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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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More responsibilities on the job mean more career options for admins, according to a recent OfficeTeam survey that asked managers about the admins’ role, compared to five years ago.
To find out what savvy admins are reading, we checked the nightstand of Tamy Raina, an admin in the C-suite of pharmaceutical company Astra- Zeneca.
As winter thaws, it’s the perfect time to venture outside the office to build your professional network.
"I have learned as much from bad bosses as good ones," says Trevor Gay. Whether you manage a team of admins or occasionally supervise an intern, you probably want to be remembered as a “good boss.” Gay says, "Life is too short to work with jerks." Here's his list of what makes a good boss ...
Where Kate works as an admin, people assume that the copy machine fairy keeps it stocked with paper and running smoothly.
If you thought the days of the overlooked admin were over, think again. Unfortunately, too often the tasks that admins do for a team project are simply considered “part of the job.” Step up and claim the recognition you’re due with these tactics.
Recently, an admin wrote on our online forum (prapforum.typepad.com/) that she felt swallowed whole by her job, doing work that had originally been spread among five people.
You may have skipped out on college, or never started in the first place. But that doesn’t mean you can’t go back later in life.
When Debi Hochestetler's son started having trouble at preschool, she realized it was time to talk to her boss about a flexible schedule.
One way to balance out the speed and thoughtlessness of e-mail is to add your unique personal touch to other correspondence, such as birthday and thank you notes.
With the new year comes a chance to spend a little time thinking about you and what you want. What are your dreams and goals for this year? How else can you grow professionally?
Create an org chart for your office using a new wiki from Forbes.
When new admins join your ranks, you probably “onboard” them without even realizing it. You take them out to lunch, show them where the Post-Its are, point out the executive team, etc.

Even if you’re not the person's manager, you can gently coach a “difficult” co-worker toward positive behavior. Try taking the employoee aside after a meeting and follow these steps.

Put a new communication style into practice by using the “Three Times Rule.”
How can you use the Internet to green your next big meeting or event?
It's easy to become so bogged down in day-to-day work that we forget to nurture our network.
What sets top-notch assistants apart, says administrative coach Joan Burge, is not accepting mediocrity but knowing they have something more to offer.
Courts aren’t in the business of second-guessing all your employment decisions, as long as those decisions seem reasonable and rational. If you keep good records, can easily explain your decision-making processes and don’t have any discrimination to hide, you’ll win most lawsuits ...

Managers believe they’re getting better at deducing what admins need. Uh-huh.

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