Administrative Professional Today

Meetings tend to get a bad rap. People complain that they stir conflict and competition among co-workers and generally represent a waste of time. It doesn’t have to be that way. Executive coach Mary Jo Asmus offers six ideas for organizing better meetings that can help strengthen workplace relationships.

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Languages are living things that evolve over time, with new words created and old ones falling out of common use. Still, just because a lot of people use a word, or use it in a new way, doesn’t make it correct. Veteran copy editor and “word nerd” Tom Stern offers words and phrases to watch out for.

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Stand with your weight evenly distributed. Now, imagine an invisible string connecting your head to the ceiling …

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To get more done in the time you have, Gary Keller, author of The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results, recommends a technique called time blocking that you can employ with four simple steps.

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There are basically two types of people in the workplace—those motivated to do well by prevention and those motivated by promotion, writes Heidi Grant Halvorson, associate director of Columbia Uni­­ver­­sity’s Motivation Science Center. Research shows these two types of people need different strategies to succeed.

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Open offices are all the rage these days and while they have their advantages, they also cause employees plenty of stress and can make it hard to focus. Heidi Hanna, a fellow with the American Institute of Stress, offers solutions to four common open-office irritations.

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“If you plan to do an unrealistic number of tasks, you’ll end up dreading the day ahead,” psychologist Alice Boyes writes. How to beat procrastination and maximize productivity? Here’s what the experts say.

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After reading Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, Amy Keyishian, an author at LearnVest, summarized eight nice behaviors that Sandberg says women—and men—must avoid in the workplace if they want to get ahead.

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People fall under four “behavioral styles” based on what motivates them. Understanding your behavioral style and learning to identify and adapt to others’ can help you communicate better, writes Ivan Misner of BNI, a business-networking organization.

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If your team isn’t sitting in the same office or even the same state, you may need some new management prac­­tices to keep things running smoothly. Try these tips from Travefy co-founder David Donner Chait.

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