Working in offices over the years, I have developed strategies, analogies, and general tips that have recently been formulated in a series of tweets which will be explored through this blog series.
Here are some quick links to the blog posts:
Office Manager Tip: I approach my office work with the same strategy as cleaning the house.
Office Manager Tip: Processing A/P invoices is like laundry: a constant flow, if not attended to piles up and gets you in trouble.
Office Manager: A/P, collections, receptionist, janitor, webmaster, marketing, filing clerk, copy machine coordinator, writer, H/R.
Office Manager Tip: Filing is like doing the dishes; do it in regular loads, or run out of countertop space.
Office Manager Tip: Always prioritize your work in such a way that you keep others’ hands full.
Office Manager Tip: When answering “How are you?” say “Fabulous!” You can’t say it without smiling, thus raising the pitch of your voice.
Office Manager Tip: Just as I clean the kitchen and load the dishwasher before bed, my office is neat and orderly at 5:00pm.
Office work is remarkably similar to housework in its necessity and praiseworthiness. No nobel peace prize for unloading the dishwasher.
Office Manager Tip: Just like you stick a fork in a cake to see if it’s done, review scanned documents for legibility before sending.
The Hard Return and Tab exist for a reason. Don’t use the spacebar to format documents.
Office Manager Tip: Multi-tasking is a necessity but the efficiency of it is an urban legend.
Office Manager Tip: Santa has elves; you do not. Plan ahead to make the most of your time during “the Season.”
Yes, proofreading is important even for office ninjas like me. Case in point, in my rush to email an announcement, I neglected to properly proofread the text.
Call on hold? Don’t just leave them hanging. Check back and see how they’re doing. It’s called “hospitality.”
What are your tips?