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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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.
With vendors bringing in sweet temptations, birthday cake-filled office celebrations, and a vending machine stocked with goodies, it's hard to stay healthy. Some tips and strategies from admins:
In honor of this year’s Administrative Professionals Week, April 23-27, we’re taking stock of the changes in admins’ responsibilities over the past decade, based on the IAAP's Administrative Professional Skills 2011 Benchmarking Survey:
In a time crunch? You’re not alone. These days, time management is essential to successfully manage your workload.

Don’t wait for someone to celebrate you this year on Administrative Professionals Day. Reward yourself—because you deserve it—by seeking out a growth opportunity.

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