Workplace Communication

In an era of Casual Fridays and work-from-home colleagues, how can you maintain effective office communication in a changing business climate?

We’ll steer you through changes in business etiquette, and help you successfully navigate through the new realities of workplace conflict and office politics.

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Many people can be hesitant at the prospect of blindly emailing a CEO or other powerful person, says management writer and entrepreneur Peter Sims. But CEOs often love to hear from their employees or customers. Sims offers these tips for sending an unsolicited message.
Work can be frustrating, but you don’t want to lose your temper, writes author and etiquette expert Jacqueline Whitmore, who suggests five ways to keep your cool.
The practice of mindfulness might seem out of place in the high-paced business world, but admins would benefit if they took a moment to live in the now. Here’s why, according to clinical psychologist Cheryl Rezek.
Some people just seem to have that “it factor”—the effortless charm and intelligence to seem at ease in all situations. How do they do it?

Meetings can be a wonderful collaboration tool or a wasteful, hostile time sink. Ideally they give colleagues an opportunity to share ideas, give kudos and enjoy one another’s company. They “are also a place where people jockey for position, work out disagreements and hurt each other’s feelings,” says Gretchen Rubin. She outlines some phrases that can really serve to undermine others.

At work or in our personal lives, growth occurs when we’re challenged almost beyond our limits. We experience the best of ourselves only after struggle, frustration and even failure, says career coach Julie Winkle Giulioni. She offers these tips for finding the right amount of struggle to spark growth.

Vacation is a time to get away from your job and recharge, but in 2013, the American Psychological Association reported half of American employees checked their email at least once a day during their time off  work. Still, it is possible to get a real break from work.
One of the hardest parts of work life is having conversations you know will leave the other person disappointed. What makes these conversations so hard is the “cringe moment,” says leadership expert Peter Bregman.
The importance of discretion was recently reinforced during a panel discussion with four senior executive assistants who work for high-powered individuals.
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