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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"Multiple intelligences" pioneer Howard Gardener says you can use seven levers for persuading other people to latch onto new ideas.

Workplace rejection is a painful but expected part of life. Of course, no one wants to be turned down for a job or promotion, but when it does happen there are ways you can cope. Here are three strategies offered by Debra Wheatman, of Careers Done Write.

If your employer entrusts you with one of its social media accounts, you want to be sure not to make a major mistake. Amanda Clark has some advice to help you avoid faux pas.
The desire for meaningful work is one of the great aspirations of our age. One leader to keep in mind as you try to “find” your career path is the scientist and Nobel laureate Marie Curie, who didn’t actually discover her vocation so much as cultivate it through trial and error.
Susan Nolen-Hoeksema, a Yale psychology professor specializing in depression, has studied people’s tendency to brood when facing a problem. She found that a simple, 10-minute diversion can turn self-punishing thoughts into action.
Many people get tongue-tied at work for a variety of reasons: shy­­ness, lack of confidence, a perceived lack of power. But in business, it’s important to share your ideas, and speak out effectively. Fortune’s Anne Fisher answered a reader question about learning to speak up at work and offered these tips.

U.S. workers are focusing more and collaborating less than they did six years ago—a likely result of the Great Recession and a lagging recovery—according to researchers at Gensler, the nation’s largest commercial interior design firm.

If you aren’t advancing as you’d like and it seems like your career is going nowhere, here are four possible reasons and solutions, offered by executive coach Joel Garfinkle, author of Getting Ahead: Three Steps to Take Your Career to the Next Level.
How to get your ideas heard: 1. Build buy-in by "noticing out loud." 2. Repackage your ideas to sell. 3. Use what you know to connect. 4. Get agreement with repetition. 5. Wear navy blue.

It may not be easy to acknowledge that you are a defensive communicator. Understand that being de­­fensive makes it difficult for others to speak honestly with you, as they don’t want to upset you. Some common defense mechanisms in­­clude sarcasm, blaming, trivializing, overexplaining or withdrawing. Here are steps you can take to address it.

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