Administrative Professional Today

Managers have a lot on their plates, which sometimes can prevent them from getting back to you about your project in a timely manner. This prevents you from moving forward and slows the process down, writes Alex Cavoulacos, a founder of The Muse. But sometimes, you can be partially to blame.

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Kathy Posey, office administrator at Strategy­­Wise, has advice for you based on her experience planning more than 20 such parties over the years.

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As people work longer and longer, it happens in every office. When does compassion take a back seat to productivity?

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Good grammar and proper phrasing are important to projecting a professional image in the workplace. Grammarly’s Kimberly Joki reviews five of the most common incorrectly used words and phrases.

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Being active on LinkedIn has be­­come a career essential, but it can be a challenge. Kim Brown, Syra­­cuse Uni­­ver­­sity Career Services, spends a lot of time reviewing LinkedIn profiles and noticed people make these common mistakes.

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It’s disappointing to get passed up for a promotion, and it’s frustrating when you believe you earned it. But if you find yourself in this position, don’t let it get you down for long. “Getting passed up should fuel your competitiveness and light a fire under you,” says LaSalle Network CEO Tom Gimbel.

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Have you ever felt punished for taking initiative and tackling a problem on the job? If so, you’re not alone, says productivity consultant Laura Stack. Don’t let that stop you in the future, though. Instead, consider who you may want to consult before you act again.

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People who participate in walking meetings are 5.25% more likely to report being creative at work than those who don’t and 8.5% more likely to report high levels of engagement with their jobs, found management professors Rus­­­sell Clayton, Chris Thomas and Jack Smothers. They surveyed 150 working adults to obtain that data and learn some essential elements of successful walking meetings.

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If you’ve been assigned a role in managing your company’s social media marketing efforts, it’s important to find ways to keep from being overwhelmed so you can consistently help put the company’s best face forward online. Start by doing everything you can to keep things simple, says Catherine Wedgwood, marketing and communications manager at Getting Smart. Focus on doing a few things really well and follow these tips.

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To communicate effectively and ensure you’re heard, start by adopting a mindset that values diverse opinions and demonstrates you appreciate those that express opposing viewpoints, Booher advises. Sharing a variety of viewpoints doesn’t have to lead to conflict. Next, try to employ these communication tactics.

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