August 28th, 2013
Shut down your computers, turn your keyboard upside down and give it a few good shakes. Now check to see what fell out. Those little crumbs there, those are the remnants of months of cracker snacks and office potlucks.
Now go wish your co-workers a happy Crackers Over the Keyboard Day.
Kind of makes you wonder who comes up with these wacky holidays. In this case — and in many, many others — 80 at last count — it’s the husband and wife team of Tom and Ruth Roy. He’s an occasional actor and radio talk show host. She’s been a college administrator, touring actress, and now the proprietor of a mail-order herb business, Wellcat.com. You’ll also find a list of their zany and copyrighted holidays there. Read the rest of this entry »
August 19th, 2013
When the office furniture begins to look shabby and the carpet cleaners warn you that the stains are really wear marks that can’t be helped, the time’s come for that most disruptive of office activities: renovation.
Planning the makeover, choosing the colors, the carpeting, chairs (oh, the chairs!), and the cubicle design is a process that can turn the most convivial of offices into a collection of warring tribes. Read the rest of this entry »
June 28th, 2013
A moody boss may be more challenging to work for than one who is consistently difficult. While the latter is no fun, and dishes up a steady diet of stress to their subordinates, the former is unpredictable. One minute the boss may be all smiles. Come back an hour later and you’ve got a barking bear to contend with. There can be any number of causes of moodiness. Pressure from their boss, an important project gone wrong, poor diet, lack of sleep, and even chemical imbalances in the brain all can trigger mood swings. Negative episodes in an otherwise upbeat person are common enough in all of us. These temporary situations are like bad weather; put on a raincoat, open an umbrella, and soon enough the sun will come out again. But when mood swings are the usual condition, or your boss is generally a pessimistic, nothing is ever good enough kind of manager, then learning to deal with it or finding another job are the options. Here are 10 tips for managing a moody boss. Forbes
June 10th, 2013
In your pocket, purse, or desk drawer there is a product once considered so remarkable and which became so much in demand that New Yorkers flooded the famed, now defunct, Gimbel’s when it first went on sale in 1945.
Within hours of its first sale on Oct. 29th, Gimbel’s sold out its entire supply of 10,000 Reynold’s Rockets, one of the first commercially viable ballpoint pens to be sold anywhere. Price: $12.50 each.
Today, in honor of the Invention that Changed the Way We Write we celebrate Ballpoint Pen Day. Read the rest of this entry »
May 31st, 2013
Many executives prefer to read and respond to emails without the help of an administrative assistant. But with the volume of email continuing to rise, more and more executives are delegating that responsibility.
Turning over the keys to the mailbox (or the password, to be precise) is a big step. It requires a special amount of trust between assistant and boss, not to mention confidence that important emails will get prompt attention. Read the rest of this entry »
May 10th, 2013
Can you imagine a giant pharmaceutical company that is driven by hopes and wishes and, yes, even prayers? Where 1,000 paper cranes hang from the lobby ceiling? Where the world is invited to share in expressing its own hopes and prayers that a cure for cancer will be found. Such is Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company. It’s Boston headquarters may be the only pharmaceutical firm’s lobby where everyday people can walk in, fold an origami crane, and leave feeling they have made a contribution to the fight against cancer. It’s 1000 Cranes of Hope project contributes to charitable organizations, and provides an online way of folding your own crane. 1000CranesofHope.com
April 24th, 2013
When Mary Barrett and C. King Woodbridge first came up with the idea of recognizing the work of the nation’s secretaries, they undoubtedly had no idea it would blossom into a worldwide event.
Today, Administrative Professionals Day in the U.S. and Canada, has its counterparts in dozens of countries. France, for instance, celebrated last week. So strongly has the day caught on that the International Association of Administrative Professionals says it’s the most celebrated office event after birthdays and major holidays. Read the rest of this entry »
April 1st, 2013
If it’s not already too late, don’t pull that April Fools prank before you read this. Considering what USA Today has to say about office pranks, you may want to just forget the whole thing.
“Career advisers,” says the newspaper, “recommend that pranksters keep the jokes at home.” A few years ago, notes the article in today’s edition, a survey of marketing and advertising agency executives found these creative types harrumphing at office pranks. “Not at all appropriate,” responded 41% of them. Read the rest of this entry »
March 28th, 2013
Does your firm need a paralegal or a legal assistant? Be careful how you answer that. Even though the ABA and the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALS) says the titles are interchangeable, there’s enough confusion that you could find yourself wading through a stack of resumes from great people applying for the opposite job you need done.
A blog post by a paralegal turned freelance writer sets the debate:”Paralegals have long tried to make a professional distinction from legal secretaries, and some believe that any title with the word “assistant” in it has clerical implications.”
Those on the sidelines of the debate, tend toward the clerical / practitioner distinction. Read the rest of this entry »
March 1st, 2013
Remember how it felt the last time your boss told you “Thank you” for a job well done? Here’s an opportunity to spread that same feeling around with your direct reports.
Today is Employee Appreciation Day, which gives you a great reason to take a few minutes to tell your staff, individually, and face-to-face, thanks for the great work you do. Read the rest of this entry »