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Question: "Two of my co-workers frequently have personal conversations about five feet away from my desk area. The sound is very annoying and distracting to me. How should I approach this concern with them?" - Pat, Accounts Receivable

Question: "How often does your admin team meet? Who are the team leaders, how are they selected, and how long do they serve?" - Carolyn, Executive Assistant

Question: "I have been hearing a lot about OneNote in Microsoft Office. I am curious if anyone has ever used it, and to what degree they did. If they did use it, did they find it helpful or beneficial?" - Maggie, Administrative Assistant
Question: "One of my co-workers is a very good employee, and usually very friendly, but wow, when anyone makes a mistake or doesn't quite perform to his liking, he is totally brutal and unfair in his criticism—always out of their earshot. How do I tell him gently that everyone who makes errors isn't an 'idiot'? And why is it that people always overlook their own mistakes yet blast everyone else for theirs?" - Gemma, Facilities Reservations
Question: "I have trouble compartmentalizing things when they go wrong. For example, if I mess something up at work, or have a problem with a co-worker, my day is just completely ruined. I slog through it for hours, then just go right to bed. I snap back into shape the next morning, but I'm looking for advice on how not to get stuck in the negative moments on the job." - Tracie, Benefits Assistant
Question: "I just got a new job assisting a regional manager who's more introverted than anyone I've ever worked with! She makes almost every request via email and shares almost nothing. I'm no extrovert myself, so I really have no idea how to go about getting to know her so we can work together better. Does anyone have any tips?" - Sam, Sales Assistant

Question: "Is anyone out there not recognized on Administrative Professionals Day (I’m not)? How do you handle it?" - Sally, Administrative Assistant

Question: "Last week's question on calling in sick reminded me that I've gotten so busy at work this year, taking a day off just doesn't seem worth it to me—all I think about is the pile of papers that will be waiting for me the next day, to say nothing of the emails. Asking people to cover for me involves some careful arranging. Is it sad that even when I'd like to take a mental health day, I wind up preferring to go into the office to avoid the consequences?"  – Liz-Ann, Executive Assistant
Question: “I've noticed that when the people in my office call in sick, they always seem to be playing it up a little with an over-the-top weak voice, as if they feel the need to 'sell' their illness somehow. And to be honest, I've caught myself doing it too, because I think maybe my boss or co-workers just won't believe me. I bet lots of people are like me, but I'd like some reassurance!"   – Jill, Office Manager
Question: "I know that I make my fair share of grammar mistakes, but it just makes me crazy when people get 'their' and 'they're' confused in a document (although it's not nearly as bad as seeing 'for all intensive purposes'). Do other people get irrationally irritated by certain little grammar goofs as much as I do?" - Marilu, Tax Processor
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