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    Beware! Bosses Can Check Your Text Messages

    Beware! Bosses Can Check Your Text Messages
    Let’s face it, most employees use their company-issued pagers, phones, laptops for personal reasons sometimes. It’s just the way life is now — the lines between work life and personal life are becoming more and more blurred as workers seem to be working round the clock these days. But if you do use these devices for a message or text you ...
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    How to Speak More Assertively

    How to Speak More Assertively
    If you deal with daily meetings and interactions with coworkers, you know just how important it is to speak assertively. But what exactly does “assertively” mean and how do you speak your mind without coming across as rude? These are important questions, as communicating effectively — not to mention politely — is pivotal to your professional success. The last thing you ...
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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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    On the Job Tips for New Admins

    On the Job Tips for New Admins
    Based on lessons I picked up over the years either from other administrative assistants, my bosses or from trial and error. Here are my top six things I would recommend you do well as a new administrative assistant: 1. Write it down When your boss asks you to do something, write it down, send yourself an e-mail reminder or put it ...
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    Guidelines For Texting Your Boss

    Guidelines For Texting Your Boss
    While perusing the many blogs that I follow, I saw this blog post on LifeHacker about the etiquette of texting your boss. It started me thinking about how much technology has changed during my career and how we respond to it as Administrative and Executive Assistants. Using text messages is a good example of technology that we can embrace. Like all ...
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    8 Ways to Mind Your Office Manners

    8 Ways to Mind Your Office Manners
    It seems like there’s one in every office … one person who engages in baffling, inexplicable, or sometimes downright rude behavior. There’s the woman who talks on her cell phone in the bathroom every day, the man who microwaves noxious leftover fish, or the girl who leaves her personal papers on the copier glass. Work is the place where we spend ...
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    7 Tips to Make Meetings More Interesting

    7 Tips to Make Meetings More Interesting
    Meetings can be deadly, especially if they feel unproductive. Listening to your boss drone on and on about things that don't affect you just isn’t a smart use of your time. So how can you make your boring meetings more productive? Research shows that increasing activity and creativity in meetings helps increase brain activity and alertness. Everyone's happier when you make ...
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    Make or Break Your Career Over Lunch

    Make or Break Your Career Over Lunch
    You’d think it would be easy. At lunchtime you get hungry, so you grab some food and go on with your workday. However, lunch at work is rarely that simple. What you eat, where you eat and whom you eat with are all things your coworkers are paying attention to. This doesn’t mean every lunch has to be a pressure-packed situation, ...
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    The Beginner's Guide to Social Media Success

    Getting connected online is practically a requirement these days. It's the latest way to make new friends, stay in touch, and — best of all — network. And with HR departments adding social media recruiting to their repertoire, it's also a great way to get a job! But jumping online isn't as easy as you might think. If you're going ...
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    4 Tips to Handle a Sabotaging Coworker

    4 Tips to Handle a Sabotaging Coworker
    We all like to think of our coworkers as friends, but what happens when you become the target of a coworker's dirty politics? Here are some strategies that can help you keep the peace without losing your edge, shared by fellow soldiers on the office wars' front lines. Take Precautions It is wise to have some good measures in place to ...
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    10 Tricks to Telecommuting Success

    In a century where convenience is the standard form of measurement, telecommuting is growing in popularity. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2005, more than 11 million people worked from home — that's about 8 percent of the U.S. population! And what's not to love about telecommuting? When you can work from the comfort of your home, skip commuter ...
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    11 Writing Mistakes Even Smart People Make

    11 Writing Mistakes Even Smart People Make
    Professional writers often worry that their work is unnecessary. After all, can't anyone with even a basic education write? The answer: no, they can't. Even college graduates don't seem to be learning composition basics. Of course not everyone is going to be the next Mark Twain, but career success does depend on looking professional. Sure, some clients, coworkers, or resume readers ...
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    Writing Mistakes Even Smart People Make

    Constipated Clauses Reporting on the feats and foibles of the Red Sox, a writer for South Coast Today notes: "It goes without saying that these exploits take a tremendous amount of skill." If it "goes without saying" then don't say it. If it doesn't, in fact, go without saying, then don't say it does. "Obviously, the sky is blue." Putting ...
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    Fight or Flight? Dealing with a Difficult Colleague!

    Fight or Flight? Dealing with a Difficult Colleague!
    Have you had or are in a situation where your colleague is making your life miserable? I have been in these types of jobs a few times in the past and let me tell you, it’s no laughing matter. A reader recently asked me this question: Saw your web page and felt that I want your take on my situation. First ...
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    Write An Effective Out Of Office Assistant Message

    Write An Effective Out Of Office Assistant Message
    Are you going on vacation? Are you going to be out of the office for a short or even long period of time? Don’t forget to set up and turn on your “Out of Office Assistant” on Microsoft Outlook. It’s amazing of how many people actually forget to do this. You e-mail someone asking them a question or wanting to state ...
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    10 Tips for Effective Meeting Minutes

    10 Tips for Effective Meeting Minutes
    A common job duty of administrative and executive assistants is to be able to take effective meeting minutes. Whether you are taking minutes at a team meeting or a meeting of the Board of Directors, the skills are pretty much the same. Here are 10 tips for taking effective meeting minutes. 1. Always make note of the start and end time ...
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    Your Board Meeting Battle Plan

    Your Board Meeting Battle Plan
    I have an upcoming Board meeting and want to be prepared for everything that is needed to make it run smoothly. To-do lists I have to-do lists for the Board and Committee meetings and a to-do list for the Board Reception and Dinner. You can never go wrong if you are making a list and checking it twice. My favorite to-do ...
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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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    Admin/Support Communication Tips

    Admin/Support Communication Tips
    The most successful admins network, speak clearly and write effectively. So now it's time for the master class to attain a higher level of communication expertise. These tips will guide you. h4. *Manage the Message* Regardless of the situation, always communicate with respect, advises Ronnie Moore, author of Why Did I Say That? Communicating to Keep Your Credibility, Your Cool and ...
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    Depression at Work

    Depression at Work
    How serious is depression on the job? According to nationwide labor reports and studies, it's more serious than most of us realize. Here are some shocking statistics: • Depression accounts for close to $12 billion in lost workdays each year. • More than $11 billion in other costs accrue from decreased productivity due to symptoms that sap energy, affect work habits ...
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