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Question: “I’m trying to come up with some fresh, unusual icebreakers for our interoffice admin meetings. Going around the room introducing ourselves and telling what we do is so stale! What are some better ways to get people into an upbeat, productive mood?” – Jennifer A., Transcriber
Question: “Between all my different computer applications at work and at home, I’m absolutely drowning in usernames and passwords—many of which require updating every couple of months. Has anyone finally thought of an easy, secure way to wrangle all of these things?” – Eve, Customer Service Associate
Question: “What is the real deal with all those ‘Work from home, make thousands’ ads I see on the Internet? Are any of them on the up-and-up, and is there any viable way for an admin to make a livable wage without being connected to an office?” – Diana S., Phoenix
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