Administrative Professional Today

Modern technology combined with the recession-era focus on fewer people doing more work more efficiently have resulted in fewer admins on staff at organizations across the United States, reports Scott Kraus for The Morning Call. But many people could still use a hand managing their calendars, scheduling meetings and responding to simple emails. And that’s where virtual assistants come in.

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Managing up is an important skill for admins at every level to master. Melba Duncan, president of The Duncan Group and author of The New Executive Assistant, offers these seven tips to help you improve your ability.

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Whether it’s best to totally shut down your computer or just leave it in sleep mode is largely a matter of personal preference, writes George Zapo at Lifehack.

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Setting a few rules about your meetings can make them effective and energizing, writes Jenny Evans in Fast Company. Here’s how to do it.

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Americans tell an average of two lies each day, but different people lie at different rates. Twenty percent of the people tell 80% of the lies. Either way, there’s a good chance someone will lie to you as you go about your day, so it’s wise to know how to spot and handle liars.

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Making a few small changes to your morning routine can give you a serious boost of productivity, writes John Brandon, an Inc. contributing editor. He suggests doing these eight things at the start of each day.

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Here are “five zeros” that will simplify your work.

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Once you’ve learned all the basic rules of English grammar, you’ll find there are almost as many exceptions. Grammarly Director of Communications Allison VanNest explains some words that act in ways you might not expect.

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Even if you make a great argument for why you should earn more money, your employer may be unable or unwilling to increase your pay. But there are workarounds.

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If your career is stalling, or you want to put yourself in the best position possible to receive a raise or promotion, it’s time to look hard at yourself and the things you do.

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