The Importance of Recognizing Administrative Professionals

Administrative Professionals Week was conceived in 1952 by Mary Barrett, then-president of the National Secretaries Association, and C. King Woodbridge, then-president of the Dictaphone Corporation. Both were serving on a council addressing the national shortage of skilled workers, and decided a weeklong event intended to recognize “the secretary, upon whose skills, loyalty, and efficiency the […]

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The Open Office Backlash

According to the International Management Facility Association, nearly 70 percent of corporate offices now have so-called “open-plan” offices, or work environments with no walls or cubicles. Google uses them, as does eBay, Yahoo, Goldman Sachs, and American Express. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg even enlisted famed architect Frank Gehry to design his company’s new office expansion, […]

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Base Pay vs. Recognition: What’s More Important?

What’s more important: base pay or being appreciated for your work? A recent survey released by Boston Consulting Group polled more than 200,000 employees around the world to create a definitive list of the top 10 factors for on-the-job happiness. They found that employees value the following (in order of importance): Appreciation for their work Good relationships […]

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