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Wednesday, March 27, 2013 - 11:00am
Beth Braccio Hering
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Right Now:  Five Ways You Can Improve Relationships with Co-Workers

Forget lengthy improvement plans. Sometimes the best way to make a change in life is to take Nike’s advice and simply “Just Do It.” For the next several days, experts on subjects ranging from stress to time management will offer straightforward suggestions on how handle issues facing busy admins.

Today’s tips come from Janet Pfeiffer, president and CEO of Pfeiffer Power Seminars, LLC. Everyone knows that getting along with co-workers can make for a more pleasant, productive workplace. What can you do to promote good relationships? Try these strategies:

1.  Let them know they are important to you and that they are appreciated. People need to feel valued and when they do are typically more cooperative...

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013 - 9:00am
Beth Braccio Hering
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A Third of Employees Wear Jeans

According to a recent survey conducted by CareerBuilder and Harris Interactive, dress codes at the office are becoming more relaxed. While business casual may be the expected attire at more than 40 percent of offices, the study of more than 3,900 adults found that a third of employees are allowed to wear jeans (another 21 percent wear uniforms and 4 percent don business suits).

Other interesting findings from the “Office Life by the Numbers” study include:

  • About a quarter of workers don’t eat breakfast, while more than 30 percent down cereal before leaving.
  • More...
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Wednesday, March 27, 2013 - 7:00am
Bobbi Dempsey
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Cyber Assistant: ActiveWords

To increase your productivity, you need to find great ways to save time on as many of your tasks as possible. ActiveWords is a great tool because it can shave time off almost any task you do on your computer—which, let’s face it, is almost everything you do at work.

ActiveWords is basically a fired-up shortcut system. It watches for triggers based on words you type, and then instantly fills in or brings up what you want.

The program not only substitutes text, but it also launches programs, websites, folders, and files—all based on shortcuts and triggers. You can create your own scripts and shortcuts, so you can coordinate ActiveWords to work according to your individual system and habits.

If you often spend a lot of time doing repetitive tasks, such as typing the...

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013 - 11:00am
Beth Braccio Hering
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Workplace Culture: Wasting Time

A few (or not so few) minutes on Facebook, an animated 10-minute conversation about March Madness – just because people are at work does not mean they are actually being productive. In fact, a new study by Salary.com found that 69 percent of workers say they “waste time” at work daily, up five percent since last year.

Other findings from the annual survey include:

  • Forty-three percent of employees consider “talking to their co-workers” as their biggest waste of time at work, with web surfing coming in second (28 percent).
  • Employees are less likely to "waste time" at work on Tuesdays (3 percent) compared to Fridays (43 percent).
  • Employees are most likely to "waste time" at work...
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Tuesday, March 26, 2013 - 9:00am
Beth Braccio Hering
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Professionalism: Think Before You Speak

Have a tendency to open your mouth – only to put your foot in it? Many people say things without taking time to think about the consequences. Keep impulsivity from landing you in tricky situations by trying the following:

Ask for a second (or an hour or a day).

Whether the boss wants to know your opinion on a new policy or a co-worker asks if you can switch shifts with her next Tuesday, don’t be afraid to say you need a moment to formulate your ideas, think things through, or check your schedule. Our fast-paced society encourages quick answers, which often leads to hasty decisions or comments we later wish we could retract.

Get emotions in check.

Being caught up in the moment can lead to anything from volunteering for a...

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013 - 7:00am
Bobbi Dempsey
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Tech Tip: FAVI Wireless and Bluetooth Keyboards

For those of us who do most of our work on our phones, iPads or other portable devices, anything resembling a traditional keyboard may be a distant memory. However, there are times when having a keyboard available can be useful. That is why the FAVI keyboards are gadgets you may want to investigate.

The FAVI Bluetooth PC / Tablet Keyboard and Presenter with Laser Pointer offers several features, as you can guess by the name. This keyboard is designed to let your use your tablet, ultra book, laptop, or desktop with more speed, accuracy and comfort.  It connects with nearly all Bluetooth tablets including Kindle Fire HD, Google Nexus, iPad, Samsung Galaxy and Asus, as well as PCs, laptops and Mac. (Don’t have Bluetooth on your device? No problem. A Bluetooth USB receiver is...

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Monday, March 25, 2013 - 11:00am
Beth Braccio Hering
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Smartphones: How Long Can You Go Without Checking?

We all know people who seem to spend more time with their smartphone than they do with their spouse, but just how dependent have users become on their devices? The mobile security company Lookout in conjunction with Harris Interactive did a survey of more than 2,000 adult owners that looks at behaviors and habits. Here are a few of the surprising things respondents said:

  • Nearly 60 percent don’t go an hour without checking their phone.
  • Rates of checking went down with age, with people ages 18-34 being the most frequent checkers.
  • More than half check their phones while in bed – before going to sleep, after waking up, and even in the middle of the...
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Monday, March 25, 2013 - 9:00am
Beth Braccio Hering
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Essential Elements for Success, Part 2

Today, Pacific Realty Partners founder and principal Paul LeJoy further discusses the essential elements needed to achieve success in any industry. If you missed his take on the importance of vision, action, and passion, click here.

Discipline

“Many have vision and passion, but lack the self-discipline required to stay the course. The pain of living a life of discipline is less than the pain of regret for what ‘could have been if.' Those who are self-disciplined motivate themselves to continue with their action steps and persevere amid adversity -- asserting sheer willpower over their more base...

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