September, 2007

Social Impact of Working From Home | THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG

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So is all of this freedom actually liberating us? Does web work actually represent an evolution in the working conditions of the masses? Or are we fooling ourselves, blind to the reality that we can't have it two ways — you can't have

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Telephone Message Tips.

Laughing all the Way to Work

I send telephone messages to my boss by email rather than writing it on a telephone message pad. That way it won't get lost in the pile and saves on paper. You could also open a folder in Outlook for Telephone Messages if that would be useful to refer back to. Voicemail Tips: Remember to put an Out-of-Office voicemail message on your telephone when you will not be in the office. I always identify myself and give my title.

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Hire a Hero

On The Job

When signing up to serve our country, new recruits often are told how their military career will lead to good jobs when they one day re-enter the civilian world. That appears to be complete bulls**t, according to Dan Caulfield. I recently spent nearly an hour talking to Caulfield, an articulate, passionate and committed guy who gave me a real earful about the pitiful state of affairs regarding employment for our veterans.

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7 Steps to Improve Your Filing System

Professional Assistant Blog

Are you having trouble with your filing system? Don't know how to organize yourself and things are starting to pile up? Here are 7 simple things you can do to improve your filing system: Try filing your documents into file folders

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The new job

Laughing all the Way to Work

It is exciting when you get that phone call to tell you that you were selected for the job you applied for. There is a lot of work that goes into preparing for the interview and to know that you were successful is a great feeling. But I also find it can be a bit scarey because I am starting over again and I need to prove myself as I go through the probationary period. I am leaving familiar surroundings and will be meeting new people and starting new working relationships.

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Leaving a job!

Laughing all the Way to Work

If you have to leave a job for whatever reason make sure you do it with professionalism. It is never good to burn bridges! I give two-weeks' notice and make myself available to help in the transition period as much as I can. If there is an overlap I offer to train the new person. In one job I had I was laid off as a result of government downsizing, but that is still no excuse for being unprofessional.

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There's nothing wrong with asking for "Help"!

Laughing all the Way to Work

Wouldn't it be nice to have your own personal helpline when you need help and the IT people have left for the day and you just can't figure out how to print that Excel document so it fits on one page and your boss needs it urgently? Well, I am very fortunate as I just call my sister. She is great with software programs (self-taught) and usually knows the answer to my problems, or knows where to find it. We actually joke about it when I call her, I say "Is this the Excel Helpline?"

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Quick tip for changing case.

Laughing all the Way to Work

"I just found a neat "shortcut". Highlight the word you want to change the case of and press Shift F3 and it will change the case, press Shift F3 again and it changes to another case. It works in Word and PowerPoint, but doesn't seem to work in Excel." Submitted by Lynn, Administrative Assistant.

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Quick Tips Using Ctrl Keys.

Laughing all the Way to Work

The shortcut keys can be great time savers.here are a few that you might like: "If you are in a document and you press Ctrl F2, it brings you to "Print Preview". Press Ctrl F2 again and it brings you back to your original view. Here is a control key for line spacing. Highlight the text and then press Ctrl 1 for single space, Ctrl 2 for double space and Ctrl 5 for 1.5 spacing. I like to use this one." Submitted by Lynn, Admin Assistant I love using the Control keys.

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Remaining Viable as an Older Worker

On The Job

It can be stressful searching for a job when you’re in yours 20s or 30s, but what about decades later, when you’re in your 40s or 50s? It can be terrifying. Certainly, when you’re older you have more experience to offer an employer, but, well, you’re older. And in a youth-obsessed society, that can seriously impact your ability to get the job you desire and believe you are qualified to fill. Is that fair? Is it legal?

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"I'm NOT a people person"

On The Job

We all like to take our digs at hiring managers, with many of us having stories of how ill treated we have been by these people. They ask us stupid questions (or none at all), they are rude, dismissive and won't return phone calls or e-mails telling us whether or not we are still in contention for a job. But there are two sides to every story -- and the tales some hiring managers are telling may explain why some of them treat us like alien beings.

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A Teacher's Final Words to All of Us

On The Job

Note: I wrote this post last September, and wanted to re-post it as a tribute to Randy Pausch, whose death was just announced. For those of you who haven’t seen Randy Pausch’s final lecture to his students at Carnegie Mellon University, I urge you to take some time and watch it. In the lecture, Pausch , who is dying of pancreatic cancer at age 46, speaks of all the things he wanted to do in his life, and all the things he has managed to accomplish.

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Working from Home

Laughing all the Way to Work

In today's electronic age it is easier to work from home: You can log on to your computer at home and have access to everything you would have at the office. With Blackberry technology you can get your emails, retrieve your phone messages and get work-related phone calls from home, on the road or from a beachfront hotel in the Bahamas.

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E-mail Etiquette

Laughing all the Way to Work

Email is no longer just for personal use, with all our accepted short forms: LOL, U, GB and a co-worker's favourite, OMG! With the increasing use of email as the first choice for business correspondence it opens a whole new world of dos and don'ts for the assistant.Here are Some Good-Sense Email Etiquette Tips: Email Salutations: Although email is less formal than writing a letter it is still polite to open with a greeting.

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Friends on the Job

On The Job

In the early days of my career, I was very good friends with many of the people at work. I’m not sure if this was because we were young, single and in the pressure-cooker environment of a busy newsroom, but we all seemed to be pretty tight. We’d often play cards after work until the wee hours of the morning, we haunted pubs and pool halls on the weekends, or looked for other low-cost ways to entertain ourselves when not at work (we were also all incredibly poor).

