December, 2007

4 Ways to Cope with Difficult Colleagues

Professional Assistant Blog

Do you find yourself having to deal with a difficult person in your office? Do you feel that they are overbearing and don't know when to keep their opinions to themselves? Do they make inappropriate comments in a professional

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Magazines for the Administrative Assistant

Laughing all the Way to Work

I just got my new issue of OfficePro (the IAAP magazine for office professionals) and it was a great read on the bus the last few mornings. Some highlights are: Corporate Gift Giving, which is a good article for this time of year with some excellent information on this topic. There is an article on Organizational Churn, which is an article about going through changes in your organization.

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Career Advice Columnist, Heal Thyself

On The Job

I woke up early this morning and thought about this being the last day of 2007. I thought about what I would write on my blog, and knew that I didn't want to write the same old stuff about how you need to make certain career resolutions, blah, blah, blah. Instead, I spent some time lying in the dark and thinking about my own career and where I wanted it to go in the new year. This is a sort of "physician, heal thyself.")I

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Co-Workers Annoying You?

Professional Assistant Blog

Are your co-workers annoying you at work by talking to loudly? Do you wish you could take a fog horn and toot it around, just so that they would quiet down? I also work in an environment where it gets a little too loud at times

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A Group Called Skeleton Staff (and more.)

Laughing all the Way to Work

I was part of the “skeleton staff” in my office between Christmas and New Year’s so I have not had a continuous break, but came in the few working days last week. We are a very interesting group of people us “skeleton staffers”. We wore jeans! Don’t tell anyone as that is not allowed on any day other than Friday. We are obedient in this rule at every other time of the year, but at this in-between time we are emboldened because we are the “skeletons” and we know we can get away with it.

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E-mail Etiquette: A Poem by Lynn Crosbie

Laughing all the Way to Work

I received an e-mail from a colleague of mine It was set in a background of yellow and lime The font it was blue, almost impossible to see And it was all in caps…was she yelling at me?

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Using Slang

Laughing all the Way to Work

As a Canadian I am told I say “eh” a lot. I deny it emphatically until I am in another country for a period of time, then even I start to hear myself say it and I have to agree I do say "eh" a lot. My son-in-law is from Newfoundland, Canada. Newfoundlanders are known for their slang language, but he is noticing our Ottawa Valley slang. He has pointed out that we say "Yepper" as a definitive way of saying "yes".

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Being Successful -- But Miserable

On The Job

There you sit, at the pinnacle of your profession. Successful, well-respected, making good money. It took lots of hard work, a little bit of luck and many personal sacrifices. Still, it was worth it. Wasn’t it? Unfortunately, many people in this exact position are saying “no.” They’re not doing something they like, they’re not happy, they’re not able to say they like what they’ve done with their life. But those who are miserable and successful often feel the most trapped by their jobs.

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Best Bets for 2008

On The Job

I didn't get around to this week's Tidbit Tuesday because (duh) it was Christmas and I was busy spending time with my family and cleaning up dog barf from my Golden Retriever who ate half a bag of Peppermint Patties. And just for the record, I will never eat Peppermint Patties again.) So, I'm doing a Tidbit Thursday, which doesn't sound as catchy but will nevertheless be just as riveting: * Hand me that wrench: In ranking the best careers for 2008, U.S.

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Proper E-mail Use Critical to Career Success

On The Job

Bill Lampton, Ph.D., president of Championship Communication, has served as a source for me many times when it comes to understanding how we can better communicate with one another at work. Recently, I asked him to discuss his newest efforts to teach us all how to be better e-mail communicators. It's obvious that e-mail is here to stay, yet you say few companies really educate workers about how and why to use it. Is that the only reason that e-mail has gotten so out of control?

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My List of Heroes

On The Job

Off the top of my head I can name 10 people who have either lost their jobs recently, have been forced to take early buyouts, or work for companies so under threat that they will probably begin layoffs as soon as the holidays are over. But what amazes me about these people is that even though they are the breadwinners of their families, even though they are well established in their careers, not one of them feels sorry for themselves.

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Check these ergonomic workstations out

Laughing all the Way to Work

If you want to see some interesting designs for the ergonomic workstation, go to this website to see some workstations for people who spend hours on the computer. Click here to go to the website. I think I spend a lot of time at work, but thank goodness I don't stay there long enough to require some of these set ups, but for people with special needs this has given them the ability to be able to work in comfort.

