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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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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.
You’ve probably seen reverse ­leadership in action: when someone not in a formal leadership role demonstrates great leadership ability, Scott Edinger, founder of Edinger Consulting Group, observes. Do you have the makings of a reverse leader? Here’s what admins should ask of themselves:
Mentors are important to your success as an administrative professional—and they are easier to find than you fear, says Shellye Archambeau, CEO of MetricStream.
Inject some fitness into your summer by incorporating exercise into your workday ... Offer to be the “fresh eyes” for your boss and to sit in on important project meetings ... Compose email using this rule.

Admins make roughly $15,000 worth of decisions every year, according to an IAAP Benchmarking survey. Yet it’s sometimes hard to know whether to make a decision on your own or wait for the boss to weigh in. Here’s one litmus test for determining whether to forge ahead or wait for a nod from the boss.

What’s the most important qualification for management success? Super vision.

Not all executives are content to have access to documents only on their smartphones, tablets or laptops. If you work for a boss who still depends heavily on paper and attends up to a dozen meetings a day, here's an organizing solution for you.
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