By: Frances Peria
I found myself going through some of my old journals and came across this piece:
A very sick friend had me confronting my mortality. A lot of us go through life dreaming big dreams, planning for the future, and building our treasure chest for tomorrow. Nothing wrong with that at all, until we find out that there is no more tomorrow for some of us to speak of. Maybe then we could start to think how best we could live the present.
Where to start? How about reconciling with everyone around us, especially with enemies, perceived or not? There are people whom we may have hurt, most probably unintentionally and consequently we are not even aware of. Then perhaps we could reconcile with ourselves and then be ready to square it up with the Higher Being. The next step? How about verbally reaffirming our love to those we do? Knowing one is loved is amazing, hearing it said often enough is reassuring.
Finally, how about living the present as though it were our last and squeezing the moment for all it was worth? Then perhaps we can go on the last leg of our journey feeling richer, happier and without regret.
I was amazed to realize that it has been over 10 years since I wrote the above. More, I am happy to realize that all these years, “regret” has failed to insinuate itself in my life. And I thank God for that!
By Frances Peria
People mark and eagerly await certain days of the year to celebrate – birthdays, anniversaries and holidays. Celebrations are likewise held on special occasions: baptism, graduation, passing board exams, promotions, etc. Commemoration of these events comes in all forms and sizes – a grand fiesta, a big blowout, a quiet dinner, a solemn mass heard, a small prayer uttered. Whatever form it takes, we make it a point to mark these special events anyway. But do we really need to wait for such special occasions to celebrate?
Waking up to a new day and being able to see the sun rise is in itself a cause for celebration. Knowing that one is alive and well is a great cause to rejoice. So are being in the pink of health, of having family and loved ones around you, of not being hounded by creditors, of being contented with what one has, and not being unhappy with what one doesn’t have.
During the LEAP General Assembly Meeting on the 26th of August 2012, one of our hardworking member Ms. Rose Escueta shared with us information on the Department of Labor and Employment's guidelines on Statutory Leave. For a more detailed information please download the link below this page.
Even if your Boss/Supervisor swamps you with petty tasks and doesn't appreciate all you do, you can always "manage up" to make sure the boss's boss knows your worth. Here are seven ways to do that:
1. Be the best at something by developing a high degree of skill on a topic or picking up technical knowledge (such as software skills) that can help your company. News of your expertise will trickle up.
2. Volunteer for a rush job or a project that's running over deadline. Higher-ups will notice. Execs love employees who show their commitment to the team.
3. Seek out praise for your group. When you say, "My team did a great job," that's showing leadership skill that people will remember.
4. Nurture relationships with key clients. If you're in a position to be indispensable to key clients, you'll be able to build on your professional relationships with them.
5. Become a mentor. You're never too young to share your experience with junior members of your organization.
6. Praise your boss—when it's deserved—to your co-workers and other supervisors. Example: If your boss has been extra supportive of your career development, write her an e-mail telling her that you appreciate it. Be sure to "cc" her boss.
7. Gain a deep understanding of your boss's goals, the department's strategies and the company's objectives. It will help you set priorities and make smart decisions about what work to tackle.
Researched by Tess Francisco-Floedl
It is common for Secretaries, Executive & Administrative Assistants to have the line "other duties as assigned" in our contract. It is either stated in the employment contract or verbally conveyed to us upon acceptance of the job. Usually, this is a diminutive matter that we do not pay much attention to. But what is the scope of this "other duties as assigned"?
Here are some of the best examples of "other duties as assigned."
Open the Boss's sandwich everyday to make sure it contained no tomatoes.
Drop-off a pet’s stool sample at the Vet. "He left the container on my desk while I was having lunch."
Send fake rejection letters from universities to the boss’s daughter as a joke.
Throw a surprise party for an up-and-coming Vice President’s dog.
Look for "anything suspicious looking," after someone had called in a bomb threat.
Stuff tissue between the Boss’s upper lip and teeth, after he chipped a tooth and then glued it back together.
Check the pencils daily to be sure they were sharp enough. "If they weren’t, I was to sharpen them, but only to the correct size for his hand. If he deemed the pencil too small, he would give it back to me and nastily tell me to save it for my children. I had no children.?
Spray the Boss's bald head with sunscreen.
The Vice President would walk out of his office and, without a word, set an empty glass on my desk. That meant he wanted a glass of water. And the kitchenette is right next to his office!
I typed up high school English papers for my Boss’s son. They had to be perfect – certain margin, format, footnotes, etc. This was in the pre-computer days, when I had to use an electric typewriter. I was so glad when the son finally graduated. (He became a doctor.)
I have to pick and wrap the Christmas gifts she was giving to her team, including mine. The night of our holiday party she made her thank you speech to everyone she men- tioned what I did for her. They teased her about it the whole year. She never asked me to do that again.
These are just some stories that came in response to a post on Admin Pro Forum of the Business Management Daily in the U.S. These are true stories but don’t take it seriously. My advice, get a good laugh out of it.
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