November, 2016

10 Stretches To Do Right Now For Back Pain Relief

Dumb Little Man

Let me guess. You have a niggling pain in your lower back. It’s not painful enough for you to seek medical help, yet it is irritating enough to frustrate you every day. All you want is for it to go away and stop bothering you. The thing is, there is no lack of solutions out there. There’s yoga, physiotherapy, chiropractic, massage – a buffet of options for you to choose from. But you just can’t seem to find time to try any of them.

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Contingent Labor Comprises 38% of Corporate Workforces

Small Business Labs

Ardent Partners recently released their 2016-2017 State of Contingent Workforce Management report.    The study is based on a survey and series of interviews with mostly HR and procurement professionals at large corporations.    According to the report, the use of contingent workers by corporations continues to grow and accounts for nearly 38 percent of all workers in 2016. This is up from nearly 35 percent in 2015 and just 29 percent in 2011.

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The productivity killers

Practically Perfect PA

At our recent regional events we discussed some of the issues that are facing assistants today. Lots of challenges came up, but one that struck me as typical across all industries was the actual amount of work that the assistants had to do. Assistants are taking on more and more tasks and are involved in all sorts of projects. This is great (as long as we are appreciated for it and well… That is a whole other blog post!), but it can also be overwhelming.

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DeClutter Your Desk And Your Mind

Productivity Bits

The argument over whether a clear desk or a messy one is a truer sign of productivity has gone on for decades and it’s unlikely to ever be resolved objectively. Why not give the “clear desk = clear mind” side of the debate a try in your own workspace? You may be surprised at the way a little decluttering makes you feel like a more productive and organized person. Let Go Of Superfluous Paperwork For most people, the biggest offender against a clear desk is far excess paperwork.

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Opposites Attract: 3 Benefits of Having 2 Bosses In The Workplace

Office Dynamics

Having two bosses can sometimes feel like a good cop/bad cop situation if they’re not on the same page or if they employ different styles of leadership. That might be effective in accomplishing their goals, but it’s not always the best approach for keeping employees happy and productive. But having two founders at the top doesn’t always mean chaos or mixed messages. With the right dynamic, it can create a rich, creative environment for employees.

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Career Success A to Z:B Is For Brag

Eat Your Career

This article is part of a series. Learn more about it and access links to other articles in the series here. Ah, the dreaded b-word. Call me bold , call me brash , but this is one b-word I stand firmly behind. Bragging is an unavoidable career necessity. Yet, it’s developed quite a bad rap—and perhaps for good reason. After all, no one wants to be one of those people. You know the ones: The people who turn every conversation back to their own greatness.

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10 Wonderful Benefits of Traveling

Dumb Little Man

There are plenty of things one can gain from exploring different places such as new friends, new experiences and new stories. When you start exploring new places, you get a better understanding of the people living there including their culture, history and background. Studies show that travelling can improve your overall health and enhance your creativity.

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5 things PAs should consider before accepting a new role

Practically Perfect PA

So you’ve aced your interview and you’ve been offered the job. How exciting! There are, however, a few things you should consider before accepting a new role. Here are my top 5 considerations… 1. On a scale of 1-10 how excited are you really? I asked this question because you can get easily swept up in the all of the excitement that comes with a new role.

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Great apps to boost home-office productivity

Productivity Bits

W orking from home is fulfilling for a multitude of reasons, but presents the difficult challenge of remaining focused. Fortunately, there is a wide variety of tools you can use to help supercharge your productivity in your home-office. Here are some great apps that will allow you to reach your potential while working from home. Pocket Have you ever had a lot of work to do, but seen an article posted on Twitter that looks too good to ignore? This is where Pocket kicks in.

6 Eco-Friendly Office Must Haves

Eco-Office Gals

Going green at work isn’t just going to cut down the energy bills , it’s also going make your office a lot healthier and productive. The technology is constantly evolving and getting smarter. It’s also likely a lot of the new gadgets will conveniently fit your budget. Here are the top ten eco-friendly gadgets you absolutely must have at work: iBamboo: Most offices wouldn’t have a iPad or iPhone dock with speakers, but if your office needs music here’s the best gadget you could buy.

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5 Ways to Give Your Business a Merrier Holiday Season

Tips From T. Marie

Hiring holiday help is a common practice around the holidays, particularly for retailers. Did you know that any business can benefit from teaming up with a virtual services professional for the holiday season? If you’re wondering just how it might work for you and/or your business, check out the list below: Give them your client list and have them use a service like Send Out Cards to make sure they all get a holiday greeting from you.

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7 Surprising Benefits of Coworking Spaces

Dumb Little Man

A co-working space can change a business in profound and positive ways. If you’ve never seen one, it’s a shared office environment that your employees can use for however long is necessary. This concept is really shaking up the corporate world. Coworking spaces are almost like hotels or rental homes for companies. They can head to one of these facilities to conduct meetings, call clients, and take care of all kinds of other day-to-day operations.

