December, 2016

Upwork and the Paradox of Place

Small Business Labs

The average distance between buyers and sellers of services on the talent marketplace  Upwork  is over 1,000 miles. If you look at transactions where the buyers and sellers are both in the U.S., 96% of the buyers and sellers are more than 50 miles apart.

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How to have an end of year detox in the office

Practically Perfect PA

With the end of the year fast approaching, it’s a good time to focus on your surroundings and think about clearing any clutter that may have built up over the year. Taking the time for an end of year detox will mean you’re ready for a fresh start in the New Year.

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20 Best Productivity Apps and Programs for 2017

Dumb Little Man

So you want to level up your earning potential, move towards work that’s more fulfilling, and do more with less effort. That’s awesome. Over the years, I have kept up to date with all the productivity apps and some have stood the test of time and actually produced results.

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How Thinking Small Can Improve Your Writing

Business Writing

On the job, we strive to think big. We try to see the big picture and the long view. But thinking big can weaken our writing. This post explains how to avoid that problem. Yes, big ideas are important. Organizations. Email Presentations Teaching Business Writing

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How to Make Going Green Easier on Employees

Eco-Office Gals

Deciding to go green in your business is a great thing to do. However, everyone may not be on board. Many times, employees hesitate because change isn’t always easy to deal with. They may feel like these changes are forcing them to do things that make no sense or make their jobs harder.

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Three Ways to Build Trust In Your Life

Dumb Little Man

Trust is foundational for any relationship, whether business or personal. When trust breaks, a fracture occurs in the relationship. These fractures weaken the foundation of the relationship, with more fractures creating an overall unstable relationship.

2016 282

The Courtesy Greeting to Use When Gender Is a Mystery

Business Writing

This complex question came in yesterday's email: What is the proper way to address a letter with several addressees in the same letter, but the gender of one or more is unknown? Normally the greeting would be “Dear Misses. So-and-so,”. Courteous Writing Etiquette

2016 159

12 Days of Christmas Webinar: Question and Answer with Joan Burge

Office Dynamics

We’ve been having a holly, jolly, super fun and festive time with our 12 Days of Christmas Webinar Series event. In this Day 3 webinar we wore our ugly sweaters and took questions from our live audience about the administrative profession.

2016 218

How to Become More Resilient Under Stress

On The Job

The sometimes unrelenting stress of a job can keep both employees and leaders awake at night. They toss and turn as they ruminate about a variety of issues, such as whether an important customer will sign a new contract or if there will be layoffs after a merger.

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What is Hygge?

Small Business Labs

Hygge is a   Danish word that roughly translates to a feeling of comfort and coziness.    It's also becoming a word used to help sell a wide variety of products and services. 

2016 174

Want to work for a startup? What you need to know

Practically Perfect PA

With the end of the year hurtling towards us, many of you will be thinking about next year and potentially looking for a new job.

2016 148

4 Productivity Tips for Busy Entrepreneurs

Dumb Little Man

The biggest obstacle to our success as business owners is often not a lack of knowledge or resources, but rather our ability to manage time. As a freelancer, I’ve had the opportunity to experiment with several time management strategies over the past few years.

2016 276

Review: Grammarly’s Spelling and Grammar Checker

Business Writing

As a writing expert who relies on Microsoft's grammar and spelling checker to flag what I don't see, I was eager to test Grammarly's power to find additional errors. I signed up for the premium version and tested it to. Best Picks Grammar and Usage Proofreading Punctuation Pointers Spellchecking

2016 151

12 Days of Christmas Webinar: Goal Setting & Branding for 2017

Office Dynamics

In this brief webinar with Office Dynamics, we cover quick and impactful tips on goal setting and branding. This video will help prepare you for 2017 and it can’t help but put you in the holiday spirit, too. Watch the webinar replay, Goal Setting and Branding for 2017.

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How to Get Others to Embrace New Ideas

On The Job

For leaders who want to persuade teams to accept new processes , the answer may be in the kitchen.

2016 158

The London Times on the Future of Work

Small Business Labs

The London Times has an interesting special section on the future of work that was developed by the marketing content agency Ranconteur.    The report covers a lot of ground. Everything from automation to physiological testing is discussed. 

