The first full-time job I applied to after college was as a receptionist at a real estate company. I wore my mother’s linen suit, silk blouse, and pearls to the interview. I was offered the job during the interview and I gladly accepted it. I was instructed that, although everyone in the office called my … Continue reading Exciting Changes in Store for the Administrative Profession
Meetings are the number-one time waster in the workplace, according to a study by Verizon Business. They say that the average executive spends approximately 50 per cent of their time in meetings. The average middle manager spends about 35 per cent of their time in meetings. When conducted effectively, meetings can inspire and ignite motivation, … Continue reading The Seven Deadly Sins of Meetings
A former colleague holds complete conversations in his head with people with whom he is angry. He rarely speaks directly with the other person. This anger in his mind continues to build because of his frustration, yet he never lets the other person know that he is frustrated and subsequently angry. His conflict avoidance almost … Continue reading Imaginary Arguments In Your Head Will Only Get You So Far At Work
When do you decide you’re under too much stress? When do you call in sick and take a mental health day? When do you put you at the top of your to-do list? Not often enough, I say — and when we do, it’s usually because our body has given us no choice in the … Continue reading Preventing Burnout Is A Choice We Should Make Every Day
I was so discouraged all I wanted to do was cry. Just a few years ago my New Year’s resolution was to get into shape (again)! I started running and quickly managed to become addicted to it. I looked forward to my runs. I planned them in advance. I woke up each day excited … Continue reading I’ve Fallen (But I Can Get Up)
I was able to cross off an item on my bucket list this week, as I was fortunate enough to attend The Masters in Augusta GA. It was everything I dreamed of and more. Before I even went to Augusta, I knew the rules stated that I was not allowed to bring my mobile phone … Continue reading Unplugging From Your Phone Is More Rewarding When It’s A Choice
Help Me Rhonda: I’m new to my company, in my first supervisory position. I don’t want to step on anyone’s toes and I want to be seen as a friendly boss but I feel like I’m being tested every day by my new staff members. For example, two of them will often be chatting to … Continue reading New Supervisor Worries
Have you ever written a to-do list on Monday, found it again on Friday… and it was still completely intact? Frustrating, isn’t it? We know that we’re supposed to use a to-do list, but most of us aren’t doing it properly. Here are some tips to get you on-the-the-right-track with your to-do lists. First and … Continue reading Why Three To-Do Lists are more Efficient than One
I’ll admit that occasionally I watch the TLC show Hoarders. I always feel better about myself after I watch it. My life may be messy sometimes, but it isn’t anything like that! Or is it? You may not be a classic hoarder. You may not have areas of your home and office that are crowded … Continue reading Are You An Email Hoarder ?
There are certain times in everyone’s day when they are not as productive as they are at other times. Sometimes we’re fighting to stay awake, fighting to focus, or we’re simply not working productively. The opposite is true as well. There are some parts of the day when we are amazing; we can get more … Continue reading What kind of work-bird are you?