Communication


An Admin’s Guide to Disaster Safety

When we think disaster, we typically imagine tornado sirens blaring or floodwaters rising. But not all disasters are caused by Mother Nature. An employee choking on a bagel in the breakroom. An electrical fire caused by faulty wiring. A hazardous material spill....

Your Administrative Role in Disaster Recovery Planning

A hurricane is bearing down and your office has just received notice that you have one hour to evacuate before floodwaters sweep into the area. What do you do? Your office is damaged by fire and you’re forced to work from home for the next six weeks. Are you set up to...

The Benefits of Understanding Personality Types in the Workplace

Have you ever wondered why you work really well with some people and seem to clash with others? Why you can predict how some colleagues will react to situations and others leave you completely flummoxed? Chances are it has a lot to do with individual personality type...

How to Build a Sustainable, Engaging Office Culture (Sponsored)

Guest post by Eleanor Whitney, Managing Editor of All Hands As an office professional, you know first-hand that company culture plays a critical role in business operations. While sometimes regarded as a “warm and fuzzy extra,” workplace culture plays key factor in...

Note From Julie: Dealing with Personal Crises in the Workplace

It doesn’t matter what your job title is. Life happens to all of us. Whether it’s a personal illness or a sick family member, a death, someone having relationship issues, or an unexpected job change – these personal crises happen to people every day. When...

Note From Julie: My Experience with a Workplace Bully

I had been warned about the workplace bully in the interview process, although I didn’t fully realize it at that moment. However, about seven days into a new job, I knew exactly why one executive asked me the questions he asked and shared the stories he shared about...

Julie’s Picks: My Top Resources on Workplace Bullying

Bullies, mean girls, Queen Bees – it seems like these terms (and the people who represent them) should have been left behind long ago, on the elementary school playgrounds and in the high school locker rooms of our youth. But unfortunately, that’s not the case. Nearly...

Combating Conflict: 5 Questions for Better Self-Awareness

No workplace is complete without conflict. Even the closest of colleagues and co-workers will occasionally disagree over the division of labor, the proper setting on the office thermostat, and whose turn it is to make the afternoon coffee run. But sometimes, conflict...

Note From Julie: Do You Need a Refresher in Office Etiquette?

Office etiquette. What used to be basic common sense has evolved into HR policies to govern behavior at work. Everything from how and when you can use your cell phones to dress codes and social media use are outlined in policies to set the expectation of employee...