Sat.Oct 29, 2016 - Fri.Nov 04, 2016

9 Serious Signs You’re Next To Be Fired

Dumb Little Man

“I mean there is no arguing. There is no anything. There is no beating around the bush. You are fired is a very strong term.” ~ Donald Trump. I just can’t imagine waking up lively one Monday morning, doing everything like usual, only to be told that I was being fired.

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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. 

2016 261

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 246

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.

9 Ways How To Earn Money Online

Dumb Little Man

There are numerous legitimate ways a person can earn real money online. Whether it is for rent, paying bills or simply for spending, all of us could use extra income from time to time.

2016 284

Gartner's Top Trends for 2017

Small Business Labs

It's that time of year again. We're not referring to the holidays. It's trend forecast season, when everyone releases their top trends lists and predictions for the next year.    Gartner, the large technology analyst firm, has already released multiple 2017 trends lists. 

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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.

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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 281

Uber's Flying Car Plans

Small Business Labs

OK, to start with they really aren't flying cars.    What Uber is suggesting in their 99 page white paper is a new form of on-demand, urban air transportation.

2016 178

November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month #wagehope

Office Dynamics

It is November. If you have been following Office Dynamics for a year or more, you know that we pause in November to honor the memory of Dave Burge. Dave was Joan’s husband, a big part of Office Dynamics and we lost him to Pancreatic Cancer in 2011.

2016 198

Smart Waste Management: The Future is Here

Eco-Office Gals

Perhaps nothing is so routine as garbage day. At least once a week in neighborhoods around the world, garbage trucks hit the streets to empty waste and recycling bins at homes and businesses.

2016 151

Why My Cat Proves That Everyone is a Psychopath

Dumb Little Man

At this very moment, my cat is slowly going insane. And so are you. Allow me to explain…. A couple months back, we rescued a young blind cat. Yay for us, right? Doing our small part to mock the circle of life and turn nature inside out. Al Gore would be proud.

2016 281

The Biggest Distraction in the Office May Be You

On The Job

If you're tempted to yell "Shut the $#% up!" to a colleague in a nearby cubicle, you're not alone. As it turns out, loud-talking co-workers are so annoying it has prompted researchers to study it.

2016 198

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.

5 Ideas to Make Your Office Balcony More Appealing

Productivity Bits

Having a balcony in your office is a great way to still get some outdoors while remaining indoors. This holds especially true for those days where the weather outside is absolutely gorgeous and you are stuck inside working calculating one huge sum after another. If your office has some outdoor space, utilize it by turning it into a balcony. And to help you with that, here are 5 ideas to make your office balcony look something that came out right from Pinterest: 1.

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5 Things You’ll Love About Being A Men’s Hair Donor

Dumb Little Man

Chances are you’ve never been a hair donor. You’ve probably never even considered it. But, it’s understandable. There are many reasons why more men aren’t hair donors.

2016 275

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

The Best Type of Automation


I get asked a lot about automation services like IFTTT and Zapier. I like those services, but I don’t use them as much as some might think. I rarely use Zapier for anything and I have few IFTTT recipes. If I find an automation that might work for me and lessen my workload, then I’ll consider it. However, I’m hesitant to implement it. The reason for this is I don’t want to have to deal with the fallout of the service not working the way it is supposed to work.

2016 79

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.

2016 109

8 Natural Supplements For Reducing Depression

Dumb Little Man

Depression is the most common form of mental illness in the developed world. In the United States, more than 40 million people are affected by depression, approximately 18% of the population (, 2014 ).

2016 274

3 More Cases of Unnecessary Punctuation

Daily Writing Tips

In each sentence below, the presence of one punctuation mark—or, in the case of the first example, a team of two complementary marks—introduces a flaw in the syntactical structure of the statement. Discussion and revision of the problematic sentences follow each example.

