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Admin Pro Forum

Question: “If you had a classroom full of admins waiting to hear you speak, on what area of your job do you think you could give the best instruction? Based on your experience, what training would you give them to make them great?” – the editors of Administrative Professional Today


Question: “How many birthdays is too many to celebrate in the office? Looking at our list, we had 16 last year, which meant that more than once a month a card was circulated. That’s it, just a card, and once in a great while someone would take it upon themselves to bring in cupcakes and set them out in the break room. It’s tough to tell if people were really into it or not; to me, it began to feel meaningless. Any ideas on how to break out of this rut? If we’re just doing this too often, is stopping birthday acknowledgement altogether really a good option?” – Michelle, State Transit Authority


Q: “The last couple of places I’ve worked as an admin didn’t seem to have a whole lot of understanding of how things have changed for parents over the years—how often school days get disrupted now, how many organized activities kids are involved in, how tricky it is to juggle life when both spouses have full-time careers. Has anyone else been looking for a little empathy, and a little more flexibility in their schedule, but come up short?” – Wanda, Executive Assistant, Finance


Question: “In this office, to lend anything out to a co-worker is to have it disappear. Has anyone come up with a good system for lending out things like staplers, folders, chairs, rolling carts, etc., to guarantee these things actually come back?” – Joleen, Reservations Systems


Question: “I’ve taken to using a simple whiteboard to keep track of ongoing tasks. I just take my black marker and eraser and mark the board at will, always having it within view. This has replaced a lot of Outlook reminders and other digital doodads that failed for me. So now I’m thinking of going ‘old-school’ with other things to get me to focus differently. Does anyone else use any supposedly outdated tools that happen to work wonders for their productivity?” – Nancy, Assistant Bookkeeper


Question: “When I look back on all the pay increases I’ve gotten in my career, I realize that I’m excited about them for about two days, but the novelty of having a little more money fades quickly. Have any admins gotten a pay raise that really made them much happier in the long-term, or does the extra bump always quickly disappear into the daily onrush of bills and so-called necessities? Why do I feel no more content as I make more and more?” – Thula, Data Processing Lead


Question: “From performing simple acts of kindness to saving human lives, heroes walk among us every day. Who are your workplace heroes? The producers of Admin Pro Forum 2018, taking place May 23-25 in Orlando, Florida, want to know. Tell us a little bit about your workplace heroes—fellow admins, managers, delivery people or IT folks, executives or cleaning staff—so we can bestow upon them the honor they so richly deserve.” – the editors of Administrative Professional Today


Question: “Every time I turn around I read how terrible sitting for long periods is for our health. How are admins coping with this? My job gets me up and around sometimes, but surely not often enough to counteract the evils of my chair!” – Nika, Auto Leasing