When faced with the prospect of using another office productivity suite of applications, many cry “Foul,” fold their arms and hold their breath. But these days, some offices are not this or that, they are this and that!
Question: It’s going to be a long winter of telecommuting for a job I don’t especially love and not going out a lot. I think I may need a mental coping strategy! Any advice?
Question: It took me nine years of being an admin to work my way up to a managerial level. Now after six years of that, I realize that I was much happier being an admin. When I’m out looking for a job, what’s a convincing way to tell employers that I’m happier with less responsibility, less room for growth and less pay?

1-Minute Strategies: January ’21

December 2, 2020 Categorized in: Personal Development

Completing a task sent to you via email? Don’t be too quick to say “Done!” … Fun via Zoom isn’t always easy  … Tell your supplies manager you have a special request … What is Kaprekar’s constant? … Getting together during the COVID winter takes creativity … Lock, stock and barrel

Say ‘No’ without being negative

November 13, 2020 Categorized in: Personal Development

Even if you have to deny a request or can’t help someone, you want people to know they can depend on you for support and assistance. Here’s how to say “No” without alienating people.

Drive your growth and success

November 4, 2020 Categorized in: Personal Development

How do you move from being a lost-in-the-crowd employee to a head-turning dynamic executive or administrative assistant?
The more you know, the more you grow. And all of the tech power at our fingertips today has accelerated growth opportunities exponentially. Whether you’re looking for creative ways to revitalize your communications process, increase your efficiency or improve your Internet safety, these options are sure to impress.

Shake off the bad news blues

November 4, 2020 Categorized in: Personal Development

Although you can’t control what’s happening to you, you can manage your response to bad news. These strategies may help.
Share your screen, but not for too long … Try a “Questions” box … Wait, Rudolph is a girl?? … I’ll be with you in a zeptosecond … Trees are still open for business … Do you mispell these wurds?
With the odds heavy that many workers will remain virtual for the foreseeable future, consider these strategies aimed at helping to disconnect and unwind.
We all will have difficult circumstances to deal with in our life, but how we respond makes all the difference.

Improve your decision-making

October 7, 2020 Categorized in: Personal Development

To become more than a task-doer and order-taker, you must prove that you have cognitive skills such as decision-making, which is key for productivity and growth. An administrative professional who can provide support and important solutions to their office environment is hugely a value-added part of any team.

5 ways to keep your energy up

October 7, 2020 Categorized in: Personal Development

Do you experience periods during the workday when your energy is low? Try these tips.