At the next business social event, break away from your comfortable clique and try your hand at networking.
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.
If you truly have a horror of public speaking, use this trick from pop singer Beyoncé Knowles: “I become someone else when I’m onstage,” says the diva, who calls her stage persona “Sasha.”
More than half of HR professionals report that gossip and rumors have increased at their workplaces since the recession began, according to a SHRM study. And 23% say they’ve had to address more frequent “eavesdropping incidents.” The solution? The times call for stepped-up communication, says Steve Williams, director of research for SHRM. His suggestions:
Can you spot the errors in these sentences? 1. Come quick or you’ll miss the bus. 2. Hank felt badly about missing the deadline. 3. Which would be best, a raise or an extra vacation? 4. Speak slower when you answer the phones.
Problem: Your department meetings have too much socializing, especially at the beginning. People are complaining that the weekly gathering runs longer than it should. Advice: Address it with the group by citing some specifics, says Amy Henderson of Henderson Training.
President Obama is delivering on his promise of change—particularly in the workplace-law arena. To prepare HR professionals for what’s happening—and what’s going to happen—the HR Specialist is hosting its annual Labor and Employment Law Advanced Practices Symposium (LEAP) Washington Conference Nov. 4-6.
Three blind mice, the three little pigs, three wishes—there’s a reason childhood stories revolve around the magic number “3.” Our brains tend to think in threes. How can you take advantage of this simple truth?
Steven A. Ballmer, Microsoft chief executive, says that he and Bill Gates used to like meetings where the presenter took the long and winding road—or where a presenter describes his winding path of exploration and his ultimate conclusion. Now, though, Ballmer feels the practice is inefficient. He espouses a different approach to meetings.
American workers can access the Internet, e-mail, instant messaging and other forms of electronic communications from anywhere at anytime. While electronic communication helps people do their jobs, it also leaves a trail. A telephone conversation relies on the memory of two participants, but e-mail and IM discussions can be preserved for years to come. And, given the casual way so many people fire off e-mail these days, that can spell legal trouble for employers.
In a free-market system, it sometimes takes extra money to entice an applicant to jump ship. But sometimes that causes an existing employee to earn less than a new employee who holds the same job. If that existing employee belongs to a protected class, she may fire off a pay discrimination claim. That’s when interview notes documenting the salary negotiations come in handy.