


March 20, 2013 by Jim Giuliano

How confident are you that your A/P people would recognize the signs of a bogus invoice from a phony, or “shell,” company?

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3 ways to make sure your wellness program gets results


March 18, 2013 by Jim Giuliano

If a wellness program doesn’t result in healthier employees and lower health costs, what’s the point?

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Study casts doubt on ergonomic furniture


March 15, 2013 by Jim Giuliano

Do you have employees requesting the latest in ergonomic workstations. Take a look at the latest injury and fatigue statistics before letting your company jump in.

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Obamacare: IRS issues new rules on ‘affordability test’


March 13, 2013 by Jim Giuliano

Another day, another part of Obamacare your company must prepare to comply with. The latest: the affordability test.

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Unlikely revenue source: your printers


March 11, 2013 by Jim Giuliano

If you’re throwing out old ink cartridges, you may want to reconsider – and not just because it’s bad for the environment.

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Cash leaking from your water usage?


March 8, 2013 by Jim Giuliano

Water rates are on the rise, and it could mean a big hit for your budget.

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A tool that gets T&E spending in line


March 6, 2013 by Jim Giuliano

There’s no magic wand to turn all your business travelers into T&E policy-compliant employees, but this may be the next best thing.

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A compelling case to revive sweep accounts


March 6, 2013 by Jim Giuliano

For years it was the go-to treasury tool that kept companies maximizing the cash they had in the bank: sweep accounts. But now that Dodd-Frank has repealed the ban on interest on business checking accounts, many of your peers (and bankers) have decided a sweep is no longer necessary. Not so fast.

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Getting results by praising — and criticizing


March 4, 2013 by Jim Giuliano

Traditional thinking says managers should praise the veteran employee’s work and focus on correcting the new hire’s mistakes. But studies show that approach doesn’t quite hit the mark.

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Rebate programs and savings make switch to LEDs attractive


February 27, 2013 by Jim Giuliano

There’s no better time than now to check out light-emitting diode (LED) lamps for commercial facilities.

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The Blackberry is back!


February 25, 2013 by Jim Giuliano

A few years back, every business person had a BlackBerry device permanently attached to his or her hands. Now you probably see more iPhones and Droids than the good old business standby. Research in Motion (BlackBerry’s maker) is working hard to change that.

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Selling to multiple decision-makers


February 22, 2013 by Jim Giuliano

With more sales decisions being made by committees, it’s important for your salespeople to modify their sales presentations to take group dynamics into account.

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New approach to 401(k) match: Will it catch on?


February 20, 2013 by Jim Giuliano

The method of employers’ paying out 401(k) matches has been pretty much the same for years — every paycheck contains the match. At least one employer is trying a different approach, one that could catch on.

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Passing on credit-card surcharges: 3 things to know before you try it


February 19, 2013 by Jim Giuliano

Now that it’s legal to pass credit card surcharges on to your customers, your company may have a big decision to make:

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3 laptop security tips for road warriors


February 18, 2013 by Sam Narisi

If you or any of your company’s employees frequently take a laptop on the road to do work, you’ll want to keep these laptop security keys in mind.  More…


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