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Hi Everyone

Welcome to April and dare I say it but, for some of us, the weather has taken a turn for the better, with even (whisper it) the temperatures slowly rising. It almost feels like spring! 

So, let's check out what's going on at DeskDemon. Our latest poll is now online - Which type of company best describes the one you currently work for? Click here to take part.

As the role of the PA is ever-changing, often taking on new projects including Facilities Management, HR, Accounts, Marketing, Project Management, etc., we are bringing you articles with information, ideas and tips to support you in these changes. This month we are looking at interviewing. If you would like us to explore a particular work area on your behalf, please email - we look forward to hearing from you.

If you enjoy writing with a very special pen, then look no further the Atlantis Premium pen by BIC - and if you register you will be sent one free! But hurry, this offer ends on 30 April.

And why not take part in the Coffee@Work initiative, which takes place from today until 28 April. This worthwhile project raises money for some of the poorest and most marginalised communities in Africa with access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene.


Sign up for Coffee@Work Week
Kenco Millicano Wholebean Instant is sponsoring Coffee@Work, the initiative that brings UK Coffee WeekTM into the workplace by inviting employees to make a one-off donation for their hot beverages made at work during the week of 22-28 April 2013.  The initiative raises money for Project Waterfall, which supports some of the poorest and most marginalised communities in Africa with access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene. To register your workplace to take part click here.
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New from BIC - Atlantis Premium Ball Pens
BIC has launched a more sophisticated version of their popular Atlantis ball pen, it now has a premium metal clip for a more polished look and the wonderfully glossy easy glide ink formula which is 35% smoother compared to current BIC ball pen ink systems.

Actress and model Kelly Brook is also in collaboration with BIC’s range of Atlantis ball pens across the B2B sector in 2013….keep your eyes peeled for some beautiful adverts.

Click here for your FREE BIC Atlantis Premium ball pen.
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63% of Office Workers Sit for Six Hours or More Daily
New research reveals that almost two thirds (63%) of office workers spend six hours or more sitting at their desk, while nearly half  of respondents admitted to not leaving the office all day.

Editor Comment: Interesting article - I know that I sit at my desk for very long periods. When I get immersed in something, have a deadline - it's often hard to take stock and think, I really should take a break. I'd be interested to hear your tips and ideas of how to have better habits - and of course, how long you sit at your desk.
A reminder that there is a comments area at the end of each article on DeskDemon (you don't have to be logged in to comment).
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2014 International Year of the Secretary and Administrative Assistant Launched
A group of leading South African PAs at their PAFSA association’s annual meeting launched two world-relevant initiatives for their profession and peers globally.
Firstly, announcing their intent to celebrate 2014 as the International Year of the Secretary and Administrative Assistant. The Professional Association for Secretaries and Administrative Assistants (PAFSA) observed that in 1984 such an international celebration was organised by a US based secretarial body known as PSI (now IAAP) and that 2014 would mark its 30th anniversary.
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Women Naturally Adapt to Change by Dr Lynda Shaw
While women are naturally adaptable, it is sheer survival instinct, a can-do attitude and an ability to juggle which is helping them to cope in the current financial climate according to Cognitive Neuroscientist and Business Improvement Strategist, Dr Lynda Shaw. 
In recent years many PA’s have had to cope with increased workloads, redundancies, fewer hours and less opportunity, but Dr Shaw says that women in particular are still successful in adapting. “Women are constantly reinventing themselves at every stage of their life. From launching their career, to becoming a mother, to the menopause, to retirement and all the changes in-between, women are amazing at adapting to their situation.”  
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Pearls of Wisdom - B is for Belief
It's time for the next instalment of A-Z Pearls of Wisdom - nuggets of information collated from office professionals worldwide and explored by Lindsay Taylor.
We are delighted to bring you B is for Belief (Your Mind is Your Kingdom!).
With belief you can go far, without it...
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News from DeskDemon's community
  • Susan is discussing Getting along in the office
  • IndigoRose is discussing Advice for new Admin
  • Cozwaz is discussing I am well and truly settled
  • Cozwaz is discussing iPad Help
  • Blogs
  • How to Write a Cover Letter
  • "Secretary" - I mourn your passing
  • PAs/Admins in the News
  • Microsoft Office Tips
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    PA Enterprise April - e-newsletter
  • File Organisation
  • Microsoft Outlook #01: Message Rules and Automatic Sorting
  • So, that's the round up for April. Do keep checking back with us as we bring new features, information and tools each week, all designed to help you do the great job that you do.
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    Until the next time
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    The DeskDemon Team
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