Administrative Professional Today

Compensation trend alert! Small companies may look for ways other than salary increases to motivate and keep employees.

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The odds are good. U.S. companies will keep pay raises steady in 2009, reports a survey by Washington, D.C., consulting firm Watson Wyatt.

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Mark your calendar: Oct. 16 is National Boss Day. Here’s an alternative to bringing a card or cookies: Honor the day by making a silent commitment to strengthening your relationship with your boss.

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What sets top-notch assistants apart, says administrative coach Joan
Burge, is not accepting mediocrity but knowing they have something more
to offer.

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Break through the clutter when you need to contact a hard-to-reach person.

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You may sit and stew about what so-and-so said every once in a while.
That’s expected. But if that stressful energy drain becomes a daily
ritual, well, that’s another matter.

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Respect e-mail recipients’ privacy by using the “Bcc” field to send out group messages.

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Drinking better coffee just might help save the world.

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Include the word “long” in an e-mail’s subject line.

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One reader asks, “Should I write ‘p.m.’ or ‘pm’ or ‘PM’?”

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