Office Skills

Reader Tip: Admin-to-admin

October 2, 2008 Categorized in: FilingTime Management

Can’t bring yourself to weed through that pile of catalogs? Here’s a great reader tip on streamlining your catalog files …

Smarter holiday e-shopping

October 2, 2008 Categorized in: PurchasingTime Management

Before you fire up the Net and begin your holiday spending spree, follow these tips from financial web site “The Motley Fool” ( for saving money during the nation’s biggest shopping season …

Let’s make a deal: 3 tactical tips

October 2, 2008 Categorized in: NegotiatingPurchasing

You probably negotiate every day without even thinking about it. When it’s time to sit down and negotiate a lease contract or office-supply discount, have confidence that you’re a good negotiator. Use these tactical tips …

Green buying, beyond recycled paper

September 5, 2008 Categorized in: Purchasing

Not everyone can buy a Prius, but most admins can make office purchases that have a positive impact on the planet.
Saving your employer time and money is one of the few measurable ways to demonstrate the contribution you make at work. Here’s how Amy Gurren, winner of OfficeTeam’s Administrative Excellence Award, proactively found ways to save her employer some of both.

The 10/20/30 rule

May 1, 2008 Categorized in: PowerPointPresentations

Put together a presentation that captivates an audience with the 10/20/30 Rule of PowerPoint.
Thanks to flashy tools, you can compose and distribute business slide shows online in novel ways. You may have heard about Google’s web-based presentation tool, where several collaborators can work on a slide deck simultaneously in real time. Here are other ways to give your bullet points added impact.
Take a PowerPoint presentation from good to great with these six tips from Presentation S.O.S. by Mark Wiskup.

Help change the world

May 1, 2007 Categorized in: Purchasing

Help change the world—especially the world of business—by visiting The site collects stories about the social impact of companies’ behavior, such as Bank of America spending $20 billion to back environmentally sound practices …  
Does your work "flow"? Professional organizer Liz Franklin says we all handle paper in pretty much the same way.
Your boss’s desk stands awash in paper and her bookcase is bursting, but she may not even realize that the clutter is distracting her. Help a messy boss declutter her office—and boost your productivity—with these simple tools.

Be eco-friendly

March 1, 2007 Categorized in: Purchasing

Be eco-friendly by buying “green” badges for your next big company event.

AMA award-winner covers the basics

February 1, 2007 Categorized in: HRSupervising

It was on her first and only day of training for her new job as IT coordinator at PPG Industries that Jerrilynne Jankowski noticed a long line forming outside her door: employees with questions and basic admin needs.