Admin Pro Forum

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

Question: “I need help communicating with a younger boss. As I am over age 50, most of our managers are younger and think they know everything. They tend to listen to the younger, fresh-out-of-college administrators. I don’t have gray hair, I dress appropriately for my age and always act professionally. Any other ‘experienced’ administrators with the same issue?” — Anonymous

Question: “I need help communicating with a younger boss. As I am over age 50, most of our managers are younger and think they know everything. They tend to listen to the younger, fresh-out-of-college administrators. I don’t have gray hair, I dress appropriately for my age and always act professionally. Any other ‘experienced’ administrators with the same issue?” — Anonymous

Question: “I am a female executive assistant who works for a female boss. When I answer her telephone line, the callers often mistake me for her. I have been answering the phone, ‘Dianne Smith’s office, this is Mary Lynn speaking.’ Does anyone have a better suggestion?” — Mary Lynn Burrows

Question: “I am a female executive assistant who works for a female boss. When I answer her telephone line, the callers often mistake me for her. I have been answering the phone, ‘Dianne Smith’s office, this is Mary Lynn speaking.’ Does anyone have a better suggestion?” — Mary Lynn Burrows

Question: “A co-worker uses the monthly staff meeting as a forum to openly criticize my work unnecessarily. Unfortunately, when put on the spot, I become defensive rather than putting an end to her bullying. What can I say to her to stop these monthly put-downs? Should I tell her that if she has something to discuss with me, the staff meeting is not the proper forum and she should address her concerns to me privately?” — Anonymous

Question: “A co-worker uses the monthly staff meeting as a forum to openly criticize my work unnecessarily. Unfortunately, when put on the spot, I become defensive rather than putting an end to her bullying. What can I say to her to stop these monthly put-downs? Should I tell her that if she has something to discuss with me, the staff meeting is not the proper forum and she should address her concerns to me privately?” — Anonymous

Question: “How would you file the business name William Starck Architects? Is it Starck, William Architects, or Starck Architects, William, or something else?” — Lisa

Question: “How would you file the business name William Starck Architects? Is it Starck, William Architects, or Starck Architects, William, or something else?” — Lisa

Question: "My CEO asked me to look into the feasibility of requiring employees to be 'tobacco-free' off the job as well as during working hours. He thinks we could save a lot on health insurance if none of our employees smoke. Has anybody done this ... or considered it?
What issues do I need to consider before I make a recommendation on how we should proceed?" — Anonymous

Question: "My CEO asked me to look into the feasibility of requiring employees to be 'tobacco-free' off the job as well as during working hours. He thinks we could save a lot on health insurance if none of our employees smoke. Has anybody done this ... or considered it?
What issues do I need to consider before I make a recommendation on how we should proceed?" — Anonymous