Work for an American automotive company.  Ok, that was my contribution. offers up a rather dry article for administrative people to avoid being fired.  However, most of the points seem rather self-evident.  I took note since my wife works in an administrative role.  I wanted to enjoy this one but…

5. Drink at Work: One of the quickest ways to be shown the door is drinking too much at lunch and walking into a wall. Administrative assistants must keep things organized, efficient and clear, so maintaining your own clarity is extremely important. Staying on top of the mountain of details that go into making a business run smoothly requires focus—and sobriety.

See what I mean?  I was expecting some humor in that point, but the author is rather serious.  If an employee cannot figure that one out, they won’t be employed anywhere in any position.

Here is a good suggestion for anyone:

6. Surf the Web Excessively: Spending much of your workday cruising around cyberspace puts you just a point-and-click away from unemployment. And checking out adult-oriented Web sites on the job is a definite no-no.

I worked with someone who was an excessive online shopper to an annoying level.  Tough to get work done when you are checking out all the time.

Bad pun – sorry.

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