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Question: “My co-worker obviously doesn’t shower before he comes to work. There are days that he doesn’t smell terrible, but not pleasant either. Others in the office have noticed, too, but no one will say anything. I like him, and I want to tell him, but I don’t know how. If I had body odor, I’d want to know. Any suggestions — Brenda
Question: “My co-worker obviously doesn’t shower before he comes to work. There are days that he doesn’t smell terrible, but not pleasant either. Others in the office have noticed, too, but no one will say anything. I like him, and I want to tell him, but I don’t know how. If I had body odor, I’d want to know. Any suggestions — Brenda
Question: “I am in that no-man's land where my boss likes my work so much that he treats me as his administrative assistant even though I am not his assistant. Are administrative assistants supposed to clean their bosses' desks?  I personally don't want to do this. He is a messy person and his desk is always a mess.  I don't know what to do with most of the paperwork on his desk other than to move it to a cabinet. What are the official nonbusiness duties that an administrative assistant should do for a boss? Should I get his coffee? I do get it occasionally, but he asks politely.” — Beatrice
Question: “I am in that no-man's land where my boss likes my work so much that he treats me as his administrative assistant even though I am not his assistant. Are administrative assistants supposed to clean their bosses' desks?  I personally don't want to do this. He is a messy person and his desk is always a mess.  I don't know what to do with most of the paperwork on his desk other than to move it to a cabinet. What are the official nonbusiness duties that an administrative assistant should do for a boss? Should I get his coffee? I do get it occasionally, but he asks politely.” — Beatrice
Question: "My boss bad-mouths me to his direct reports. This puts me in an awkward situation and undermines me as a person and his executive assistant. How should I handle this?" — Christina
Question: "My boss bad-mouths me to his direct reports. This puts me in an awkward situation and undermines me as a person and his executive assistant. How should I handle this?" — Christina
Question: “I cannot figure out how to create macros in MS Word 2007 using Visual Basic. Every macro I type saves fine, but when I go to run it I get an invalid error, and it takes me back to the Visual Basic page. What am I missing here?  This used to be so easy in MS Word 2003.” — Laura
Question: “I cannot figure out how to create macros in MS Word 2007 using Visual Basic. Every macro I type saves fine, but when I go to run it I get an invalid error, and it takes me back to the Visual Basic page. What am I missing here?  This used to be so easy in MS Word 2003.” — Laura
Question: “Our director often takes personal or vacation leave without giving the staff advance notice. This causes problems because he sometimes sends out information to customers that need to be returned while he is out. We don’t always have the information needed to respond to any questions customers might have. How do we tactfully ask the boss to reveal his plans to us?” — Gina
Question: “Our director often takes personal or vacation leave without giving the staff advance notice. This causes problems because he sometimes sends out information to customers that need to be returned while he is out. We don’t always have the information needed to respond to any questions customers might have. How do we tactfully ask the boss to reveal his plans to us?” — Gina
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