Administrative Professional Today

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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If you’ve had trouble following through on your New Year’s resolution to get organized, you may be better suited to “shedding.” In Julie Morgenstern’s new book, When Organizing Isn’t Enough, she differentiates between organizing and shedding:

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An admin stumbled over how to recognize and reward employees on her team, so she turned to our Admin Pro Forum. Here’s what other admins are doing.

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Being glued to your desk or computer all day takes its toll on your stiff neck, aching back and numb wrist. Try incorporating stretching into your routine and alleviate, or even prevent, the pain …

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Create an “action corner” on your desk. What to put in it: paperwork related to immediate tasks, notes from a phone conversation, a business card to enter into your address file …

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The Internet is changing the way we read and think, asserts a recent article in The Atlantic Monthly titled “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” So what does that mean for you? Cater your writing to skimmers.

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You may know exactly what Sam is about to say, so you’re impatient because it’s taking him so long. But that’s no excuse for interrupting him. Besides, people who speak slowly will slow things down even more if you interrupt them. Here’s how to break the habit.

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To do your job well, you probably need to remember a gazillion things —and the same goes for the others on your team. Wouldn’t you love to share all that knowledge and expertise? One idea: an e-mail newsletter just for your admin team.

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Cost-cutting is the name of the game during tough economic times. One of the best cost-cutting strategies is to reduce waste—it frees up cash and generates measurable environmental benefits. Here are several paper-saving strategies that will make you look like the office hero.

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