Office Skills

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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Chrysta Bairre's picture

To Say Or Not To Say In The Office

I read an article listing the top things never to say to your boss. It was a ridiculous article that focused on the boss’s needs and made employees sound like whiny self-centered complainers, which in my professional experience this is very rarely the case.

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iaap's picture

Put The Car Jacks Down: A Lesson In Office Gift Giving

Finding the right holiday gift for co-workers and managers is hard work. It’s challenging enough to locate just the right purchase for our family and friends, people we know well and love. Now you have to buy something that strikes the perfect balance of not too cheap, nor too expensive; personal, but not creepy.

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iaap's picture

5 Etiquette Tips For Holiday Office Parties

The holiday season can be a mixed blessing for many administrative professionals. Aside from the normal stress incurred while juggling family and business demands, there are the office parties. These annual gatherings have taken on almost mythic proportions. They’re seen as events where careers can climb or crumble. No wonder so many people get uptight when the party invitations arrive.

I’ve surveyed some of what etiquette experts have to say about office parties during the holidays. Here’s a sample of their advice and links for more tips:

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iaap's picture

The Not-So-Secret Powers of an Administrative Assistant

By Ross Shafer:

I'm always stunned when I hear an administrative professional say, "I don't have the authority to make that decision." You're kidding, right?! You spend more time in the belly of the beast than the boss.

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iaap's picture

Stress Management: Living Life on the Edge

It used to be that our lives were fairly predictable. Go to high school, find a spouse, have 2.1 kids, live in a house with a picket fence, find a good job and stay there until we retired with a gold watch on our wrist, then gracefully pass away.

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iaap's picture

Extinguish Burnout At Work

I always used to think that burnout happened when you worked too hard for too long without any respite. It was the physical, mental, and emotional exhaustion that resulted. In the past, we’ve all experienced bouts of burnout that might have been cyclic, seasonal, or occasional. But lately, many of us have been living with it daily. With the downturn in the economy, companies have cut back on staff, funding, and resources to support all the work that needs to be done. In fact, as we struggle with having less, we’re being asked to do more.

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iaap's picture

Tired? Teamwork!

When you've got a huge project and the afternoon drag, the best thing might be to avoid the coffee machine and find a few co-workers instead.

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