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Admin Pro Forum

Share best-practices with your administrative peers. Pose a question, offer advice, or just be a fly on the wall.

Question from the editors: “We’re thinking about hosting a webinar on using the Bibliography Tool in Word 2007. Do you use this new feature that allows users to create a list of cited works that will then be available in every new document? Would you use it if you knew how? Would you be interested in a training webinar on how to use it?” — Forum editors

Question from the editors: “We’re thinking about hosting a webinar on using the Bibliography Tool in Word 2007. Do you use this new feature that allows users to create a list of cited works that will then be available in every new document? Would you use it if you knew how? Would you be interested in a training webinar on how to use it?” — Forum editors

Question: “We have an individual who whistles almost nonstop at an ear-piercing level.  I have asked him politely not to whistle so loud.  He refuses, saying he has a right.  I finally asked management to do something but they refuse.  Now when he wants to get under my skin he will start whistling loudly.  The tension in our shop is unbearable and others have complained.  Is there some workplace standard addressing whistling?  I can’t imagine any of my supervisors allowing someone to whistle at will in their office, but because I am in a carpenter shop on an air base they don’t feel we deserve the same standards.” —  David Sota

As part of HR Professionals Week, our sister newsletter, The HR Specialist, is collecting tales of what can go wrong when candidates sit down opposite an HR professional or hiring manager. So far, we've heard stories about kittens, nail polish and the police. Share your story — from either side of the interview desk — at the HR Specialist Forum this week.

As part of HR Professionals Week, our sister newsletter, The HR Specialist, is collecting tales of what can go wrong when candidates sit down opposite an HR professional or hiring manager. So far, we've heard stories about kittens, nail polish and the police. Share your story — from either side of the interview desk — at the HR Specialist Forum this week.

Question: "My team is responsible for creating a binder for our monthly board meetings. We have to set deadlines, collect reports from several departments, assemble the contents and overnight them. One department is always overdue with their reports, usually because customers are late getting essential information to them. We always give this group a grace period, but it pushes my team to work late.  My boss suggested shipping in two phases: first with reports that come in before the due date and the second with those that come in after. Any other good ideas to maximize our efficiency? -- Bright Idea Seeker

Question: "My team is responsible for creating a binder for our monthly board meetings. We have to set deadlines, collect reports from several departments, assemble the contents and overnight them. One department is always overdue with their reports, usually because customers are late getting essential information to them. We always give this group a grace period, but it pushes my team to work late.  My boss suggested shipping in two phases: first with reports that come in before the due date and the second with those that come in after. Any other good ideas to maximize our efficiency? -- Bright Idea Seeker

Question: “My boss is always running late for appointments and meetings. I am the one who has to call and explain his tardiness or cancel a meeting. Sometimes, this involves canceling multiple times with the same person. I don’t know if I should be apologetic on his behalf, since it’s frequently the same group of people.  I’m sure they are getting tired of it.  What are some suggestions for handling this?” — Anonymous

Question: “My boss is always running late for appointments and meetings. I am the one who has to call and explain his tardiness or cancel a meeting. Sometimes, this involves canceling multiple times with the same person. I don’t know if I should be apologetic on his behalf, since it’s frequently the same group of people.  I’m sure they are getting tired of it.  What are some suggestions for handling this?” — Anonymous

Question: “I’m a young executive secretary. I like my job now, but wonder what career opportunities the profession would offer in the future. What should I do to build my career skills? Is this a good field for the younger generation?" — Anonymous