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The company has introduced a new policy that states that no employee is allowed to carry beverages (tea/coffee etc…) into the laboratory area as there is a risk of spillage and damage to expensive equipment. Despite the policy being circulated, you observe that a few employees continue to bring beverages inside the lab. You are most likely to… 
 a)  Report this behaviour to the reporting manager of the erring employees and ask for the manager to take appropriate action

b) Directly speak with erring employees and educate them of the repercussions if they continue to flout the norms 

c)  Organize an awareness session for all employees on why the policy has been imposed and insinuate during the session that it has been observed that not all are following 

d)  Subtly bring this topic up during in-person conversations with the erring employees and try and educate why adhering to the policy is beneficial for them 

e)  None of the above, I would approach this differently
The company is in an urgent need for a crucial role and a meeting is gathered with the founders and the concerned team members which includes you as a secretary to the founders' office to shadow the meeting. Few suggestions were arrived at the meeting on how crucial the role is, yet how rare the talent is to figure out, especially since the given role is very unique and even if we found a resource it would incur a heavy investment in getting them aligned to the organization. It has been decided that the team shall start an active lookout for the role and a referral fee will be announced to fill the role. Simultaneously, you are aware of a colleague at the company who may be interested in a similar role. You would.. 
  1. Inform the colleague about the role and the seriousness with which its being sought and ask to apply. This saves the company a lot of effort.

  2. Inform the team about the interactions you have had with this colleague. As they are already part of the organization, they can align much faster.

  3. Inform the team about the colleague and inform the colleague about the opening, so that both are better prepared to meet each other’s requirement.

  4. Based on the context, I’d leave it to the team’s discretion and not involve myself unless and until, I’m explicitly asked by the team to recommend.
How would you organize the calendar? Weekend someone hasn’t responded to the mail yet. Shall we wait till the Monday? 

  1. Call them and ensure that they give a date and see if we can squeeze the day.

  2. It’s a weekend and its inappropriate to disturb someone during the weekend to get a date to a meeting!

  3. They are not responding most probably because they are occupied. Wait till Monday for their response, they are mostly like occupied with something else and disturbing them unnecessarily can cause more harm and might appear desperate.
There is a quarterly update meeting between the founders and the investors of the company coming up in a week’s time. What help would you offer to the founders? 

  1. Being presentable and having a suave communication Communicating is the prominent portion of this work.

  2. A major chunk of Administrators work is in ensuring the office to be functional.

  3. Organizing calendar, missed a meeting - Necessary pre-preparation for the meeting, Listening to sensitive information.