Problem Solving

Do you have a great idea but can’t overcome a "problem" your boss sees with it?
"Jean" had been battling with an executive secretary at admin meetings but felt ambushed the morning she was accused of timecard fraud.
The most effective spot to place a reminder may not lie within the system you commonly use.

Take direct aim at technical problems

January 1, 2005 Categorized in: Problem Solving

Even if IT support doesn’t appear anywhere in your job description, office mates may tap you to troubleshoot their computer problems.
Employers expect greater computer proficiency from all levels of admin pros than they did only a few years ago, staffing firm reps say. Being able to chip in on assignments involving computer work offers one of the best ways for receptionists to move up.
Neglecting to periodically purge files and reorder your data can severely limit your hard drive’s life span and slow down your computer. Here are two ways to clear the digital cobwebs and restore order.
Even a “quiet” workplace often produces noise at 40 decibels, and office machinery can reach 80 decibels. Minimize distractions by strategically placing the noisemakers (and people) when you arrange work spaces. Here’s how…
When trivial tasks stand like a mountain between you and important assignments, check whether one of these tactics will allow you to plow through them quicker…
Casual. Corporate casual. Business casual. Smart casual. Resort casual. Don’t leave meeting attendees baffled about your event’s dress code. Explain what you mean by "business casual" or "corporate casual," etc. with examples of appropriate attire.
A tidy workplace should enable you to work faster, but some hide a secret: You may be wasting time, effort and resources on unproductive tasks. Don’t let your drive for neatness and perfection derail your work. Check whether your office is simply organized or efficient, as well, with this list:
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Common sense tells us that a tidy workspace is a more efficient workspace, but even great organizations can forget to practice good housekeeping. Here’s a Japanese philosophy that can transform any office space into a more serene one.
Someone always comes late. Someone goes off on a personal tangent. Someone adds her “two cents” and butts in no matter what. If the participants often derail your meetings, start each one by agreeing on the ground rules, advises Charlie Hawkins, author of First Aid for Meetings.