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Alice Bumgarner, Moderator

Question: “How do others handle personnel who wear strong and unpleasant perfume? What about other grooming and hygiene issues?” —Chris

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Question: “I am an administrative
assistant in a municipality’s executive office. For two years, I also
handled the secretarial and receptionist duties. So I was thrilled when
we recently hired an office manager (a retiree), a secretary (a young,
spunky lady) and a receptionist. However, the way they work drives me
nuts. The secretary does not take criticism well; the office manager
doesn’t manage and is not tech savvy; and the receptionist asks dumb
questions (‘Can we give out our boss’ SSN?’). I’m tired of babysitting
them and our boss won’t help. I have my own job to do; how do I get them
to do theirs?” —Dusty

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Question: “I am administrative assistant in a municipality’s executive office. For two years, I also handled the secretarial and receptionist duties. So I was thrilled when we recently hired an office manager (a retiree), a secretary (a young, spunky lady) and a receptionist. However, the way they work drives me nuts. The secretary does not take criticism well; the office manager doesn’t manage and is not tech savvy; and the receptionist asks dumb questions (“Can we give out our boss’ SSN?). I’m tired of babysitting them and our boss won’t help. I have my own job to do; how do I get them to do theirs?” —Dusty

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Question: “I am an administrative assistant in a municipality’s executive office. For two years, I also handled the secretarial and receptionist duties. So I was thrilled when we recently hired an office manager (a retiree), a secretary (a young, spunky lady) and a receptionist. However, the way they work drives me nuts. The secretary does not take criticism well; the office manager doesn’t manage and is not tech savvy; and the receptionist asks dumb questions (“Can we give out our boss’ SSN?”). I’m tired of babysitting them and our boss won’t help. I have my own job to do; how do I get them to do theirs?” —Dusty

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Question: “I am executive assistant to an executive vice president. I’ve worked for him for nine years and we have a good relationship. For the past five years, I’ve supported him remotely from 200 miles away. We are both members of LinkedIn. While I would never ‘friend’ him on Facebook, LinkedIn is a professional network site. Is it appropriate for me to invite him to ‘connect’ with me?”   — Katherine

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Question: “I am executive assistant to an executive vice president. I’ve worked for him for nine years and we have a good relationship. For the past five years, I’ve supported him remotely from 200 miles away. We are both members of LinkedIn. While I would never ‘friend’ him on Facebook, LinkedIn is a professional network site. Is it appropriate for me to invite him to ‘connect’ with me?”   — Katherine

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Question: “I have been with my company for 14 years. Two years ago I fell down a flight of stairs and injured my back. I walk with a cane and experience chronic pain. I’ve missed 35 days of work this year. My absences are covered by FMLA but have caused my relationship with my boss to deteriorate. She says I am “unreliable” and she “never knows” when I’ll be in. This hurts my feelings, stresses and depresses me. I love my job, but I feel like such a pariah. When I asked for accommodations like a flexible start time, her response was: “What are you going to do for us in return?” Nothing was done. I am our household’s main bread-winner so resigning is not an option. My boss and I used to be good friends. How do I get her to understand I do not take time off just to make her miserable?” – Patti

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Question: “I have been with my company for 14 years. Two years ago I fell down a flight of stairs and injured my back. I walk with a cane and experience chronic pain. I’ve missed 35 days of work this year. My absences are covered by FMLA but have caused my relationship with my boss to deteriorate. She says I am “unreliable” and she “never knows” when I’ll be in. This hurts my feelings, stresses and depresses me. I love my job, but I feel like such a pariah. When I asked for accommodations like a flexible start time, her response was: “What are you going to do for us in return?” Nothing was done. I am our household’s main bread-winner so resigning is not an option. My boss and I used to be good friends. How do I get her to understand I do not take time off just to make her miserable?” – Patti

