Administrative Professional Today

Typos can slip past the best of us. That’s why newspapers hire copy editors to proofread. And even then, newspapers still print mistakes.

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Karen Gardner stands the steel pin within a big piece of machinery. That pin may seem small, but it enables the larger components of the machine to operate effectively. “Everyone else may be so busy with the big picture that some things fall through the cracks. I work with those things that fall through the cracks,” says Gardner, who is the administrative and events coordinator for the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.

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Before you ask others for their opinions on your work, make sure you can take whatever they dish out.

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Which online job board do you prefer for job hunting or hiring? Every
year, Weddle’s (www.weddles.com) conducts a poll to determine which of
the more than 40,000 boards in the United States are favorites.

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No one likes to think about layoffs. The best way to survive a layoff, though, is to prepare and protect yourself ahead of time.

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Many companies would say that in dark times you have to cut recognition programs to the bone. But El Paso Corp believes that is wrong. Says one corporate benefits executive: “The bottom line is that when people feel unappreciated they are unwilling to bring their best to the table. And if you want to grow, you need everyone to be willing to give their best.” A peer-to-peer recognition program at the Houston-based company, suggested by an admin, helped tighten the team.

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Business etiquette expert Barbara Pachter says that hotter summer temps are often to blame for unsuitable work attire.

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One career-building move for admins is learning to comfortably address
a group, whether it’s a Lunch ‘n’ Learn, a meeting or some other
front-and-center role.

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Scientists don’t yet understand exactly how laughing protects the
cardiovascular system, but researchers do know that people who develop heart disease are 40% less likely to laugh in given situations, and that stress is related to damage in the protective lining of blood vessels.

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Next time you’re fretting over how to proceed in a dicey situation, use a simple test called the Best/Worst Analysis.

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