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Introducing the NEW Office Dynamics International Website
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Blazing fast page loads and oodles of valuable information are now at your fingertips! Don’t settle for ONE MORE DAY of office politics, toxic attitudes, peevish pettiness, staff headaches, or rehashed work issues.
Change your work environment… NOW! We’ll show you how! Effortless navigation provides essential information with clarity at this highly readable, solution-oriented website chock full of numerous helpful articles, free educational videos, whitepapers, case studies, an ebook, nearly 1,000 blog posts… and a spunky, happy approach to work and life. [Read more...]
Embracing and pushing out BIG energy spoke to me more than ever last week. It was a very important week for Office Dynamics International and our staff. We had 3 massive projects that we had been working on for months and all had a deadline date of February 25. On February 25, all 3 collided at once and little kinks had to be worked out—these were not due to our inefficiencies but rather mishaps we could not control. We had to react within minutes, numerous times, throughout the entire day. If that were not enough, my Outlook at the office was not cooperating and did not for two days! [Read more...]
Just Released Video Series for Executives
MAXIMIZE THE TIME AND TALENTS OF YOUR ASSISTANT
With the demands placed upon executives in today’s competitive business environment, more than ever before a greater need exists for them to utilize the time and talents of their executive administrative assistant. But many executives do not know what to delegate in a world where road warrior executives handle many of their own tasks due to technology advancements and working around the clock.
A fully-utilized assistant can actually facilitate the executive’s job, set the tone of the office, and be seen as the core channel of communication and center of influence. The assistant can be a powerful extension of the executive, delivering strategic results day after day. [Read more...]
Psychological Profiles of the Dream Team; Where does the assistant fit?
We sat down with Holly Regan, Managing Editor for Software Advice for an interview on her findings. Holly assisted on conducting research about the Psychological Profiles of the Dream Team. Holly had some insight to share with you on this interesting subject.
What are the strengths and inherent characteristics of someone best suited for an executive or administrative assistant role? [Read more...]
Life is moving fast! Days at the office go by faster and faster. In the role of the office assistant, the more productive you are, the more useful you are! This really applies to all roles.
There are many tools at our fingertips that help to increase how productive we are. Apps are just one of these tools available (and often free).
After a conversation with a variety of assistants on an Officepal thread, I was inspired by the assistants recommendations and had some of my own I felt worthy of sharing.
A few apps for productivity that assistants are loving right now: [Read more...]
Thanks to an extremely helpful resource for administrative professionals called Officepal, I have been inspired to gather and share with you favorite apps that myself and fellow assistant peers are in love with right now! All this information is waiting in the palm of your hand and it has the power to make travel for yourself or your leader so much easier! [Read more...]
It’s very likely that your office has a printer. After all, unless you operate on a purely paperless policy, your employees may need to use one for printing off assigned work, or completed work. You may need one for printing a hard copy of an important client presentation or for printing hand-outs for your internal meetings. The point is that there are numerous reasons why you or your employees would need to use a printer in the office. That said, all of that printing is not only harmful to the environment, but the cost to print off so often can quickly mount up. So, here are some tips to help you keep your office printing costs down.
Black and white
Printing in colour is a lot more costly than printing in black and white. For a start, it requires you to buy coloured printer ink, which already is more expensive than black toner. What’s more, once it runs out, you’ll have to keep on replenishing it, which will eat away into your budget in no time. Instead, ask that all employees print in black and white only, unless printing off documentation to be seen by clients. That way, you’ll minimise the amount of coloured ink used, preventing you from having to replace the cartridge so often, and saving you money.
The end of the year is always a challenging time for businesses. There’s a last minute rush to complete projects before the end of the year, employees are dropping like flies with winter bugs and everyone wants to take their annual leave over the Christmas and New Year break (including you – wishful thinking). Added to this you have to balance the end of year budget.
Depending on your business, you may be able to carry any left over budget into next year – which is great, no pressure there then. But you may find you have to spend what you have left in fear that your budget will be cut next year if you don’t – which is not so great and often leads to the stressful situation of deciding how to utilise the last of your budget to greatest effect. It largely depends on your business and their attitude towards the budget.
The ‘use it or lose it’ approach
Businesses annual budgets are often predictions based on events from the previous year. If your department has budget left over at the end of the year, then the financial powers that be may assume that you don’t need quite as much next year. This can lead to departments panic buying at the end of the year in order to justify their budget. After all, you may not have needed it this year but who knows what next year will bring? The ‘use it or lose it’ approach works well if you use the last of your budget wisely – your department could make good use of stocking up on essentials. But if you don’t need to then it can seem like you’re just spending to protect your budget for next year. The money may not be spent efficiently and you could even find yourself open to criticism for how you’ve utilised your budget.
One of our favorite things is the “Daily Huddle.” Our team gets together briefly each morning to talk about one of our 5 Pillars or a foundational element to the Pillars. We build upon the strength of each Pillar with these resources by educating ourselves, exercises and open discussion.
We try to capture those huddles by recording them and sharing some highlights.
We’ve had some phenomenal huddles as we’ve been winding down the year. It’s been a really peaceful way to end our year as a team by talking about gratitude and the power this practice of being grateful holds. It’s a foundational element to Living our BIG lives and nurturing our 5 pillars.
I encourage you to listen to our huddle and to try one of the activities we’ve experienced this week.
The first activity is a Gratitude Assessment. You can do this alone but it’s way more fun with a friend. We used the assessment as our huddle point one day. We filled out the sheet and then shared with the team at least one answer from each area. It felt great to share and speak it out loud. How many times do we forget what we love about ourselves? This practice asked specific questions and we gave answers that meant something to us. (Download your copy by clicking here.)
One question asked, “What is special about your home?”
I was extremely grateful to have a home and that it’s a safe and special place for my family.