My Coworkers Appear Frustrated with My Disability

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It’s just a common, minor handicap–so why does it frustrate staff so much?

Question: “I wear a hearing aid, but still I often have the need to ask co-workers to repeat things. They all know about my handicap but naturally they don’t always remember to speak a little louder until I ask them to. I sense that a lot of them find it very aggravating to have to repeat sentences when they talk to me, and sometimes I get a polite ‘Oh, never mind, it’s not that important,’ which is very frustrating. I wonder why people don’t have a little more patience with this disability, and what I can do to adapt and not get on their nerves.” – Miranda, Digital Archivist [Read more…]

Labor Day Sale On Your Favorite Items

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Our office is gearing up for a holiday break and we hope that you are doing the same!

This is the time of year that everyone is heading back to school. After you settle back in with a cozy cup of pumpkin-flavored-anything we hope you take a moment to think about your own personal and professional development.

What are your goals? [Read more…]

Beginning Your Job Search? Start By Building Your Brand

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Maintaining and building your online persona is a part of the new job search. Building your personal brand is crucial to standing out from the crowd when job hunting. After all, Inc reports that every corporate job opening attracts an average of 250 resumes, but on average only four to six people will interview for the position. Here’s a look at some tips on how you can build your online presence and find the job that is right for you. [Read more…]

Opportunity Is Disguised As A Barrier

 

What’s standing in your way?

Turn Your Obstacles Into

Do you give up at the first sign of resistance? As soon as you hit a bump on the road to your dreams, do you back off? Do you say to yourself, “This just isn’t meant to happen?” Or “This must be a sign that I need to forget this dream.” [Read more…]

Attracting Millennials: Understanding What Millennials Want in a Career

Attracting Millennials: Understanding What Millennials Want in a Career

This year millennials surpassed Gen Xers as the largest generation in the U.S. labor force, according to Pew Research. Instead of debating about millennials’ work style or views, companies need to embrace this new generation and figure out how to attract and retain top talent. Gone are the days when attractive salaries and retirement options were enough to land top recruits. Millennials want more than just a paycheck. This is good news for companies who can’t compete with the salaries of big corporations. But it also means getting more innovative and proactive about offering millennials what they really want. [Read more…]

Multi-tasking is not what it’s all cracked up to be.

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Must We Multi-task? Maybe It’s Better Not To.

After all, multi-tasking is not what it’s all cracked up to be.

As I deliver sessions at seminars and conferences throughout North America in every kind of business you can think of, I often encounter people who are pleased, even proud, that they can multi-task.

What about you? Do you regularly multi-task, such as reading emails while someone is talking to you on the telephone?

I believe that our obsession with technology is creating a lot of stress in our lives. Multi-tasking using these various technologies just makes it worse. [Read more…]

A Secretary vs An Executive Assistant

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As the CEO and founder of Office Dynamics International, I’ve been fortunate to work side-by-side with CEOs, Presidents, and Vice Presidents for more than 40 years. I highly respect and admire these individuals. I always learn a great deal from them. One aspect I love about the executive leader is that they have a way of sharing important insights in a unique way. Here is an example of what I mean. [Read more…]

6 Clear Steps to Resolving Team Problems

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No team exists without some problems. No relationship exists without some problems, whether small or large. It is important to the team relationship not to let problems tear down the team and reduce the team’s effectiveness. Turn obstacles into opportunities for growth. Focus on possibilities. Put all your energy into finding solutions and work around the obstacles. [Read more…]

Vote for Our Next Webinar Topic

Hello friends!

I’ve been tasked with the presentation of our next free webinar (September) from Joan and I need your help.

What should I talk about in that one-hour educational session?

What are you most interested in hearing from me?

I’ve been Joan’s strategic business partner for the past 9 years and I’ve had a lot of opportunity to grow through challenging my own comfort zones and always expecting the unexpected from Joan. I’ve also had the chance to be an early adopter of many of the social platforms, build, manage and maintain the Office Dynamics presence online and could talk about using social media to strengthen bonds, grow your network and build your administrative skill set. Lastly, I could host a panel of admin experts and invite my friends to take over the airwaves with me and put them on the spot with your questions.

What is of the most interest to you? Where can we bring you the most value? Please take the poll or comment below.

What Happened To The Paperless Office?

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Question: “I’ve been a temporary admin in many different offices since 2009, and I really haven’t noticed the slightest reduction in the amount of paper all over people’s desks, brought out in meetings, and in use all over the office. My boss just mentioned that he’s thinking about starting a ‘paperless office’ initiative, but to me it doesn’t seem necessary or even desired. I think we’ve all underestimated how comfortable people feel with paper and how much we still want it. Isn’t a project like this just going to wind up being totally fruitless?” – Maeve, Accounts Payable [Read more…]