Archive for Workplace Tips

5 Ways to Avoid Social Media at Work

Social media sneaks into the workplace. Over two-thirds (68 percent) of employees feel using social media for personal reasons each day as a break from work tasks is appropriate. That’s staggering. But let’s be honest, to do a good job at work, you really need to be focused on the task at hand. Still, it’s hard to ignore distractions like the “dings” from Facebook.

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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 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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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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Your Guide to Gift-Giving at Work

Accounting and finance jobs bring their own demands in terms of day-to-day requirements and deadlines. When the holidays roll around, many workers in these fields feel an added layer of stress related to gift-giving to colleagues and bosses. The following guidelines for end-of-year gift exchanges provide some clarity and suggestions to help you make it through unscathed.

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7 Tricks to Focus at Work

Workplace research shows that a typical office employee goes only 11 minutes without being interrupted from the task at hand. That sounds about right, considering all the possible distractions (calls, emails, texts, and open-office noise, to name a few) disrupting focus at work. Although workers can learn to adapt to task-switching, such activity may come at the cost of depleting brain power. Obviously, that’s something to be avoided, both from a career and personal perspective, particularly in the focus-intensive world of accounting and finance.

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