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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Q: Employees keep telling me we should be like other employers that let staffers vote on everything from what temperature to set the thermostat to what sound­­track to play in common areas. This strikes me as a silly trend that’ll soon pass. But I shouldn’t say that, right?
Writing can make people feel crushing pressure to convey ground­­break­­ing, witty ideas in a clever way, says copy editor and content creator Whit­­­ney Ryan. We tend to forget writing doesn’t always have to result in a masterpiece. Writ­­ing in a conversational, casual tone can be more effective. Ryan offers these tips to help you loosen up your writing style.
The pressure to be liked at work can be frustrating and overwhelming, writes Katie Jansen, vice president of corporate marketing at AppLovin. But ultimately, trying to make everyone like you can make you less effective at your job. Here’s what you gain when you let go of being liked in the workplace.

In the workplace you’ll inevitably encounter people who don’t think you’re important enough. They may talk down to you, go over your head or disregard you entirely, but you don’t have to just sit back and take it, says career expert Sara McCord. She advises you take these steps.

The level of engagement can be much higher with a blog than other forms of social media because followers become invested in the content. Boost reader engage­­ment by following these tips.
“Sweatworking” is the newest way to connect with professional contacts ... You’ll soon be able to control your entire house with Siri voice com­­mands ... Watch what you write in your work emails; they can be used against you.
You can keep from angering others, hurting their feelings or drawing a defensive action from them simply by watching how you respond. Keep situations from escalating by using these phrases during heated moments.
Effective networking can lead to new clients and employees, business partnerships and other opportunities. However, networking and nurturing business relationships take time and effort. That’s why you shouldn’t ruin the relationship by making these mistakes.
The biggest difference between the admin support pro of yesteryear and the one that excels today boils down to the ability to not just respond to the boss, but think like the boss.
We reached out to some career experts to find out more about performance improvement plans and what it means when you’re put on one.
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