Part of the job description for being a Ninja is to be invisible. It’s both a blessing and a curse. You’re busy keeping the machine well-oiled, yet no one notices because they just expect it to work that way—with little consideration of how it works or who’s running it.
Because you want this temp to work out, prepare a detailed plan to help her improve and present it to her. Give her some tips—like making and reviewing checklists when doing X, or how you come up with solutions to tricky problems—something actionable that serves as a “marching order” and still allows her some autonomy. Then, include a timeframe to keep her accountable.
Welcome, Ninjas! It is I, Susy St. Ninja. Okay, so I’m hardly a saint ?? but I am OfficeNinjas’ in-house advisor extraordinaire. You can write in to ask me about all your office obstacles, professional problems, coworking conundrums, and other alliterative admin-related advice. From bad bosses to a dirty dishes problem, no question is too serious…Read more
In 2015, over 205 billion emails zipped between computers and cellphones around the world. These stories, quick check-ins, and inquiries flooded inboxes—including your own—so often that that number may not even surprise you. However, when you factor out all the cat videos and potluck arrangement threads, that number dips to 112 billion a day—and those…Read more
“My boss is younger than me” isn’t the phrase it used to be. Perhaps in the past it was a signal that you’d failed to rise through the ranks or that it was time to retire. But today, slipping that detail into a conversation is just the reality of our workforce. The baby boomer generation—ages…Read more
There are a lot of perks that come with being an astronaut. Aside from floating in space and flying in rockets, they can describe their awesomeness and career in one word that inspires total respect. This is partly because we all know what astronauts achieve, so we equate these accomplishments with what they do. Yet,…Read more
There’s no denying that your mind becomes loaded with different career advice throughout the years you spend working—and Lauren Bradley, OfficeNinjas All-Star Winner, admits she’s no exception in receiving an endless barrage of guidance. Yet, no matter how many different sentiments, proverbs, and helpful tidbits she’s heard time and time again, there’s one piece of…Read more
Oh, good. You’ve finally gotten around to reading this. Admit it: you’ve procrastinated before. Whether you put off laundry day or filing taxes or finishing that report, you’re not alone at the Procrastination Party. But there’s a difference between someone who procrastinates and someone who is a procrastinator. In other words, everyone procrastinates, but not…Read more
What’s the first thing you look at when you visit someone’s LinkedIn profile? If you’re like most people, your eyeballs immediately dart toward the photo and the headline. After all, that’s the spot where you can quickly glean the most information about who this person is and what he or she does. As this heat map shows,…Read more
Your plate is piled high with a seemingly endless assortment of tasks and to-dos. You’re skipping lunch, working late, and doing everything you can to avoid tearing your hair out. There’s no ifs, ands, or buts about it—you simply can’t handle this brimming workload on your own. So, what should you do? Call in sick…Read more