From our bookmark file, here’s a grab bag of links that we thought were worth sharing:
Communications – Meridith Levinson of CIO posts about 10 Things You Should Never Write in an E-Mail or Instant Message:
1. “I could get into trouble for telling you this, but…”
2. “Delete this e-mail immediately.”
3. “I really shouldn’t put this in writing.”
4. “Don’t tell So-and-So.” Or, “Don’t send this to So-and-So.”
5. “She/He/They will never find out.”
6. “We’re going to do this differently than normal.”
7. “I don’t think I am supposed to know this, but…”
8. “I don’t want to discuss this in e-mail. Please give me a call.”
9. “Don’t ask. You don’t want to know.”
10. “Is this actually legal?”
Check out her excellent post for further elaboration.
ComplianceWorkforce notes: “As employers consider adopting nontraditional schedules, what some of them are not doing is taking a clear-eyed look at the wage and hour ramifications of these arrangements. There are potential pitfalls—under both federal wage and hour law and the requirements of other jurisdictions—that demand close attention.” The Legal Implications of Nontraditional Workweeks
Productivity – For inspiration motivation, and just because it’s interesting, check out Daily Routines, a blog about how writers, artists, and other creative people organize their days. Featured items are culled from books, newspapers, magazines, and Web sites.
Social networking – many of you are texting and instant messaging with abandon already, but for those of you who feel left behind, Dennis Kennedy’s Get the (Instant) message, Dude is a good primer. Also see Everything You Need to Know About Twitter but Are Too Chicken to Ask from Traction Marketing.
Survey reveals economy is taking a toll on middle manager moraleNearly two-thirds of U.S. middle managers say the economy is having a negative impact on their work environments – according to a recent survey by Accenture.
Cool tools
Translation – Do you have a multi-lingual work force? If so, then Nice Translator might be a useful tool. First, pick from one of about 30 languages, and then begin typing in English and your words will be translated in real time as you type. We tested it on Spanish and it worked pretty well.
Connections – If you work at home or in a small office, making conference calls can be a challenge. Try Once you register, you will get a dedicated call in number and access code, available 24/7, with no need to schedule or make reservations. Each conference call can have up to 96 callers and last for up to 6 hours in duration. It also comes with free conference call recording.


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