November, 2016

5 things PAs should consider before accepting a new role

Practically Perfect PA

So you’ve aced your interview and you’ve been offered the job. How exciting! There are, however, a few things you should consider before accepting a new role. Here are my top 5 considerations… 1. On a scale of 1-10 how excited are you really?

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FCC's CIO: Change Agents Need Employer Support

On The Job

David Bray says the world is experiencing more turbulence, and he isn’t talking about a rough airplane ride or a nasty nor’easter.

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Trending Sources

The Revolutionary Assistant Facebook Live Recap with Joan and Jasmine

Office Dynamics

Our 23rd Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence, The Revolutionary Assistant. This is a video recap from Joan Burge & Jasmine Freeman. Some of the highlights you will find in this broadcast: The Future Belongs to the Revolutionary Assistant//highlights from Joan’s opening keynote.

Great Book for Copyeditors and Others: The African Svelte

Business Writing

I love it when a book on language teaches me a lesson. The African Svelte: Ingenious Misspellings That Make Surprising Sense, a guide by Daniel Menaker filled with humorous, elegant word errors, taught me that I’d better slow down and. Best Picks Books Gems of Language Proofreading

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What President Trump Means for the Gig Economy

Small Business Labs

President-elect Trump has not talked much about the gig economy. Because of this, it's not clear where he stands on the various issues facing this sector of the economy. But based on what we know today, it's likely the Trump administration is going to be very gig economy friendly.

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More Trending

How do you make yourself more assertive?

Office Dynamics

This is a posted question from Business Management Daily ‘s Admin Pro Forum that has been shared with permission. . Question: “I’ve heard many times from colleagues and people close to me that I’m just not assertive enough to really get ahead and achieve the things I want.

Still Waiting for a Thank-You and an Update

Business Writing

At no charge, I helped a young man (the friend of a friend of mine) with his resume. We met in person and exchanged several emails. I also gave him feedback on his LinkedIn profile. This is the last message. Courteous Writing

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The Federal Reserve Recognizes the Gig Economy

Small Business Labs

The Federal Reserve Board's Survey of Enterprising and Informal Work Activities (EIWA) provides a detailed look at those working in the online and offline gig economy. Like other recently released gig economy studies , the Fed's EIWA shows the gig economy is large.

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4 SEO Tips for the Non-Technical Business Website Owner

Small Business CEO

If you find SEO confusing, you’re probably asking yourself how in the heck a non-techie business owner like yourself can ever hope to master this ever-changing landscape effectively. photo credit: [link] / Flickr.

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The Industry Snapshot: The influence of Personal Assistants

Practically Perfect PA

Nobody needs to tell you how influential you are in the office – it kinda goes without saying over here at Practically Perfect PA. However, following our recent Industry Snapshot survey, we have a lot of interesting data that shows us the areas in which you have the most influence.

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The One Word That Can Resolve Workplace Conflict

On The Job

Anyone who has a toddler probably hears this no less than 1,400 times per day. And don't tell me you don't resort to "Because I said so!" because everyone reaches that point on the 475th "why?") While children are great at asking the question, they often grow out of asking "why" all the time. Too bad. We as adults could benefit greatly if we'd just add a few more "whys" to our days.

2016 57

Realizing Your Full Potential: Venturing Into High Seas

Office Dynamics

Welcome to November. the 11 th month of 2016. The month of gratitude, family gatherings, and turkey. November is also pancreatic cancer awareness month. As many of my followers know, my husband of 34 years, David Burge, passed away almost 6 years ago from pancreatic cancer.

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Fact Checking to the Rescue

Business Writing

During election seasons, we often hear about fact checkers working overtime to check candidates' assertions. But in this guest post, marketing expert Marcia Yudkin shares why and how business writers should check the facts in their proposals, marketing pieces, and. Proofreading Teaching Business Writing

Contingent Labor Comprises 38% of Corporate Workforces

Small Business Labs

Ardent Partners recently released their 2016-2017 State of Contingent Workforce Management report.    The study is based on a survey and series of interviews with mostly HR and procurement professionals at large corporations. 

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How to Optimize Inventory Distribution for an Omnichannel Business

Small Business CEO

The customer is not local anymore – we are all now fully aware of the global opportunity. However, in the pursuit of trying to address our distributed customer, we often forget that our inventory planning needs to be tuned to this new business model.

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Things you shouldn’t say to your boss… Even though you are thinking it

Practically Perfect PA

If I had a pound for every time I bit my tongue while working as an assistant, well, I would be a very very wealthy lady! In our role, we are confronted with so many different situations and personality types it can be really difficult to think before we speak.

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How to Negotiate Successfully With Anyone

On The Job

There are often complaints that technology isolates people, but anyone working in IT may have a different opinion. If anything, IT is being asked to work more and more with other departments, rather it’s marketing, customer experience or business strategy.

