Personal Development

In today’s open offices where communication is more casual, it feels like everyone is on equal footing and working for a meritocracy. But that’s wrong, says Jeffrey Pfeffer, an organizational behavior professor at Stanford University. Power structures haven’t changed much over time. Pfeffer offers three theories of why workplace hierarchies are still going strong.
The results are in from this year’s Admin Pro Week survey, and it’s clear a lot of admins have been rocking it over the past year. The survey asked administrative professionals about team-building and peer support in the workplace—as well as who would win an “Office Olympics,” the admins or the executive team?
Why every employee needs a “brag folder” … Chew away your stress … Eat chocolate, get happy.
In response to Sheryl Sandberg’s “ban bossy” campaign, life coach Barbara Pachter writes about how women in the business world can reaffirm their positions.
Are conferences for administrative professionals beneficial enough for you to go to? That’s what one reader recently asked on the Admin Pro Forum.
Andy Core is a speaker and author of Change Your Day, Not Your Life. Recently, we got in touch with him to learn more about the importance of nurturing good work habits one step at a time.
Wouldn’t it be great if you could get past the urge to procrastinate and just get things done when you need to, without stress or last-minute problems? You can certainly make a good effort to, writes Heidi Grant Hal­­vor­­son, associate director for the Moti­­va­­tion Science Center at Colum­­bia Uni­­versity’s business school.
Buying pizza for the gang at the office? Choose the bigger pie. Why?
Even though speed reading can lower your comprehension, it can be extremely helpful for getting what you need from certain documents, Thorin Klosowski writes. Chrome offers a mobile extension called Spreed that can help you get through a text in record time.
Lois Frankel, author of Nice Girls Still Don’t Get The Corner Office, shares the most common mistakes women make that prevent them from keeping their careers on track.
Turn your workplace into a gym … Use a decision journal to figure out what works and what doesn’t … Math explains why you should always buy the bigger pizza.
A recent Staples survey revealed the majority of administrative professionals (61% vs. 18%) say they are happier than their bosses. What else did the survey say?
Are there some workplace tasks that need to be done but are just too much to ask of an admin? That’s what one reader asked recently on the Admin Pro Forum.