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Admin to admin: Cure for a frazzled boss

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You think you're under pressure at work? Executives may have it even worse, according to Liberum Research, a New York-based firm that tracks the upper-management job market.

Across all industries, the turnover rates for executive jobs have been steadily climbing in recent years. According to a Liberum spokesman, top-level executives are simply under greater pressure these days, thanks to global competition and higher demands from investors.

Admins offer this advice on the Admin Pro Forum (www.prapforum.typepad.com/) for helping an exec who feels the pressure:

“I’m all for the direct approach ... and saying, ‘I’ve noticed lately that you seem to be under a little bit of pressure. I’m not sure how I can help, but I want you to know that if there is anything I can do, please let me know and I’ll be there.’” — Dawn

“Being quietly and calmly supportive is sometimes the best way to help out in such situations. Try to keep your boss from having to deal with petty issues. If there’s something you can handle, then handle it: Screen phone calls; keep office visitors to a minimum. If you go out for a beverage, bring one back for the boss. On occasion, it doesn’t hurt to ask, ‘Doing OK? Is there anything I can do to help out?’” — Gayle

“Tell them they are doing a good job and that you’ve noticed. Sometimes it helps just knowing that the people around you want to see you stay afloat.” — Jocelyn

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