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  • feedwordpress 18:32:00 on 2018/07/16 Permalink
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    Travel Without the Tab 

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    It’s awesome to be an administrative professional because you sometimes get to travel without the tab. 

    Often, assistants travel to attend their leader’s special team meetings; help with site visits in preparations for meetings; be involved in a major company event where you need to travel; attend corporate board meetings and more.  During my 20 year career, I traveled to some places that were fun, interesting, exotic, and breathtaking. Needless to say, it was more enjoyable to travel without the tab.

    In my early days, I worked at an association and planned the annual meetings and was able to do the site visits before the actual event.  The association always selected high-end hotels.  It was fun to be able to travel and not have to pay for it!  Usually, I was given the best accommodations in the hotel because I was considered an event planner and they wanted to show off their best rooms.  I also use to do food tastings to select special meals for top executives.  Again, all the expense of my employer.

    In one of my roles, my executive belonged to a very nice country club where we often held meetings with his direct reports.  I was able to attend and participate in those meetings. When I look back, I was able to experience many beautiful places because of the executives I worked with or because of the organization in which I worked. This broadened my horizon.  Have you had similar experiences? 

    Have you been able to go to any really cool places because of who you work with?

     

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  • feedwordpress 16:15:57 on 2018/07/10 Permalink
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    Getting the Most Out of Your Next Performance Evaluation 

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    Scheduling a performance evaluation meeting and setting measurable goals can be stressful or even seem unproductive to some. The meeting is typically a way to evaluate the past year’s project management, acknowledge achievements, receive valuable feedback for performance improvement and create new goals for continued productivity. A performance evaluation is more than a method to measure outcomes for a company though, it’s also an opportunity to discuss professional and personal development opportunities that help each employee grow.

    I’ve spoken with several assistants that have voiced frustration at the standard process. I have personally experienced stress in the past too! Sometimes it is more difficult for administrative support staff to set measurable goals. There are ways to decrease the stress levels and frustration though! The process should actually be an exciting time to discuss progress and development goals that will help you maintain or create the position you want to excel in!

    Getting the Most Out of Your Next Performance Evaluation

    There are several tips for getting the most out of your next performance evaluation & reducing stress. Below are a few:

    • Throughout the year track each project and goal progress, additional duties added and positive feedback from others. Keeping track all year will help you easily prepare a list of projects you are most proud of completing and/or assisted with. Include as much information as possible; date range, project specific tasks, coworkers involved and try to include how that project tied into the company’s mission. Keep the file on your desktop or easily accessible.
    • Define and review your job description and connect completed goals & projects to one or more duties you are responsible for. If it’s a new project then a performance evaluation meeting is a great opportunity to point out the new responsibilities you have taken on.
    • When creating future goals ensure they not only support the company’s mission and department specific goals but also your own personal & professional goals & growth.
    • Setup brief progress meetings six months, three months and one month before your evaluation deadline to ask or confirm anticipated departmental or company growth, your progress, adjusting goals if needed and your manager’s specific goals so you are in tune with his or her vision while focusing on your own goals.
    • Accept constructive suggestions for improved productivity. Be prepared to ask questions & request justification if negative feedback is given.
    • Communicate with your manager to ensure you both understand the expectations of your position and confidently discuss the future vision for you and your position.
    • During the meeting, your manager should discuss expectations, ask your input on your performance, ask what resources you need to be as productive and comfortable as possible, ask if you have any concerns, discuss any professional development opportunities you are interested in and ask what areas you most want to improve in. If applicable and your manager does not ask these or similar questions you should be comfortable enough to bring them up during your meeting.

    Getting the most out of your next performance evaluation includes setting achievable and meaningful goals. These goals not only support work performance, but they also provide an opportunity for you to change what you don’t like about your position or ensure you maintain the workflow that you do enjoy. I like looking at this yearly evaluation as a way to reignite my passion for the work I do and the position I choose through the new goals I set.

    When setting goals, I suggest keeping in mind a method such as S.M.A.R.T.E.R (Specific, Meaningful, Achievable, Relevant, Time-bound, Evaluate, Readjust). Making a spreadsheet with the method’s keywords as tab headers will help prepare you for your next evaluation and help you stay focused throughout the year.

