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Administrative Professional Today

Minimize your “mental re-warm-up” period.

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Start it and end it according to a stopwatch that everyone can see.

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Find out how fast applicants can type with the free typing test.

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When you seek input from others, whether you’re speaking or writing, be clear in your request. People will appreciate your directness and the time it saves them.

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The words “very” and “so” are kosher intensifiers during casual conversations (as in, “It’s so hot today!”). But when writing, it’s best to avoid both. Why? They can weaken your writing.

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Go beyond ordinary searching with these handy googling tips.

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Managers believe they’re getting better at deducing what admins need. Uh-huh.

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With gas prices near historic highs, some organizations are attempting to help out. Nearly 57% of large and small companies have launched at least one program to beat the high cost of commuting, a new Challenger, Gray & Christmas survey reports.

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“Hey, thanks!” Sometimes a quick word of thanks to a co-worker is enough. Other times, you need to express your personal appreciation in a way that stands out (but doesn’t break the bank). Try one of these ideas the next time you want to thank someone for going above and beyond.

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Turn feedback into behavioral change … Save paper by using “Shrink to Fit” and rid yourself of those few lines of text that spill over to the next page … Don’t give short shrift to complex e-mail messages.

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