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Gig Economy Consensus: It's Big and Growing

Small Business Labs

Based on a review of a variety of recent studies, a consensus has formed that the gig economy is large and growing. Recent studies include, but aren't limited to: Pew Research's Gig Work, Online Selling and Home Sharing found that 24% of adult Americans - that about 59 million people - report earning money from the digital ‘platform economy’ in the past year.

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Top websites for free images

Practically Perfect PA

Today’s blog post is a down and dirty list of my favourite websites for free images. As you can imagine, I use loads of these websites for Practically Perfect PA and I wish I had known about them while I was an assistant. They are much easier to navigate than Google Images. In no particular order, here are my favs… Stocksnap.io. The images on Stocksnap.io may look familiar as this is my go to website for the images I use on Practically Perfect PA.

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5 Ideas to Make Your Office Balcony More Appealing

Productivity Bits

Having a balcony in your office is a great way to still get some outdoors while remaining indoors. This holds especially true for those days where the weather outside is absolutely gorgeous and you are stuck inside working calculating one huge sum after another. If your office has some outdoor space, utilize it by turning it into a balcony. And to help you with that, here are 5 ideas to make your office balcony look something that came out right from Pinterest: 1.

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How to Boost Your Professionalism Through Better Writing Webinar

Office Dynamics

These days, doesn’t it seem like we’re all getting lazy with our writing? Perhaps we can blame technology. Whatever the reason, poor writing skills can really call your professionalism into question. Errors in grammar, punctuation and spelling are just the tip of the iceberg. Being overly wordy, repetitive and vague can also create the impression that you lack confidence and competence, and that can spell career disaster for any administrative professional.

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How to Negotiate Successfully With Anyone

On The Job

There are often complaints that technology isolates people, but anyone working in IT may have a different opinion. If anything, IT is being asked to work more and more with other departments, rather it’s marketing, customer experience or business strategy. While all that interaction is necessary if businesses are going to fulfill their goals of digitally transforming their organizations , it’s not always a process that goes smoothly.

10 Things Ambitious People Are Thinking About

Dumb Little Man

Everyone laments at how badly they want to achieve success but few enact the steps needed to get there. The foundation for success is ambition. It’s what governs the lives of millionaires, business owners, and leaders in any field. Ambition isn’t merely a desire to achieve better, it’s a mindset that informs their day-to-day decision making. Here are 10 items that encompass the ambition ethos. Mastering Their Craft. Ambitious people don’t just aim to be good. They aim for total mastery.

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HOK's Coworking Report: A Corporate Real Estate Perspective

Small Business Labs

The global design and architecture firm HOK recently released a new report looking at the coworking industry from the corporate real estate perspective.    It's a well researched, excellent overview of the coworking industry and it "examines the drivers of coworking from the demand and supply side, the industry risks and implications for corporate real estate, as well as information about the owners, coworkers and centers."

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Inside Ness – the Network for Essex Support Staff

Practically Perfect PA

As someone born and bred in Essex I am so pleased that we have a network connecting PAs in the area. Here are all the details from the founders, Karen and Julia… . Firstly, can I have a little background about you…. What is your career background? . We are both experienced PA’s who also give our time as volunteers in our communities (Karen as Youth Leader for a local community Youth group in Essex and Jules as Relief Manager at Hamelin Trust retail).

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Career Success A to Z: Coming Soon!

Eat Your Career

Today, I’m happy to announce a brand new blog series called, “Career Success: A to Z.”. This is a fun project I’ve been thinking about for a while. With the recent re-launch of Eat Your Career, I figured now was a good time to jump in. Here’s the idea: Each week, I’ll be posting an article that explores one key concept of career success. The catch? I’m going to cover the whole alphabet from A to Z. So this is a 26-part series.

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The Revolutionary Assistant Facebook Live Recap with Joan and Jasmine

Office Dynamics

Our 23rd Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence, The Revolutionary Assistant. This is a video recap from Joan Burge & Jasmine Freeman. Some of the highlights you will find in this broadcast: The Future Belongs to the Revolutionary Assistant//highlights from Joan’s opening keynote. Why become a revolutionary assistant? Communication challenges assistants have with their executive. Courageous conversations. Be taken seriously by management. The cost of inaction.

The One Word That Can Resolve Workplace Conflict

On The Job

Anyone who has a toddler probably hears this no less than 1,400 times per day. And don't tell me you don't resort to "Because I said so!" because everyone reaches that point on the 475th "why?") While children are great at asking the question, they often grow out of asking "why" all the time. Too bad. We as adults could benefit greatly if we'd just add a few more "whys" to our days.

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10 Habits That Can Prevent Heart Disease

Dumb Little Man

Why would your dear old faithful heart get a heart disease, right? I feel as immortal as you do, trust me. But, my daily patients and recent statistics published by the American Heart Association, the CDC, and the NIH show that heart diseases represent the leading cause of death in the United States. With a death toll of 375,000 people a year in the U.S. and causing 17.3 million deaths per year on a global level, heart disease is a problem which shouldn’t be taken lightly.

