November, 2016

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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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 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.

10 Stretches To Do Right Now For Back Pain Relief

Dumb Little Man

Let me guess. You have a niggling pain in your lower back. It’s not painful enough for you to seek medical help, yet it is irritating enough to frustrate you every day. All you want is for it to go away and stop bothering you. The thing is, there is no lack of solutions out there.

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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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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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Top 10 Yoga-Before-Bed Poses to Reduce your Back Pain

Dumb Little Man

Have you every tried yoga-before-bed? Yoga-before-bed is an ancient practice gaining popularity by the day. These are poses mostly centered on stretching, strength, and flexibility. Here are just some of the benefits of this type of yoga: Yoga-before-bed can help you relax properly.

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DeClutter Your Desk And Your Mind

Productivity Bits

The argument over whether a clear desk or a messy one is a truer sign of productivity has gone on for decades and it’s unlikely to ever be resolved objectively. Why not give the “clear desk = clear mind” side of the debate a try in your own workspace? You may be surprised at the way a little decluttering makes you feel like a more productive and organized person. Let Go Of Superfluous Paperwork For most people, the biggest offender against a clear desk is far excess paperwork.

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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.

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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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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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3 Ways to Nudge a Procrastinating Boss

On The Job

It can be very frustrating when you work hard on a report or project, and then submit it to the boss where it will then languish until the next presidential election.

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10 Wonderful Benefits of Traveling

Dumb Little Man

There are plenty of things one can gain from exploring different places such as new friends, new experiences and new stories. When you start exploring new places, you get a better understanding of the people living there including their culture, history and background.

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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 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.

Inside Ness – the Network for Essex Support Staff

Practically Perfect PA

As someone born and bred in Essex I am so pleased that we have a network connecting PAs in the area. Here are all the details from the founders, Karen and Julia… . Firstly, can I have a little background about you…. What is your career background? .

Why the Polls Were Wrong

Small Business Labs

We don't do political polling, but we do a lot of surveys here at Small Business Labs. Because of this, we're getting questions about why the polls on the presidential election were wrong. There are several reasons. First, the polls weren't wrong by much.

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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.

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50 Ways To Relax Without Spending Money

Dumb Little Man

Simply put, overworking is bad working. Separate estimates suggest that stress costs American business $300B per year, with sleep deprivation alone costing $63.2B in lost productivity.

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Your Career Emergency Rescue Plan

Business Writing

Wherever you live and work, you probably have an emergency rescue plan in case of an earthquake, hurricane, or another disaster. It may include a plan of where to meet, food supplies, water, batteries, and other items. It's wise to

2016 141

5 Ways to Give Your Business a Merrier Holiday Season

Tips From T. Marie

Hiring holiday help is a common practice around the holidays, particularly for retailers. Did you know that any business can benefit from teaming up with a virtual services professional for the holiday season? If you’re wondering just how it might work for you and/or your business, check out the list below: Give them your client list and have them use a service like Send Out Cards to make sure they all get a holiday greeting from you.

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Top websites for free images

Practically Perfect PA

Today’s blog post is a down and dirty list of my favourite websites for free images. As you can imagine, I use loads of these websites for Practically Perfect PA and I wish I had known about them while I was an assistant. They are much easier to navigate than Google Images.

2016 194

How Economic Uncertainty Elected Donald Trump

Small Business Labs

In 2011 we started tracking a trend we call Economic Uncertainty.    This is the angst felt by many Americans due to a lack of personal economic stability.

2016 195

Yes, Introverts Can Be Great Leaders

On The Job

While research shows that more extraverts reach the C-suite, there is growing evidence that introverts can make effective leaders. How introverts can gain the confidence they need to lead their teams effectively and benefit any organization.

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7 Surprising Benefits of Coworking Spaces

Dumb Little Man

A co-working space can change a business in profound and positive ways. If you’ve never seen one, it’s a shared office environment that your employees can use for however long is necessary. This concept is really shaking up the corporate world.

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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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Great apps to boost home-office productivity

Productivity Bits

W orking from home is fulfilling for a multitude of reasons, but presents the difficult challenge of remaining focused. Fortunately, there is a wide variety of tools you can use to help supercharge your productivity in your home-office. Here are some great apps that will allow you to reach your potential while working from home. Pocket Have you ever had a lot of work to do, but seen an article posted on Twitter that looks too good to ignore? This is where Pocket kicks in.

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.

2016 192

Seems Like Everyone is Jumping Into Food Delivery

Small Business Labs

It's interesting to us how little media attention the demand side of the on-demand/gig economy gets.    Demand, of course, is the reason on-demand/gig economy startups can raise large sums of money at lofty valuations.

2016 193

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.

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10 Habits That Can Prevent Heart Disease

Dumb Little Man

Why would your dear old faithful heart get a heart disease, right? I feel as immortal as you do, trust me. But, my daily patients and recent statistics published by the American Heart Association, the CDC, and the NIH show that heart diseases represent the leading cause of death in the United States.

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6 Ways To Feast On Learning

Office Dynamics

I decided to pull out this Monday Motivator from 2013 because it is a favorite of mine, still holds true and in fact, I believe it to be truer than ever before. Since I wrote this in 2013, I have expanded my mind to the worlds of: Focus instead of multitasking. Engagement instead of entitlement.

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

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A business case for the Assist Conference 2017

Practically Perfect PA

Next year’s Assist Conference kicks off on Friday 24th February in London and I am just putting the final touches to the programme. I must say I am really looking forward to the day.

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