Posts tagged with 'tips'
How IT Can Shed Its 'Department of No' ImageRead the rest of this entry »
“Hate” might be too strong a word, yet that’s how CIO magazine chose to describe the relationship between the IT department and the rest of the business.
Headlining a lead article “4 tips for getting the business to stop hating IT,” CIO magazine said, “Long seen as back-office problem solvers and the department of ‘no,’ IT still has an image problem with business executives and users alike.”
Why that is …
A 10-Step Program to More Effective MeetingsRead the rest of this entry »
How any hours a day do you spend in meetings? One, two or too many?
Meetings may be a necessary fact of business life, but with managers believing half the time they spend in them is a waste, doing something about it is only good sense. Not to mention recovering the lost productivity.
The Muse recently posted a 10-step program to cut the number of meetings and make those left …
Make the Boss Look Good With a Briefing BookRead the rest of this entry »
One of the best things an administrative assistant can do for the boss is to make him or her look good in front of others.
Any administrative professional worth the title knows that reports need to be flawless; no typos, misspellings or pages out of order. And they have to be done and submitted on time; ahead of time is even better. The boss needs to be kept on schedule …
3 Tips For Office Managers Facing a MoveRead the rest of this entry »
The day-to-day life of an office manager requires the skills of a diplomat, the attention to detail of an accountant, and the know-how of an IT professional so you can reboot the server when the computers go down. Nothing, though, tests an office manager like handling the opening of a new office.
For a large, growing business, managing a relocation means "negotiating deals with real estate brokers, project managers, architects, …
6 Tips For Controlling Meeting MonopolersRead the rest of this entry »
Every meeting seems to have one: an attendee who tends to dominate. They get the floor and monopolize the conversation, going on -- and on and on -- advancing their ideas, leaving too little time for others to speak.
Even when they do finally sit down, they've managed to bore or, worse, intimidate others into silence.
It's more than just bad etiquette to hijack a meeting that way; dominating participants …
Is Stress Turning You Into a Micromanager?Read the rest of this entry »
Micromanager, hands-on manager, control freak, whatever label you apply the boss who hovers, who wants to know everything that is going on is killing creativity, hurting performance and injuring the health of the team they manage.
Why do they do that? One reason, according to an article on Fast Company, is stress. "When you feel overwhelmed, you worry that you don’t have a good handle on things – so …
There's Hope For New Grads Still Job HuntingGraduation was almost two months ago and here you are still without a job. Don't panic. But you can worry a little; it's good motivation.Read the rest of this entry »
First thing you should know is that there is hope. The job market has some bumps, but companies are hiring. CareerBuilder's jobs forecast predicts that about half of all employers will add full-time, permanent workers in this last half of 2016; just over a third …
When Performance Slips, Don't Delay the TalkWhen your employee is not performing well, is not meeting the clear expectations you've set, it is time to have an honest discussion.Read the rest of this entry »
The worst thing you can do is put it off, hoping things will get better. Most of the time they don't. And the longer you delay, the more difficult the performance conversation becomes. It's unfair to the employee because they may assume they are doing acceptable work, …
Is Your LinkedIn Picture A Plus Or A Minus?If you've polished up your LinkedIn profile with great recommendations, on-point endorsements, and your experience and accomplishments hit all the bases, but you still have that artsy photo of yourself, then get back to work.Read the rest of this entry »
You might like that brooding, tight shot. Chances are, though, it's not only not helping, it might be hurting your prospects. Dark photos make you seem less likable. Ditto a tightly cropped close-up of your …
How Sleep Can Make You More CreativeIf you want to be more creative, pull the blinds, turn off the lights and don't check your phone, use your tablet or turn on the TV until the night is over.Read the rest of this entry »
Artificial light is artificially readjusting our natural sleep rhythms in such a way that we no longer get the full benefit, not only of a good night's sleep, but of the brain's dream cycles.
Before mankind began extending …