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10 Steps You Should Take Today to Become a Virtually Indispensable Administrative Professional

Posted by Cynthia Kong on April 23, 2014 at 8:20 AM

It's often said that no one's indispensable in today's workplace, that everyone's replaceable. But we happen to think there are ways administrative professionals can show their indispensability. 

OfficeTeam recently hosted a webinar, "How to Become a Virtually Indispensable Administrative Professional," to discuss how support staff can show their value at work and get noticed for their contributions. In case you missed the webinar or just want to watch it again, a recording is now available.

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

Happy Administrative Professionals Day!

Posted by OfficeTeam on April 23, 2014 at 6:35 AM

Administrative_Professionals_DayToday is a day to celebrate you! At OfficeTeam, we want you to know how much your work is valued and appreciated, not just on Administrative Professionals Day, but throughout the year.

Administrative Professionals Day is part of the broader Administrative Professionals Week celebration, which runs April 20–26 this year.

A bit of history: Administrative Professionals Day/Week was first organized in 1952 as "National Secretaries Week" by the National Secretaries Association (now known as the International Association of Administrative Professionals), in conjunction with public relations executive Harry Klemfuss and a consortium of office product manufacturers.

Topics: Recognition, Events, Industry News

Paper Pushing 2.0 – The Impact of New Technology on Workflows

Posted by Meghan Lockhart on April 22, 2014 at 10:56 AM

new_technologyIn today’s era of company meetings held via Skype, marketing campaigns pushed across Facebook and work files reviewed from mobile devices, it’s hard to imagine the workplace without these new technologies – and back office operations are no exception. Administrative professionals, the backbone of any smoothly running office, increasingly need to be tech-savvy in order to support day-to-day office activities across a myriad of technology platforms.

Topics: Productivity, Tech Tips

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