Office Management

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Darn that groundhog! If it knew what payroll administrators know about looming W-2 deadlines, it would never come out of its den. Paper W-2s are due to the Social Security Administration by the end of the month; e-filed forms are due by April 2.

The 2012 Salary Guide from Robert Half International shows that over­­all starting salaries for administrative professionals are expected to rise 3.4% this year. Among the biggest gains: Senior executive assistants can expect a starting salary between $44,250 and $60,000—a gain of 4.5%.

You work like a dog for the organization every day. You stay up at night trying to keep pace with the constantly changing rules and regulations of employment law. You’re even called to put your own career on the line when the organization is hauled into court. Why is that?
You couldn’t have direct deposit or online banking without the Automated Clearing House (ACH) network. Unfortunately, online banking through the ACH network has generated a new cyber crime—ACH fraud. Payroll, which uses the ACH network for direct deposits and other transactions, is particularly vulnerable.

Most people think the key to being productive is working flat-out 100% of the time. Not so, according to John Zenger, former chairman of the Times Mirror Group. Zenger, who has studied highly productive people, says they:

Businesses must stay abreast of an alphabet soup of federal laws—ADA, ADEA, FMLA and so forth—each with its own requirements. Further complicating matters, most states have their own laws that override the federal requirements. To comply, you first must know which laws apply to your business, based on the number of people you employ ...

The monthly department meeting is next week, and you've already heard from four people who want to appear on the agenda. You expect a few more to chime in. It's your job to create an agenda that affords adequate time for each item, as well as to make sure the meeting runs smoothly and ends on time. Your best approach? Annette Marquis, co-owner of TRIAD Consulting, recommends building an adjustable meeting-agenda template in Excel.

Q. We would like to institute a rule subjecting em­­ployees to discipline for clocking in late. Are we permitted to do this even though we round our employees’ time to the nearest quarter-hour?
If you’ve ever wanted a new challenge to keep your administrative job from feeling “same old, same old,” consider how Catherine Russell must feel. She has played the same role in an off-Broadway play for 25 years. She offers good advice for staving off the feeling that your work is repetitive:

Questions to pose when you’re feeling stuck or overwhelmed: 1.  Ask, “Who?” not “How?” 2.  Ask “What’s essential?” 3.  Ask “When?”

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