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Administrative Assistants Make Less Than Most. So Why Are They So Happy?

The link between money and happiness is tough to unravel. It's a tugging match between esoteric thirsts like love and satisfaction, and very real demands like food and shelter. But a recent report involving administrative professionals suggests that the old cliches are at least partially true: you don't need a lot of money to be happy.

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Get Your Head In The Virtual Clouds

Two interesting trends have started to emerge among administrative professionals. The first is an increase in the number of administrative professionals who are now working on a freelance basis, either by choice or due to the economy.

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Don't Let Fear Foil Your Career

I used to believe that all mature, working adults in modern business understand the value of professional development and certification. A surprising question I recently fielded proved me wrong. I've learned there are admins struggling to improve their careers by becoming certified because they work for people who are afraid of the consequences.

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Why Twitter Is Worth It

You should be on Twitter if you're not already. Despite the fact that it has become one of the largest and most ubiquitous social media websites (with half a billion members, by one count), I'm surprised at the number of people I encounter who don't use Twitter. These are often smart people whom I would think would jump at the chance to engage in what is fast becoming a powerful tool for business and networking.

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Avoid Working Yourself Out Of A Job

IAAP members are a passionate group. They're serious about being the best at their jobs. A cursory glance at the IAAP Web Community reveals people who are focused and determined. This is a good thing, but can it tip over into something that has a negative impact on your personal and professional success? That's the question posed by a couple of recent blog posts on the Harvard Business Review.

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Do More At Work By Doing Less

One of the consistent complaints voiced by administrative professionals is that they're simply overloaded with work. I recently heard one IAAP chapter president encourage her fellow members to start saying "no" to the boss when they're expected to do too much with too little time and resources. Companies will eventually reap negative returns on all this task juggling as their administrative professionals become less effective and efficient.

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Clear the Attic When Office Tech Overwhelms

Last week, I posted about The Energy Project CEO Tony Schwartz's call for office workers to increase productivity and satisfaction by focusing on one task at a time and giving themselves periods of real renewal. Schwartz's article is brilliant, but lacks specifics.

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Leaving "the Gray Zone"

I recently spent a wonderful hour with members of the City of Fountains chapter in Kansas City, Mo. The meeting topic was about reducing stress at work. Several of the members talked about how juggling tasks is a job requirement for all admins. They also described how stress from work carries over into the rest of their lives.

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Admins Make "Best Jobs" List

U.S. News & World Report included administrative professionals in its "Best Jobs of 2012" list, which was released this morning.

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Some Capital Advice on Grammar

Texting and social media have spawned a digital shorthand that's increasingly encroaching on the office. The proper use of capitalization seems to have become one of the primary victims of this trend in post-modern communication. Missing, misplaced or misused capitalization can make an important business document appear awkward and uninformed.

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