Thursday, August 16, 2012

Join me and the Quad City Chapter for an 
evening of stress relief! 

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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Short acronyms for the Administrative Professional

Do people realize that the first text acronyms were used by secretaries? Remember Shorthand? Shorthand was the language secretaries used when transcribing messages which was in the form of lines that were symbols with meaning. Today, acronyms are used when sending text messages or casual email messages.  Many acronyms have been added to the Urban Dictionary such as: LOL, LMAO, and ROFLMAO, and the list goes on.

Professionals will say that this form of "short text" is unprofessional and lack proper business etiquette in writing; however, with the increase in the usage of Smartphones, email, and other electronic vices that speed up business communication, the use of short language will be the norm in the business world as it is in our personal lives. 

I recommend that we add the following acronyms to the Urban Dictionary to be used in business writing:

Request for Information
Need More Direction
Per your Request
Open to Suggestions
Open for Discussion
Waiting for a Response
Business as Usual

Are there any other acronyms we can add? I am OTS.

Monday, August 6, 2012

For goodness sakes, take a break!

Eating at your desk is not taking a break.
It’s 11 a.m. and you have been working diligently since 8:30 a.m. sitting at your computer, answering phones, and greeting visitors with an occasional swivel of your chair to access items on and around your work space.  At lunchtime, you, like many other people in the world, will be sitting at your desk eating. After lunch, you will resume your rigorous work day until 5 p.m. (that’s if you’re not working overtime). If this scenario closely describes a typical day in your life, keep reading if you want to save your sanity, be healthier, and be more successful in your job. 

In an article entitled, Sitting All Day: Worse for you than you think, Epidemiologist Steven Blair, a professor of public health at the University of South Carolina say, “If you're sitting, your muscles are not contracting, perhaps except to type. But the big muscles, like in your legs and back, are sitting there pretty quietly, and because the major muscles aren't moving, metabolism slows down.”1 This is why at certain times of the day it feels like you have run out of gas or you feel run down and need an energy drink to make it through the rest of the day. 

Here are 3 reasons why you should take a break