The Five Conflict Management Styles

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According to a 2015 study done by The Health and Occupational Research network approximately twenty-five percent of all work-related stressors are related to interpersonal relationships. The Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) denotes sixteen main personality types including adventurers, inspectors and masterminds, among others. Each diverse personality type employs one of five conflict management styles. Lack…
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Don’t Let Your Conflict Management Skills Become Extinct

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Have you ever walked into the office and felt like you were walking into a dinosaur den? Roaring, grumbling, screeching personalities surrounding you and you’re just trying to stay cool and calm as the difficult people test your patience. We’ve all been there and had to deal with one of the oldest struggles: getting along…
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Quiz: Is it Sexual Harassment?

Test your knowledge about which behaviors warrant investigation by HR—and possibly the EEOC. Sexual harassment is making the news a lot these days, but most of the complaints that HR hears about day-to-day aren’t quite as clear-cut—or egregious—as the reports against former Fox CEO Roger Ailes, Kevin Spacey and Charlie Rose. The classic example of…
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Adobe® Photoshop® Project Management

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One of the most commonly used computer software for creative professionals is Adobe® Photoshop®. Below are a few tips and organizational strategies to help those using Adobe® Photoshop® to stay organized, improve project turn around and enhance accuracy. Project Planning: When taking on a project, remain aware of its distinct phases and note any time constraints…
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Top Three Risks of Cryptocurrencies for Small Businesses

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With all the hype in 2018 surrounding cryptocurrencies, the appeal of making a fortune by joining the cryptocurrency market is enticing. It seems a new cryptocurrency pops up every day (currently there are more than 1300 available), there are no signs of it slowing down. Unfortunately, there are as many risks as there are choices…
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Top Three Things Businesses Need to Know About Cryptocurrencies

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Blockchain technology has exploded into the public awareness with the rapid rise of cryptocurrency as a tradable commodity. Digital currency such as Bitcoin, Ethereum and Ripple utilize blockchain applications to create “coins” or “tokens” which are exchanged through a specific platform of networked computers. As business owners enter this space, many are wondering how does…
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Tips for Working with a Virtual Personal Assistant

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In today’s fast-paced business environment, with more virtual offices and freelance workers, virtual personal assistants have become increasingly common. Here are some tips for working with a virtual personal assistant. Know how you are competing for time. Many virtual personal assistants work for multiple people in a freelance role. As such, ask interview questions that…
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Selecting Your Administrative Assistant: Interview Tips

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Administrative assistants are sometimes the first faces that customers and important stakeholders see. They may answer your phones, set up meetings and screen incoming information. On the other hand, other administrative assistants may be more back-office focused, interacting with few people, but engaging in the detailed work of file system administration and management. The interview…
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Celebrating Administrative Professionals’ Day

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Administrative Professionals’ Day is a good opportunity to thank the people who provide you with administrative support.  Below are some factors to consider in celebrating the day: Does your administrative assistant want public acknowledgement? In today’s world of professionalized skill, not all administrative staff like to be characterized as “administrative.” To them, it may hark…
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Writing to Be Read

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Here’s an activity to celebrate National Reading Month: practice your own writing!  When we think about speed reading exercises, we often think about our role as a reader. In this article, we review writing tips that will help others speed read what we write! Headings and Bullets. In today’s information packed world, we write for…
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