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    13 Bosses and How to Make Them Love You

    Along with paychecks, deadlines, and overtime, bosses are one of the things you just can’t avoid in the workplace. But how to identify these strange characters and deal with them? Don’t go it alone — it’s a jungle out there. We show you how! [page] The Robot Distinguishing characteristics: An empty desk, no family pictures. What they do: All business, all ...
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    Slideshow: 10 Ways to Cut Business Costs

    Small changes to reduce expenses and improve profitability can help prevent more painful cuts later on. Here are 10 ways your company can trim costs without touching your core business, with links to in-depth articles on each technique. [page] h3. Reduce Energy Use Switch to compact fluorescent lighting to save electricity. Cut your heating bill with better insulation and windows. ...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    What Is the First Impression of Your Office?

    What Is the First Impression of Your Office?
    First impressions count! Part of an administrative professional’s unwritten job title is to professionally project and promote the corporate brand and image to the public. As administrative professionals, we do that by how we greet our guests and how we maintain our desk and accompanying office areas where we work. Walk in the front door of your office and look around ...
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    Meeting Planning 101

    Meeting Planning 101
    Last summer, Robbie Davis was planning a meeting at a hotel for company personnel. In her email to attendees, she unknowingly made a typo in the link to the hotel's Web site, leading recipients instead to a pornography site. While she immediately sent another email correcting the error and asking recipients to disregard the first one, coworkers clicked the original link ...
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    How to Create a Marketing Plan: The Benefits of a Marketing Plan

    How to Create a Marketing Plan: The Benefits of a Marketing Plan
    The Benefits of a Marketing Plan Firms that are successful in marketing invariably start with a marketing plan. Large companies have plans with hundreds of pages; small companies can get by with a half-dozen sheets. Put your marketing plan in a three-ring binder. Refer to it at least quarterly, but better yet monthly. Leave a tab for putting in monthly reports ...
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    How to Make Your Cubicle Not Feel Like a Chokehold

    How to Make Your Cubicle Not Feel Like a Chokehold
    For many otherwise happy workers, the cubicle is the bane of modern work life. Although cubicles give the illusion of privacy, those little walls are easily penetrated by your cube mates' incessant sounds and conversations. Not only is a lack of cube etiquette a problem, but spending most of your workday sitting can also make you feel like your muscles have ...
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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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    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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    Know Your Rights: Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

    Know Your Rights: Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
    You may think that sexual advances are just a part of the stereotype that surrounds administrative staff - for years, the "Secretary" icon has been linked to sexuality and femininity in a derogatory manner. For some, the boss's daily comment on how you look is just part of the job. After all, you're the first person that clients encounter, you have ...
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    To Achieve Workplace Diversity, Go Beyond Good Intentions

    To Achieve Workplace Diversity, Go Beyond Good Intentions
    It's taken a while, but these days most companies understand that employing a diverse workforce is not only the right thing to do, it's also good business. But good intentions are one thing. Actually hiring and promoting men and women with varied racial and ethnic backgrounds, religions and sexual orientations is another. Here's how companies and workers can do what they ...
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    Be A Better Manager: Learn to Delegate!

    Be A Better Manager: Learn to Delegate!
    How do you find the time to develop your people? Delegation both frees up your time and can develop your people. It also increases productivity, morale and commitment. As the economy becomes more dependent on knowledge, managers need to delegate to be effective leaders. The number one reason for management failure is an inability to delegate. So, why don’t managers delegate? ...
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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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    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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    Ten Tips to Stay Happy at Work

    Ten Tips to Stay Happy at Work
    If you find yourself longing for greener work pastures, don't immediately go looking for the first exit ramp off of your chosen career path. The Balance Team, which specializes in professional- and personal-growth seminars for administrative and executive assistants in Fortune 1000 companies, suggests these 10 tips for staying content at work: 1. Keep Personal Problems Personal: When you're preoccupied with ...
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    Beware Admins! Warning Signs of a Toxic Boss

    Beware Admins!  Warning Signs of a Toxic Boss
    We've all heard stories about the nightmare of working for a toxic boss. Some of us have even had the unique displeasure of doing so ourselves. Red flags to such behavior often appear as early as the interview process. We've compiled 10 warning signs of a toxic boss. Watch for them in the interview and you might be able to avoid ...
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