Does a Performance Improvement Plan Mean You’re Getting Fired?

Dismissed worker in office, bad news, firedA post from our friends at The Admin Pro Forum and Business Management Daily has generated a lively discussion with mixed views on whether an employee put on a performance improvement plan is on a slow road to nowhere or if it means opportunity lies ahead with a little effort and a bright outlook.What are your thoughts?

Is a performance improvement plan the end of opportunity?

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Question: “I was placed on a performance improvement plan at work. I really think it’s a way to slowly fire me, and it’s such a morale killer to be under this kind of watch that I don’t have much enthusiasm left for the job. Does anyone ever come back from being on probation like this to do really well with their company and leave the black mark totally behind? I sure can’t think of an example.” – Violet, Insurance Researcher

For the full discussion visit: Business Management Daily.

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The New Frontier for Business: Work-Life Integration

Concept of Risks and challenges of business life

The days of a clear separation between work and home are a thing of the past, and we’re still trying to figure out how to integrate life and work in a healthy way. In a recent Advise America survey, 87 percent of respondents felt they overwork — but at the same time, more than a third also said they don’t feel overloaded by work. Work-life integration is different than simply trying to find balance and separation, however. Let’s take a look. [Read more…]

3 Keys to Making This Your Best Week Ever


Can’t attend the live webinar? Don’t worry! All registered attendees will receive access to the recorded webinar.

Three Keys to Making This Your Best Week Ever

Do you ever feel like some kind of 9-1-1 dispatcher for your office? Most administrative professionals are intimately familiar with “emergency” business situations and sky-high stress—their own, as well as the stress that practically radiates off of others. If you’re not careful, the day-to-day craziness of modern work life can take a serious toll on your mental, physical and emotional health.

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Why e-Mail Isn’t Always Your Best Option

A White Elephant Called “e-Mail”

I’m still digging through my Office Dynamics archives and found this great topic I want to share with you. It is in regards to an article I had read a while back called: E-mail Overload Costs Companies Billions in Lost Productivity. I am very passionate about this topic and have been speaking to assistants and their executives on this subject for the past several years. The need to deal with the white elephant is more important than ever. The average number of e-mails and assistant manages between her/his e-mail and their executive’s email is 225 per day; and about 350 on the high side! And each e-mail takes 1 – 4 steps or more. Your entire day can be trampled by e-mail.

This topic is at the core of my being from many perspectives: as a business owner, a vendor to clients, a client to vendors, and someone who loves and hates e-mail.  E-mail has grown into a ginormous, white elephant and we are being stampeded by it. The good news is that every one of us can reduce the number of e-mails we send.

While technology has dramatically changed our lives and provides many benefits, it also presents challenges. I am going to address both—opportunities and dangers.  I highly encourage you to do your own research on this subject.  If you are to maintain your star edge, you must motivate yourself to do your homework. [Read more…]

Tech Choices for the On-the-Road Office

Mobile Office

These days, many employees and entrepreneurs find themselves working outside the traditional office and on the road at least some of the time. According to the software developer Cint, seven in ten U.S. employees work outside office hours. Almost 60 percent of the employees interviewed felt that just owning a smartphone or tablet encourages them to work outside of the office.

What Employees Are Working on Outside the Office

What are these employees doing with their mobile tech outside of work hours? Many are checking emails, making calls and accessing documents, explains Cint CEO Bo Mattson. Is this obsessive? Not in today’s world. Many businesses work with colleagues and clients in different time zones, so they may need to work non-traditional hours to communicate with people across the world. [Read more…]

4 Ways To Get Noticed At Work


Don’t Get Lost In The Clouds … The Visible Assistant 

Hello Monday Motivators! I hope you had a great weekend. To continue our travels through this special month of June, the official month of the 25th year anniversary of Office Dynamics, I found more goodies to share with you!

Star Quest was the first newsletter I published. Last week I shared with you a story about Office Life which came after Star Quest, an 8-page color newsletter we published monthly.

Here is an excerpt from the cover story of the November 1997 issue! It is still applicable today, although the administrative profession has become more visible over the past 5 years. To read the full story and other articles, you will want to visit our blog to download the full issue of the Star Quest Newsletter here.

