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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Each month, AdminProToday.com puts together a digestible collection of 1-minute strategies that help you save time and stress. Here are the 10 most recent time-saving tips:

Question: “I recently left a very toxic workplace. I never again want to work in such a fearful, backbiting culture. Next time, how can I make sure that I’m entering a healthy work environment?  Should I ask to take a tour or interview some co-workers?” — Cautious

We never saw this coming: scholars studying the business model of the Grateful Dead. But a handful of fans did. Emerging from their archives is a portrait of visionaries in what’s now called customer value, social networking and strategic planning. Here’s how the Dead pioneered business practices embraced much, much later by corporate America.

It pays to build a positive online “brand.” Example: 77% of recruiters are using Google to pre-screen job candidates, says a 2006 ExecuNet survey. So resist the temptation to post negative comments on blogs.

More companies are promoting from within, according to a recent survey by CareerXroads. When asked how they filled open positions in 2009, 51% of survey respondents said they filled positions with internal candidates. Just one year earlier, a mere 39% had filled full-time positions with internal transfers and promotions.

More companies are promoting from within, according to a recent survey by CareerXroads. When asked how they filled open positions in 2009, 51% of survey respondents said they filled positions with internal candidates. Just one year earlier, a mere 39% had filled full-time positions with internal transfers and promotions.

Only some brains can multitask, says a new study from the University of Utah. In the study, only 2.5% of the participants could talk on the phone while navigating a driving simulator. Everyone else’s performance dropped by 20% to 30%.

Only some brains can multitask, says a new study from the University of Utah. In the study, only 2.5% of the participants could talk on the phone while navigating a driving simulator. Everyone else’s performance dropped by 20% to 30%.

You may think you've just penned the most brilliant correspondence of the year, but if it takes the recipient too long to wade through lengthy paragraphs, he'll never know how bright you are. Take a tip from writing guru William Strunk: "Vigorous writing is concise." Follow these steps to trim your prose:

As we head into the Fourth of July weekend, take a look at how three companies handle vacation time—from compressed schedules leading to more time off to luxury digs fit for a wealthy client. And don’t forget the overseas surgery!

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