Office Administration

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Hand sanitizers: A great addition to supply cabinet

June 20, 2018
Among your boxes of paper clips, Sharpie pens and seldom-used rubber bands, perhaps you should stock a dozen or two of travel-size hand sanitizers for your staff.
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Put an end to conference call angst

May 8, 2018
Few things cause people more angst than the nuts and bolts of a conference call. “Do we dial 9 first?” “Where’s the mute button?” “Wait … should we have pressed #? Is that why we can’t hear?” Help out by providing terse, clear and permanent instructions beside each common phone in the office.
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2018 standard auto mileage rate increases 1¢ per mile

January 3, 2018

The IRS’ standard mileage rate, which you can use to reimburse employees who drive their own cars on business, increases to 54.5¢ a mile for 2018, up one penny from the 2017 rate.

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The top 5 résumé red flags to avoid

November 15, 2017

As a hospital CEO, I’ve seen many résumés come across my desk—from physicians to clerical staff—and the red flags remain the same regardless of the position. Don’t give your prospective employer any excuse to eliminate your résumé before you get the interview! Here are my top five red flags.

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Who should run your office’s “Fun Club”?

October 11, 2017
Many employers put the task of creating fun extracurricular activities for the staff on the staff. It may be worth asking: Why isn’t your HR department in charge of that Fun Club?
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The power of a handwritten note

October 11, 2017

In the business world, sending messages through Twitter, texting, Facebook or email is certainly easier than writing a handwritten note. But what is often missing in those communications is authenticity and forethought.

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Has the office become too spacious?

October 11, 2017
As staff levels rise and fall, you may eventually find yourself in a workplace with more room than you’re realistically going to use. At that point, consider generating easy revenue by subleasing a chunk of that space to a smaller organization. Even the innate employee instinct to stretch out into open areas can slowly eat […]
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Nature’s way: Take it outside

July 12, 2017
A Human Spaces Global Report found that workplaces that incorporate natural elements, like greenery and sunlight, are 65% more productive and 15% more creative.
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How does your memory stack up?

April 18, 2017
Paying attention enhances our memory, but it’s not a simple feat. Fortunately, we can employ numerous tricks to make sure information sticks.
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A compendium of best practices for today’s administrative professional

April 5, 2017
In today’s business world, being proficient in a specific skillset is not always enough. To be successful in an administrative role, it is also necessary to demonstrate professionalism, a customer service mindset, a proactive approach, and a positive attitude.
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