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What Happens If You’re Hit by a Bus?

Vol. 14 No. 3

Unexpected events come, well, unexpectedly. Caring for family members, healing from extended illness (or bus mauling), property destruction from fires, floods, and the apocalypse—life often forces professionals to take unexpected leaves of absence for numerous reasons. While you can’t know when you might have to step away from your office for a while, it’s a good idea to have what we’ll call a hit-by-a-bus plan ready for someone to take over your tasks while you’re gone.

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Ask ISM's Health Care Reform Specialist

Vol. 14 No. 3

Q: I have heard that they are changing the overtime rules, and I'm getting worried. Will these changes greatly increase our budget?

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Red Flags on Résumés

Vol. 14 No. 3

We’ll be coming into hiring season before too long, which means you’ll be inundated with resumes to fill vacant faculty, staff, and administrative positions. While it’s hard to gauge a candidate based on a piece of paper, a résumé can tell you a lot about a candidate. Here are some potential “red flags” on résumés so you can be aware of potential warning signs that a particular candidate might not be the best fit for your vacant position.

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Martian Lessons for Earthbound Business Managers

Vol. 14 No. 2

Several ISM team members are fans of Andrew Weir’s novel, The Martian, which follows a botanist-astronaut’s struggle to survive after finding himself stranded on Mars. (The protagonist, Mark Watney, is basically MacGyver in a spacesuit.) We don’t want to give away too many spoilers, but his struggle in space offers lessons for Business Managers back here on Earth—if you know where to look.

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Vol. 14 No. 2

Q: Our health insurance company just sent us a rebate check. What in the world am I supposed to do with it?

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Five Free Project Management Tools

Vol. 14 No. 2

Free. It’s a beautiful four-letter word, no? There are dozens of free apps out there that claim to help you improve your performance, but you'll still be investing time (if not your money) to test which ones work for you. For your increased efficiency and organization, we've collected five vetted management software tools that offer useful, enjoyable user experiences in their free form—before asking users to commit to a subscription or purchase.

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