Overcoming Predicted Failures

On The Job

It's often an unhappy reality, but true: Once a boss decides a worker cannot succeed, then it becomes very difficult -- if not downright impossible -- to break that opinion. The manager often makes it more difficult for the employee’s suggestions to see the light of day, or argues with every idea the employee makes so that it is less likely others will pick up on the idea.

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Lack of Delegation Can be Short-Sighted

On The Job

Have you ever noticed that the people who complain the most about their workload often guard their turf at work like junkyard dogs? In other words, while they moan and groan about how much they have to do, they'd sooner sever a little toe than let anyone touch so much as a file folder or Post-It note on their desk?

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Childless Workers Deserve Fairness

On The Job

There's no shortage of stories being written about the dilemmas of working parents. The problems of trying to balance the needs of family while maintaining a career are written about every day, and I know I've written my fair share of these stories. But each time I write about the subject, I get mail from someone who is fed up with all the focus being on the needs of the working parent, and would like some attention given to the childless worker who sometimes gets the short end of the stick.

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The Power of Lists

On The Job

Even though Jay Leno has been begging me to come write for his show, I'm the daughter of a union man and not about to cross that writer's strike picket line. So, that leaves me free to offer you these gems for Tidbit Tuesday: * What's in a list? Time magazine's list-laden issue also has a dart to throw at the lists we all seem to love (ahem, 45 Things.).

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No E-mail Day?

Professional Assistant Blog

What would you say about having a “No e-mail day?” What would you do in place of it? Intel is the first company to implement this day for its employees. The UK office started this “No e-mail day” as a way to get its employees

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What Does Success Look Like?

On The Job

In this blog, I try to provide information that I believe will be helpful to you. But today's blog post is different, because I want to learn something from you. It's simple, actually. I'd like for you to answer a question: What does success look like to you? Make your answer as long or as short as you want, and be brutally honest. Name 20 things or one thing. Give it some thought or write down the first thing that enters your head. There is no right or wrong answer. I'm just curious.

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Phishing & Spam - Not Your Everyday Food Items!

Professional Assistant Blog

Do you receive spam in your e-mail box? How can you determine what's real and what's not? Do you fear that opening an e-mail will cause a virus to roam around your firm's network and do some potential damage? You're not alone

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4 Easy Steps to Finding Old E-mails

Professional Assistant Blog

Do you have trouble sifting through hundreds or even thousands of e-mails? Does your boss come up to you and ask you to find information on an e-mail that you've received and needs it yesterday? One of my colleagues asked me this same

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Dignity and Privacy in the Workplace

On The Job

Most of us have been guilty of it a time or two: Trying to get a peek at the confidential files on the boss’s desk, or perhaps gossiping with a trusted co-worker about another employee’s performance problems. And while this may seem harmless -- you’re just keeping up on what’s going on after all -- it points out that the workplace needs some confidentiality guidelines.

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Developing Your Adversity Muscle

On The Job

At one time in your work life, you’ve probably tried it. A crisis arises and you do what you’ve been told will help: You breathe deeply, close your eyes, focus, and repeat something like “I can do it.” And when you open your eyes, the crisis is still there and you’re no closer to a solution than when you started puffing away and sounding like the little engine that could. Why is it some people are better able to handle tough times at work?

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Blogging Tips for Company Blogs

Professional Assistant Blog

Do you blog for your company? Do you feel like you want to voice your opinion about other topics? If you read my recent article on blogging at work, read on. Here are 9 great tips on making you a better blogger: Credentials are a must

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Hot Jobs and Job Ruts

On The Job

I came across a great quote from Casey Stengel to begin this Tidbit Tuesday: "They say you can't do it, but sometimes it doesn't always work." Here are some items I also thought might be of interest: * Turn your head and cough: Sixteen of the 30 jobs with the fastest growth are health related, reports the U.S. Department of Labor, while six are computer related. Most of the remaining fast-growth occupations are in environmental services and education.

