Office Technology

Need career advice? Poll for answers

December 31, 2008 Categorized in: AdvancementInternet

Diane Darling, owner of Effective Networking, didn’t realize her casual purple pantsuits were keeping her from landing clients—until people told her. Darling sent a survey, using online polling tool SurveyMonkey.com … That’s where she learned that she dressed too casually.
Turn to the wisdom of crowds, rather than calling the help line, next time you encounter tech glitches on your Smartphone: BlackBerry.com’s forums break down problems by model.
According to PC World magazine, thrifty web sites are getting more attention (and site traffic) than ever before. Click on any of the sites listed here for good advice on saving money and guarding your finances.
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”…
Much more than a gatekeeper, a good executive assistant can double or triple a boss’s efficiency by staying one step ahead of him or her. The more an assistant can predict an executive’s needs, the less he or she will need to interrupt.

‘Shift’ habits for on-screen shortcuts

December 5, 2008 Categorized in: InternetOutlookWord

One person’s everyday computer shortcut may be another person’s “Cool! I didn’t know you could do that!” David Pogue, who writes a technology column for The New York Times, recently penned a long list of “Tech Tips for the Basic Computer User.” Here are a few suited for the efficiency-minded.

Habla español?

December 5, 2008 Categorized in: InternetPersonal DevelopmentSalary

According to the 2009 Salary Guides, being multilingual is an “expert skill” that can bump you from the low end of a salary range to the high end. Here are a few web sites to help you spruce up your language skills.

Clearing away the paper clutter

November 7, 2008 Categorized in: ExcelOrganizing

With the holiday season comes an uptick in mail and catalog clutter. Here’s an admin’s suggestion for keeping your office clear of paper clutter …

E-mail’s little helpers

November 7, 2008 Categorized in: Outlook

Drowning in information overflow? Try managing your Outlook with these handy little helpers.

Work simplifiers

November 7, 2008 Categorized in: AdobeOutlookWord

One free application and one online tool can help simplify your work: KallOut (www.kallout.com) and TinyURL (http://tinyurl.com).
Tasked with recording minutes? Designate a “parking lot,” where all off-topic ideas can reside. It can be a real or figurative whiteboard where you list ideas as they pop up. Participants can pursue those ideas at a more appropriate time.

Pay check

October 6, 2008 Categorized in: InternetSalary

Before you head into your boss’s office to discuss a raise—or negotiate salary with a new employer—figure out how much you should be paid. Here’s how.

Music to your ears

October 6, 2008 Categorized in: Internet

If you do your best work with a tune in the background, pump up the volume with these web sites. They work like free, intelligent jukeboxes. You enter a song, band or composer you like, and the web site plays other music that it suspects you’ll like.