2016 107

Podcast 029: Make your tasks into a card game

Clutter Coach

by Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play. In this episode, I’ll talk about how you can make your regular tasks into a card game and make them more fun. Here are some highlights: How do I play? What kind of tasks will work for this game? What if I don’t want to do any of them? Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play.

2016 100

From Supply Closets to Multi-Facility Warehouses: Today’s Top SMB Inventory Management Solutions

Small Business CEO

Tracking inventory is essential in many small businesses, especially if you run a retail business. But there is much more involved in inventory management than simply tracking your products.

2016 101

8 Ways to Make Family Meal Times More Fun

Dumb Little Man

With so many distractions, families are now having a hard time spending quality time at the dining table. As they spend less and less time together during meal times, they become less connected with each other. This can spell more arguments and misunderstandings in the long run.

2016 274

3 Tips for Producing Consistent Written Content

Daily Writing Tips

There are many editorial strategies for making text easy to write, edit, and read. Here are a few guidelines for simplifying how your company, organization, or publication (even if it’s merely a personal blog) produces content. Minimize House Style.

2016 105

The Productivityist Podcast: Grant Baldwin Returns!


On this episode, my guest is Grant Baldwin , who returns to The Productivityist Podcast. Grant is a speaker, blogger, podcaster, and founder of The Speaker Lab – where he helps people (specifically speakers) become more effective in their craft. We spoke about the processes in planning and delivering an effective talk. Grant expounded on the logistical needs prior to a speaking event, the mental process of writing a manuscript, and the importance of rehearsing.

2016 46

Does Clothing at Work and Employee Productivity?

Small Business CEO

The clothing you wear at work may have an impact on your daily productivity levels. If you want to do well on the job, you have to plan your outfits out in a meticulous and careful manner. Failing to do so can often lead to results that are less than desirable.

How to Save Your Startup by Hiring the Right People

Dumb Little Man

Your startup is as fragile as a newborn baby. It has blood in its veins (capital), but can’t fend for itself yet because of insufficient customers, no word-of-mouth advertisement, and not enough sales. No wonder startups cry a lot and fail a lot.

2016 272

3 Sentences That Lack Just One Word to Be Correct

Daily Writing Tips

The solution to problems of parallel structure, in which a sentence’s syntactical elements are not quite balanced, is often simply a matter of inserting one missing word. That’s the case in the following examples, each of which is followed by a discussion and a revision.

2016 98

7 Secrets for a Successful Long Distance Relationship

Dumb Little Man

Many people find long distance relationships difficult. In fact, some people avoid such relationships at all costs because the distance tends to lead to feelings of loneliness and depression.

2016 270

5 Tips And Tricks To Rock Your Halloween Wig

Dumb Little Man

Wigs are a great way to transform your look! They are quick, easy and, as an added bonus, only temporary. The right wig can transform you from Snow White to Cinderella in the blink of a wand. Or, you can be your favorite movie or book character.

2016 266

Shifting Your Family To The “Real Food” Diet

Dumb Little Man

Have you been considering shifting your family to a real food diet ? Keeping your children strong and healthy requires providing them with a healthy and nutritious diet. You want your family to be at their best throughout the day and that means feeding them the right foods.

2016 264

Advantages of Home Drug Testing

Small Business CEO

There are several reasons why a person would opt to use a home drug testing kit instead of going to a lab for testing.

2016 93

Captain vs. Master

Daily Writing Tips

What’s the difference between a ship’s captain and a ship’s master? In contemporary usage, not much, but historically, the titles represented quite distinct roles. Captain is more common in modern usage, but master is more historically accurate.

2016 88

15 “Positions” and Their Variations

Daily Writing Tips

2016 84

Grammar Quiz #2: Possessives

Daily Writing Tips

All but one of the following sentences demonstrate incorrect style for treatment of possessives according to The Chicago Manual of Style ; revise sentences as necessary: 1. I walked over to the Smith’s house. Our hostess’ nerves are shot. I went to my aunt’s and uncle’s anniversary celebration.

2016 82