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Rob’s Job Report: Quarterly BLS Unemployment Figures and Spring Tips

Posted by Robert Hosking on April 18, 2014 at 8:56 AM

Robert Hosking_quarterly unemployment figures and spring tipsHopefully the spring season has been pleasant for you so far. After being hit with thunderstorms while on business in Ft. Lauderdale, I arrived home in Toronto to below freezing temperatures. Will winter ever end?

The first quarter of 2014 has come to a close, and as companies gear up for upcoming projects, administrative hiring seems to be moving in a positive direction. Here are some of the latest industry trends:

Topics: Career Advice, Industry News, Job Search, Skills Development

Do You Know an Administrative Professional Superhero?

Posted by OfficeTeam on April 17, 2014 at 5:25 PM

administrative professional superhero

The OfficeTeam Superhero Contest is in full swing. From now through Wednesday, April 23, nominate your office superhero! Like the administrative professional superhero pictured here, have your nominee strike a superhero pose in the photo you submit and tell us how he or she saves the day at your office!

Does your team's administrative professional handle all tasks with energy and ease, from answering and screening calls to taking epic notes at meetings? Does the person swoop in and resolve problems with tact and diplomacy? Does your admin make a real difference, day in and day out? 

Topics: Recognition

Recognition Gone Wrong: "Good Morning!"

Posted by Cynthia Kong on April 14, 2014 at 9:02 AM

In this second video from the OfficeTeam "Recognition Gone Wrong" series, we learn that not everyone appreciates being treated to breakfast in bed -- especially when it's served by coworkers.

Remember to use good judgment when recognizing your colleagues and employees. Don't be creepy!


Topics: Video, Recognition, Office Humor

Join our Administrative Professionals Week Webinar on April 22!

Posted by Cynthia Kong on April 11, 2014 at 8:07 AM

Indispensable administrative professional webinarDon't forget to register for the free OfficeTeam webinar, “How to Become a Virtually Indispensable Administrative Professional,” on Tuesday, April 22 at 11 a.m. PT / 2 p.m. ET!

During this 60-minute webinar, you'll learn how to build a reputation for being virtually indispensable and advance your career as an administrative professional. 

OfficeTeam Executive Director Robert Hosking will discuss tips for adding value to your company, increasing your visibility and staying up to date on emerging trends in the administrative field

Topics: Events, Career Advice, Industry News, Skills Development

Recognition Gone Wrong: "Great Job, Here's a Stapler"

Posted by Cynthia Kong on April 10, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Sometimes recognition efforts just go horribly wrong. For example, this video from OfficeTeam's "Recognition Gone Wrong" series shows what NOT to do when showing appreciation to colleagues and employees. Key takeaways: Personalize gifts or rewards based on individual interests. And giving someone an office supply off of your desk is generally not well-received.

Topics: Video, Recognition, Office Humor

Recognize Your Super Admin: Administrative Professionals Day Contest

Posted by OfficeTeam on April 8, 2014 at 9:38 AM


Organized, dedicated, proactive, thoughtful, diligent ... are these some of the words to describe an administrative professional you know? If so, nominate that administrative professional for (or encourage him/her to enter) the OfficeTeam Superhero Contest on Facebook!

It’s easy to nominate!

  • Go to the contest page on Facebook
  • Provide you and your nominee’s contact information
  • Upload a photo of the nominee looking like a superhero
  • In this statement, fill in the blanks: My office superhero is ___________ because _____________!

Topics: Recognition

Office Humor: Talk About a Tight Schedule!

Posted by OfficeTeam on April 4, 2014 at 8:09 AM



Topics: Time Management, Office Humor

Providing Meaningful Recognition to Your Administrative Staff

Posted by Michelle Johanson on April 2, 2014 at 8:12 AM

recognition_to_administrative_staffWhen I think of the employers I’ve stayed with the longest over my working days, one thing unites them all: My hard work was noticed and appreciated. The recognition wasn’t always flashy or expensive, but it made me feel loyal to the company and willing to continue putting in extra effort.

When was the last time you made your employees feel that way? Here are some tips for providing recognition and giving thanks to your administrative staff from OfficeTeam's 30 Creative Ideas for Boosting Morale and Retention:

Topics: Recognition, Management Advice

Should You Be Friends on Facebook With Your Boss and Coworkers?

Posted by OfficeTeam on March 31, 2014 at 9:58 AM

friends_on_facebookSocial platforms are rewriting the rules of networking and changing the face of friendship. Let’s face it: Whether we're checking photos of our friends on Facebook from our work computers or updating our status from our smartphones, few of us get through a day on the job without perusing, posting or liking something.  

Minding “social” manners takes on a new twist in the social media world. To add or not to add bosses and coworkers as friends is a particularly tricky conundrum. Will we overstep a boundary if we do? Will we ruin our chances of a promotion or tick off the accounts guy if we don’t?  

The following social media etiquette tips may help you decide whether — and to what degree — to friend colleagues. 

Topics: Office Culture, Career Advice, Tech Tips

Salary Scoop: Executive Assistant

Posted by Cynthia Kong on March 28, 2014 at 8:15 AM

salary scoop_executive assistantThere continues to be a high demand for executive assistants, especially those with strong technical and soft skills. According to the OfficeTeam 2014 Salary Guide, the average starting salary for an executive assistant is $40,500 to $55,250. The compensation for this position has seen a 4.1% jump from last year, which is higher than the 3.3% percent average increase for administrative positions in the U.S. 

Topics: Salary Trends, Industry News, Job Search