    I have set several different goals over the years that I have evolved from and coworkers have shared some of their goals with me. Below are a few examples of general and job-specific goals:

    • Set a professional development goal whether it’s attending a conference, completing an online course or program, reading a certain book or two, scheduling time each week or month for webinars, computer program training, time management courses, etc. Learning is always a win-win for an employee & manager and progress is easily tracked.
    • Update phone extension list to ensure callers are directed to the appropriate person. This may require you to do some research and meet with other departments.
    • Develop department specific orientation process even if HR has a main practice ensure all new employees are familiar with your unique department and the manager’s procedures, vision, and expectations. This can be done via a checklist with feedback from your manager and coworkers.
    • Serve as department liaison and attend or participate in company-wide committee meetings to stay up to date on new policies and announcements and report back to manager and department.
    • Explore ways to reduce supply costs by 5% to 10%. Track all supply orders, communicate with the department to determine necessary items and compare monthly costs of previous year then report progress to manager.
    • Create email templates for responses to most frequently asked questions to save time.
    • Discuss the importance of a calendar time block for your manager to focus on emails, presentations, budget, etc. without interruption then create the blocks by a certain deadline.
    • Create a project checklist and ask all team members to use the form when asking for project assistance. The form may include date received, date needed, specific instructions, project number if applicable, links or shared files to additional information needed, etc. This is a more productive use of time-management, can be left when you are away from your desk and easily measured.
    • Create or reevaluate daily routine to be more productive. For example, spend the first-hour checking and responding to common or quick reply emails, go through the mail, process invoices, etc. At the end of the day write out a to-do list and prioritize tasks for the next day.
    • If applicable for your company and position, another goal could be to set up an auto-response to incoming emails from outside the company with answers to most frequently asked questions, common contact information, etc. Especially for weekends or after hours since some emails are basic questions and could be answered by an auto response.

    I hope you look forward to your next performance evaluation and get the most out of it! Please share your performance evaluation and goal setting tips in the comments section.

     

     

    dana_buchananDana Buchanan is a 20 plus year professional assistant with a passion for writing and offers a unique and professional perspective to projects and brainstorming sessions! She enjoys helping others discover key steps toward their career focus, job search, or self-employment exploration by creating or editing resumes, researching a particular type of job search, discovering business ideas and the action needed to succeed and loves sharing interviewing tips! Dana is also available to speak to small groups.

    You can read and follow Dana’s blogs at Success Encourager

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  • feedwordpress 21:04:09 on 2018/06/25 Permalink
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    Cleanup and Organize Your Workspace 

    Summer is a great time to do a little cleanup and organize your workspace. Business is usually a little quieter, employees take a vacation, and there seems to be a more relaxed work atmosphere. It is the perfect time for you to get organized before the craziness of business sets in this fall.

    Clean desks look smart, professional and, well, just organized. Messy desks are an eyesore and can lead to lower productivity.

    Let your desk reflect you. You don’t want others to see a messy desk and assume you are disorganized. Don’t let this impact your career.

    A clean desk can help you focus. Gone are the days of cluttered desks with everything from printers to having so much paper on them.

    With open work areas being more popular now, let’s take a few minutes to get organized!

    When you are organized, you are better able to handle the day and stay on top of the important assignments. Look smart, be smart, and have a great week.

     

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  • feedwordpress 16:15:15 on 2018/06/21 Permalink
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    Staying Energized Throughout The Week 

    As you know, I usually share tips on combating the Monday-morning “blahs,” especially after a nice, relaxing weekend. I recently met someone who says she has a different problem: “Monday, I am refreshed from the weekend and ready to tackle just about anything,” she explains. “But by Friday, I am usually struggling to finish what I started. I’m pooped!”

    That’s an interesting twist on the same theme and a challenge that some of you probably face as well. So this week, let’s look at a few effective ways to replenish your energy during the week:

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    These ideas are just a start. What else can you do to stay energized all week long? Ask your colleagues and friends for their best ideas.

     

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  • feedwordpress 17:00:55 on 2018/06/20 Permalink
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    Office Dynamics Top 10 Blogs For Administrative Professionals 

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    Last week Office Dynamics sent an email to all of our subscribers saying, “Thank you,” and we also provided the Office Dynamics Top 10 Blogs For Administrative Professionals. We would like to make that message available to our social media and blog followers as well because you are part of this great family we have. Enjoy and once again, THANK YOU!

     


     

    Office Dynamics International has and always will be focused on YOU. Your training, your education, your professional advancement, and your overall well being is important to us.

    It is because of you that we are able to help and provide information to so many people and we just want to say THANK YOU!

    And as a thank you, we decided to provide you with our Top 10 Most Read Blogs. These are the 10 most popular blog posts that your peers in the industry (and outside the industry) have chosen to read.

    Please enjoy and feel free to comment on the posts and share them with your colleagues. If you wish to subscribe to the blog, please enter your email address in the subscribe section that is located at the top right of each blog post.

    Thank you so much,

    The Office Dynamics Team

     


     

    1. 9 Ways to Improve Your Organizational Skills

    2. Coping With Conflicting Priorities

    3. Why Being An Executive Assistant Is A Rewarding Career

    4. 8 Killer Tips For A Successful Executive And Assistant Partnership

    5. 3 Stages To Problem Solving For Administrative And Executive Assistants

    6. Qualities Of A Great Assistant

    7. A Secretary Vs An Executive Assistant

    8. Executive Assistant Time Management Tips

    9. How To Plan Business Travel & Business Travel Planning Checklists

    10. The Admin’s Guide To Organizing Digital Files

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