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Your backlog – the deadlines for the projects and commitments you're handling – should usually be one to two weeks, Toronto productivity consultant Ann Gomez suggests. Stretch beyond that sweet spot and you might find your work quality subpar, deadlines missed, and time in the office a drudgery. Clear Concept

Motivate employees with tailored plans

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Create a motivational profile for each employee, starting from when they are being recruited, HR expert John Sullivan advises. Catalogue the most effective non-monetary motivators, best form of recognition, preferred formal rewards – and the negative factors that will demotivate and frustrate the person. The Business of HR Blog

Teamwork tops in research

A look at the journal Nature by consultant Ben Waber shows innovation does not come from a lone genius. The five papers most cited by others – research that is changing entire scientific fields – all had multiple authors. Over all, there were almost 10 times the citations for multiple-author papers as single-author works. Business Week

Go ahead, be kind to your boss

If your boss has supported you or gone to bat for you on a project, thank him, Ottawa consultant Shaun Belding says. If your boss is having some challenges in the workplace or with her boss, ask whether you can do anything to help.

Print comments in Word documents

If you wish to print the comments made on a Word document, select Print from the File menu; on the subsequent Print What drop-down box, pick Comments; and then click on OK. Allen Wyatt's WordTips

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Harvey Schachter is a Battersea, Ont.-based writer specializing in management issues. He writes Monday Morning Manager and management book reviews for the print edition of Report on Business and an online work-life column Balance. E-mail Harvey Schachter

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