Administrative Professional Today

When President-elect Barack Obama chose Rahm Emanuel as his chief of staff, he did what a senior executive does when choosing an assistant: He selected a person who would help him get things done. Are you like Rahm Emanuel?

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Anyone revved up to work longer and retire later? Workers may not have a choice, suggests a new book, Working Longer: The Solution to the Retirement Income Challenge.

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You are in charge of a committee at work that no one seems to care about. Meeting attendance is lackluster, and those who do come rarely speak up. Here are 11 ways to make people feel more engaged.

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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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