Admins

For admins, the work never ends. Administrative professionals fill key office management functions every day – tasks that go unnoticed (until they’re not done).

Admins are the unsung heroes of the workplace – the glue that holds an office together. Every week should be Administrative Professionals Week!

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Question:Since Administrative Professionals Day is next week, we began thinking, ‘What’s the most annoying co-worker habit in your office’? Now’s your chance to dish on a current or former co-worker and share his bad or unusual mannerisms. — The Editors
Question:“With Administrative Professionals Day coming up soon, what are others doing to celebrate the day or to show appreciation for their teams?  What about those who have a very low or non-existent budget for events, what are your suggestions?” — Kris

As Administrative Professionals Day arrives on April 21, it’s an ideal time to reflect on your ever-evolving role—and to shine a spotlight on your myriad contributions to the workplace. You may think everyone knows that you’re a huge contributor, but it’s possible they don’t. That’s why you need to brag a little—in the right way.

A few of the top web sites for administrative professionals, according to Monster.com: CEO Express, Refdesk, Microsoft Clip Art, USPS BrainyBetty and XE.com.

You treat your administrative aides with friendly professionalism. They smile and seem happy. But, does that mean everything is all right?
Question: “I am the office manager at an accounting firm.  Since everyone puts in such long hours and a full day on Saturdays, the office picks up lunch every Saturday. I have one staff member that is a bit overweight and always orders way too much food for lunch every Saturday.  A few of the partners have commented to each other or to me about the amount of food that is ordered (out of concern for cost and staff well being).  What would be the best way to handle this?  No one here is her life coach, so is it even acceptable to say something or acknowledge it?” — Elizabeth Lamb

Does it matter if we misspell words or use abbreviations in email messages? Opinions are mixed. Everyone, however, agrees that when you’re working on written correspondence or an important document, it has to be flawless. Can you spot the grammar and writing errors in the sentences?

When your job is to keep things from falling through the cracks, a good time-management system can serve as a tightly woven net. Sue Shellenbarger, a columnist for The Wall Street Journal, recently took the most widely used systems for a test drive, trying each one for a week. Here’s what she learned:

Usually Google gets all the attention for its latest, online tools. But recently, Microsoft grabbed the headlines for adding zippy new features to Internet Explorer. Here are four IE (version 8) features to save you time:

An administrative assistant recently posted this dilemma on our Admin Pro Forum: “I know my office co-worker chats on Facebook most of the day ... and now I have proof. Do I say something to the co-worker, or do I bring it up to the boss? I am usually not a tattletale, but there are times when I am overwhelmed with work and I know she’s chatting on Facebook and not getting her work done.” Forum readers weighed in with advice: