Alice Bumgarner, Moderator

Question: “We’re slashing costs at work and it’s time to take aim at some perks people take for granted—varied office supplies, catered meetings, a nice coffee selection. Before I maybe push things too far, which amenities do employees tend to miss more dramatically than others?”   – Marissa, HR Coordinator


Question: “I’m an hourly employee, but with email, smartphones and remote network access being facts of life, my workplace seems to assume I’m occasionally checking in when I’m away ‘in case something comes up.’ I want to curb these unpaid, ever-accumulating minutes – or are they just the new reality of being employed?” – Darcy W., Tax Processor


Question: “The harassment charge against me was false, but I was fired anyway. When applying for a new job, how will I explain how my years of loyal service ended?” – Michael D., Purchasing Assistant


Question: “I’m wondering if it’s worth it to join some professional organizations that relate to my job, or if it’ll just result in more emails and news of events I can’t attend. In general, is there real use in being a part of groups like these?”  – Melissa L.


Question: “I get joy out of saying good morning to co-workers. Not everyone is a morning person, but I think it’s rude not to acknowledge someone when they speak to you. What should I try to connect with the silent few who don’t respond?”   —Not a part of the furniture


Question: “I find that many salespeople ask specifically for my boss, but I am stumped at how to handle them when they’re very persistent.  How do you deal with these folks?” — Lisa, Executive Assistant


Question: “How do you open the door to a conversation on work ethic with a co-worker? How do you help co-workers improve their work ethic?  Is there training?” —An administrative secretary


Question: We’ve heard from admins who enjoy receiving flowers, chocolates, giftcards, luncheons and time off. We also heard from admins who don’t want any of those things, and would prefer career-enhancing professional development opportunities instead. Let us know what you did—if anything—to celebrate Administrative Professionals Week? —The Editors


Question: “As the song goes, ‘There’s never enough time to do the things we want to do once we find them’ … so, what’s your favorite time management tip?” —The editors
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Question: What’s your biggest technology challenge? Chances are, you’re not alone in your frustrations. Please share your greatest tech challenges (and any solutions you’ve found) in a comment below. We’ve found that peer-to-peer advice is often the best to help admins work smarter, save time and master new skills. Thanks for sharing! —The editors

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