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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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How much does your employer watch you? Is there a policy about Internet use at your work? How closely is your Internet usage time tracked? What’s normal?
Often in the world of work, you will be called on to write a short, professional biography to post online or in print. It’s easy to fall into the trap of maximizing every accomplishment and qualification in an attempt to make yourself look as good as possible. But if that’s the route you take, you’re sure to fail, writes Jonathan Rick.
A study by Cynthia Rudin and Been Kim at the Massachusetts Insti­­tute of Technology offers insight into the power behind words and how they can be used in the workplace to produce favorable outcomes.
ExecuNet’s Recruiter Confidence Index continues to show that 45% of recruiters say the executive job market will improve in the next six months, with 43% in the “middle” and only somewhat confident, and 12% not confident at all that it is going to improve.

It’s easy for mistakes to slip into your business writing when you use fancy-sounding phrases without really knowing what you’re saying. Here's a list of 10 tricky words to use with care in your business writing.

Use technology to create training materials for your team ...  Separate yourself from work and electronic distractions with an outdoor escape ... Don't make the mistake of eating at your desk ... Get the real dirt on hand-washing.
Avoid social networking trouble on the job by using these tips from employment experts.

For managers, negotiation comes with the territory. You may have to negotiate with employees to improve performance, with clients about contracts, or with senior management on department goals. Here are four principles for successful negotiations:

Since the back is involved in almost every move a person makes, discomfort there can be particularly annoying. Relief for back pain is the second most common reason Americans head to the doctor.
A variety of recent studies have ex­­plored the connections be­­tween people’s motivation during workouts and the music they listen to as they exercise. What they’ve found is that music does make a difference.
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