Planning travel for others is no simple matter and administrative professionals know this better than anyone else! Each traveler has personal preferences and unique quirks that make travel planning a true art form. As an admin, you are already a pro at putting yourself in other’s shoes and predicting their needs, even before they know what they need! However, travel is full of unpredictable changes. We’ve spent the last couple months talking to some of the top admins in the game to find out what they are doing to stay ahead of the curve and keep travelers moving on time and in style. Here are some of their tips to help you stay on top! [Read more…]
Coming together is better than fighting for your own agenda. When you are trying to create change, whether in a process or for the administrative community in your organization, it is much easier to be persuasive when there is a group. There is strength in unity. Whether there are two administrative professionals in your office or 200, joining forces with your administrative peers will contribute to greater success for your organization.
When administrative professionals work together, there is less duplication, resulting in savings to the company and increased profitability.
- Learn simplification techniques from each other.
- Gain a new perspective.
- Add freshness to your ho-hum routine.
- Share technical shortcuts.
Working together can mean cross-training for out-of-office coverage and expansion of what the team together can accomplish that one person alone cannot do. Sharing expertise, mentoring and offering to cover for your colleague during their vacation or for a medical emergency, are all great contributors to peer synergy. [Read more…]
It’s Administrative Professionals Week 2016.
I can think of no better way to celebrate than to acknowledge the spirit of the celebratory week than to share why I get so fired up about this profession.
Here are the top ten reasons Why I love being in this profession.
- I love lists. The admin profession is BUILT for people that love list-making.
- I get to contribute. I can see what is needed, where it’s needed, why it’s needed- and then explain how it will benefit our organization.
- I am a people-person. I genuinely like to be of service. Again, this role is custom-made for that approach.
- I get to beta-test most of the new equipment and software first. We’re usually the first in line to get the new stuff and let Information Services know what does and does not work.
- The profession is portable. Administrative Professionals are needed all over the world. The stronger your skills, including language skills, the more opportunities are available.
- I can work 9-5, flex, part-time or be super-involved, all the way up to running someone’s estate. There are also many opportunities to travel.
- Salary range – Yes, you can make six figures if you have the skills and drive. You need to know how and where to pursue that level of our occupation.
- Social has brought widespread attention and a more public recognition of our field. Business and government leaders are increasingly recognizing the value we bring to our organizations.
- I have an office supply addiction. Enough said.
- Network. I love our career network. Administrative Professionals truly were the original social network. I can reach out to any of my peers across the globe and know that we will help one another. Is there competition? Sure, sometimes. Ninety-nine percent of the time there is an empathetic soul that knows I’ve got their back and they’ve got mine.
By Julie Perrine
You can’t make others work the way you work.
This is the first thing you have to accept if you want to help someone, such as your executive or team member, get and stay organized, is chances are the person you’re trying to help doesn’t have the same style preferences as you do. But if you’re willing to learn a person’s preferences, and not foist your own on him or her, you can help this person develop systems to stay organized by following these tips. [Read more…]
Editor’s Note: This is a revised version of an original post from the OfficeNinjas blog.
You connect the dots between departments, have mastered the art of juggling competing work priorities, all while keeping the lights on and often acting as director of first impressions.
We know being an Office Ninja is no easy feat—more often than not, you’re the nerve center of the business.
Maybe you thrive in a support role and genuinely enjoy helping others, or perhaps it’s that you get to witness the brain trust in action day in and day out. Either way, it’s easy to get caught up in the daily grind and sometimes, you need a reminder of all the loveable parts of your job.
So, let’s take a look at the reasons why being a Ninja is sheer awesomeness: [Read more…]
First, I want to thank my incredible administrative partner who grew into a Vice President at Office Dynamics . . . Jasmine Freeman. I always say an executive assistant will make or break an executive and Jasmine has certainly allowed me to be successful.
The Administrative Profession Is An Admirable Profession
Happy Administrative Professionals Week! Wow, I can’t believe it is that time of year again. Of course this profession is near and dear to my heart since I worked in the administrative profession for 20 years and Office Dynamics has been dedicated to administrative training and development for 25 years. This truly is very special and you have been a big part of our success. [Read more…]