Do you have trouble saying “No”? Do you worry whether other people at work like you? Watch out: You could be sabotaging your career.
It happens. Your boss, red-faced and scowling, strides toward your desk—clutching the report you stayed late yesterday to finish. How to calm the tension? Remember this 4-A approach:
Take a lesson from successful execs and create an alliance with another admin pro you consider a competitor.
Want to step up your productivity by 25 percent? Simply forgive someone—the boss, a co-worker, a friend—for whatever “evil” he or she has done you.
Build a team on a foundation of technical skills alone, and your project may collapse. Instead, recruit for a complementary mix of qualities, but also keep it lean enough to avoid “team bloat” by following these tips…
It may not appear in your job description, but making the boss look good—and even protecting him or her from the slings and arrows of everyday business—has to rank up there with your most important “unspoken” duties, right? (Otherwise, what happens to you when the boss goes down in flames?)
If somebody at work—a co-worker, a vendor, even the boss—continually gets under your skin, you have no one to blame but yourself, says business relationships trainer Marlene Chism.
An employee from another department who’s willing to pitch in when you need extra help seems like a gift. Just take these steps to avoid stirring conflict or a turf war among the offices
Get creative juices flowing by involving everyone in honoring the workers in your office with fun, humorous, and clever awards.
Cliques in the workplace extend well beyond who sits with whom in the lunchroom. These informal but tightly knit circles often hold the information and influence that make offices hum. Knowing how to maneuver among them can spin your career to new heights.
If you lament others treating you like “just a secretary,” examine how you break the stereotype of one who types, files and fetches coffee.
If co-workers’ bad attitudes create tension, protect yourself from those office toxins.
When you’re frustrated by micromanagement or other demands at work, step back and study what the other person truly needs from you. One day Lydia Abram had an “ah ha moment” that taught her how to satisfy a micromanaging colleague’s needs without slowing down her work flow: