August, 2008

Is Your Manager Setting You Up to Fail?

On The Job

Recently I ran into a friend of mine who told me he's quitting his job and going back to school to become a registered nurse. I was a bit surprised: Quit a job in this economy? Take on more student loan debt? When I asked him why he was leaving a job that he seemed to love the last time I spoke to him about a year ago, he told me that he was simply exhausted, both emotionally and mentally. The position that he had fought so hard to get had become an anvil around his neck.

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To-Do or Not To-Do? Taking Your To-Do List to the Next Level!

Professional Assistant Blog

To-Do List Do you have a to-do list, either on a piece of paper, on Microsoft Outlook or in a planner? Do you want to take it to the next level? Having a to-do list can be very helpful in accomplishing your tasks, but also setting goals

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To do or not to-do? Managing with the to-do list

Laughing all the Way to Work

My sister told me she once worked with a manager whose first question when meeting with her staff was, "What does everyone have on their plate?" Everyone looked at each other and mumbled something or other, but nobody was really prepared for the question. The manager then told each member of the team to go back to their desks and type up a to-do list of everything they were doing and the status of each item.

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Wired Magazine features Bioteams

BioTeams

Are you smarter than a goose? Sure you are — one on one. But when it comes to working efficiently, you and your colleagues can’t touch the gaggle. According to author Ken Thompson, geese and other animals that naturally form groups have a lot to teach us about business.

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Keeping it Real in Social Media Marketing

Denise Aday

Here are some gems from Farida Rafique’s Make A Splash blog yesterday that made me say “yeah, exactly!” Let’s face it, even the most well-adjusted human beings amongst us are not happy-go-lucky 24/7/365. Difficult stuff happens and we have to deal with it. Or we just have bad days that make us want to hide or run away or lash out. We’re emotionally complex creatures for goodness sake.

Clock In The Right Time Zone: Booking Meetings in Microsoft Outlook

Professional Assistant Blog

Watch - Time Zone Setting Do you need to book meetings for your manager(s), but most meetings are all over the country or even internationally? Do you have trouble trying to figure out the time zone for each meeting in Microsoft Outlook

Administrative Jobs Decreasing?

Professional Assistant Blog

Yellow and White Crumpled Pieces of Paper Have you noticed that Administrative jobs have been more and more difficult to find? Have you been laid off in the last few years? The bad news: Administrative jobs have been decreasing over the

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Forgot Your Password? Again?

Professional Assistant Blog

Forgetting your Windows password happens to everyone from time to time. Yes, even I forget it at times. People are always bombarded with computers asking them to change their passwords every so often. Then you have to try to remember

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A Great Outlook: Adding Holidays to Microsoft Outlook

Professional Assistant Blog

Do you often wonder how you can add your country's holidays into your calendar in Microsoft Outlook? Do you follow particular religious holidays, but aren't showing up in your calendar? Currently, I work in a large organization where we

Are You -- Or Someone You Know -- a "Perfect" Pain?

On The Job

I've interviewed enough experts over the years to know what a can of worms you open anytime you mention perfectionism. And perfectionism in the workplace? You're talking a whole caseload of worms. Doesn't it seem kind of strange that we would complain about someone who wants things to be perfect at work? After all, we strive to do a great job in order to get raises and promotions and more stock options.

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A Salute to the Worker Bees

On The Job

While most people see the Labor Day holiday as a chance to cut out of work early today and head for one last weekend at the beach or perhaps a barbecue in the backyard with friends, I see it as the one time of year I need to stop and salute all of you. As a workplace columnist for nearly 17 years, I've interviewed hundreds of workers and hundreds of bosses. I've heard from readers of my column all across the globe.

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What the Brady Bunch Can Teach You About Finding the Right Job

On The Job

Like most people, I was broke when I got out of college. Flat broke. That meant than instead of getting a cool apartment to go along with my first job, I had to take what I could afford: A place that looked like the Brady Bunch had exploded all over it. Crushed orange velvet sofa. Orange, yellow and green wallpaper with flowers bigger than my head. Olive green appliances. You can imagine that as soon as I could scrape together more money, I jumped at the chance to rent a better place.

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Would You Rather Have Your Pinky Toe Cut Off?

On The Job

We had just spent several sweaty hours at a professional baseball game, and my youngest son was balking at getting in the car for the two-hour drive home. Having gotten a bit carsick on the way to the game, he was negotiating getting a hotel room and staying the night. All I could think of was a cool shower and the comfort of my own bed, so I stood tough in the face of some serious whining. I'll tell you what," I said. I'll play a game with you on the way home." It's dark!

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Working 9 to 5: What a Way to Make a Living!

Laughing all the Way to Work

I’m sure you all remember the Dolly Parton song Working 9 to 5. I think it was our anthem for a time because we could all relate, especially if you were in the role of office worker. I bet I've even got you humming it right now. I thought the words described our working day to a tee. Here are a few song titles and lyrics that connect to those who have to get up and go to work each day. I salute each of you and encourage you to enjoy your day at work as much as you are able.