Getting People to Listen to You

On The Job

Sometimes it can be difficult to really make yourself heard at work. You give suggestions, but they seem to be ignored. You offer opinions in a meeting, but no one really pays attention. You can never get more than a minute of the boss’s time. Perhaps the problem is not what you’re saying, but how and when you’re saying it. Let’s say that you’re on the agenda of the next office meeting to give a brief rundown of a project you’ve been working on for several months.

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Ethical Decisions and Business Gifts

On The Job

I remember my first job in a small newsroom. About a week before Christmas, the managing editor handed me a sealed envelope, and with a smile said, "Happy holidays!" My hands actually trembled with excitement as I tore open the envelope,envisioning a nice holiday bonus, something with at least a couple of zeros. Imagine my stunned surprise to find not a nice chunk of change, but a gift certificate for a turkey from the local Piggly-Wiggly.

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Working in the Mailroom

Laughing all the Way to Work

An email comes around from the Mailroom staff, "Would the person who put an unaddressed envelope in the outgoing mail please let us know who this should be addressed to". Working in a service area of an organization can be a challenge, but in particular in the Mailroom. We try to courier packages to post office boxes. We leave incomplete instructions on the photocopy request forms and then wonder why it was done wrong.

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How Important is it to Keep an Accurate Contact List?

Laughing all the Way to Work

As I collected my mail the other night I see that one of the letters in my mailbox is addressed to my brother who lives in the same building as I do. The postal worker had put it in the wrong mailbox, which is understandable as we do have the same last name. I noticed that the envelope is addressed to Mr. and Mrs., but he is not married. I called my brother and told him about the letter and he asked me to open it to let him know what it was.

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Would You Relocate to Avoid Traffic Jams?

Professional Assistant Blog

Do you find yourself getting stuck in traffic each morning and afternoon? Do you feel that people should relocate to a closer home or find a new job? Here's an interesting article I found about how most employees would rather get stuck

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What I Know For Sure

On The Job

For months I have been anticipating the January issue of Oprah's "O" Magazine, because I was to be included in an article, with a mention of my book. Imagine my surprise when I found out that I was in the DECEMBER issue of the magazine! Of course I'm still thrilled, just having a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that I flipped through that magazine (twice) while standing in line at various stores, and never saw it. You can check it out here.)

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Want to Blog About Your Work?

Professional Assistant Blog

Do you want to help your firm exceed in the business world? Do you have a knack for writing? More importantly, do you want to get recognized and let your manager see that you are going that extra mile to do what's above and beyond of

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Job Hopping May Have Consequences

On The Job

It’s not uncommon these days for an employee to leave a current job for greener pastures. No one faults a person for taking another position that offers more money, greater prestige or bigger opportunities. But what if this same employee takes the new job after being in a current position for only six months? Does the move still sound reasonable? Or, does it perhaps seem unprofessional, selfish and ungrateful?

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Falling Behind on Your Follow-Ups?

Professional Assistant Blog

Are you falling behind on your follow-ups? Do you want to improve the efficiency of following up with clients? I sometimes get caught up with work overload at times and don't realize that I forgot to follow up with staff or clients

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Holiday Workplace Weight Gain

On The Job

It's December in the workplace, so you know what that means. Pot luck. Pumpkin bread. A chocolate bundt cake. A candied nut plate the size of Manhattan. What would the holiday time be without some goodies around the workplace to spread a little holiday cheer?

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M16 Calling Bond.Jane Bond

On The Job

It's time for Tidbit Tuesday, where I try and find things to make you smile, think or just use as an excuse to avoid thinking about the fact that Britney Spears will be old enough to run for president in less than 10 years. Here goes: * I'm movin' on up: BusinessWeek.com has released it's first Top 50 list of the best internships for college students. The top three are: PriceWaterHouseCoopers, Ernst & Young and Deloitee & Touche.

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Tabbing Within a Table in Word

Laughing all the Way to Work

Tabbing within a table works great! Pressing the tab key will take you from one cell to the next, and if you are at the end of your table it will automatically create another row. But what if you want to tab within a cell? Ctrl Tab will let you tab within a cell, without going to the next cell.

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Me and my Quick Keys Again.

Laughing all the Way to Work

Here are some others I like: Ctrl End to get to the end of a document Ctrl Home to get to the top of a document Ctrl Shift End will highlight everything from that point down to the end of the document Ctrl Shift Home will highlight everything from that point up to the top of the document Ctrl a to highlight the whole document.

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