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  • feedwordpress 15:25:13 on 2017/03/14 Permalink
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    Spotting Dangerous Habits in the Workplace Before Accidents Happen 

    Dangerous_Habits_in_the_WorkplaceGood housekeeping isn’t just for your home. It is a practice that should be implemented in the workplace as well. There are a series of things you can do as a managing professional to ensure that your workplace is safe and free of dangerous habits. Here’s what dangerous habits you should be looking for at work and how you can prevent potential accidents and injuries.

    Deter Dangerous Behavior With Surveillance Cameras

    If you don’t know that employees have dangerous habits there is no way to fix the problems. We all like to think that our workplaces are safe. But that is simply not the case. Some of the most common workplace injuries are falls and over extensions. Consider installing surveillance cameras in public spaces, so you can spot bad habits before they result in an accident. For example, Lorex security cameras offer a variety of systems and offer easy remote connectivity. Whether you find an employee standing on a chair to place a box in storage or moving a desk improperly, you can spot it and address the issue immediately. Additionally, having monitoring systems in the workplace can give your employees a sense of security, and it can even deter workplace crime, like theft.

    Keep Cluttered Walkways Clear

    It may not seem critical, but a cluttered or messy workspace can lead to dangerous accidents and even serious injury. According to workplace data reported by Abrill, the second most common cause of workplace injuries is slipping and tripping. These can be falls on slippery, wet floors or trips over clutter on the floor. As a manager, you can help prevent trips and slips in the workplace by keeping an eye out for potential hazards. If a spill is spotted, clean it up right away to prevent slipping. And if there is clutter — such as boxes, tools, or supplies — obstructing walkways, remove it right away. It is important to have a set of safety guidelines in place to ensure these potential hazards are addressed quickly.

    Offer Ergonomic Support for Office Employees

    Vision problems, muscle strains, and arthritis later in life are all common problems that come as a result of repetitive stress. This includes excessive typing and other computer-related tasks. However, as a manager, you can take action by implementing proper ergonomic support, from office chairs to ergonomic computer mouses, to keep your employees comfortable and protected from repetitive stress. Managers should also encourage consistent breaks. As much as you’d like to think that your employees who camp out behind their computers all day are All-Stars, they likely have some bad habits. Break those habits with regular breaks away from the screen.

    Frequent Reviews of Workplace Safety Guidelines

    Do your employees know the current workplace safety guidelines? In order to achieve a safe workplace, all employees need to be actively involved and engaged. If there is a lack of understanding of safety guidelines, rules are being broken, or corners are being cut, there should be some red flags raised. As a manager, you can work to teach your team the importance of workplace safety. Managers must be clear when addressing workplace safety, and managers must make sure employees understand that workplace safety guidelines are non-optional — they are mandatory. If there are employees who consistently ignore the safety guidelines, it is a manager’s responsibility to hold said employees accountable by issuing repercussions for not practicing the workplace safety guidelines.



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  • feedwordpress 14:30:25 on 2017/01/24 Permalink
    Tags: , managing your time, , , , tips for time management, , Workplace Tools   

    Top 8 Time Management Tips To Hack Productivity 

    Time_Management_Tips_Hack_ProductivityAmongst the hectic schedules and infinite demands of modern life, we often feel like there just aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything we need to done. This pressure has resulted in many self-aware individuals seeking ways to save time throughout their day. Some of this is relevant to work life, some to home life, but all time management hacks end up with you being more productive while you work and having more ‘me-time’ as a result. Every office in the world wants their staff to be as productive as possible, so get ahead of your colleagues and enjoy unprecedented levels of success without doing any extra work yourself.  Here are my top 8 time management tips to hack productivity.

    1. Plan Your Day With An Organizer

    Putting pen to paper and writing down everything you need to do in a day can make you more committed to getting it all done, as well as really hitting home how much there is and how long it will take. Using an organizer can help you plan what you will do and when, which helps you prioritize, focus, and manage your time effectively.

    2. Know When To Outsource

    There are certain tasks in business that just don’t fall into everyone’s specific skill set or experience. One of these tasks is often writing, whether it’s a business proposal, a speech, or even web content. To boost your confidence and ensure the best quality possible of the work you’ve produced, you can place an order online to have your piece reviewed by a professional at UK Writings. If you’re not able to send work product out to a professional, then you can review it yourself quickly and effectively using online tools, rather than spending hours agonizing over your text. These online tools include the Hemingway App which can detect spelling and grammar mistakes, as well as too many adverbs, or overly complicated sentences. You can also make sure that your text is not too difficult or too simple by using Readability Score.

    If you want to prepare before you start writing then there are some amazing tips and tricks available in free guides with Australian Help which could inspire you before you start typing. If writing is becoming an increasingly important role in your work, then it could be time to commit to a full writing course, such as the one offered by Academized.

