Office Skills

Remember the game, Telephone, that we played as kids? One person would whisper a message to the person beside them, and they would whisper it along to the person beside them. When the message reached the end of the line and the last person shared aloud what the message was, it was never the same as the original. Everyone would laugh at the garbled end result. That was fun. The same thing has happened with your minute taking, only it isn’t fun. And for your company, it can be downright problematic.

Minute taking does not have to be difficult.

Remember the game, Telephone, that we played as kids? One person would whisper a message to the person beside them, and they would whisper it along to the person beside them. When the message reached the end of the line and the last person shared aloud what the message was, it was never the same as the original. Everyone would laugh at the garbled end result.

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Face it: managing multiple bosses is tough. And in this environment, reporting to more than one supervisor is becoming more and more prevalent, particularly as companies look to capture perceived cost savings and avoid layoffs. Here are four critical keys to success when you're juggling tasks for more than one boss.

When Eric Chen, MBA JD, Associate Professor of Business Administration at Saint Joseph College, got his first job, he had two bosses—Harry and John. Harry was a small, squirrely fellow in his thirties who had small glasses and squinted all the time. He was so high-strung that if he had too much coffee, he’d start shaking uncontrollably. John was about the same height as Harry, had six kids at home, and was always quick with a smile and a laugh. Harry’s management style was borne of a tough culture.

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Chrysta Bairre's picture

7 Ways To Turn Annoying Coworkers Into A Great Team (Hint: It's About You)

When you have an annoying coworker, everything they do can seem irritating. Annoying coworkers can be recognized by their laziness, over-sharing, obnoxious habits, poor communication, lack of hygiene - you name it! We’ve all been there.

What if your annoying coworkers aren’t really all that annoying? Not true, you may insist as you prepare a list of your coworkers annoying traits. Well I have news for you: your coworkers are not as annoying as you think.

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Robert Hosking's picture

5 Ways To Sharpen Your Skills At Work

School may be out for the summer, but that doesn’t mean you should take an educational break. Administrative professionals face an always evolving set of tasks and regular professional development is a necessity. A new survey from OfficeTeam reveals what type of training employees prefer. But it's also an opportunity to outline how to get the training you need.

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Annette Dubrouillet's picture

Six Key Principles For New Supervisors

Okay, so you’ve been promoted to a supervisory position and you want to be successful but, dang, it’s tough out there, right? Here are some guidelines to help you through the maze.

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iaap's picture

Why Algebra Is Everyone's Friend

By Martha Stillman

For many adults, algebra is that subject they struggled through in high school and college, then gladly abandoned as they pursued their non-science or technology careers. But here's the truth: algebra is everywhere in our everyday lives.

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Julie Perrine's picture

Top Travel Review Sites Every Admin Needs

Ever show up to a hotel and find that it looks nothing like the plush, comfortable accommodations featured on the website? Have you purchased a plane ticket only to find that there are additional charges for online check-in and selecting a seat? Worse yet, have you ever subjected your executive to these situations because you unintentionally booked a travel dud?

You wouldn’t be the first.

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Robert Hosking's picture

The Secret To Your Manager's Success

Many of us already know how valuable administrative professionals are, but a new OfficeTeam survey confirms it! Nearly all (94 percent) of senior managers interviewed said their administrative assistant is important to their success at work. Among those supervisors, more than 4 in 10 (44 percent) reported their assistant’s contributions are very important.

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Julie Perrine's picture

Travel Planning: 5 Tips for Keeping Your Executive Healthy on the Road

Between germ-laden airplanes, dining out, jetlag, countless handshakes, and long hours, the chances of your executive catching a bug while traveling is pretty high. The flu, a nasty cold, or, worst yet, a serious illness could put a serious damper on your executive’s travel plans and their productivity.

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Chrysta Bairre's picture

5 Ways To Make Every Work Day A Friday

Ugh, not another Monday! Or Tuesday, or Wednesday, or Thursday. Are you wasting valuable energy and enthusiasm dreading every day that’s not Friday?

Okay, maybe you like Thursday because it’s the day before Friday. Perhaps you tolerate Wednesday because it’s the halfway point of the work week.

Come on, is Friday really the best day of the week? That all depends on your outlook. I'm here to tell you every workday could be the best day of the week.

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