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Cool Office Gadgets for Your Black Friday Shopping List

Posted by OfficeTeam on November 25, 2014 at 7:07 AM

office_gadgetsWho doesn’t want fun, new gadgets they can use at work? You know, the kind that make coworkers “ooh” and “aah” with jealousy. Here are some worth throwing in your shopping cart this holiday season.

Are you ready for Black Friday? The biggest shopping day of the year is a great time to splurge on yourself or find holiday gifts for coworkers. Of course, shopping can be faster and easier when you have a list of cool office gadgets and desktop accessories that are perfect for office professionals.

Topics: Office Culture, Organization, Productivity, Office Humor

4 Festive Productivity Tips for the Holidays

Posted by OfficeTeam on November 24, 2014 at 6:50 AM

productivity tipsThe holiday season is traditionally host to a big drop in office productivity. But it doesn’t have to be. With some ingenuity and a little planning, you can turn the close of the fourth quarter into your most rewarding time of the year. Check out these productivity tips

Ah, the holiday season. That special time of year to plan family gatherings or vacations, cook delicious recipes, sing festive songs, shop for last-minute gifts ... and boost your office productivity?

Office productivity? Really?

Topics: Career Advice, Productivity, Time Management

Read This Before Getting Holiday Gifts for Coworkers

Posted by Cynthia Kong on November 21, 2014 at 7:19 AM

gifts for coworkers

Planning to buy holiday gifts for coworkers? Make sure to follow these pointers. 

Getting gifts for coworkers around the holidays can always be a little weird. Will people feel left out if you give treats to their cubicle neighbors and not them? Will you look cheap if you don't spend that much on the boss's present?   

Here are six workplace holiday gift-giving tips to keep in mind:

Topics: Office Culture, Office Humor

Can Being Bilingual Give You a Professional Advantage?

Posted by OfficeTeam on November 19, 2014 at 7:37 AM

bilingualIn a global economy, it’s not uncommon to pick up the phone or open your inbox and find yourself communicating with a client or employee in another country. Are you in a position to help if that person doesn’t speak English?

You may have heard the story. Chevrolet took its top-selling car to the Latin American market, only to see sales fall off a cliff. Why? No one checked the Spanish translation of “Nova.” Turns out a name that means “it doesn’t go” doesn’t go over very well in the auto market there.

Topics: Recognition, Office Culture, Career Advice, Skills Development

3 Awesome Book Gift Ideas Your Coworkers Will Love

Posted by Michelle Johanson on November 17, 2014 at 10:08 AM

book_gift_ideasWith the holiday season upon us, you may be already thinking of gifts for coworkers and others who may be looking to get ahead at work. How about giving them a book? The OfficeTeam Book Club has a few suggestions.

It’s hard to believe the end of the year is here, and with it comes thoughts of giving to others. If you’re like me, you’re busy creating your shopping list for presents and perhaps even marking off items already. To lighten your gift-buying research a bit, the OfficeTeam Book Club has gathered some book gift ideas that make terrific options for people at work – especially those you know want to make career moves in the new year. You may even want to get copies for yourself!

Topics: Career Advice, Skills Development, OfficeTeam Book Club

Salary Scoop: Marketing Assistant

Posted by Jenny Lee on November 14, 2014 at 9:43 AM

marketing_assistantThey assist with promotional activities and compile market research. Organization is their strong suit, especially when it comes to events. No matter how big or small the tasks, they’re ready to help. They’re the marketing assistants. Could this be a good path for you? 

Marketing assistants play a vital role in the marketing department. Need a last-minute presentation? No problem. They’re the grease that oils the wheels of a marketing team, making sure that it operates smoothly.

Topics: Salary Trends, Job Search, Salary Scoop

How to Remember Names: 4 Tips for Jogging Your Memory

Posted by OfficeTeam on November 12, 2014 at 7:48 AM

how_to_remember_namesYou know the awkwardness that ensues when someone forgets your name. There’s foot shuffling, lack of eye contact and, finally, the letdown that you just aren’t that memorable. Don’t do this to other people!

Remembering names is important. As Dale Carnegie said, “If you remember my name, you pay me a subtle compliment; you indicate that I have made an impression on you. Remember my name and you add to my feeling of importance.”

Topics: Networking, Career Advice

10 Rules You Must Follow at Your Office Holiday Party

Posted by Cynthia Kong on November 10, 2014 at 8:18 AM

office holiday party

Time to attend the office holiday party? Whether you love these events or hate them, stay on Santa's "nice list" by following these 10 rules.   

The office holiday party is often met with mixed responses. There are those who get really excited about these celebrations. Ready with tinsel in hand, they put Santa's helpers to shame. Then, there are employees who dread the company party. They're not all grinches, per se: The holiday lights and merriment just aren't for everyone. And there's also that group that falls in the middle. Whether a feeling of jolliness or obligation drives their attendance at the party, they're there for the festivities. 

Topics: Office Culture, Attire

5 Helpful Business Travel Planning Resources

Posted by OfficeTeam on November 7, 2014 at 7:14 AM

travel_planningTime to book a business trip for people on your team? Learn about the latest travel apps and tools that can make that task easier.

As an administrative professional, you may often act as a travel agent. So travel planning skills can be essential — especially at the executive and senior executive assistant level — because executive travel can be critical to keeping the company running smoothly.

Here are five outstanding travel apps and sites that can help you meet your executive travel planning responsibilities:

Topics: Organization, Tech Tips, Skills Development

How to Get Promoted: The Six Steps You Need to Take Today

Posted by Michelle Johanson on November 5, 2014 at 6:55 AM

how_to_get_promotedGetting ahead at work may be on your agenda as you look ahead to 2015, but do you know how to get promoted? Learn more about what you need to do right now to achieve your goal.

More responsibility, higher pay, a new job title. You’re ready! However, since the decision to promote you is up to your manager, you need to show you have the capability to impress at the next level.

Here are six key steps that can highlight your potential:

Topics: Recognition, Career Advice