Administrative Professional Today

“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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Next time you’re tasked with coming up with a good “bonding” activity for staffers, take a cue from today’s event planners.

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If you’re vacation-bound, make your (or your boss’s) trip a little smoother by
following these tips :

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Welcome new hires by taking their pictures and posting them in a high-traffic area.

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Help preserve America’s history while you’re vacationing this summer by staying at one of the Historic Hotels of America …

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Turn around an unproductive meeting by saying, in a neutral voice, “I’m sorry, may I interrupt?”

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Foosball tables and pet-friendly policies may have been the coolest
office perks in the ’90s, but today, enlightened offices are providing
fresh fruit to keep employees satiated, healthy and productive.

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It’s always best to plan ahead. Here’s a list of useful Web sites in the event of a flu pandemic, which could knock out as much as 40 percent of the work force.

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Keith Ferrazzi, CEO of Ferrazzi Greenlight, is perhaps the best networker in the country; his personal contacts list includes head honchos in business and politics. His message: We all need to find the courage to connect with people, even when we feel out of our league.

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