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Filing tip.

Laughing all the Way to Work

One day I was particularly frustrated because of my overwhelming pile of filing. I had recently changed jobs and in this new position I worked for two busy lawyers and I was used to only working for one, so the filing had doubled. I was mentioning to my co-worker about this problem and she suggested a very simple solution that has helped me manage my filing pile. She said what she did was take a legal-sized accordion bellows and insert tabs from A to Z.

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Personal Trinkets at Work Can Hurt Image

On The Job

Your collection of snow globes – now numbering somewhere in the dozens – is quite eye-catching, covering nearly every available space in your cubicle. And that poster of the Hooter’s girls really adds a special touch, as does the photo of you and your buddies emptying the keg at a beach party. Ahh…there’s nothing like having a workspace that’s, well, comfy. Something like a home away from home. Not to mention the screen saver of your dog giving birth is just awesome!)

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Working Outside the U.S.

On The Job

As images from foreign lands fill our television screens, many of us may be thinking we are grateful to be on the home turf of the U.S.A. At the same time, there are those of us who see those pictures and long to experience foreign lands and culture, to try and understand other parts of the world. But since it’s not always easy just to take off and travel the world, one option is to find a job abroad so that we can visit foreign lands, while getting a paycheck.

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Joining a Professional Association: Is it Beneficial?

Laughing all the Way to Work

As I was doing research for other articles on this blog I came across the International Association of Administrative Professionals' website ("IAAP") and was reminded of the advantages of being part of a professional organization. This article is not intended to be an endorsement of any one particular organization over another. I was previously a member of IAAP when I was at another firm. I went to their dinner meetings and conferences and felt it was a good investment.

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Determining if a company is family friendly

On The Job

I’ve been covering the work/life debate for the last 20 years, and the one thing that gets on my last nerve is some of the “best of” lists that come out every year, touting the most “family friendly” companies or the “most flexible” workplaces.

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Meeting Cheat Sheet

On The Job

When I think of all the meetings I have sat through in my lifetime, it makes me want to chuck everything and join a crew looking for sunken pirate booty. But then I think about how the crew would probably want to hold a meeting about whose job is was to look for the loot and whose job is was to write the report…and I decide to stay where I am.

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Job Loss: You Could Be Next

On The Job

If you’re feeling a little uptight about your job these days, you’re not alone. And if you’re not feeling a little uptight, you should be. That’s because the employment figures released last week weren’t so hot. Those lost jobs – the first time that’s happened in four years – comes on the heels of a lousy housing market and continuing costly overseas military actions.

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Exit Like a Pro

On The Job

How you quit a job may be one of the most important things you ever do in your career. Because how you leave a position is often how you are remembered most by colleagues and your boss. And, as we all know, the world is often a small one – so quitting a job poorly may come back to haunt you for years to come, perhaps even adversely affecting other job opportunities.

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Workplace Love Gone Wrong

On The Job

It’s estimated that at least 58 percent of you in the working world have dated someone you work with. I, myself, married someone I met on the job. But I have to be honest here: I didn’t want to even date him (my husband) when he started making it clear he wanted to be more than friends.

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Interview Preparation

Laughing all the Way to Work

I had an interview at 11 in the morning, but I had been so busy with my job, my daughter was getting married and my father was ill in the hospital. I just didn’t find the time to bring my clothes to the dry cleaner and worse than that I had an inch of grey roots showing and hadn't coloured my hair. I finally decided that they would just have to take me as I was because I didn't have the time to do everything I knew I should be doing to prepare for this interview. It ended up I did get the job.

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When You Make a Mistake at Work

On The Job

It’s always tough to mess up at work. Feelings can range from chagrin over committing a blunder to outright fear that you might be fired for your mistake. Still, it’s important that you have a plan of action for when you goof up. Without one, you may panic and make the error worse, or do nothing, which can always come back to haunt you. Some plans of action for recovering from making a mistake include: Owning it.

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What It's Like to be a Male Admin

Professional Assistant Blog

Being a male administrative assistant in a predominantly female profession is something everyone asks me about. It feels like I have broken new ground by entering this profession. I have been an admin for about five-and-a-half years and

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Why Lock Your System at Work?

Professional Assistant Blog

Do you feel that your colleagues might do something through your computer? Do you feel safe enough to leave your computer on and everyone can see what you are doing? If not, here's a quick technical tip for you

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Do's and Don'ts of Office Romance

Professional Assistant Blog

Have you ever had an office romance with someone? Have you ever witnessed an office romance and thought if this was a good idea? People do it all the time, all across the world. Most people even admit to having an office romance at some

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Outsourcing - Good or Bad?

Professional Assistant Blog

Does your firm want to save money? Of course! Everyone could use a little more green in their wallets. Outsourcing has been around for quite some time now and I will discuss the good, the bad and the ugly of it

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Common Courtesy in the Workplace

Professional Assistant Blog

Do you always end up cleaning up after your colleagues? Do you neatly put all labels, papers, etc. on the printer table and then a few minutes later, you come back to a messy area? People are either neat freaks, quite messy or in

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How to Hold Effective Meetings

Professional Assistant Blog

Have you ever wondered why you have so many meetings to attend and most of the time, you feel that you don't have a need to be there? Do you feel that you need to hold a meeting about having too many meetings

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