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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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.

2016 285

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. 

2016 261

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 251

Career Success A to Z:B Is For Brag

Eat Your Career

This article is part of a series. Learn more about it and access links to other articles in the series here. Ah, the dreaded b-word. Call me bold , call me brash , but this is one b-word I stand firmly behind. Bragging is an unavoidable career necessity.

2016 151

6 Eco-Friendly Office Must Haves

Eco-Office Gals

Going green at work isn’t just going to cut down the energy bills , it’s also going make your office a lot healthier and productive. The technology is constantly evolving and getting smarter. It’s also likely a lot of the new gadgets will conveniently fit your budget.

2016 151

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.

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More Trending

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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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.

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 203

Tasty Tidbits: Professional Development News & Views (Nov. 18, 2016)

Eat Your Career

This post is part of a (recently re-launched and re-named) series in which I share some of my favorite Internet finds from the past week. Enjoy! From Yours Truly. I wrote a few new articles for Ivy Exec over the past few weeks.

2016 141

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?

2016 235

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.

2016 285

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.

2016 251

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

2016 194

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.

Career Success A to Z: Coming Soon!

Eat Your Career

Today, I’m happy to announce a brand new blog series called, “Career Success: A to Z.”. This is a fun project I’ve been thinking about for a while. With the recent re-launch of Eat Your Career, I figured now was a good time to jump in.

2016 139

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 213

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.

2016 285

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.

2016 222

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.

2016 129

Interview with TRAVO at the Annual Conference for Assistants

Office Dynamics

TRAVO is an incredible travel planning tool in development for administrative professionals.

2016 181

Thank You, Friend

Eat Your Career

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. Hey, what did you expect? I’m kind of obsessed with food. And trust me, my family knows how to do it right. It’s a day to celebrate the harvest, but also, to give thanks for all we have—and I really do have so much.

2016 130

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? .

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.

2016 285

HOK's Coworking Report: A Corporate Real Estate Perspective

Small Business Labs

The global design and architecture firm HOK recently released a new report looking at the coworking industry from the corporate real estate perspective. 

2016 192

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.

2016 176

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.

Career Success A to Z: A is for Affirmation

Eat Your Career

This article is part of a series. Learn more about it and access links to other articles in the series here. and we’re off! Career Success A to Z has officially begun! Today, we’re exploring Affirmations.

2016 130

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 211

20 Fun Things You Can Do with Family on Thanksgiving

Dumb Little Man

We all know some of the favorite things people like to do on Thanksgiving: watch football, watch The Macy’s Day Parade, and of course taking a nap after gorging on Turkey.

2016 284

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 191

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.

2016 173

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.

2016 178

Tasty Tidbits: Professional Development News & Views (Nov. 18, 2016)

Eat Your Career

This post is part of a (recently re-launched and re-named) series in which I share some of my favorite Internet finds from the past week. Enjoy! From Yours Truly. I wrote a few new articles for Ivy Exec over the past few weeks.

2016 130

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.

2017 208

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 284