    3. Make A Time Limit For Every Task and Stick To The Limit

    Many of us get caught up in e-mails or running late as we’re striving for perfection. The truth is that sometimes we drag out something boring while we procrastinate, and this eats into our time for other tasks. Be reasonable in your time limits, but do your best to stick with them.

    4. Take Some Time Off Overtime

    While some people believe that working late makes them better employees – which may sometimes be the case, sometimes it actually makes you less productive. If you’ve accepted that you’ll be leaving work late, then you’re less motivated to speed up and get everything you need to done by 5. Try aiming to be out of the door by five for a week or so, and you may be surprised at what you can accomplish in one day.

    5. Stay Focused

    Some of us are constantly trying to do five things at once. Trying to get through five tasks, we may feel like we’re accomplishing more, but we’re actually not at all. Focusing all of our attention on one thing means that we can do it quickly and do it well. Put a stop to multi-tasking and give undivided attention a try.

    6. Get Rid Of Distractions

    Being constantly surrounded by technology is one of the biggest contributing factors to low productivity. If your phone is constantly going off, it’s time to switch it off. Close Facebook, sign out of your emails, do whatever you need to in order to achieve a clear mind and uninterrupted thoughts.

    7. Prioritize And Delegate

    While you might be used to doing everything all by yourself and all in one go, this is not the most productive way to work, and it is certainly not the most productive office environment. Figure out what’s important and do that first while you have plenty of time and energy, knowing that you can whizz through the less important tasks later. Delegate to – the most productive teams share the weight, so stop trying to do everything yourself, as you’re actually holding yourself back.

    8. Don’t Be Afraid To Say No

    Saying no to work you know you don’t have time for is better for you, and better for the work that needs to be done. It ensures that you don’t end up with too much to handle, and also means that the work will be done in time, by someone who is free. By having a cut-off point, for your working day, for meetings, or for lunches, you ensure that nothing drags on and you don’t fall behind later.

    While working hard is always going to be the most important aspect of productivity, following the above steps helps your hard work become much more effective.



    Sharon Conwell has been a content manager and ghost writer at over 20 online projects, now she is a part-time educator and an editor at Big Assignments. She’s specializing in content creation and optimization. She loves coffee, tulips and her Shih Tzu named Bobby.


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  • feedwordpress 00:21:33 on 2017/01/11 Permalink
    Tags: , , , accelerated assistant, , , , , , , goal setting for assistants, , , professional development plan, , smart goals, , , Workplace Tools   

    The Accelerated Assistant Webinar Replay and Conference for Assistants 

    In our free webinar program, The Accelerated Assistant, we shared more about this year’s upcoming theme for our administrative assistant conference held every fall. The workplace is accelerating faster than anyone ever thought possible. Every day, we absorb more information, connect with more people, and utilize more technology than our ancestors did in their entire lives. In the coming year, we’ll experience more in a single day than we did in two days in the previous year. That is just the pace of modern life.

    We invite you to tune into the free replay of this webinar because an attendee you will learn:

    • The 7 key areas we need to accelerate and what that really means.
    • How to control the rate of acceleration (and why you have to take responsibility!).
    • Useful strategies for managing approaching “curves” in the road ahead.
    • The many ways in which your role is similar to that of a race car driver. (Hint: It’s a cool analogy that really works!)
    • Why slowing down is a counterintuitive but effective strategy for managing acceleration–and when you should do it.

    Watch the Webinar Replay: The Accelerated Assistant

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    Important Webinar Resources

    Other resources mentioned during the webinar

    • The Compound Effect, Darren Hardy


    Special Offer (Time Sensitive) – Join our conference for assistants this October!

    For a limited time, we are offering bonus items with your event registration. No coupon code necessary. When you register you will be sent access to the following programs. Early Bird seats are available at $100 off for a limited time. Regular price is $1,595.


    We hope to see you there!

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  • feedwordpress 09:28:23 on 2017/01/05 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , , , , possibility, , , professional assistant, , , , team building, The Leadership Challenge, , think tank, , Workplace Tools   

    From Possibility to Reality 

    This past October, I was honored to be part of the 2016 Office Dynamics International Conference, The Revolutionary Assistant. If you had asked me several years ago if it were possible to pull off a 400-person think tank, I’m not sure how I would have responded. Happily, I believe in exploration thinking, so today, I can say, “Absolutely!” And here’s why.

    About a year ago, I found myself on a catch-up call with Joan Burge, something we’ve done regularly in our relationship over the past 18 years or so. We were talking about my new company, 84.51°, and how my new building was designed to support innovation in our work with Kroger. I was sharing how I had started doing think tanks in our new “creative thinking space” using Compression Planning®, which sparked a conversation on helping assistants be more revolutionary, the theme Joan was planning for her 2016 Conference for Administrative Excellence. The seed of possibility was planted.

