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YOUR CAREER

Job searching during a pandemic

By Lynne Curry bio The career worst has happened. You lost your job during a pandemic. You suffer through the “sorry to tell you” call from your supervisor. When he says “take care of yourself,” you respond, “You take care too.” Then you sit frozen. When every employer is furloughing or laying or workers, how the heck are you supposed to get a new job? You spend the hours it takes to sign up for unemployment, and circle the date on your calendar when you need to have a new job. You spend a day cleaning up your resume and the next three days sending it out to every job you find posted in Indeed.com. No employer calls you. You call a few of your still-employed friends. They check with… . . . read more

YOUR CAREER

Managing virtual teams in a COVID-19 era

By Lynne Curry bio If you’re a manager struggling your way up the steep virtual workplace learning curve, you may discover the COVID-19 pandemic makes you a better leader. Here’s how to navigate your way through this trial by fire. Focus on results Effective remote supervision requires managers to switch gears from supervising activities to managing results. Train yourself to keep your focus, and that of your team, on results and overall productivity. Say goodbye to micro-management.  Not only doesn’t it work, but you’ll drive your employees and yourself crazy if you keep them under a microscope from a distance.  Things come up for employees working from home that don’t when they’re at a regular work site. Let your employees know what you hold them accountable for and allow them… . . . read more

COVID-19

Create a new normal to cope with new times

By Lynne Curry bio If every several days you wonder “is this pandemic a nightmare and if so, when will I wake up?” you’re not alone. Two months ago none of us knew that in my state more than 49,000 Alaskans would lose their jobs or that nine Alaskans would die from COVID-19. We didn’t expect that the rest of us would work in situations that put our heath at risk or struggle to work remotely. But it happened; here’s our new normal. More than 15 percent of U.S. employers permanently cut head count as of April 7; another 24 percent are considering it. One out of every 10 employers has permanently closed their doors. Three out of every 10 employers laid off employees as of April 7, another 28… . . . read more

MANAGING THE OFFICE

The importance of recognizing your employees’ hard work

Happy Administrative Professionals Week! What have you got planned to acknowledge your hard-working support staff? If you’ve decided to do nothing this year, you may want to…


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MANAGING THE OFFICE

To-Dos: Your September office checklist

Now that the summer is over and you’re facing the final quarter, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get to work. Here are some important tasks you…


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IMPROVING PRODUCTIVITY

How to cope with post-Labor Day stress (yes, it’s a thing) and return to the “daily grind”

It’s official: summer is coming to a close. Gone are the days filled with outdoor festivals, beach vacations, neighborhood pool parties, and fun-filled barbeques. It’s time to get back to…


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READER TIPS

Why your first act as a new administrator should be to rearrange the furniture

One of the most difficult ways to become a manager is to be promoted from within.
For a Colorado administrator, however, moving up was…


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MANAGING ATTORNEYS

Developing productive associates: Why the traditional annual review gets a FAIL!

If the goal is to develop the associates into productive—and profitable—attorneys, the traditional annual review is not enough…


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YOUR CAREER

Is the honeymoon over at work?

For many professionals, that first year in a new job can be a “honeymoon period,” full of new and exciting challenges. But a recent study from…


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YOUR CAREER

How to deliver a great presentation on any topic

To grow in the job, a manager has to communicate ideas and visions and recommendations…


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