Managing the Boss

Zirtual: Virtual admins by the hour

Modern technology combined with the recession-era focus on fewer people doing more work more efficiently have resulted in fewer admins on staff at organizations across the United States, reports Scott Kraus for The Morning Call. But many people could still use a hand managing their calendars, scheduling meetings and responding to simple emails. And that’s where virtual assistants come in.

7 tips for managing up

Managing up is an important skill for admins at every level to master. Melba Duncan, president of The Duncan Group and author of The New Executive Assistant, offers these seven tips to help you improve your ability.

5 things to understand about your boss

It’s easy to think your boss should be smarter and better at most things than you are, but most of them are people just like you, writes Linda Coussement.

Are you getting on the boss's bad side?

So you think your workplace performance speaks for itself and that everything you do is amazing. Guess who might not see it that way.

Help your boss communicate effectively

As an admin, there’s a good chance you’re involved with your boss’s communications. This could involve announcing a change, a new initiative, or keeping everyone abreast of the company’s objectives. Michelle Gilbert, Com­­cast Cable’s Heart­­land region, offers these tips to help your boss communicate effectively

Keeping the boss's business under wraps

Admins have responsibilities to both their immediate bosses and the organizations they work for. Some­­times it can be hard to serve both equally. What should you do when situations force you to choose?

Adjusting to life with a new boss

A new boss can introduce a lot of new elements to your work life, such as a new leadership style, a new way of communicating and new expectations. Career coach Joyce E.A. Russell offers these tips to help you cut through your anxiety and start adjusting to your new reality.

3 steps to working better with shy boss

How do you build a positive professional relationship with a shy boss? That’s what one reader asked recently on the Admin Pro Forum.

Do you spend enough time with your boss?

A new study by Leadership IQ reveals that most people spend only half of the time they should be spending with their boss each week—only three of the six optimal hours.

5 ways to advance your career

Chances are you’re looking to grow at work and earn a promotion. You may also be wondering what you can do to increase the chances you’ll be able to advance in your career. MonsterWorking’s Hannah Hamilton spoke to career experts who offered the following five tips.