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Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - 11:00amBeth Braccio Hering0
When is the last time you wiped off your purse or briefcase? If you can’t remember, you’re not alone. As this article notes, a study by the company Initial Washroom Hygiene revealed that “20 percent of handbags they swabbed had levels of bacteria-related contamination which could potentially cross-contaminate other surfaces – and contained more germs than the average toilet flush.” Because the spongy material is a perfect breeding ground, leather handbags were the most likely to contain the most bacteria.
To make your bag less of a health risk, regularly clean it inside and out. Discard junk such as gum wrappers, used Kleenex, and half-eaten food...Read More »
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - 9:00amBeth Braccio Hering0
Does the sex of your supervisor matter? For some workers, the answer is “yes.” A recent survey conducted by Salary.com on gender perceptions in the workplace found that 36 percent of women would pick a man as a boss if given the choice. Only 11 percent of women said they’d rather work for another woman. On the flipside, 31 percent of men would prefer a male boss and 9 percent would choose a female.
Interestingly, men also fared better than women when it came to who people would like to have as a co-worker. Nearly a third of women said they’d rather work with men, and only 10 percent said they’d rather work with women. Among men, 20 percent answered that they prefer males as colleagues, and 10 percent...Read More »
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - 7:00amBobbi Dempsey0
Anyone who works in an office knows how time-consuming (and frustrating) meetings can be. Even worse, they are often way longer than they need to be, thanks to distractions, poor planning and inefficient meeting management.
Less Meeting is an online tool and software program that helps you run better meetings, save time and be more productive. It gives the person running or planning the meeting tools to make the process easier. There’s an agenda creator, which lets you easily make an agenda and then send it (and any needed attachments) to meeting attendees. Once the meeting starts, you can use the timer on Less Meeting to keep things moving along.
One feature we really like is the “parking lot,” as space where you can jot down details about topics you want to discuss at...Read More »
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - 6:00amBobbi Dempsey0
- Crimes of the Cubicle: 15 Desk Don’ts [Salary.com]
- Be Productive by Doing More and Working Less [Lifehack]
- Cultivating Your Soft Skills Can Help You Get Ahead [WSJ.com]
- Ways to Be More Productive at Work [RetailMeNot]
- How to Hate Your Job Less [US News]
Congratulations to Abby Maldonado, this month’s extraordinary admin. Abby is an office manager and legal assistant for the law firm Goldberg Jones. She was nominated by co-worker Jessica Kaminski for being “a shining example of how a professional and knowledgeable office admin can single-handedly maintain order and productivity in a business.”
Abby shared with Beth Braccio Hering of The Office Professional some thoughts:
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