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Organization

Whether it's looking at a potential employer's organizational hierarchy, how a company handles its pay structures or merely considering what your messy desk says about you at work, organization is key. We've got articles on everything from Office Feng Shui to putting together dress codes at work, so whatever your organizational needs are we've got you covered.

Organization Advice

  • Decoding the Dress Code

    It's not your parents' workplace anymore - nor their dress code. Gone are the stuffy three-piece suits and conservative skirt sets of times past, replaced with a canvas of khaki on which a world of individuality is expressed, as if to say, … Read more...

  • Talking Taxes - Tax Basics for Beginners

    Most of us loathe the very idea of doing our U.S. personal income taxes, not because we expect to get fleeced each April 15 (or 16) but simply because we don't know an adjusted gross income from a standard deduction. For the many tax code … Read more...

  • Talking Taxes - The Alternative Minimum Tax

    Last year, a Boston-area high-tech company saw its stock plunge from a record high of $58.75 on January 20, to a low of $1.13 exactly 11 months later in November. One employee, who chose to remain anonymous for this article, exercised 1,000 … Read more...

  • Talking Taxes - How to Avoid an Audit

    A few years ago, the Internal Revenue Service challenged the tax deductions a college professor took for losses he reported in his business as a book author. "They came in and said, 'OK, prove to us it's a business,'" recalled Joseph … Read more...

  • Talking Taxes - How to Select an Accountant

    When my wife and I began to gather receipts and other scraps of paper for our taxes this year, I called our long-time accountant with a routine request for an organizer to help us make sense of all the numbers. Read more...

  • Cubicle Makeover

    Everything in my tiny cubicle is beige. Day after day I arrive at my desk and think, "Well, there go all my ideas." All this beige is making me blue. Annette, how can I bring my workspace to life? Read more...

  • Self-employment

    The dream of working independently is a reality for almost 10 million people in the United States, or roughly 10 percent of the workforce, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The rewards of self-employment include independence from … Read more...

  • Running Effective Meetings: At the Meeting

    Even a well planned meeting requires attention to detail to stay on course and accomplish its objectives. As the meeting organizer, you're responsible for managing the course of the meeting and its final result. Read more...

  • Running Effective Meetings: Preparation for Meetings

    No matter how informal the meeting, preparation in advance can improve the effectiveness of the meeting itself. When planning a meeting, visualize in advance how the meeting will unfold: who will stand where, how long the presentations will … Read more...

  • Running Effective Meetings: Setting an Agenda

    The course of a meeting is determined before the group gathers, when the organizer sends invitations that include time, place, and agenda. To some extent, the format of a meeting determines the substance. Meeting organizers who take these … Read more...