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Question: “What’s the best career advice anyone ever gave you?” In honor of Administrative Professionals Week, we’re gathering your best career advice. Please share favorite career tips to help inspire your fellow admins. And let us know where that advice came from: Peers? Mentors? Worker-bees? Supervisors? Teachers? Your grandmother? We love success stories, please share yours!  —The editors
Question: “What’s the best career advice anyone ever gave you?” In honor of Administrative Professionals Week, we’re gathering your best career advice. Please share favorite career tips to help inspire your fellow admins. And let us know where that advice came from: Peers? Mentors? Worker-bees? Supervisors? Teachers? Your grandmother? We love success stories, please share yours!  —The editors

Question: “What’s the best gift you ever received for Administrative Professionals’ Week?” —Administrative Professional Today

Question: “What’s the best gift you ever received for Administrative Professionals’ Week?” —Administrative Professional Today

Question: “I’m new at my job and love my position and the people I work for. The problem is my co-worker, who sits next to me. She is making it obvious she just does not like me. At first I thought she was quiet, so I tried to engage her in small talk.  She would respond in very short sentences.  When I ask for help she says she doesn’t know or pretends she doesn’t hear, though she sits only four feet away! She goes days with out speaking to me, unless absolutely necessary. With other employees she laughs, jokes, helps them out and is kind to them.  Why does she treat me so differently? I have tried to be kind and professional and she acts like I am not even here. Please help.” —Anonymous
Question: “I’m new at my job and love my position and the people I work for. The problem is my co-worker, who sits next to me. She is making it obvious she just does not like me. At first I thought she was quiet, so I tried to engage her in small talk.  She would respond in very short sentences.  When I ask for help she says she doesn’t know or pretends she doesn’t hear, though she sits only four feet away! She goes days with out speaking to me, unless absolutely necessary. With other employees she laughs, jokes, helps them out and is kind to them.  Why does she treat me so differently? I have tried to be kind and professional and she acts like I am not even here. Please help.” —Anonymous
Question: "I am an administrative assistant with my own office, which is also the entrance to the building. My co-workers are all in the building next door and share one room.  Only my boss and I work in this building. Occasionally, my co-workers (and even contractors!) will come behind my desk. I feel this is overstepping and invading my personal space. I don’t walk up to their desks and take their pens and pencils or begin reading their paperwork. How do I stop this? They don’t dare do this to my boss; why do they think it is OK to do this to me?" — Christine
Question: "I am an administrative assistant with my own office, which is also the entrance to the building. My co-workers are all in the building next door and share one room.  Only my boss and I work in this building. Occasionally, my co-workers (and even contractors!) will come behind my desk. I feel this is overstepping and invading my personal space. I don’t walk up to their desks and take their pens and pencils or begin reading their paperwork. How do I stop this? They don’t dare do this to my boss; why do they think it is OK to do this to me?" — Christine
Question: "I work in an office where we don't have clients come in, but do have many visitors who meet with my boss. My boss switched the soft rock overhead music to what he calls classical. It is ballad symphony music and literally either puts me to sleep or makes me irritated. The soft rock music made for a pleasant work environment and was not inappropriate. We can't even listen to our own iPod music devices. Should I make a big fuss over this or just let it go and deal?" —Laura
Question: "I work in an office where we don't have clients come in, but do have many visitors who meet with my boss. My boss switched the soft rock overhead music to what he calls classical. It is ballad symphony music and literally either puts me to sleep or makes me irritated. The soft rock music made for a pleasant work environment and was not inappropriate. We can't even listen to our own iPod music devices. Should I make a big fuss over this or just let it go and deal?" —Laura
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