People Skills

Next time you’re tasked with coming up with a good “bonding” activity for staffers, take a cue from today’s event planners.
Uncover a job candidate’s teamwork talents (or lack thereof) by asking these five questions.
Good communication skills are more valuable than knowing PowerPoint inside and out, according to a new survey, in which 67% of human resources managers said they would hire an admin with strong soft skills even if their technical abilities were lacking.
For the second year in a row, I have composed a short e-mail invite to the managers and supervisors on staff. Another employee informed me that the words ‘managers’ and ‘supervisors’ should be capitalized. What is the correct capitalization in this situation?
Prepare yourself for difficult interactions by singing your very own theme song in your mind.
Show others that you attach a high value to your time, and they won’t squander it. That’s the advice of productivity coach Laura Stack, author of Find More Time, who recommends using availability management.
Energize your weight-loss plan by making it an office affair. When healthy living becomes part of your 9-to-5 routine, you’ll not only feel better while you’re on the job, but you’ll sense a positive change among co-workers as well.

Welcome new hires

June 1, 2007 Categorized in: Internal CommunicationSupervising

Welcome new hires by taking their pictures and posting them in a high-traffic area.

Do your part to retain good employees

June 1, 2007 Categorized in: Supervising

You may not be able to dole out raises, but you can pose thought-provoking questions to the admins you manage.

Mark your territory

June 1, 2007 Categorized in: Difficult People

Work with space invaders?
E-mail your job opening to, which reaches about 2 million self-motivated teens across the United States who are looking for work.

Handling a workplace bully

June 1, 2007 Categorized in: Difficult People

Studies show that one in four employees suffers from bullying at work. Judy Fisher-Blando of the University of Phoenix offers these rules on handling the situation.
It happens at meetings more often than it should: Co-workers bad-mouth one another’s work in front of the group. Nothing is quite as frustrating as being “cut off at the knees.”