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How to Make the Most of Lunch Meetings

Lunch meetings can be tricky, and may even be passé in some regards. Consider that weekday foodservice lunch visits declined by 7 percent in the second quarter of 2016, constrained in part by more people working from home and higher menu prices, reports NPD Group, which analyzes the restaurant industry. “My philosophy is that lunch is not the most productive place to do business,” observes venture capitalist Eric Manlunas. Business productivity expert Nancy Gaines agrees.

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How to Nail a Phone Interview

We are a nation addicted to our phones. And while we might sleep with them and take them on vacation, what we aren’t doing is talking on them. Yet despite our aversion to talking on the phone, mastering the phone interview is a necessity if you want to land a job. Acing the phone interview is often a prerequisite to landing an in-person interview, so here are a few tips on how to nail this crucial step in the job searching struggle.

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How to Identify Leaders

For an organization to grow and continue to meet its goals, it needs a plan in place to identify and develop leaders. Many companies have programs in place for leadership development, but to properly identify leaders is perhaps even more important. It can also be more challenging. When companies identify leaders early in their careers, they have more opportunities to develop their skills. Good leaders are cultivated over a career, not in a period of one to two years, so it’s crucial to start early.

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A Top Employee Left, Now What?

Your nightmare just came true: one of your top employees just put in her notice, leaving you reeling and wondering how you’ll replace her. Every company has to face the reality of losing top performers at one time or another. While it is a disappointment, it’s not the end of the world. Here are a few things you can do to make the best of this bad situation.

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The Secrets to Hiring Millennials

They are adaptive, tech-savvy and their generation makes up the largest share of the American workforce. It’s no wonder that the business world is obsessed with hiring Millennials. But traditional recruiting methods are unlikely to work with this skeptical generation. They know their skills are in high demand, and they are adept at connecting with people in ways beyond phone and email. So what is the best way to work with Millennial candidates?

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156,000 Jobs Added in December

The Latest From the BLS Employment Report: The US economy added 156,000 jobs in December according to employment data released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The unemployment rate raised slightly to 4.7 percent this month. In December, employment gains occurred in health care and social assistance. The change in total nonfarm payroll employment for October was revised down from 142,000 to 135,000 and November was revised up from 178,000 to 204,000.

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How to Make the Most Out of Meetings

With a limited number of hours in each day, most of us are looking for ways to be more productive. It can be 3:00 in the afternoon before we really have time to dig into the projects we plan to accomplish on a given day. Poorly organized and executed meetings are often to blame. You can’t control how others run their meetings, but there are simple, practical things that you can do to ensure that the next meeting you host is efficient and productive.

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How to Stay Warm in an Office Tundra

Winter officially started in late December but some workers feel as though they live in the tundra year-long in their offices. Frigid temperatures not only make you extremely uncomfortable but multiple studies have shown it can increase feelings of sadness and negatively impact your productivity. A study published in the journal HVAC&R Research found that those in offices with temperatures in the low 70s had decreased productivity and made more mistakes than their warmer counterparts.

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Tips to Increase Your QuickBooks Proficiency

With more than 1.5 million customers worldwide, Quickbooks is arguably one of the most popular small business accounting software solutions in the world. Many accountants and bookkeepers have been using Quickbooks daily for years, but with new versions and new features being released all the time, even seasoned pros can always use a few hacks to make their jobs easier. Here are some of our favorite tips to increase your Quickbooks proficiency. Enter correct information Setting up your Quickbooks file is simple.

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