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Question: “Should I say something when I notice employees aren’t managing their time wisely? Often, they socialize with co-workers, with family, make personal phone calls or browse the Internet. I’m not a manager or a supervisor. I’m an administrative assistant to multiple departments and I often find myself doing the work of other co-workers when they should be doing it on their own. Also, should I log this sort of behavior? — Jennifer Kaddi

Question: “I work for a rural hospital and struggle every year on the best way to track and file nursing competencies. Does anyone have any ideas on how to track nursing competencies easily by using software such as Excel?” — Tracy Fehd

Question: “I work for a rural hospital and struggle every year on the best way to track and file nursing competencies. Does anyone have any ideas on how to track nursing competencies easily by using software such as Excel?” — Tracy Fehd

Question: “Our company has a MySpace page and employees are invited to join. One associate made derogatory comments about a co-worker on his MySpace page, which turned up on the company page. We have clients reviewing this site. How should we handle it? What etiquette tips can we share with associates? Can the company or the employee request that the negative comments be removed?” — Anonymous

Question: “Our company has a MySpace page and employees are invited to join. One associate made derogatory comments about a co-worker on his MySpace page, which turned up on the company page. We have clients reviewing this site. How should we handle it? What etiquette tips can we share with associates? Can the company or the employee request that the negative comments be removed?” — Anonymous

Question: “Our organization will start a performance-based management for all employees in 2010.  We are to select two goals that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely.  As an executive assistant to a senior-level executive in a large organization, I find it difficult to define specific and measurable goals. I schedule meetings, make travel arrangements and generally manage the people traffic for my boss's attention, but I don't see those duties as measurable.  Does anyone have suggestions for adding specific performance goals for an administrative support professional?” — Karen Bryant

Question: “Our organization will start a performance-based management for all employees in 2010.  We are to select two goals that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely.  As an executive assistant to a senior-level executive in a large organization, I find it difficult to define specific and measurable goals. I schedule meetings, make travel arrangements and generally manage the people traffic for my boss's attention, but I don't see those duties as measurable.  Does anyone have suggestions for adding specific performance goals for an administrative support professional?” — Karen Bryant

Question: “I supervise a clerical worker in my department. She has difficulty knowing where to file folders with only initials or those that begin with a numeral, e.g., CPP or 3M.  She mixes them in anywhere. I have tried to explain "filing etiquette," but she tells me she knows how to file. Can you give me pointers?  Is there a new acceptable way to file?” — Robin

Question: “I supervise a clerical worker in my department. She has difficulty knowing where to file folders with only initials or those that begin with a numeral, e.g., CPP or 3M.  She mixes them in anywhere. I have tried to explain "filing etiquette," but she tells me she knows how to file. Can you give me pointers?  Is there a new acceptable way to file?” — Robin

Question: “I've just learned the mail merge application on Microsoft Office/Word 2003. After the salutation, the software automatically inserts a comma (i.e., Dear Mr. Jones,). I was taught to use a colon rather than a comma.  Now that we are in the 21st century has the colon been dropped in favor of the comma? My mail merge will not let me substitute a colon for a comma.” — Anonymous