Question: How can I think on my feet when talking to the boss, without looking rather inept? -- Anonymous
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Question: Our problem is that, when various offices have items that need to be surplused, many times, they end up in the basement entry-level alcove right in front of the elevator area. It doesn't block the walkway except on rare occasions when too many items are left there.
These items should be surplused by individual offices, but it just seems convenient to roll them to this area. I usually end up having to fill out surplus forms for each item to have them picked up. They've been told but they eventually start again. How would you handle a problem like this? Thanks. -- Annette
Question: Not really a problem; more of a call for advice. Starting with the August issue, I’ll be the new editor of Personal Report for the Administrative Professional. I’d like to hear from you as to what you’d like to see more of — and less of — in the newsletter each month. What tough issues would you like me to tackle in the coming months? In the coming year?
Thanks, in advance, for your guidance. -- Alice Bumgarner
Question: I have a co-worker who does very little work and is constantly on the phone (personal calls). When this co-worker took medical leave, I did both my job AND the co-worker’s job, with extra time left over.
The owners are aware of this and have commented that they need to do something with this person but, to this day (it’s been two years), they have done nothing. The owners’ answer is to just add more work to my job, which I feel is unfair since this other person just does nothing.
I think I have intimidated this co-worker, because we no longer have the friendly relationship we had before the medical leave.
How do I keep from getting so frustrated?
HELP! -- Anonymous
Question: For the second time, my department has lost its office manager. Being the AA for that position, I have stepped up, above and beyond, to fill the void as much as possible. This time, I decided to ask for the position. I was pretty much denied the opportunity. I feel like I've been cheated because I've taken on a lot more responsibility — HR, office management and supervising roles — and am not compensated or respected for it. What should I do? -- Anonymous
I now have them in closed manila envelopes, some in hanging folders (which hinders closing the lids) and others in plain flat file folders. Suggestions? -- Terri L. Michael
Question: Does anyone have an effective, politically correct method of getting people to clear their own copier jams? Not a day goes by that I don't find someone else's unattended jam that I have to clear.
The copier has very specific, fully illustrated instructions on how to clear the jam, yet everyone seems to leave it for the next person to clear.
It's not difficult to figure out which admins are doing this (and it's the same ones who spend literally hours at a time chatting with co-workers while the rest of us slave away). What is a good way to address this? -- Anonymous
Question: The last time I submitted a challenge to this Forum, the response was very helpful. It saved time and frustration.
Now, I need help updating Excel formulas, including the wonderful array of formulas that I received help with last time. For example: How to change all sheet references at one time … changing April ’05 to May ’05, for example. Is it similar to a find & replace function? Thanks. -- Valerie
Question: I work for a company that is owned by a very religious person. He has decided to start a "chaplain's program," which consists of a minister coming into the office once a week to talk individually with each employee.
Although we have been told that we do not have to participate, that is very hard to do when the chaplain comes into your office asking "How is your family? Do you have any problems you want to discuss with me?"
I find this to be extremely invasive and do not know how to handle the situation. Can anyone give me any ideas? -- Anonymous
Question: I work in a very conservative and professional setting. But, during the summer months, some corporations where I have worked in the past allow people to wear what they call "relaxed business attire," which in my circumstance means you can peel the suits, hose and ties, but keep a professional, polished appearance.
The question: Do you feel it is appropriate to have a lady in professional attire go without hose and wear professional sandals? Please note I am referring to professional women with the proper personal maintenance, i.e., pedicure and hairless legs. -- Valarie Hayes, Raleigh, NC