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Introducing the NEW Office Dynamics International Website
A portal to impactful information that brings new insights and solutions for the office right to you.
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...]
Interview with Gregg Fienberg, Executive Producer of HBO’s True Blood, and Founder of CallPlease
Gregg Fienberg, Executive Producer of HBO’s True Blood, set out to solve one of the most common problems assistants and their bosses face together in Hollywood and beyond: managing phone calls. After failing to find a mobile solution that could help Fienberg and his assistant Gabe Hobson manage and track calls efficiently, Fienberg put a team together and created CallPlease. [Read more...]
Hello Monday Motivators!
I imagine many of you are just getting back to work after the BIG freeze in the Midwest and east. I hope you will take time to read this Monday Motivator as I delve into this month’s theme, BIG thoughts. Remember in last week’s video, I told you I was going to challenge you like never before and dig deep. So if you are looking only for fluff, I’m sorry to disappoint you, but no fluff this year. [Read more...]
This is a guest post submitted by Mariel Norton & Rachael Pegram in collaboration with Lakestar McCann.
Why using social media as a means of recruitment can backfire
Last year it was reported that 4.2 billion people use their mobile device in order to access social media sites, and with Facebook home to over 1.15 billion users, it’s fair to say that the world and its dog (world’s cutest canine Pomerian pup Boo has over 8 million likes on Facebook) are pretty active on the social networking scene.
With so much of our private information available on many a public domain, this makes it easier than ever to stalk keep track of certain individuals and businesses. However, with many people treating their social networking accounts as a frivolous pastime, it’s easy for users to mindlessly post images that may seem relevant at that time but could be mistakenly taken out of context at a later date.
One such instance that has proved highly disastrous for social media fanatics is the process of job hunting, whereby applicants may link their social networking accounts to their CVs without checking to see if any of the content posted will cause offence to the recruiter. Quite often a potential job candidate will happily supply details of their Facebook account, only for the hiring company to discover the applicant’s penchant for say, being photographed clutching a bottle of beer whilst behind the wheel of a car (true story).
Yet even if you choose not to impart information relating to your digital persona, the practice of recruiters looking up the online profiles of applicants is more prevalent than people like to think. A recent survey undertaken by CareerBuilder noted that 53 per cent of employers who sought out a candidate’s social networking profile and found inappropriate photos on their account rejected them – even if they met the qualifications required for that role. But by the same token, 50 per cent of businesses admitted to employing job seekers due to their online profiles delivering a “good feel” in regards to their personality; as well as how suited they would be in that company’s particular work culture.
Personal vs professional
Despite your LinkedIn profile containing all the professional data you need to make a good impression, recruiters often turn to your Facebook profile – which could leave them with a negative lasting impression. Naturally your professional performance will be a contributing factor to securing the job, but with work culture becoming a much more significant element within businesses, recruiters are likely to evaluate your personal mannerisms by checking out your profile on Facebook.
With it becoming the norm for the majority of job applicants having at least three social networking profiles (Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn), it may seem out of the ordinary for a candidate to not have a social media presence, giving employers reason to suspect that you may have something to hide – and this can greatly influence how a recruiter judges your suitability for their workplace.
So it’s important to bear in mind you should ALWAYS assess and regulate your online habits. For while leaving your social networking profiles exposed may be the fault of the job candidate for being caught up in heat of the moment, they risk being burned – while details of their escapades face being spread like wildfire among other recruiters in that candidate’s chosen job sector.
Post contributed by Mariel Norton and Rachael Pegram in collaboration with Lakestar McCann
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