Although such programs are geared for high-potential managers, you can give the same opportunity to administrative assistants and other support personnel. How? Take a few of your hardest working aides and invite them to join some equally committed support people from other companies in your area for a two- or three-day retreat. Let managers at other firms know that your goal is to stimulate creativity and provide a forum for secretaries, clerks and other key assistants to share skills and experiences. Contain the costs by having each participating company contribute to the event. Don’t overload the “curriculum” with lots of dry seminars; leave plenty of unscheduled time for the group to mingle and help each other learn and grow.
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