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 know my office co-worker chats on Facebook most of the day. I now have proof when another  co-worker stopped by the office and mentioned that her posts are usually between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Now that I have proof, do I say something to the co-worker or do I bring it up to the boss? I am usually not a tattletale, but there are times when I am overwhelmed with work and I know she’s chatting on Facebook and not getting her work done.” -- Judy Gonzales

Question: “When people fill in for me during lunch, they often rearrange the desk. How do I let them know that my desk is not community property?” -- Anonymous

Question: “When people fill in for me during lunch, they often rearrange the desk. How do I let them know that my desk is not community property?” -- Anonymous

Question: “I was on medical leave, and when the doctor extended the leave, my employer was no longer able to accommodate my medical leave. When looking for a new job, how do I answer: "Why did you leave your job?" I really don't want a prospective employer to know I have a medical condition.” — Anonymous

Question: “I was on medical leave, and when the doctor extended the leave, my employer was no longer able to accommodate my medical leave. When looking for a new job, how do I answer: "Why did you leave your job?" I really don't want a prospective employer to know I have a medical condition.” — Anonymous

Question: “Is there a law that a company cannot disqualify a candidate because of a felony charge?“ — Irma

Question: “Is there a law that a company cannot disqualify a candidate because of a felony charge?“ — Irma
 

Question: “We have an employee currently on maternity leave who comes into work to check her e-mails, make work calls etc. This person has paperwork signed that she is on Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave for 12 weeks due to pregnancy complications.  She is currently in her third week of leave.  How should this be handled?  Are there liability issues? We do not have a doctor’s release yet for this person.” — Anonymous 

Question: “We have an employee currently on maternity leave who comes into work to check her e-mails, make work calls etc. This person has paperwork signed that she is on Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave for 12 weeks due to pregnancy complications.  She is currently in her third week of leave.  How should this be handled?  Are there liability issues? We do not have a doctor’s release yet for this person.” — Anonymous 

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