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    Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Your Boss All Under $25

    What to Give Your Boss This Holiday Season... You want to show your boss your appreciation and spread holiday cheer, but your dollar is already being stretched this year. No worries. AdminSecret researched fun, mindful gifts for any type gift-receiver.. Jet-Setting Boss Caffeine Junkie Book Worm Hard-to-Buy-For Boss Movie Buff Boss Artsy Boss Green Boss Desk-Bound Boss Likes "Fun" in "Functional" ...
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    How to Write an Effective, Polite, and Useful E-mail

    How to Write an Effective, Polite, and Useful E-mail
    Like many forms of communication, e-mail is no less susceptible to the vagaries of shorthand, slang, jargon and plain silliness Think before you press send. It’s all too easy to bombard the people around you with a continuous stream of thought-bites via email. Whether you’re an office newbie or you have simply fallen into bad e-habits, it’s time to take stock ...
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    When You Need It Later: The Bring-Forward System

    When You Need It Later: The Bring-Forward System
    My boss likes me to keep him organized and the way I do that is to have a system to bring forward items, which I then bring to his attention when he needs to see it. The system I use is quite simple and has been around for a long time. They taught this system when I was in high school ...
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    This, Not That: HEALTHY Office Snacks to Order for the Breakroom

    This, Not That: HEALTHY Office Snacks to Order for the Breakroom
    Sometimes, I dream about planting an apple tree in my office lobby, so everyone could grab a nutritious treat without leaving the building. Alas, something about "building code" won’t allow it. More and more doctors and nutritionists hammer into us to eat little to no processed foods and focus on "whole foods." Processed foods have too much salt and killer fats. ...
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    Little Ways to Burn Fat During the Workday

    Little Ways to Burn Fat During the Workday
    For me, the eye-catching headline on today’s front page is “The magic formula for keeping off lost weight.” In my dreams, the equation is shopping + chocolate – broken nails = thinner you! Unfortunately, they didn’t tell me anything we all don’t know: exercise + diet = weight loss. According to a recent University of Pittsburgh study, exercising for an hour ...
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    10 Ways You're Annoying Your Coworkers

    Everyone has something (or someone) that annoys him or her at work. It could be faulty equipment or coworkers who don’t pull their own weight. But nobody’s complaining about you, right? Not so fast. Even though your mom, friends, or significant other may worship the ground you walk on, there could be some people you work with who are far ...
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    10 Body Language Blunders

    It doesn't even matter what you say if your body is saying something else. And sometimes body language mistakes people don't even know they're making can hurt relationships at work or at home. To protect yourself and your career from a harmful communication breakdown, check out the following mistakes and be sure to avoid them. 1. A Closed Body Whether ...
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    How to Insert 0 Before Any Number in Excel

    Have you ever tried to insert 0 before sequel of numbers in Excel? You think that what’s the use of appending 0 before sequel of numbers because in mathematics 123 is same as 0123 but there are some areas where these two numbers are treated as different number. As in banks, if you have an account, definitely you have an account ...
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    Help! I Can't Access My Excel File!

    Excel worksheets can get corrupt or damaged at any point of time. Just imagine working on important financial figures and power goes off. And when power comes back, you cannot access your worksheet or the excel file fails to open. Now what to do? There are times when MS Office application automatically recovers the unexpected closed document with the help of ...
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    The Art of Minute-Taking

    The Art of Minute-Taking
    Minute taking is an art! Anyone who is good at it is to be commended. I have never had to take minutes, but I almost did many years ago. My boss came to my desk and told me he needed me to take minutes for a meeting. I was not aware of the meeting so I wasn't prepared. I started to ...
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    Outlook … Not Just for Email! Using Your Outlook Tasks

    Outlook … Not Just for Email! Using Your Outlook Tasks
    Microsoft Outlook is one of the most widely used software programs for email, but if you’re only using it for email, you’re missing out on a great productivity tool! Here are a few ways you can use the Outlook Tasks feature to keep track of your to-do list. h4. Assign categories to your tasks. If you have a lot of items ...
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    Organizing a Conference: Tips & Templates

    Organizing a Conference: Tips & Templates
    From the original blog post, Organizing a Conference Organizing a conference can be fun! Really! I enjoy it. The only problem is, you usually have to organize the conference and still do all your other work and that makes for some pretty hectic days leading up to the event. You definitely need to be organized! Start with a good To-Do list. ...
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    Five Ways to Stay Organized

    Five Ways to Stay Organized
    Getting organized is on many a busy admin’s to-do list. But once you’ve set up systems to tame the clutter, staying organized can be a continual challenge. “You are always going in 10 different directions,” says admin-turned-author Jamie Novak, who wrote 1,000 Best Quick and Easy Organizing Secrets. “You are interrupted often, plus you need to keep everything at your fingertips, ...
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    Sign Up for AdminSecret's Weekly Newsletter
    Wanna hear from us? Every week, AdminSecret sends out a recap of the best and most popular content from our site. It also showcases new and under-the-radar features you might have never know were there! Want in on the action? Follow these steps to be sure you know what's up from the top administrative community on the web... To receive the ...
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    Handling a Disorganized Boss

    Handling a Disorganized Boss
    You’re excited about your new job. The pay is good, the office setting is comfortable and the commute is easy. But as you start the actual work, you confront an unsettling truth: Your new boss is an organizational train wreck He hasn’t mapped out a plan for your first few days or weeks. He doesn’t give you any guidance on the ...
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    Slideshow: 13 Ways to Cut Business Expenses

    Slideshow: 13 Ways to Cut Business Expenses
    Below, "Three Easy Ways to Cut Business Costs" then see the slideshow for 10 More Ways to Cut Business Costs Small business owners are always looking to cut expenses where they can. But in today's business climate, reducing outlays may be particularly important. In this column, Smart Answers shares several tips on how small companies can save on operating expenses. Do ...
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    Trying to Organize Your Email? Keep it Simple

    Trying to Organize Your Email? Keep it Simple
    If you’re like most people I know, you have trouble managing your email. Maybe you can’t keep up with the dozens or hundreds of messages (yes, some people get hundreds) you receive each day. Perhaps you’re fed up with all those silly forwards from your uncle or coworker, or frustrated by the series of 12 back-and-forth emails it takes to set ...
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    Juggle Your Work for Multiple Bosses

    Juggle Your Work for Multiple Bosses
    While the traditional role of an administrative assistant is to support a single boss, many admins today report to multiple executives, departments or entire staffs of small businesses. According to admins who work for more than one boss, some simple strategies can keep you from being pulled into multiple directions at one time. When in Doubt, Let the Bosses Duke It ...
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    How to Catch Common Grammatical Errors

    How to Catch Common Grammatical Errors
    Business documents rife with typos can undermine your professional reputation, not to mention that of your company. That's why admins should have a good working knowledge of grammar, spelling and punctuation as well as the ability to catch mistakes before someone else does. Catching your own errors can be challenging. But with a little practice, you can reduce your margin of ...
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