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: Brigette, an experienced administrative professional is thinking about starting a Career Management business for admins.  She asks, “If you’re thinking about changing careers, what information would help you change careers, move up the ladder, or enhance your visibility and responsibility within your company?” — Brigette
Question: “Our office is moving to bigger and better premises, and the Managing Director has appointed me Office Manager. I have been his personal administrative assistant. I have no managerial experience, so I’m looking for advice on what my role should entail and how I can become a good manager. I will be overseeing the receptionist.” — Tatjana

Has e-mail become so ubiquitous that it has changed the way we craft business correspondence? That’s what admins recently debated on our Admin Pro Forum. Some suspected that writing “Dear” or “Very truly yours” has become too old-fashioned for digital—or even printed—correspondence. A bevy of self-proclaimed “old-school” admins protested.

Medical office manager Karen Schmidt of Amberley Village has pleaded guilty to mail fraud and filing a false tax return in connection with a scheme to bilk her employer, Ohio Valley Orthopedics, a Cincinnati-area medical practice.

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
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