    Often we miss the opportunity to germinate the seed of possibility because we stick to only Yes-or-No questions. Without an explorer’s mindset, we might inadvertently rule out a great innovation. Typically, Compression Planning® think tanks are done with groups of 8-12 people. I had personally done sessions with up to 40, but certainly not 400 or more. If we focused on the question, “Can we do Compression Planning with 400 or more administrative professionals?”, we may have missed the opportunity.

    Often, questions come to us in yes-or-no formats, after all, it’s a much quicker conversation—the trick to making cool things happen, though, is re-framing questions in our own minds to a “How” format. “How can we make that work?” “How might we pull it off?” “How” questions nurture possibility. Compression Planning® founder, the late Jerry McNellis, liked to say, “If only people would take more time exploring how we can make something work instead of focusing on all of the reasons why something won’t work—we could accomplish so much more in so much less time!”

    Shortly after my initial conversation with Joan, I started enlisting a support network on how we might pull off a 450-person think tank. I called Pat McNellis at the Compression Planning Institute—had they ever done something on that scale before? I called my sister (and fellow Compression Planning Specialist)—would she be interested in helping me pull off something super cool? I reached out to the assistant to my CEO—would she and the 84.51° assistants be open to attending the conference and supporting the session onsite? In their book, The Leadership Challenge, authors Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner call out “enlisting others” as an important leadership behavior. Very rarely do we accomplish big things by ourselves.



    Having an explorer’s mindset and enlisting others created the possibility for taking something designed for 40 people and making it work for over 400. But one other factor came into play that helped move it from possibility to reality. About three weeks before the conference, I did a “test run” with the 84.51 assistants, who helped surface the need for some adjustments from what was originally planned. I reached out to some additional experts to help tweak and refine the plan. And my sister provided regular encouragement and advice. By connecting with and expanding my support network and staying open-minded to feedback and changes, we moved from possibility to reality and ultimately pulled off a cool and successful 450-person think-tank teambuilding event.

    In the end, the seed of possibility bloomed into a successful teambuilding session. It was a collaborative effort to move from possibility to reality by focusing on “How” instead of “if,” enlisting others in the vision, and being open-minded to feedback, other ideas and changes.


    Guest Post by Annette Brown

    Annette Brown is a master-certified McNellis Compression Planning specialist with over 20 years’ experience helping teams tackle complex business challenges. She started her career in administrative roles where she leveraged her Compression Planning skills to lead award-winning administrative teams, execute special projects and help her leaders deliver value and results for the company. With 17 years in the learning and development arena, Brown currently helps lead the learning organization for the highly innovative new division of Kroger known as 84.51° in Cincinnati.

    When not at work, she enjoys traveling with her husband and daughter, sewing, crafting and making traditional Italian dishes. Brown holds a Bachelor’s degree in business from Indiana Wesleyan University.

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  • feedwordpress 19:58:59 on 2016/12/16 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , , anticipation, , , foresight, , opportunity, proactive professional, , , , self-evaluation, Workplace Tools   

    12 Days of Christmas Webinar: The Proactive Professional with Chrissy Scivicque 

    In this webinar we get to dig in deep with Chrissy Scivicque about what the skill “proactive” really is. What does it look like, how do you acquire and build this skill and so much more. We hope you take the time to tune in and watch this free webinar replay.

    Watch the Replay: The Proactive Professional with Chrissy Scivicque

    proactive professional

    Webinar Resources

    Download the Handout: handout-skillset

    Download the Chat Archive: Day 12 Chat Archive 12 Days

    Download Your Certificate of Attendance: Certificate-Of-Attendance-The Proactive Professional


    In this webinar, we ask Chrissy:

    • What does it really mean to be proactive?
    • Why do you think it’s important for administrative professionals to be proactive?
    • How do you actually develop this skill?
    • What is one thing that Chrissy thinks is most important about the topic of being proactive that assistants need to know?

    Nothing changes, until we change. – Chrissy S.


    Special Offers From This Webinar


    We extended all of our special offer deals!


    Catch Up With This Webinar Series

    1. Get Things Done & Control Your Day
    2. Goal Setting & Branding Yourself for 2017
    3. Question & Answer with administrative expert, Joan Burge
    4. The Accelerated Assistant
    5. Riding the Wave of Change
    6. Live Your BIG Life in 2017
    7. The Organized Admin Book Interview with Julie Perrine
    8. Building a Strong (Star) Partnership with Your Boss
    9. Strategies for Being a World Class Assistant
    10. Must-Have Skills
    11. Mastering Exceptional Self-Leadership
    12. The Proactive Professional with Chrissy Scivicque

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