Administrative Professional Today

Handling the sudden needs of aging parents is likely to be a major workplace disruption in the next few years. Why? The senior population in need of daily care is set to rise nearly 40% in the next decade. Here’s how to prepare for the crisis.

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The next time your frequently traveling boss lands in another city with nowhere to hold a meeting but a hotel lobby or Starbucks, suggest a temporary office. These spots may be geared toward local start-ups, but they’re also a good fit for someone working on the road.

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What’s the magic formula for building a strategic partnership with your boss? Unfortunately, there isn’t one, says Lisa Olsen, an admin trainer for Office Dynamics. But one of the first steps is figuring out his or her work style.

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If you’re spending too much time managing who can use which meeting room when and what equipment they will need, turn to software for a solution.

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“Could I ask you to repeat your name one more time?” Admins who hate asking that question may fear that they come across as incompetent or unprofessional. The truth, though, is that they just want to get it right. Here are top tips from other admins on handling on-the-phone situations.

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Planning an out-of-town meeting? Here’s how to deal with delays, cancellations, shutdowns, mergers and other airline industry woes.

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Think before you click.That’s the in-a-nutshell advice of Will Schwalbe, co-author of Send, a book about how to write the perfect e-mail. Here are three of his best practices.

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You probably negotiate every day without even thinking about it. When it’s time to sit down and negotiate a lease contract or office-supply discount, have confidence that you’re a good negotiator. Use these tactical tips …

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Business owners often learn that they weren’t adequately prepared for floods, hurricanes and other natural disasters. Admins can help disaster-proof the workplace with these tips

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What’s more frightening to parents than terrorism and violent video games? Paying for college, reports one recent parent survey. Whether you’re a parent who has been saving for years or are just starting, says money expert Jean Chatzky, take these three steps to prepare.

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