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What To Do When the Gossip is About.You

On The Job

Go ahead and fess up. I know you look at those gossip rags near the checkout supermarket lines. I know that you know that Brad and Angelina had twins. I also know that you are aware John Edwards cheated on his wife, Elizabeth. If you don’t know these things, then you’re not human and obviously live under a rock. As much as all of us proclaim we don’t listen, see, spread, smell or otherwise consume gossip, we really do. Maybe not on purpose. Maybe just by accident. We can’t help it, we say.

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Learning To Love a Job You Hate

On The Job

For whatever reason – it has great health benefits, you like the location and there’s a really cute programmer who works on the fourth floor – you have made the decision that you’re staying with a job you hate. It wasn’t an easy decision. People job hop these days faster than Matthew McConaughey can rip off his shirt. But even though you have to drag yourself into work every day, you’re not going to quit. The boss seems to like your work, so there’s not even the chance you might get fired.

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Happy Blog Birthday and more.

Laughing all the Way to Work

It is hard to believe that it was only last year that I started my blog, but it was August 2007 when the idea first came to me to write a blog for administrative assistants. It has been a very interesting year. I have learned so much and have enjoyed the writing and the interaction with other bloggers and my readers. The last few months I have been busy compiling my articles into a book that will be published by Inkwater Press and should be available by mid- to late September, 2008.

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Why Accepting an Apology is Harder Than It Looks

On The Job

When you make a mistake at work, do you apologize? Many of you will say “yes”. It’s easier, after all, to move on if you admit that you messed up and simply say, “I’m sorry” to whoever your actions may have impacted. Now here’s a possibly tougher question: Do you always accept an apology? Well, of course, you may say. That’s what happens when someone apologizes. You are adult about it and say something like “It’s OK” or “It’s fine.” But is it really?

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Got Grit?

On The Job

You can be the sharpest knife in the drawer, the most well-educated person in your workplace, ambitious, quick-witted and charming -- and a failure. While many would consider those attributes a recipe for success, the truth is that those who seem to climb the top of the ladder have something that others may lack: Grit.

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What is D A T?

Laughing all the Way to Work

Maybe this only happens in my little world, but I have noticed when myself or my co-workers print a page with a Watermark on it, for instance DRAFT, it looks fine on the screen, but when printed it looks like D A T. Every second letter is missing. If you have experienced the same thing, here is what I discovered will fix that. To create a Watermark in Word 2007: On the Toolbar (or Ribbon) go to the Page Layout Tab – click the arrow down beside Watermark and choose Custom Watermark.

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10 People Who Make a Lot of Sense

On The Job

I spend a lot of time on this blog giving you advice that I hope will help you in your career. But sometimes, you just have to step aside and let other people do your talking for you. I think these are some pretty smart folks, so lend an ear: "An overburdened, stretched executive is the best executive, because he or she doesn't have time to meddle , to deal in trivia, to bother people." -- Jack Welch "It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit." -- Harry S.

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Five Ways to Battle the Little Green Monster

On The Job

What kind of car do you drive? What does your lawn look like? How much did that suit cost you? If you're a typical American, at least one of these things brings out your competitive side. Go on, admit it. Your car was chosen because it was something you could show off to your friends. Your lawn could qualify for the PGA, and any weed that dares show up is considered an enemy of the state. And that new suit? Well, you don't like to brag.but it did cost you several months pay. OK, feel better?

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Four Reasons why Outlook should be called -- Lookout!!

Laughing all the Way to Work

Someone I know said they thought Outlook should be called Lookout because of the speed in which you could mess up. Here are some reasons why I agree: It is easy to send mail to the wrong recipient. The e-mail memory feature can be helpful when you don't want to look up someone's e-mail address, but if you aren't paying attention you may pick Susan in Accounting and you meant to send it to Susan in HR and you were forwarding your performance appraisal. Recall doesn't always work.

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Don't press Send and Regret it

Laughing all the Way to Work

I'm sure we've all done it at one time -- pressed Send on an e-mail and put the wrong recipient in the To box. No matter how diligent you are, sometimes these mistakes happen. Thankfully, there is an option to Recall the message. In Outlook 2007 this feature works much better than the 2003 version. In 2003, the recipient still gets the e-mail and has to agree to let you recall the message.

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Virtual team agility: The power of Stigmergy

BioTeams

What do Ants, Termites, Graffiti Artists, Cavemen, Teenagers and Town Planners all have in common? They understand the power of Stigmergy to leave marks in their environment as important sign-posts to friends (or foes).

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Locker Room Etiquette and more.

Laughing all the Way to Work

Is there an etiquette for the locker room? If not, I think there should be. I think camera cell phones should be banned from locker rooms. It is an invasion of our privacy. I have often gone to the gym and while changing notice someone on a cell phone and it makes me feel uncomfortable. How do I know they are not videotaping us in the changeroom in our state of undress? Will we end up on a porn site or on YouTube in some embarassing pose? It is so easy to take a photo or video without us knowing.