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Administrative Professional Today

When provided descriptions of each presidential personality, here’s who American workers compared their bosses to. (Which best describes your boss?)

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You know best about your boss, your co-workers and your workplace’s culture, but, in general, don’t talk about your personal life in the office when it’s unnecessary, unflattering or confidential.

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Backing up the phone list stored on your cell phone (or your boss’s) doesn’t have to cost a fortune or even require much of an effort. Most carriers have cheap or free plans available for current phones. Here’s a recent rundown on how each plan works.

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It’s almost performance review time, and you want to bring up issues with your boss about co-workers but not sound like a griper? Liz Ryan, a workplace expert, gives her advice on how to speak up during a review:

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If you’re a manager, spawn more golden nugget moments for your team by creating informal learning opportunities: mentoring, on-the-job training, brainstorming and good, old-fashioned trial-and-error. Encourage employees to tap into blogs, discussion forums and wikis.

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Gather everyone in your office—or on your team if you work for a large company—for a quick morning huddle to create a more efficient company culture. Morning meetings work for a lot of companies, according to a recent article in Inc. 

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Boost productivity by “plotting” the items on your to-do list … Organize a boss’s overflowing e-mail box by setting up inbox folders … Manage team conflict with this tactic … Take a breather every hour, for peak productivity …

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“My boss is driving me crazy. What can I do about it?” … “My co-worker got a promotion, even though I do a better job.” The starting point for almost any question about your career, says career columnist Penelope Trunk, is: Know yourself better.

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Fear can paralyze even the most successful people. To make it through the recession, though, businesses need people who can be fearless. Gayle Lantz, author of Take the Bull by the Horns, says that to move back into “thrive” mode, “You’ve got to figure out how to aggressively move forward.”

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Employees are coming into work sick more often than managers realize, according to a recent OfficeTeam survey. Unfortunately, people make more mistakes when they come to work feeling ill. Some tips for managers and team leaders:

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