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  1. @Joanne I was pretty certain I uploaded these best practices , but you're right, I do not see them anywhere. Let me do some digging and find the document to share. I am very confused as to why they are not showing. -Jacqueline
  2. I am ready to find myself back in the office on a more regular basis. Currently, my biggest struggle is virtually teaching a pre-k student while working and trying to ensure he is cognitively stimulated while I try and balance my own workload. I'm thankful for our community trying to be proactive in keeping everyone safe, but I am a little overwhelmed. I notice that it has in turn made me a much bigger advocate with Sr. Leadership for more flexibility and leniency with staff as school starts back in our area. Keep your heads up my friends!
  3. Kelly, I am very sorry that this message went unread for so long. I would love to chat over email, and maybe even a quick call, if you would like to discuss this further. Please feel free to reach out! Jacque McCumber (JMcCumber@Nektar.com)
  4. If you attended APC 2019 and made your way to one of the Best Practices - Office Management discussions, you heard me refer to myself as the Olivia Pope of office management; a fixer extraordinaire. As office managers, our roles are endless and boundaries are non-existent until you create them. When an engineer comes to work every day they know they are going to be designing a process , when a car salesman gets in to the office everyday they know they will be selling a car. When an office manager gets to the office they are going to make sure the coffee is hot, the conference room is prepped
  5. Open communication and understanding my manager's leadership style are the two most important aspects of maintaining good rapport. We have built such a strong rapport through the years that I am able to display signs of tough love by telling him, in our 1:1's, what others are too intimidated to tell him. By offering this in a personal setting it gives him time to reflect, but also go in to the next interaction/meeting with an understanding of how people are perceiving him. This is essential during organizational shifts or times of turmoil in our business. This relationship is, hands-down, the
  6. Renee, I would have to agree with you, I don't know that peer-to-peer would be a true mentoring relationship. I believe a mentor could be a peer if they have experience in some other facet of life which you seek information. However, for job mentoring, it should be someone who is truly skilled and understands how to navigate the business you're in to get where you ultimately want to go. Have you pushed back on your leadership's idea at all? How did they receive it? Jacque
  7. Good Afternoon All! I am looking forward to all of the incredible discussions and networking this new forum will allow. Please make sure you check out all of the forum pages for conversations related to communication, efficiency, skills, leadership, professional development and technology. Hope everyone has an excellent week! JM
  8. @Erin Floss, Within my organization, we do reviews with our direct reports using a combination of written reporting as well as a face to face meeting. During the written portion, as Managers, we solicit written feedback from the groups/individuals our employees work with/for to ensure the feedback is well-rounded and fully established. Within this process, we are able to circle back to an individual if their review needs further fleshing out or additional questioning. Upon completing that process, the reviews are sent through our HR Dept. to provide one more check, and then to Finance to
  9. Are you mentoring someone in your organization? If so, how did they approach you? What are some things you have learned as a mentor?
  10. Hello! Thank you for visiting the forum, and for posting a great question! I am currently being mentored by a colleague (RB), who has moved his way up the corporate ladder within our organization. He is highly respected and known for his excellent outlook for the employees, and wonderful facilitation skills. We have worked together for several years, and while he is my senior by a few years, we had established a great friendship through the time we've worked together. Upon my boss (TS) finding out that I was attending school to establish my Master's in Communication, he suggested I deter
  11. Mentor. What is a mentor? How do you truly identify a mentor in your life? These are questions I found myself wondering when my current boss told me to find a mentor in the field I would most like to venture towards. As an Executive Assistant, I am privy to a lot of different activities and departments, which gives me great insight and experience to know the areas in which I excel and how that might lead me toward a certain trajectory for the future. However, I still needed to select someone to help me with that trajectory, and ultimately (thanks to many many searches and discussions w
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