Personal Development

Few announcements generate more worry in the office than the news that the administrative assistant will be away for a week or two on vacation. How can you allay the fears and prepare the team for your absence?
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Trends in office hiring ended 2022 on a negative note, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

Relieving stress at work

February 2, 2023 Categorized in: Personal Development

Workplace stress is at an all-time high, with 94% of workers reporting feeling stress on the job, which causes a whopping 1 million Americans to miss work each day. Anyone with a job can likely attest to this, as it’s normal to experience stressful situations at work, even if you love what you do.
Under pressure from inflation and a potentially weakening economy, many corporate executives are cutting jobs to reduce costs. If your company seems tempted to reduce its corps of EAs and AAs, show them a 2011 article from the Harvard Business Review that directly argues against such a move.

Change the view in Gmail

January 5, 2023 Categorized in: Personal Development

Every time Google changes its default view, the most popular question asked is, “How do I change it back?” All you need to do is click on the settings gear.
One of the arguments for Excel over Google Sheets has been the amount of data that can be included in a worksheet. What you might not know is that the capacity of Google Sheets has expanded.
Have you heard others say, “I wish I had a mentor when I started out. I was practically thrown to the wolves”? There are many traits to a good assistant, but to be exemplary, you need to possess the will to learn and soak up all the knowledge from others who have “been there, done that.” One day you just might have big shoes to fill.

Tech toolbox tune-up

January 5, 2023 Categorized in: Personal Development

The landscape of tech has changed dramatically for the administrative professions. It has been driven by staffing reductions, automation of simpler tasks and the explosive progress of data availability. While tech skills aren’t the only, or even perhaps the most important, it’s virtually impossible to be successful in this career field without them.
The job market for office workers deteriorated somewhat in November but was still growing, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
Many of our offices are accustomed to using Slack for handy internal communications, especially for group chats with colleagues or to post a little cheeseburger emoji indicating that, yes, you guessed it, I’m out to lunch. Now Slack is offering an external option that promises to deliver a secure messaging experience with your suppliers, contractors, associations and customers.
Self-leadership is the practice of understanding who you are, identifying your desired experiences and intentionally guiding yourself toward them. Leaders worth following and people who are worth emulating are people who have mastered self-leadership.