For years, secretaries and administrative assistants traveled at low levels. They were invisible. In fact, the theory was that if you were a really good assistant, you would be invisible to your boss and others. You would glide through your day, get tasks done, and do whatever it took without telling everyone what you did and how you did it. This was the way it was! Today’s philosophy is be visible. Stop hiding your talents and contributions to the organization. Stand out – be different – use your strengths to shine. Stop being a glimmer of light.

It’s time for administrative professionals to come up from the clouds that have cast a gloom over their performance. It is time to rise above the coworkers, friends, or even family members who kept you invisible. It is time for you to become the Visible Assistant. [Read more…]

The Star Performer’s Secret Sauce Free Webinar Replay [assistant training for 25 years and counting]


25 Proven Tips to Administrative Excellence

Did you miss it? The 25-year anniversary educational free webinar filled with fun and celebration was a great success and we’re including it here for you to view in it’s entirety.

Check out the program, download the handouts below along with the added bonus downloads. It’s all here!

If you didn’t here about this event, read more below about this webinar. If you’re ready to watch now, scroll to the bottom of this post for the video replay link and downloads.

Celebrating 25 Years of Achievement in the Administrative Profession—Get Inspired and Learn to Shine Like the STAR You Are


Welcome to Office Life (for administrative professionals)


Have you ever taken the time to go back through old pictures? Over the years, have you collected and packed away special mementos or souvenirs from places you visited? Do you have a box of letters or cards you received that were special and you just couldn’t throw them away? Do you have anything you have kept over the years that were special to you?

Well, since I started Office Dynamics 25 years ago, I have kept hundreds of things that were near and dear to my heart. Everything from thank you letters from workshop attendees to every single ad we ran to special little gifts from clients. I have a storage space filled with boxes of memories. Those boxes also contain useful information that Office Dynamics has provided over 25 years. I was pleasantly surprised to find several issues of a publication I used to write called Office Life. I found the Premier Issue (published in 2000) which is packed with great information, useful tips, and advice. Probably 95% of the 12 pages of information is still applicable today.

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Administrative Training Pioneer Celebrates Unlikely 25-Year Anniversary

Celebrating 25 Years


On Thursday, June 4th, Office Dynamics International, a trailblazing leader in the field of training and development for administrative professionals, will celebrate its 25th business anniversary—an immeasurable feat considering the odds stacked against it.

Las Vegas (June 4, 2015) – Office Dynamics International, the globally recognized authority for administrative training and development, is celebrating its 25th year in business this week. This milestone is cited as a momentous surprise for all involved, including founder and CEO, Joan Burge.

“As a 100% woman-owned micro-business creating a brand new niche in a competitive market for an audience widely disregarded 25 years ago, no one could imagine we’d survive…much less thrive.” says Burge.

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25 Years Has Been Quite a Ride!

25 Years Has Been Quite a Ride

Welcome to June!

While I don’t like the fact that 2015 is passing quickly, I am eager to welcome June because this is the official month of Office Dynamics 25th Year Anniversary.

I was working on Office Dynamics 25 year timeline the past few days and as I journeyed through all 25 years, I realized how blessed I have been to work with tens of thousands of amazing administrative professionals and executives in every size organization and every industry. What has been very interesting is that people of all walks of life share many of the same frustrations, challenges and dreams. Every assistant wants to be acknowledged for his or her hard work; they want to be appreciated; deep down, assistants want to do a good job.

No matter where you are in your walk with this profession, I bet you are the same way.

When I reflect on 25 years of teaching, training, prodding, pushing and stretching assistants and executives, I realize how much I have also grown. It has been a two-way street. I have had to expand my thinking to meet client’s needs, participant expectations, and learn new methods and approaches to training. In my early days of teaching administrative professionals, I was tested in how to communicate my ideas to deaf participants; to a student who suffered with manic depression and others who struggled with seizures, fibromyalgia, or just finished chemotherapy.

Yes, I have seen just about everything in 25 years. I have also met amazing, awesome, enthusiastic assistants who could never learn enough and wanted more.

8 Things You Need to Be/Do To Achieve Your Dreams

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