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Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 11:00am
Beth Braccio Hering
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Health:  Help for Dry Hands

An admin depends upon her hands for tasks ranging from typing to filing, so the last thing she needs is chapped skin that makes work painful. Unfortunately, winter’s cold, dry air can cause cracking, peeling, and even bleeding in severe cases. Adding to the problem is the fact that many people wash their hands more frequently during these months in order to prevent catching a cold or the flu.

What steps can you take to make the best of the remainder of winter? Experts offer these suggestions:

  • Apply cream or lotion to your hands about five times a day. Keep a bottle on your desk as a reminder. Many people find relief from products containing dimenthicone or lanolin. Experiment to see what seems to work best for you.
  • At bedtime, slather on...
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Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 9:00am
Beth Braccio Hering
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Raising a Future Leader

Ever look at the CEO and other top management of your company and think that maybe your son or daughter could be in that position someday? While it is always hard to predict what career path children will take, parents can play an integral part in the development of leadership skills that can be valuable in any vocation. As this interesting Forbes article notes, parents can help their children get a leg up in their future workplace by watching these behaviors now:

Let them experience risk (within reason, of course).

“If parents remove risk from children’s lives, we will likely experience high...

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 7:00am
Bobbi Dempsey
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Tech Tip: Clinked Collaboration Program

Working on projects that involve large teams can be a challenge, especially if some of those team members are spread out among various different locations. Having a tool that enables easy collaboration, even among remote co-workers, can save everyone a lot of time and hassle.

One of the main attractions of Clinked is the wiki-style central pages for each project, where each of the team members assigned to that project can enter all sorts of comments, notes, files and other information that everyone else can see. You can embed files, share links and do a number of other things that help you share information and work on material simultaneously with your grow members.  Other features include discussions and group event scheduling. For each individual project, you can select...

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Monday, January 27, 2014 - 11:00am
Beth Braccio Hering
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Are You a Guilty Bystander?

Ever sat through a presentation and just overlooked a number that didn’t seem right or remained quiet at the lunch table while someone made a mean-spirited remark? We all know that speaking up isn’t always the easiest thing to do, but have you ever thought about why people stop themselves from taking action?

The so-called “bystander effect” is one of numerous subjects discussed in the new book Scaling Up Excellence: Getting to More without Settling for Less by Robert Sutton and Huggy Rao. They attribute the lack of corrective action to three factors:  ambiguity (witnesses are unsure if what they are seeing is truly bad enough to warrant intervention), diffusion of responsibility (people...

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Monday, January 27, 2014 - 9:00am
Beth Braccio Hering
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What You Can Learn from Super Bowl Ads

While the Super Bowl isn’t until February 2, advertisers bought up all the commercial space months ago. Despite a price tag of $4-million-plus for 30 seconds of ad time, some companies consider it a good investment due to the exposure generated. Besides the number of viewers who see the commercials, media experts will be on TV shows the next day giving their opinions of the best and worst ads (not to mention all of the arm-chair critics who will be standing around the water cooler expressing their views).

With so much riding on that precious airtime, sponsors go to great lengths to...

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Monday, January 27, 2014 - 7:00am
Bobbi Dempsey
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Productivity Tip: Don’t Try to Love Every Task You Do

If you are lucky, you enjoy many of the tasks you do at work every day. Ideally, the majority of time is spent doing things like you—or at least don’t mind that much. But no matter how much we may love our jobs, there are always a few tasks we dread (often because they are boring or just don’t give us much sense of satisfaction). That’s nothing to feel guilty about, as it happens to everyone.

The problem is, we end up obsessing over these tasks so much—and, at the same time procrastinating and trying to find ways to get out of doing them—that it affects our ability to get anything else done or concentrate on other things we need to do.

While it may be a tough mindset to adopt at first, the key is to accept the fact that you won’t necessarily love every task you have to do...

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Friday, January 24, 2014 - 11:00am
Beth Braccio Hering
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How Your Smartphone May Be Hurting Productivity

The blessing of the smartphone -- the ability to keep people in touch anywhere at any time – is also its curse. Experts warn that too much connectivity can lead workers to feel unhappy and stressed because they fail to truly relax and reenergize during non-business hours. Some employers, though, don’t seem to really care, thinking that the benefits of an employee at the ready outweigh the possible psychological toll. New studies, however, may change some minds.

According to this article, research conducted by Michigan State University found that people who monitored their smartphones for business purposes after 9 p.m. were more tired and less engaged...

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Friday, January 24, 2014 - 9:00am
Beth Braccio Hering
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Email Communication:  Remember the Person on the Other End

Most admins spend a significant amount of time on email, oftentimes communicating with people they have never met face to face. Trading messages in this quick, convenient medium can sometimes lead to feelings of familiarity – and forgetting the professional nature of your relationship. Language may become informal, typos not seen as such a big deal, and remarks crossing into personal territory.

Remember, though, that all communication reflects upon you and your company. Proofreading is a must, even if the receiver is a forgiving “friend.” Likewise, avoid assuming a buddy-buddy relationship too quickly.

“Lowering your guard before the other person is willing or expecting you to is a big mistake,” says Richie Frieman (aka...

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