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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: “Due to a reorganization, an administrative assistant that I have worked side-by-side with for 10 years was reassigned from Operations to HR. She still continues doing most of the work she did previously, even though I should now perform most of those duties. She had no choice in the reassignment and doesn’t feel secure in her new position. How should I tactfully tell her that I should now handle the duties for the Operations department?”  — Mary

Question: “Due to a reorganization, an administrative assistant that I have worked side-by-side with for 10 years was reassigned from Operations to HR. She still continues doing most of the work she did previously, even though I should now perform most of those duties. She had no choice in the reassignment and doesn’t feel secure in her new position. How should I tactfully tell her that I should now handle the duties for the Operations department?”  — Mary

Question: “Due to the economy, we are looking for ways to host a cost-effective holiday party for our employees.  In the past, we have been accustomed to nice venues with large scale professional entertainment, open bar and a nice dinner buffet for our employees and their spouses (about 135 people).  We have three offices and have provided hotels for those who have driven in from other parts of the state. Should we host a party for employees only?  Change bar service to three complimentary drinks only? Consider appetizers vs. a sit-down buffet style dinner?    Consider giving employees gift cards and skip the party? “ — Rhonda

Question: “Due to the economy, we are looking for ways to host a cost-effective holiday party for our employees.  In the past, we have been accustomed to nice venues with large scale professional entertainment, open bar and a nice dinner buffet for our employees and their spouses (about 135 people).  We have three offices and have provided hotels for those who have driven in from other parts of the state. Should we host a party for employees only?  Change bar service to three complimentary drinks only? Consider appetizers vs. a sit-down buffet style dinner?    Consider giving employees gift cards and skip the party? “ — Rhonda

Question: “I am developing a training class for administrative support staff on achieving workplace success in a changing environment. I’m having difficulty locating information on how staff can boost their self-confidence and motivation and feel more empowered during economic uncertainty and organizational change. Can you suggest resources? — Linda

Question: “I am developing a training class for administrative support staff on achieving workplace success in a changing environment. I’m having difficulty locating information on how staff can boost their self-confidence and motivation and feel more empowered during economic uncertainty and organizational change. Can you suggest resources? — Linda

Question: “What steps are you taking to advise your employees about the upcoming flu season?  Are you  handing out policies or a general flier urging hand washing or staying home when ill? — Dl

Question: “What steps are you taking to advise your employees about the upcoming flu season?  Are you  handing out policies or a general flier urging hand washing or staying home when ill? — Dl

Question: “I work in health care, and our employer is forcing us to get the flu shot, even those who do not have patient contact.  If we refuse, we could be terminated.  The only exception is those people who cannot get the flu shot for medical reasons.  Is this legal?” — Anonymous

Question: “I work in health care, and our employer is forcing us to get the flu shot, even those who do not have patient contact.  If we refuse, we could be terminated.  The only exception is those people who cannot get the flu shot for medical reasons.  Is this legal?” — Anonymous