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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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.

When you think about a “happy” workplace, do you think Google? All those creative-minded people at a beautifully designed work space, working on projects while the entire world watches. You can use some of the same stra­­tegies used at Google and other offices to bring more happiness into the workplace.
On the Admin Pro Forum, the conversation recently turned to carpal tunnel syndrome. “What,” asked a reader, “really works to relieve carpal tunnel syndrome?” Suggestions from fellow admins:

“Exactly, what is the advantage of LinkedIn?” asks one administrative pro on our online forum. “Many people I know are on it, but no one can say what they get out of it.” According to most admins, the ben­­efits are many, if you use the on­­line tool the right way.