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Seems Like Everyone is Jumping Into Food Delivery

Small Business Labs

It's interesting to us how little media attention the demand side of the on-demand/gig economy gets.    Demand, of course, is the reason on-demand/gig economy startups can raise large sums of money at lofty valuations. It's also why all the talk about the on-demand/gig economy going away is quite silly. On-demand food delivery is a good example. While currently a relatively small market, it's attracting companies of all sizes and shapes. 

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Things you shouldn’t say to your boss… Even though you are thinking it

Practically Perfect PA

If I had a pound for every time I bit my tongue while working as an assistant, well, I would be a very very wealthy lady! In our role, we are confronted with so many different situations and personality types it can be really difficult to think before we speak. But as assistants this is exactly what we have to do – particularly with our Executives.

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Tasty Tidbits: Professional Development News & Views (Nov. 18, 2016)

Eat Your Career

This post is part of a (recently re-launched and re-named) series in which I share some of my favorite Internet finds from the past week. Enjoy! From Yours Truly. I wrote a few new articles for Ivy Exec over the past few weeks. If you missed them, take a peek at my favorites here: *In honor of the election*. 3 Office Politics Strategies That Are Crucial for Success in the Workplace. Not a fan of office politics? Unfortunately, playing the politics game is a must if you want to get ahead.

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Realizing Your Full Potential: Venturing Into High Seas

Office Dynamics

Welcome to November. the 11 th month of 2016. The month of gratitude, family gatherings, and turkey. November is also pancreatic cancer awareness month. As many of my followers know, my husband of 34 years, David Burge, passed away almost 6 years ago from pancreatic cancer. it is because of David and his 3-year battle that Office Dynamics became devoted to supporting the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCan).

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Podcast 033: Have work, will travel

Clutter Coach

by Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play. You can leave a review here! In this episode, I’ll talk about how you can fit tasks into little gaps of time you might not have noticed before. Here are some highlights: What kind of work is good for this? What can I do in my car? Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play. This podcast is based on my book, 52 Simple Ways to Get Organized, available on my website.

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20 Fun Things You Can Do with Family on Thanksgiving

Dumb Little Man

We all know some of the favorite things people like to do on Thanksgiving: watch football, watch The Macy’s Day Parade, and of course taking a nap after gorging on Turkey. Well the purpose of this article is to inspire everyone who reads it to turn off the TV (web, video games) for part of the day and really spend some quality time with your friends and family. You’ll have have fun doing it and you’ll create fun, fond memories. Take a Walk. Pick an enjoyable destination.

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Somewhere Between 2.5 million and 59 Million Americans "Work" in the Online Gig Economy

Small Business Labs

We mentioned yesterday that there is a recently formed consensus that the gig economy is large and growing. We also mentioned there is not a consensus as to how big it is or how fast it's growing. This is especially true for the online gig economy. It also turns out there's no consensus on what "work" is, especially, again, in the online gig economy.    Evidence of this comes from recent studies from two highly respected research organizations.

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A business case for the Assist Conference 2017

Practically Perfect PA

Next year’s Assist Conference kicks off on Friday 24th February in London and I am just putting the final touches to the programme. I must say I am really looking forward to the day. We have fantastic speakers and so far the programme is packed full of thought-provoking, relevant and informative content. We have great networking opportunities for all of the delegates and we are adding a few creative details to make the conference fun and engaging.

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Thank You, Friend

Eat Your Career

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. Hey, what did you expect? I’m kind of obsessed with food. And trust me, my family knows how to do it right. It’s a day to celebrate the harvest, but also, to give thanks for all we have—and I really do have so much. This year, I’m most thankful for all of you. Over the past few weeks, I’ve re-launched Eat Your Career and the reception I’ve gotten is truly inspiring.

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Interview with TRAVO at the Annual Conference for Assistants

Office Dynamics

TRAVO is an incredible travel planning tool in development for administrative professionals. TRAVO was one of key sponsors at the 2016 Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence and we are so excited that Debbi Shaffer of Audacious Admin was able to sit down with TRAVO for a brief interview to talk about what they are doing. Check it out here… Are you a travel planner without a corporate booking tool? If so, check out TRAVO. It’s a free tool and it’s worth checking out.

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Podcast 032: End of the year wrap up

Clutter Coach

by Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play. You can leave a review here! In this episode, I’ll talk about some productive tasks you can fit in this week while things are a little dead in anticipation of Thanksgiving. Here are some highlights: I can’t focus on anything important this week. But I can do that some other time! Is this really worth my time? Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play.

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Hack Your Soundscape To Boost Your Productivity

Dumb Little Man

Did you know that you can use music to boost productivity? Often overlooked, optimizing your sound environment is a great hack for improving productivity and staying focused. Here are the steps you can take to figure out the best soundscape for you and how you can employ it in your everyday life. Discover the noise, sound or music best for you. The first step in hacking your soundscape is to understand what it should be. This varies from person to person.

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Uber's Flying Car Plans

Small Business Labs

OK, to start with they really aren't flying cars.    What Uber is suggesting in their 99 page white paper is a new form of on-demand, urban air transportation. Using vertical take off and landing (VTOL) planes (pictured below), Uber aims to provide on-demand flights around and between urban centers.

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