Administrative Professional Today

Meetings can be a wonderful collaboration tool or a wasteful, hostile time sink. Ideally they give colleagues an opportunity to share ideas, give kudos and enjoy one another’s company. They “are also a place where people jockey for position, work out disagreements and hurt each other’s feelings,” says Gretchen Rubin. She outlines some phrases that can really serve to undermine others.

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Microsoft designed the latest Windows desktop interface to work with a touchscreen, but a keyboard and mouse can still get you where you need to go, says Gizmodo tech writer David Nield.

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You can use positivity to rid yourself of petty complaints and drive both your own productivity and your colleagues’, says author Caroline L. Arnold. Here’s how.

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At work or in our personal lives, growth occurs when we’re challenged almost beyond our limits. We experience the best of ourselves only after struggle, frustration and even failure, says career coach Julie Winkle Giulioni. She offers these tips for finding the right amount of struggle to spark growth.

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Vacation is a time to get away from your job and recharge, but in 2013, the American Psychological Association reported half of American employees checked their email at least once a day during their time off  work. Still, it is possible to get a real break from work.

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One of the hardest parts of work life is having conversations you know will leave the other person disappointed. What makes these conversations so hard is the “cringe moment,” says leadership expert Peter Bregman.

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Delegating work may feel daunting, but when done correctly, it can lower risk in your business, writes Elizabeth Grace Saunders, CEO of Real Life E. Here’s how to get over the fear of delegating.

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There are few procedures as un­mo­­tivating as annual performance reviews. The consulting firm Achievers polled 3,000 staff members from American companies—a quarter of whom work in human resources—and found 98% of them think annual reviews are unnecessary.

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Take these quick tips from writer Joseph Hindy and elevate your presentations.

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Get moving—even if it’s just for a few minutes … Learn the power of the doodle … Boost your chances of career success with three simple steps.

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