Office Technology

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.
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.

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 …

Work simplifiers

November 7, 2008 Categorized in: AdobeOutlookWord

One free application and one online tool can help simplify your work: KallOut ( and TinyURL (

E-mail’s little helpers

November 7, 2008 Categorized in: Outlook

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

‘Big Brother’ may be reading your inbox

October 6, 2008 Categorized in: Outlook

Ever wonder whether your boss is looking over your shoulder as you write e-mails? Your boss just might be. Forty-three percent of employers store and review employees’ e-mail messages, reports the American Management Association. Here’s how to e-mail without worry.

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.

Do your job like a master geek

October 2, 2008 Categorized in: InternetTime Management

What are the best online tools to help you get things done smarter and faster? Gina Trapani, lead blogger for and author of Upgrade Your Life, is an expert at helping people master modern technology. Here’s how everyday Joes and Janes can be like master geeks, she says …

Get going with online travel aids

October 2, 2008 Categorized in: InternetTravel

Plan trips more easily with these online tools: Farecast, Google Maps and Inside Trip …