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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

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

Question: “A co-worker has sent a companywide e-mail inviting employees to attend a morning prayer and Bible study on company premises prior to work hours. Is this allowable by law?”  — Anonymous

Question: “A co-worker has sent a companywide e-mail inviting employees to attend a morning prayer and Bible study on company premises prior to work hours. Is this allowable by law?”  — Anonymous

Question: “Does anyone know how to stop pagination at a certain point in a Word document? I’ve had to do this many times, but every time is difficult and time consuming. I type multisection documents and in the final section, I need to stop page numbering. I know you must undo the “link to previous,” but I have to fight with it for a long time before I can get it to work. I’d like a simple, quick or easy way to do it, but I would settle for just knowing step-by-step how to do it right each time without having to fight with it for an hour or more.” — Diana

Question: “Does anyone know how to stop pagination at a certain point in a Word document? I’ve had to do this many times, but every time is difficult and time consuming. I type multisection documents and in the final section, I need to stop page numbering. I know you must undo the “link to previous,” but I have to fight with it for a long time before I can get it to work. I’d like a simple, quick or easy way to do it, but I would settle for just knowing step-by-step how to do it right each time without having to fight with it for an hour or more.” — Diana