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    Answers to The Office Emergency Quiz

    Answers to The Office Emergency Quiz
    AdminSecret created The Office Emergency Quiz to help you learn the skills you need to survive if a disaster strikes your workplace. We listened to our users' feedback and are providing the answers so you can learn from the quiz. h4. Don't cheat! If you haven't taken The Office Emergency Quiz, go take it first. See answers on the next page... ...
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    Relationship Marketing: It's the "Little Things"

    Relationship Marketing: It's the "Little Things"
    “All politics is local.” Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill, Former Speaker of US House of Representatives, 1977-1987 I recently went to a convention of the National Speakers Association which was held this year in the Phoenix, Arizona area. The property where we stayed was the Marriott Desert Ridge. I have stayed in about 4 billion hotels (seems like that many sometimes!) in ...
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    8 Ways to Influence People

    8 Ways to Influence People
    You know, the way in which we behave as managers and the approach we take, will most definitely have a marked effect on our ultimate success or failure - sounds obvious? Having a range of approaches and styles of behavior gives us more flexibility. It increases our options – and our chances of success. Natural Styles Most managers have a natural ...
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    Prepare for Disaster: Take Steps Now to Protect Your Financial Records

    Prepare for Disaster: Take Steps Now to Protect Your Financial Records
    Natural disasters, from earthquakes and tsunamis to hurricanes and wildfires, keep appearing in the headlines. By taking a few precautions with your vital financial records now, you could save endless time and stress if the unthinkable happens to you. Some preparation can save you worry if you live in an area prone to hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, fires or tornadoes. Even if ...
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    Furnish Your Office in Style (Cheap!)

    Furnish Your Office in Style (Cheap!)
    Maximize space and improve communication with the right systems furniture in your office. Equipping your employees with the right equipment can do wonders to improve communication, productivity and morale. The same applies to their work environment. Systems furniture can help you deliver the appropriate space to meet your staff's needs. Systems furniture consist of multiple parts that can be configured to ...
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    What to Do When an Employee Leaves

    What to Do When an Employee Leaves
    For the entrepreneur, employee turnover always raises challenges, questions and issues. Employees, of course, leave for many reasons. They're promoted, take a new or "better" position, retire - and, yes, sometimes they're terminated. Whatever the cause - even if an employee is asked to leave before the end of the day - it's crucial for you and the direct supervisor to ...
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    5 Deadly Marketing Mistakes

    5 Deadly Marketing Mistakes
    In my book, Kick-ass Copywriting in 10 Easy Steps, I teach small and mid-size business owners who can't afford to hire professional copywriters how to write effective copy that will bring the results from their marketing efforts that they want and need. However, just as there are steps you must take to write great copy, there are also mistakes you can ...
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    How to Write a Job Analysis and Description

    How to Write a Job Analysis and Description
    The employees you hire can make or break your business. While you may be tempted to hire the first person who walks in the door - "just to get it over with" - doing so can be a fatal error. A small company cannot afford to carry deadwood on staff; so start smart by taking time to figure out your staffing ...
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    More Important Than the Holiday Party

    More Important Than the Holiday Party
    The number of companies holding holiday parties is at 20-year low, according to a recent survey from executive-search firm Battalia Winston. But whether you're simply canceling a party, holding a potluck instead, or moving forward with your company's tradition, it's the unexpected gestures that will help you retain and motivate your staff over the long run. Consider these three suggestions you ...
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    The Thin Line: Executive Assistant or Errand Runner?

    The Thin Line: Executive Assistant or Errand Runner?
    Her boss's cat hissed and scratched Sally as she maneuvered a busy intersection. She told herself the cat was just upset from the veterinarian's visit. Besides, Kitty didn't like to ride in cars. "All I have to do is keep the cat calm while I pick up my boss's dry cleaning. Then I can take it home and wait for the ...
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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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    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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    Create a Paperless Office

    Create a Paperless Office
    If you're finding it tough to stay ahead of the paper trail in your office, it might be time to begin phasing it out. Storing documents electronically can save you time and your firm money, says Leonard B. Kruk, a technology futurist and president of Naples, Florida-based Leonard Kruk Consulting. Reducing your reliance on paper can increase your productivity. Here are ...
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    Admins: Get Comfortable Wearing the Manager's Hat

    Admins: Get Comfortable Wearing the Manager's Hat
    Your job description doesn't include the word manager, but sometimes you're forced to wear a manager's hat. You may find yourself hiring temps to help complete a project, or your department may grow and move you up the totem pole. Unfortunately for administrative professionals, many organizations don't train staff in management skills, yet companies pile on supervisory expectations. Part of the ...
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    Are We in the Budget?

    Are We in the Budget?
    A good question to ask your office manager or HR person would be, “Is there a budget for the administrative staff?” Here are some things that I have often wondered about, but was always afraid to ask: * -Is there a budget for education for the administrative staff? Some organizations have this in the employee benefit package. At some places I've ...
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    8 Sites to Help Businesses Network

    8 Sites to Help Businesses Network
    Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter are at the top of the list when it comes to business networking, but we've found a few that specifically help out businesses trying to gain a foothold in the online marketing space. Here are 8 of our favorite contenders: 1. AdminSecret's Network: Share ideas, join groups, publish content and promote your business on AdminSecret's own network. ...
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    Website Maintenance Musts

    Website Maintenance Musts
    Recently, I was at the car dealership watching the mechanic work on my car, and suddenly a thought struck me: How many online business owners regularly check under the hood to make sure theirs websites are running smoothly? And even if you do perform frequent check-ups on your website, are you sure you're giving it a really thorough once-over? About once ...
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    Build a Great Working Relationship with Your Boss

    Build a Great Working Relationship with Your Boss
    One of the worst things you can do at your new job is to make your supervisor look bad for hiring you. After all, your boss is key to your current on-the-job satisfaction and to your future success in the organization -- and perhaps even beyond. If there ever were a relationship for you to invest in, this is it. So ...
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    Seven Secrets to Save on Supplies

    Seven Secrets to Save on Supplies
    Companies always want their employees to be frugal, and the cost of office supplies is one key expense that may be reduced. But how do you manage with less when your workload is up, thanks to company downsizing? Here are seven ways to get the most out of what you've got. h4. Shop Wisely Anticipating future needs can be quite cost-effective. ...
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    How to Make Less of a Mess (Literally)

    How to Make Less of a Mess (Literally)
    Businesses produce 40% of the garbage in the U.S. Here's how to clean up your act. PAPER, GLASS, PLASTIC, ALUMINUM It starts with the paper cups that hold your morning caffeine fix. Then come the stacks of junk mail, which get added to the old business cards, notebooks, and page after page of outdated sales reports. Each employee typically uses 1.5 ...
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