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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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As an admin in higher education, Amanda Dixon says she enjoys helping students while working among friends. She enjoys talking through complex issues with students and parents, and loves encouraging them along their path.
Smartphone apps offer calendar, note-taking and reminder functions that can put organization right at your fingertips. However, there are benefits to old-fashioned pen and paper that an app can’t duplicate.
Flexibility is a workplace benefit that’s gaining popularity. Whether it’s remote work or flexible hours, employers are recognizing its importance, making now a great time to negotiate your own flexible arrangement.
Sometimes even admins make it onto the big screen, so what are some of the best on-screen portrayals of admin life?
There are six types of people you should have in your life to support your career success. Check your personal and professional life to see if you have each of these.
Speaking up about something you think a superior is doing wrong is intimidating and risky. From calling attention to a serious violation to questioning a simple business practice, you have to weigh your situation to determine whether speaking up is the right thing to do.
If it seems like your daily to-do list never gets completed, you may want to try a new approach: Ditching the list of tasks that have no set time limit and trying time-blocking instead.
Your body language says a lot, even when you don’t realize it. The way you sit, stand and walk communicate things to people, so when you’re networking it’s especially important to take notice of your body language.
Making sound decisions is an administrative skill set that needs to be developed like any other. Here are six ideas to consider.
Timing is crucial when booking travel, especially when flying around the time of U.S. holidays. Here are the best times to buy for different times of the year.
There’s another hole you need to close up against hackers: app permissions. If you’ve logged into a service using your Facebook, Twitter or Google account instead of creating a new profile, you could be vulnerable.
Unless you’re a trained stenographer, keeping thorough minutes can be a challenge. If you’re responsible for taking minutes, here are three tips to help you improve your skills.
It’s necessary to promote yourself as competent and confident in your job, but beware of turning people off with exaggerations. Here’s how to avoid sounding arrogant when you’re trying to sound confident.
Knowing the difference between the types of phrase shorteners can help you use them correctly in writing.
While healthy competition can boost productivity, a hyper-competitive workplace can also cause stress, anxiety and office drama when employees feel pitted against one another. Chris Taylor, writing at The Muse, offers advice for avoiding harmful rivalries in a competitive company.
Laura Golonka, the executive assistant to the president of Combined Insurance in Chicago, says patience and persistence are among the most important qualities she has developed in more than 30 years as an admin.
Intelligence and technical skills can move you through your career, but people who also have social skills and likability tend to make more money. If you’re shy or anxious in social settings, here’s some advice for becoming more likable at work.
A less-talked-about cause of stress is loneliness. Busy couples might rely too heavily on each other for companionship, and single people who live alone might lack outside friendships. Connecting with other people and having the support of friends is important to reduce stress.
Although everyone likes to hear compliments and accolades, you learn more from criticism. If you can properly accept constructive criticism, you’ll be able to grow and move your career forward.
The nearly two million Girl Scouts continually find clever ways of tempting us with their delicious cookies each spring. Their tactics are so good you can use some of their business savvy in your own career.
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