Category Archives: Office Administration

Sticky-back White Boards

Have you seen them? You can peel and stick a dry erase white board just about anywhere. At EDSymposium17 in Minneapolis, one of the vendors was Business Essentials, provider of office supplies. We walked away with a sample of the sticky-back white board. What an awesome thing to have handy at your desk (you know, when you don’t have your own office that comes with its own white board).

Just peel off the back and stick on your desk . . . instant white board! Grab some of the dry erase markers from the supply room or conference room and you have your own erase-it-when-you-want canvas.

IRS lowers standard mileage rates for 2017

Effective January 1, 2017, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) is:

  • 53.5 cents per mile for business miles driven (down from 54 cents for 2016)
  • 17 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes (down from 19 cents for 2016)
  • 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations (unchanged from 2016)

More info on the IRS website.

Your time sheet is due!

TimeClockAccording to Stephanie Kirschner, Executive Director of the Society for Design Administration, one of the things she always hears from A/E/C administrators is, “What can we do to get our staff to submit their time sheet on time?”

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What does your underwear have to do with passwords?

passwords graphic“Passwords are like underwear.” That’s what Andrew Healey, senior director of engineering at ISOutsource, said when he presented a business practice brown-bag for us. It got a chuckle, that’s for sure. But you know what, passwords are like underwear. Continue reading

Electronic Surveys

Poll Everywhere SampleWe love gadgets as much as the next guy. And we really loved seeing in action the electronic survey used in the webinar Rick Altman presented, “Do Your PowerPoint Presentations Stink? Most do. Let’s make sure that yours don’t . . .” (at EDConnect15). Continue reading

Gen Z still in the news

Just when you thought you heard all you need to know about the workplace and Generation Z, along comes Robert Half (yes, that Robert Half—the one with the specialized staffing departments) with an interesting piece based on a survey of over 770 college and university student-members who are . . . Gen Z-ers. Continue reading

Technology Transfer: Hey! What happened to my Excel tabs?

magnifyingglassblackboardIt’s bound to happen at some point. You open up Excel expecting to see a number of worksheet tabs, but they’re not showing at the bottom of the screen. What the heck? Where’d they go? Continue reading