C 2005 Karen Fritscher-Porter The Effective Admin newsletter

Are you a manager, director or other senior-level personnel
who wants to work more effectively with your administrative
support professional? Did you know that partnering with your
administrative assistants and executive assistants can actually
help you to meet your professional goals at work? Would you like
to know how to improve morale among your administrative support
professionals and retain them as long-term employees? After all,
isn’t it a lot more profitable to retain existing staff than to
constantly hire, train and get along with new staff? Here are
five ways to work more effectively with your current
administrative support professionals starting now:

1. Assume that your administrative support professional doesn’t
know what’s on your mind until you tell him. That’s the one
assumption it’s okay to make in the office environment. Always
remember that your administrative support professional is not a
mind reader–no matter how in tune with your thoughts she or he
may seem to be sometimes. It’s that one time that you “assume”
when things will go awry in your work relationship.

2. Discuss your personal and professional goals. In order to be
your partner, your administrative support professional needs to
know who you want to be when. What do you personally want in your
career? And what are you striving for on behalf of the company?
These answers will affect your administrative professional’s
duties. She wants to help you achieve your plans. Knowing these
answers helps her to clarify the prioritization of tasks and
situations that arise daily. She’ll focus on projects relevant to
your goals first when possible. And she’ll know and pass along
pieces of information she happens upon throughout the year that
would be useful or of interest to you.

3. Discuss project expectations. When you’re giving an
assignment, make sure your administrative professional precisely
understands the expected project outcome. This means you will
need to clarify the outcome in your head first and then clearly
relay that expected outcome to your administrative professional.
Clearly voicing the precise (or nearly precise) expected project
outcome before it happens means no surprises upon project
completion and efficient use of your time and that of your
administrative professional. Precise communication prevents
misinterpretation by both parties which can cause bad
relationships and inappropriate work results. If the results
aren’t what you asked for then maybe in actuality you didn’t
quite ask for the results you wanted.

4. Have a daily briefing with your administrative support
person. Meet daily whether either of you want to do so or not.
This meeting forces communication to flow daily between you both,
which is a good thing. And comfort levels with each other will
rise. It could be a five minute meeting while standing. Or it
could be a 10 minute meeting while seated that’s officially
posted on the calendar to happen every day that you’re in the
office at 9:00 a.m. Do what works best for you both. And make
sure you’re uninterrupted during this time.

5. Support opportunities for your administrative professional
to achieve certifications. For example, your administrative
professional can become a Certified Administrative Professional
(CAP) and a Certified Professional Secretary (CPS), both elite
designations by administrative professional criteria. Encourage
her or him to train and test for these titles as well as have
your company pay the registration costs.

Karen Fritscher-Porter is the author of the
eBooklet: 87 Ways You Can Work More Effectively With Your
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