Do you aspire to work in the C-suite? You can safely assume that top executives will require a prized package of office skills. But most high-level execs say they also want assistants who have the “X Factor.” Love it or hate it, high-ranking executives want employees who can read minds, anticipate needs and supply that indescribable “something” that propels an executive toward success.
Save time by storing “canned responses” on Gmail for commonly asked questions … Halt interruptions by giving your physical space a makeover …  Turn voice-mail messages from your mobile, home or work phone into e-mail messages … Earn the mantle of “too valuable to lose”…
Here’s a new office morale booster: Organize a company snitch program. It runs on the same grapevine that conducts office gossip, only all the news is good. Snitchers tell one another about accomplishments, small victories or acts of heroism that go beyond the call of duty.
As health insurance costs skyrocket, even as benefits dwindle, so does the trend toward employers setting up wellness programs—71% of U.S. employers offered such programs in 2008. Is your office ready to be a part of the wellness movement? Here’s how to make the case to leadership and take some initial steps.
America’s foremost business philosopher, Jim Rohn, says the biggest mistake people make is thinking they work for someone else, rather than themselves. When you pretend that you work for yourself, you’re more apt to take initiative. Here’s why.
Susan has 30 years’ experience as an admin, while her new admin manager, Jade, is young enough to be her daughter. The age gap alone isn’t a problem for Susan, but she sometimes feels that Jade lacks “respect” for the way she does things.
You’re in a staff meeting when suddenly someone asks for your opinion. Or you’re in the elevator with an exec you’d like to impress. And you’re at a loss for words. Learn to improvise in any situation by using these tips from the Upright Citizens Brigade.
The story of Lisa Johnson Mandell serves as a healthy reminder about “staying relevant.” The 49-year-old reporter was stalled in her search for a new job until she removed old jobs and dates from her résumé and added youthful energy to her appearance.
Sometimes, the relationships between men and women in the office become more flirtatious than they should be. When that happens, it can seriously degrade a woman’s ability to be taken seriously, particularly if she isn’t in a position of power.
You’ve probably heard of mirroring, subtly copying someone else’s mannerisms to win the person over. When you want to make a good impression—fast—try these.
What’s the most fun you’ve had at work? We posed that question to our readers, and you responded. A few of your morale-boosting answers: “We had a department-wide contest to see which team could build the best race car out of office supplies in two weeks" …

Are you getting a raise?

October 1, 2008 Categorized in: RecognitionSalary

The odds are good. U.S. companies will keep pay raises steady in 2009, reports a survey by Washington, D.C., consulting firm Watson Wyatt.

Stumped over how to reward employees?

September 5, 2008 Categorized in: RecognitionSupervising

An admin stumbled over how to recognize and reward employees on her team, so she turned to our Admin Pro Forum. Here’s what other admins are doing.