2016 161

3 Simple Steps to Plan for a Successful 2017

Office Organization Success

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Most Powerful New Year Quotes to Motivate Anyone for a Fresh New Beginning in 2017

Dumb Little Man

After sending out inspiring Christmas quotes , follow up with our new collection of motivational Happy New Year quotes. Post them on your social media and inspire all your friends and followers too! And if one quote or saying resonates with you, own it! Start the year with the right mindset.

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When Losing is the Answer – 3 Things to Lose for your Best Year Yet

Practically Perfect PA

I love the book Transitions by William Bridges , he says that new beginnings, all begin with an ending. As a result we may feel a sense of loss, then feel a little lost before we can embrace a new beginning.

2016 136

Revolutionary Ways Assistants Can Get Information from Their Managers

Office Dynamics

The theme for our 23rd Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence was The Revolutionary Assistant. Our conference was held in October 2016 in Las Vegas. We had 450 assistants from 11 countries attend.

2016 216

When Career Pride Becomes Destructive

On The Job

We're often told we need to show pride in our career, that we need to tout our accomplishments on social media or mention them during networking events. But can that pride backfire?

2016 151

"Deaths of Despair" and the End of Men

Small Business Labs

"D rug overdoses and drug-related diseases have killed nearly 400,000 people in the United States over the past decade—on par with the number of American soldiers who died during World War II.

2016 159

Test Your Skills at Editing Bullet Points

Business Writing

Try your hand at improving the list of bullet points below. Here are the details: Last night I bought a terrific emergency kit at the REI store. It's a huge yellow backpack filled with the essentials for surviving an emergency. Teaching Business Writing Writing Tips

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Finding Out the Best Time for Posting on Social Media Sites

Dumb Little Man

As of writing, there are over two billion social media users. This makes social media an excellent way to interact with our users. This is also why over 90% of brands use up to three social media platforms for their marketing campaigns.

10 reasons to attend Assist 2017

Practically Perfect PA

Over the last few months I have been busy behind the scenes working on the programme for Assist 2017. It is coming together really well, so I thought now would be a good time to share 10 reasons why I think you lovely lot should attend. It is on Friday 24th February in London.

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3 Ways to Manage Stress During the Holidays

Office Dynamics

Christmas is only 3 weeks away. Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, I’m sure you are busy with year-end activities and preparing to celebrate New Year’s Eve. If you’re like most of us, you’re feeling the “squeeze” to get it all done. (I’ll

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How to Stop a Mooching Co-Worker

On The Job

As the holiday season approaches, it can be much more fun around the office. People are wearing goofy sweaters and goodies are being brought to share. It seems everyone is in a much more giving mood. But then you think of Brad.

2016 151

Key Smart Manufacturing Technologies

Small Business Labs

"Smart manufacturing is in the midst of transforming the global manufacturing economy" according to the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF).

2016 149

How to write and keep New Year’s resolutions

Productivity Bits

The start of a new year is often seen as the beginning of a new you; a clean slate that allows you to look back on the previous year, see where you went wrong, and correct those mistakes while growing and rebuilding yourself. It can be your health or physical fitness; it can be that dream job you wanted to get or any goal that you have always wanted to achieve; this is the time to do it!

2016 122

12 Christmas Quotes about Love and Family that will Lift Your Spirits

Dumb Little Man

Do you need inspiring Christmas quotes and cards to send out to your loved ones this holiday season? Friends, throughout the year, our minds are filled with thoughts of improving our businesses, boosting our productivity and focus, and ultimately creating success.

2016 270

Career Success A to Z: E is for Etiquette

Eat Your Career

This article is part of a series. Learn more about it and access links to other articles in the series here. Before we talk about etiquette, let’s first consider another e-word: Elevator. Next time you’re in one, I want you to observe normal elevator behavior.

12 Days of Christmas Webinar: The Accelerated Assistant

Office Dynamics

In our program today we talked about seven ways to become an accelerated assistant. Below you will find our replay link, program notes, certificate download and access to our deal of the day. If you haven’t already registered for our 12 Days of Christmas Webinar Series, you can register here.

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Why Some Workers Don't Like Young Bosses -- and How to Fix It

On The Job

As more millennials rise through the ranks, companies may want to be ready for the backlash from older workers that could impact the bottom line.

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Google and Facebook's Domination of the Advertising Industry

Small Business Labs

As chart below (click to enlarge) shows, Google and Facebook have greater advertising revenues than any of the big, traditional media companies like CBS and Disney.

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