Opposites Attract: 3 Benefits of Having 2 Bosses In The Workplace

Office Dynamics

Having two bosses can sometimes feel like a good cop/bad cop situation if they’re not on the same page or if they employ different styles of leadership. That might be effective in accomplishing their goals, but it’s not always the best approach for keeping employees happy and productive.

2016 68

5 Essential Tools And Apps To Build Your Early Startup

Dumb Little Man

Apps for startups are very useful (and can even be crucial) for new companies. As a founder of a startup, you want to commit 100% to whatever it is you and your team are creating. You do not want to, nor can you afford to waste time.

2016 54

Gig Economy Consensus: It's Big and Growing

Small Business Labs

Based on a review of a variety of recent studies, a consensus has formed that the gig economy is large and growing. Recent studies include, but aren't limited to: Pew Research's Gig Work, Online Selling and Home Sharing found that 24% of adult Americans - that about 59 million people - report earning money from the digital ‘platform economy’ in the past year.

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Beat Your Competitors with Video Ads

Small Business CEO

While digital marketing experts are convinced that video advertising is an efficient way of communicating with your current and potential customers, small and mid-sized businesses are still hesitant about it.

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Just how much time is lost to disorganisation?

Practically Perfect PA

Did you know, on average office workers will spend 13 minutes and 13 seconds each day searching for missing paperwork and stationery? That’s despite one in five decluttering their desks on a weekly basis.

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Research Finds Stressed Employees More Likely to Misbehave

On The Job

The U.S. election process has clearly demonstrated one thing: People are upset, mad and worried. While we may hope that this will all disappear once the election is over, managers shouldn't believe that workers will once again become jolly little employees, content with the cubicle world around them.

2016 39

How to Boost Your Professionalism Through Better Writing Webinar

Office Dynamics

These days, doesn’t it seem like we’re all getting lazy with our writing? Perhaps we can blame technology. Whatever the reason, poor writing skills can really call your professionalism into question. Errors in grammar, punctuation and spelling are just the tip of the iceberg.

2016 68

5 Ways To Stay Happy When Driving (No Matter How Bad the Traffic is)

Dumb Little Man

Do you want your daily drive to work to be more enjoyable? For most people, the thought of driving to work is not one that fills them with joy. Add in a good dose of traffic and the feeling starts to become one of dread. However, driving doesn’t have to be a stressful and unhappy necessity.

2016 54

Somewhere Between 2.5 million and 59 Million Americans "Work" in the Online Gig Economy

Small Business Labs

We mentioned yesterday that there is a recently formed consensus that the gig economy is large and growing. We also mentioned there is not a consensus as to how big it is or how fast it's growing. This is especially true for the online gig economy.

2016 52

7 Safe And Effective Tax Deductions That Every SME Should Be Claiming

Small Business CEO

HMRC collected over £533 billion in taxes during the 2015-16 tax year but we think it’s possible that many SMEs, business owners, and employees are currently paying more tax than they need to.

2016 36

The productivity killers

Practically Perfect PA

At our recent regional events we discussed some of the issues that are facing assistants today. Lots of challenges came up, but one that struck me as typical across all industries was the actual amount of work that the assistants had to do.

2016 89

What Submariners Can Teach You About Doing the Job Right

On The Job

A major flaw in our system of government, and even in industry, is the latitude allowed to do less than is necessary. Admiral Hyman G. Rickover, father of the nuclear U.S.

2016 34

Shifting Gears In The Holiday Season

Office Dynamics

Are your Mondays getting harder and harder during the holiday season? If you’re like me, your weekends are packed with activity and flurry getting ready for the holidays and maybe just having fun with family and friends.

10 Things Ambitious People Are Thinking About

Dumb Little Man

Everyone laments at how badly they want to achieve success but few enact the steps needed to get there. The foundation for success is ambition. It’s what governs the lives of millionaires, business owners, and leaders in any field.

2016 53

Survey: 29% of American Workers Have Side Jobs

Small Business Labs

As we pointed out a few weeks ago, there's been a flurry of studies lately on the gig econom y. So many we're having a hard time keeping up and reporting on them all.    So we're just getting to a survey on side gigs that CareerBuilder released in September.

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3 Types of Errors in Treatment of Numbers

Daily Writing Tips

When expressing numbers in writing, take care to avoid erroneous styling of number ranges, mixed fractions, and multiple references to categorically similar numbers. The following examples, each of which is followed by a discussion and a revision, exemplify these three categories of style issues.

2016 30

Five Confidence Boosting Steps to Showcasing Your Smarts

Practically Perfect PA

Are you feeling a lack of confidence at work, resulting in you not speaking up or putting yourself forward? Do you worry that you don’t know enough to contribute effectively? Are you concerned that you’ve been put into a box and so won’t be considered when opportunities arise?