Administrative Professional Today

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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Keep up with the latest best-sellers without adding any bulk to your bag or bookshelves.

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You like your company and your co-workers, but you’re bored. Chances are you’ve reached a plateau. Solution? Step out of your comfort zone.

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What if you suspect a worker has an abusive partner? Some companies, including Liz Claiborne, Kaiser Permanente and Verizon Wireless, have instituted domestic-violence policies. Here’s how to assist a domestic-violence victim at work.

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How well are you tapping into the knowledge held by your office’s most
experienced workers?

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You may know the anecdote of 3M’s development of the Post-it note.But
you may not realize that if it hadn’t been for admins, the Post-it may
have died on the inventing table. Here’s the rest of the story.

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