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Question: “I have been a senior executive assistant for 11 years and want to transition to an administrative manager. But it seems no one wants to give me a chance without the proper experience. I worked to get my master’s degree, which should show I am serious about career growth; however, I keep hearing I don’t have the experience needed. I feel so stuck and disappointed. I spoke to my boss about my desire to move up. She listened, and commended me for it, but has done nothing to give me that push that I need (she is very influential). Any suggestions?” — Martha

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Question: “I have been a senior executive assistant for 11 years and want to transition to an administrative manager. But it seems no one wants to give me a chance without the proper experience. I worked to get my master’s degree, which should show I am serious about career growth; however, I keep hearing I don’t have the experience needed. I feel so stuck and disappointed. I spoke to my boss about my desire to move up. She listened, and commended me for it, but has done nothing to give me that push that I need (she is very influential). Any suggestions?” — Martha

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Question:  “My directors are always late for meetings—usually by more than 10 minutes. I’ve tried to work with them, give them ideas, support them the best I can to keep them on-time, but it’s a struggle and progress is slow. I’ve tried to schedule more time between meetings and all the usual ideas to help keep them on time. I feel their being so late is unprofessional and can come across as rude. Has anyone found something that has worked for this problem?” — Elizabeth

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Question:  “My directors are always late for meetings—usually by more than 10 minutes. I’ve tried to work with them, give them ideas, support them the best I can to keep them on-time, but it’s a struggle and progress is slow. I’ve tried to schedule more time between meetings and all the usual ideas to help keep them on time. I feel their being so late is unprofessional and can come across as rude. Has anyone found something that has worked for this problem?” — Elizabeth

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Question: “This fiscal year I did not get a raise. My manager has been negative toward me all year, so I was not surprised when I was told I got no raise. I do not trust my manager because I have found him to be untruthful. He gave me the names of staff members who commented on my performance review. I contacted them and asked them to send me a copy of what they sent to my manager. I found he altered every one of their comments to make me sound horrible. What can I do about this? Isn’t it illegal to tamper with a person’s comment and change the whole meaning?” — Dottie

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Question: “This fiscal year I did not get a raise. My manager has been negative toward me all year, so I was not surprised when I was told I got no raise. I do not trust my manager because I have found him to be untruthful. He gave me the names of staff members who commented on my performance review. I contacted them and asked them to send me a copy of what they sent to my manager. I found he altered every one of their comments to make me sound horrible. What can I do about this? Isn’t it illegal to tamper with a person’s comment and change the whole meaning?” — Dottie

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Question: “I work in an office of all men and I’m at my wit’s end! In order to keep track of the comings and goings, I have put up a travel/vacation board that I fill out monthly, a daily out-of-office board for when they leave the premises, a meeting room board to keep track of the 12 managers who use the conference room. They do NOT feel they need to “participate” in my efforts to keep this office organized. I don’t know what else to do! Any advice?” —Sally

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Question: “I work in an office of all men and I’m at my wit’s end! In order to keep track of the comings and goings, I have put up a travel/vacation board that I fill out monthly, a daily out-of-office board for when they leave the premises, a meeting room board to keep track of the 12 managers who use the conference room. They do NOT feel they need to “participate” in my efforts to keep this office organized. I don’t know what else to do! Any advice?” —Sally

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Question: “What’s the best career advice anyone ever gave you?” In honor of Administrative Professionals Week, we’re gathering your best career advice. Please share favorite career tips to help inspire your fellow admins. And let us know where that advice came from: Peers? Mentors? Worker-bees? Supervisors? Teachers? Your grandmother? We love success stories, please share yours!  —The editors

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Question: “What’s the best career advice anyone ever gave you?” In honor of Administrative Professionals Week, we’re gathering your best career advice. Please share favorite career tips to help inspire your fellow admins. And let us know where that advice came from: Peers? Mentors? Worker-bees? Supervisors? Teachers? Your grandmother? We love success stories, please share yours!  —The editors

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Question: “What’s the best gift you ever received for Administrative Professionals’ Week?” —Administrative Professional Today

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Question: “What’s the best gift you ever received for Administrative Professionals’ Week?” —Administrative Professional Today

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