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Question: “It was suggested during my performance review that I don’t attend enough office social events like happy hours or volunteer days, and that I keep to myself too much in general. Is this a valid criticism, or is my employer overstepping the bounds of how I should be judged at work?” – Christopher H., Facilities Assistant
Question: “We’re slashing costs at work and it’s time to take aim at some perks people take for granted—varied office supplies, catered meetings, a nice coffee selection. Before I maybe push things too far, which amenities do employees tend to miss more dramatically than others?” – Marissa, HR Coordinator
Question: “I’m an hourly employee, but with email, smartphones and remote network access being facts of life, my workplace seems to assume I’m occasionally checking in when I’m away ‘in case something comes up.’ I want to curb these unpaid, ever-accumulating minutes – or are they just the new reality of being employed?” – Darcy W., Tax Processor
Question: “The harassment charge against me was false, but I was fired anyway. When applying for a new job, how will I explain how my years of loyal service ended?” – Michael D., Purchasing Assistant
Question: "I’m wondering if it’s worth it to join some professional organizations that relate to my job, or if it’ll just result in more emails and news of events I can’t attend. In general, is there real use in being a part of groups like these?" – Melissa L.
Question: “I get joy out of saying good morning to co-workers. Not everyone is a morning person, but I think it’s rude not to acknowledge someone when they speak to you. What should I try to connect with the silent few who don’t respond?” —Not a part of the furniture
Question: “I find that many salespeople ask specifically for my boss, but I am stumped at how to handle them when they’re very persistent. How do you deal with these folks?” — Lisa, Executive Assistant
Question: “How do you open the door to a conversation on work ethic with a co-worker? How do you help co-workers improve their work ethic? Is there training?” —An administrative secretary
Question: We've heard from admins who enjoy receiving flowers, chocolates, giftcards, luncheons and time off. We also heard from admins who don't want any of those things, and would prefer career-enhancing professional development opportunities instead. Let us know what you did—if anything—to celebrate Administrative Professionals Week? —The Editors
"As the song goes, ‘There’s never enough time to do the things we want to do once we find them’ … so, what's your favorite time management tip?" —The editors(Are you not yet a member of our Admin Pro Forum? Share your best advice with your peers: Click here to join, it's free!)