Keeping Policies in Step with the Digital Age

The holidays are a well-deserved break for employees and employers - a chance to relax and reflect on the past year's accomplishments. Now that the new year is underway, workplaces are gearing up to succeed. Various workplace issues are more relevant than ever, and it's the perfect time to make workers aware of your company's policies and procedures. There's no better time to clarify the guidelines they are expected to follow and to address up-to-the-minute issues that affect everyone in the workplace.

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Overcoming E-mail Overload to Regain Productivity

By Joan Lloyd

Do you receive too much e-mail?
Do you send too much e-mail?
Does your e-mail have a negative affect on your productivity?
How many hours a day do you spend on e-mail?

Those were the questions the IABC (International Association of Business Communicators) asked their members around the globe recently. Any guesses about their responses? Their answers, in a nutshell were: 'Yes', 'Yes', 'Yes', and 'too much'. I've been hearing similar refrains from colleagues and clients, so, to learn more, I spoke with the President of the IABC, Julie Freeman, about the study.

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Book Review

12: The Elements of Great Managing

by Rodd Wagner, James K. Harter

Any manager faced with a challenge and looking to turn around their team's performance will be bolstered by 12: The Elements of Great Managing. It's a follow-up to the wildly successful First Break All the Rules and the content is distilled from Gallup's 10 million employee and manager interviews. The best thing about this book is that it speaks to supervisors in many different managing facets. Whether you are at a small company, managing remotely or in charge of a large team, you'll find insights relating to increasing productivity and keeping people engaged on the job.

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Q. We're in the final decision stage on a new hire, and one of my team members happened upon the MySpace profile of our top candidate. There is some questionable material in there, and I'm trying to decide how to weight that. She looks really good in all other aspects, and I'm inclined to ignore the web site. How are other people handling that?

A. There is no question that this will be an increasingly common issue as a new generation of workers grows-up conducting more and more of their personal lives online. There doesn't seem to be a consensus as to how employers should use the information that they can now find.

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Question: Do you use social networking sites like MySpace to evaluate candidates?


 
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