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…]
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…]
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…]
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…]
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.
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…]
Taking time to appreciate employees is one of the most overlooked tools of quality management. Recognition is one of the most important aspects of any employee’s day-to-day life, and yet so many businesses fail to recognize this. Office Vibe reports that the number one reason people leave their jobs is because they feel unappreciated, and that simply having a manager recognize an employee’s performance increases their engagement by nearly 60 percent. Here’s a a look at just a few of the best ways to show your employees you recognize their efforts, as well as a few mistakes to avoid. [Read more…]
As we celebrate 25 years in business we’re offering a free webinar each month for administrative professionals to continue their skill development and learn more about who we are and what we offer the administrative profession.
This month we focused on the topic of persuasion skills with our free webinar, Getting to Yes: Overcoming Resistance to Get What You Want and Create More Value for Your Company.
You’ve landed a big job interview, and many things need your immediate attention, but we’re going to focus on your interview outfit. Because your resume got you the interview, but the way you present yourself is going to get you the job. [Read more…]
Are you stressed with how much information is out there, constantly at the ready to be consumed?
Are you suffering from information overload?
Here are 5 simple steps that will help you effectively “Neutralize Information Overload” today.