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August 21, 2009
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  • COBRA premiums expected to grow
    More ex-employees are taking advantage of cheaper COBRA coverage under a federal subsidy, Jim Giuliano writes. According to HR consulting firm the Segal Co., COBRA beneficiaries tend to file more health claims because of the short-term nature of their coverage. With more claims being filed, Giuliano writes, premiums are likely to increase. HRMorning.com (8/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • A leaner public sector
    Through lean and Six Sigma initiatives, public-sector agencies can improve performance and productivity -- but the impact won't stick if they ignore the "soft" side of making operational change happen. The McKinsey Quarterly (free registration for SmartBrief readers) (8/2009) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Managing Your Own Career 
  • Cleaning up your online reputation
    To make sure your best work shows up online, buy your own domain name, set up a blog that shows quality work, then get others to link to it, Celine Roque writes. Also, educate yourself about search engine optimization, she writes. Web Worker Daily (8/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Why you should serve your manager first
    Because they decide everything from pay raises to promotions to recommendations, employees should treat managers as their most important "customers," Scot Herrick writes. "If you want to ensure that you have the maximum number of opportunities, doesn't it make sense to have your manager as your most important customer?" he asks. CubeRules.com (8/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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The Water Cooler 
  • Bog reveals Iron Age butter
    Two workers uncovered a 3,000-year-old oak barrel of butter in bog near Gilltown, Ireland. Estimated to be from the Iron Age, the 35-kilogram barrel will be dried, then preserved by museum staff. DiscoveryOn.info (8/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Go uncredited or use a pseudonym for projects that aren't up to your usual standards or that are incompatible with your personal brand. Your future self will thank you."
--Celine Roque, writing in Web Worker Daily
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