Employee or Independent Contractor

By | Nov 30, 2009

Continuing in my series, So You’ve Been Laid Off, I’d like to talk about a subject from my own experience.  While many temp agencies are quite reputable and a good source of work when you are in need, there are some companies out there who will try and take advantage of your situation.  A case […]

Weekly Links Round-up 11-27-2009

By | Nov 25, 2009

Oops….I forgot the weekly round-up last week.  Since this is a short week, though, I’ll just roll two weeks into one. Here’s all the links I’ve tweeted over the last two weeks.  Enjoy and have a great Thanksgiving! For those not in the United States, you have a great weekend, too. Be Careful When Adding […]

How To Really Be on Top of Things as an Administrative Assistant

By | Nov 23, 2009

What’s the chief characteristic of being a great Administrative or Executive Assistant?  It’s knowing everything, or at least seeming like you do.  The best assistants are those that can aptly handle managing the boss’s calendar, sorting his mail and screening her calls without having to always stop and ask for information or permissions.  But how […]

Because We’ve Always Done It That Way

By | Nov 20, 2009

I don’t know about you, but those words are the bane of my existence.  Part of our job as administrative professionals is to design office processes and to improve on old ones.  The first step in improving an existing process is to understand why it’s being done as it is.  That’s when the dreaded words […]

Ask the Admin: How Secure is Gmail?

By | Nov 18, 2009

I had a question this week about the security of Gmail, the very popular on-line e-mail service from Google. Please let me know, how safe the confidential documents keeping in mails….????? I would be much much thankful to you if u kindly provide me some details on it….As i would like to share with you that, […]

Excel Is NOT a Database!

By | Nov 16, 2009

We all know what Microsoft Excel is.  It’s a spreadsheet software.  It’s not a database.  It’s never been a database.  It never will be a database.  Do I sound strident there?  GOOD! Seriously, it’s not a database, folks, so please quit using it as one.  I can’t tell you how many places I’ve worked keep […]

Weekly Links List November 13, 2009

By | Nov 13, 2009

Those of you who follow me on Twitter know that I often post links to articles I find interesting or helpful to my readers.  However, I know that not everyone here uses Twitter.  So for those, I’m going to be listing the links I’ve twitted over the weeks, so we can all share in the […]

More COBRA Questions

By | Nov 11, 2009

Since my previous post on COBRA in my So You’ve Been Laid Off series, I’ve had a few more questions concerning COBRA. I figured I’d just answer them all in one post and save us all some time. Can I Get COBRA if I’ve Been Fired? This is a question I hear a lot.  And […]

The Yearly Dilemma: Holiday Parties That Don’t Discriminate

By | Nov 9, 2009

Yes, that dreaded season is approaching again. It’s time to plan another holiday party that doesn’t discriminate against anyone’s religion. You Can’t Please Everyone It never fails. You spend hours and hours planning a fun and festive holiday party for your office, trying your best to keep religion out of the mix. But sure as […]

Ask the Admin: Dealing With a Difficult Boss

By | Nov 6, 2009

Today we have another question from a reader: how do you handle a difficult boss? Here’s the e-mail I received: How do you deal with a boss who’s not only moody, but crazy? I swear she must be bi-polar. She will fly off the handle at the smallest thing – and everything in the world […]

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