Resources for Administrative Professionals

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When you've got a huge project and the afternoon drag, the best thing might be to avoid the coffee machine and find a few co-workers instead.

A new study published in the American Psychological...

The concept of managing your boss sounds a bit unrealistic and probably sounds a bit cliché to some. In the traditional sense, bosses manage their staff, not the other way around. Think of it from a different perspective. Management should be considered an upward and downward process because the...

The economy still hasn’t swung back from 2008’s devastating crash, and businesses everywhere are hurting. Even if you were lucky enough to avoid a layoff, you may still be worried that your company is in trouble.

If you’re at risk of losing your job, you’ll be in a...

Q. I'm thinking of going back to school to pursue a college degree. What type of degree is most valuable to administrative professionals?

A. Here are some things to consider:

  • See what degrees are valued in your...

There’s a book and a blog—and soon there will be a movie—with a point-of-view and a sassy attitude. The title is How Not to Act Old and author Pamela Redmond-Satran places a strong emphasis on how to make age an asset. The premise is that mature workers who are clueless about...

Q. Please help….At my current job, I have basically nothing to do for approximately half the work day. My talents and skills are being vastly underutilized. I’m bored! What can I do?

A. Try to make the best of it. Here are some...

In July, a man named Robert Reza snuck into the Emcore manufacturing plant in Albuquerque, New Mexico, armed with a gun. He shot six employees— killing two— before taking his own life.

What sparked this brutal act of mass violence?

Simple: Reza was angry with his...

A few weeks ago on a summer day in Boston, Mary Ramsay-Drow, CPS/CAP breezed onto the stage as IAAP’s 2010-2011 International President. It happened at the International Education Forum and Annual Meeting and, yes, she breezed.

That’s the nature of her personality—fast-...

Many of us have received negative feedback as part of a performance review and we may have responded poorly. Whether it was one small comment for improvement in the midst of an overwhelmingly positive review or if it was a devastatingly awful review, your response can mean the difference between...

Remember the boy who made you cry every day on the school bus in elementary school, the middle school classmate who took credit for your work on a group project, or the high school clique that refused to let you sit at their lunch table? Bullying behaviors can take many forms over your lifetime...