Career

An employee from another department who’s willing to pitch in when you need extra help seems like a gift. Just take these steps to avoid stirring conflict or a turf war among the offices
Cliques in the workplace extend well beyond who sits with whom in the lunchroom. These informal but tightly knit circles often hold the information and influence that make offices hum. Knowing how to maneuver among them can spin your career to new heights.
A well-crafted task list allows you to focus your full attention on the most important matters without worrying that something will “fall through the cracks.”
Get creative juices flowing by involving everyone in honoring the workers in your office with fun, humorous, and clever awards.
You don’t need the word “chief” in your title to act as a leader to the troops. Show that you possess the qualities for promotion by exhibiting these leadership traits:
If you lament others treating you like “just a secretary,” examine how you break the stereotype of one who types, files and fetches coffee.
Imagine holding the title of “senior secretary” or “executive secretary” one day and being called an “administrative assistant” the next—for the same job and pay. That can happen when an organization streamlines support staff job titles. But don’t despair if you feel your title doesn’t reflect the work you do…
Delaying your decisions exacts a cost in both time and opportunity. Fail to confirm which venue you want for your next event, for example, and suddenly, both are booked. If you agonize over providing your “final answer,” push yourself to act, with these tips:
Don’t miss opportunities because you’re drowning in minutiae. Test your tolerance for imperfection by whether these statements describe you:
If the worst part of your job is your boss—someone who pits staff members against one another, steals credit and doesn’t support you—take this advice from the career experts at Bernard Haldane Associates…
If co-workers’ bad attitudes create tension, protect yourself from those office toxins.

Ready to rise to the executive ranks?

April 1, 2004 Categorized in: Advancement

If you’re effective and execute work flawlessly with integrity and style, you might want to contact someone like Melba Duncan. Duncan, founder of the Duncan Group, specializes in finding top-notch assistants for top-level executives. Another reason you may need Duncan’s help: “This is one of the most difficult jobs to put on paper,” she says.
A tidy workplace should enable you to work faster, but some hide a secret: You may be wasting time, effort and resources on unproductive tasks. Don’t let your drive for neatness and perfection derail your work. Check whether your office is simply organized or efficient, as well, with this list: