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Question: I have had MS Access software training in the past but until now had no need to create a database. Now, I need a quick refresher course on it.

I was sent an Access database already created with the information that I need. All I need to do is remove the information that I don’t need and put it into a format that is more conducive to my needs. And of course, I have a very short period of time to do this.

Any suggestions?  -- Lori

Question: I happen to be a young manager in an office of around 70 employees. We try to keep a family-type atmosphere, in which we encourage "open" working relationships with managers and staff, but keep away from managers and employees becoming buddies.

I find that most employees respond to a manager who is more of a leader; who listens and responds to valid concerns.

I have great working relationships with the majority of staff, except for two 50-year-old women. These two staff, I have "heard" through the grapevine, have an issue because I am younger than them.

The thing I am confused about is that their behavior is more immature than that of other, much younger employees. They gossip, pout when they're talked to about valid concerns of mine, have lazy work habits, are nice as pie when I am around, etc.

I was wondering if there's a way to work it out in which I can change their behavior. Or, are they never going to respond to my direction and discipline merely because of my age?

The owner of the company is tired of their behavior and agrees that they aren't going to work out here. So, do I give up? I hate to throw in the towel without trying, but I am tired, and they should know how to behave.  -- Jocelyn

Question: We use Lotus Notes in our office, but we can't use it to print out a monthly calendar. It prints each day on several pages and is very difficult to read.

We've tried every way we know how, but it still comes out the same.

Any suggestions?  -- Sandra Rudolph, Miami

Question: Immaturity in our small office has caused a big problem here from the top down. One co-worker shot another with a BB gun in front of the company president. They were just being silly & clowning around. These people are older than 22 & younger than 45.

Any advice?  -- Anonymous

Question: Our firm just started a book club in January. We decided to read one book per quarter. It's August already, and getting people to join the teleconference recently for the SECOND book was comparable to pulling teeth.

I was not the person who started this club, but I certainly hate to see it end before it's had a chance to succeed. So, if any of you have ever had a successful book club in your firm, could you please share your ideas and I'll pass them on and see if they can work for us, too.

Thanks in advance for any and all suggestions.  -- Gwen
Question: I don't have much exposure to Adobe Acrobat, but occasionally, a form will appear (such as an application) and I would like to know:

How can I type directly onto one of these forms without having to print it and then complete it by hand?

Many thanks in advance!  -- Anonymous in Burbank, Calif.

Question: I'm wondering how many admin/executive assistants other firms employ. We have 40 "managers" of different levels, with 3 Executive Assistants to support them, plus a receptionist. My own position, in addition to being the assistant to the president, the controller, and the assistant controller, includes marketing, IT assistance and office management.  I feel that my company needs more admins, but I am having a difficult time convincing upper management.  What is the average number of admins per manager at your company? Does your company only have admin support for upper management?  -- Cathy

Question: I'm planning to take a course on computer design this fall, but I'm not sure that's a career path I want to pursue. I love my job now but want to further my learning. Any suggestions on what kind of coursework would allow me to explore my passion for art and design but would not steer me away from the job I love?  -- Confused

Question: I have to create a single detailed schedule of several major projects to be completed over the next several months. What's the best software to use: Excel? Outlook?  -- Novice in Virginia

Question: Any suggestions on how to perk up a boss who is being pulled into the pits of despair by a negative-thinking company president?

My boss has always been easy-going, but I can see the stress building up.

The company business is doing well. I don't know how to turn my boss away from the "dark side."  -- Anonymous

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