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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Dana Theus, a leadership consultant and founder of InPower Women, explains how administrative professionals can develop their confidence and leadership skills to drive change at work.
Many management processes that look good on paper don’t work so well in the real world, writes Bruna Martinuzzi, author of Pre­­sent­­ing with Credibility. Find opportunities where you can help cut the broken processes that don’t drive results and frustrate team members.

Keynote speakers at the Administrative Professionals Conference this year included motivational speaker J.R. Martinez and personal financial expert Manisha Thakor. Among the key themes:

Most administrative professionals trust their gut and frequently use their instinct to guide their actions at work, a study by OfficeTeam and the Inter­na­tional Association of Administrative Professionals found.

Bosses today value input from the receptionists and administrative assistants who come into contact with candidates during the interview process. What’s worth passing along to your boss?

"Profersonalism is about letting go of the idea that we can put our lives into neat little boxes. It’s about categorizing activities instead of people," says Jason Seiden, CEO of Ajax Social Media. What does that mean in the context of an administrative professional’s career?
An OfficeTeam and IAAP survey of 4,415 administrative professionals asked: “In which of the ­following areas would you like to assist at your company?" Their top choice: event planning.
When you’re on company business, sometimes you might not be sure what the protocol is for how much is too much when spending company money. The following tips will come in handy:
When an executive assistant gains the trust of employees, her desk becomes a “hot spot” of employee activity,  where employees go to get answers on most topics related to the company, says Jasmine Freeman.
Remove distractions to boost your productivity ... Quantify your value ... Save your boss time with mo­­bile printing ... Connect via LinkedIn groups.
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