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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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    How to Deal with an Absentee Boss

    How to Deal with an Absentee Boss
    Most of us wish our bosses weren't breathing down our necks every day. Yet if you talk to anyone whose boss is constantly on the road, you'll hear complaints of last-minute phone calls from off-site, changing travel locations and dates, and deadline changes from the field to meet clients' demands. Meanwhile, back at headquarters, other managers feel free to dump work ...
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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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    Create a Disaster Plan: Work Together to Prepare for the Worst

    Create a Disaster Plan: Work Together to Prepare for the Worst
    When it comes to preparing for disaster, executives are the ones who sweat the big stuff, whether the potential risk is a hurricane, earthquake, pandemic, terrorist attack or other calamity. Top managers approve the plan for offsite data mirroring, pick an alternate payroll processor and assure the firm's biggest customers that current services won't be interrupted. But of course, it's the ...
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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 Admins Can Fight Sexual Harrassment

    How Admins Can Fight Sexual Harrassment
    Sexual harassment of admins can be as simple as a client's unwanted flirtatious winks or as elaborate as a male boss's systematic assaults on female employees. And admins are likely to encounter this occupational hazard. Approximately 15,000 sexual harassment cases are brought to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) each year. 31% of the female workers claimed to have been harassed ...
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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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    A 12 Step Program to Survive as an Admin

    A 12 Step Program to Survive as an Admin
    AdminSecret knows it can be tough out there for an Admin. That's why we're higlighting this insightful survival guide from Patricia Robb, one of our favorite featured writers. Enjoy! My grandson has started walking. He turned 1 year old on October 8th and shortly after that he just took off. He has a unique way of walking. He takes about 12 ...
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    Hiring and Orienting a New Employee

    Hiring and Orienting a New Employee
    Editor's note: This article was excerpted from Managing a Small Business Made Easy, which is a guide to the essential elements - including human resources, customer service, advertising, finances and advisors - you need to be successful. I was working late one night to complete an important project for our company, a medium-sized manufacturer of agricultural and industrial equipment. It happened ...
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    Ten Ways Admins Can Make the Boss Look Good

    Ten Ways Admins Can Make the Boss Look Good
    What is the measure of an administrative professional? Some would say it’s all about helping your manager do his job well, AKA making your boss look good. With that in mind, we asked professionals who have been on both sides of the relationship what admins can do to help their bosses shine as brightly as possible. Here are their top 10 ...
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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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    Stopping Survivor Guilt

    Stopping Survivor Guilt
    As an administrator in an era of massive layoffs, it's your job to stave off survivor guilt before it lowers the morale and productivity of remaining employees. The subject of survivor guilt—the despair employees feel when co-workers fall victim to downsizing— comes up during every recession, but 2009 promises a uniquely virulent strain of the affliction. "The layoffs are just starting," ...
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    Debunking Six Social Media Myths

    Debunking Six Social Media Myths
    For companies, resistance to social media is futile. Millions of people are creating content for the social Web. Your competitors are already there. Your customers have been there for a long time. If your business isn't putting itself out there, it ought to be. But before you take the plunge, bear in mind the many myths that surround social media. 1. ...
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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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