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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Valuable or not, self-assessments seem here to stay, so you need to figure out how to do them well in a way that’s honest without appearing arrogant or getting yourself in trouble. Harvard Business Review contributing editor Amy Gallo compiled expert advice on how to do just that.
Popular culture has promoted the idea of the Queen Bee boss—a woman executive who actively blocks the career advancement of other women (think Meryl Streep’s role in “The Devil Wears Prada”). While it makes for a juicy character, it’s far from today’s workplace reality, according to a Cata­lyst report.
Through his work with dozens of entrepreneurs, motivational speaker and real es­tate investor Paul LeJoy has discovered eight problems that are sure to trip people up as they strive to succeed in their work.
Scott Sterling offers three ways to make your next presentation interesting and painless for everyone involved.
In their new book, college professors and brothers Steven and Victor Cahn take those who write up their work through a step-by-step editing process. A few simple tricks stand out.
Languages are living things that evolve over time, with new words created and old ones falling out of common use. Still, just because a lot of people use a word, or use it in a new way, doesn’t make it correct. Veteran copy editor and “word nerd” Tom Stern offers words and phrases to watch out for.
Stand with your weight evenly distributed. Now, imagine an invisible string connecting your head to the ceiling ...
There are basically two types of people in the workplace—those motivated to do well by prevention and those motivated by promotion, writes Heidi Grant Halvorson, associate director of Columbia Uni­­ver­­sity’s Motivation Science Center. Research shows these two types of people need different strategies to succeed.
Employees at SceneTap range in age from 18 to 55, millennials to boomers. The younger set likes social media and is tethered by smartphone. Thirty-somethings prefer email, instant messaging and videoconferencing. Boomers go for phone calls and walking around. To accommodate each communication style, the phone application company tracks who likes what.
After reading Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, Amy Keyishian, an author at LearnVest, summarized eight nice behaviors that Sandberg says women—and men—must avoid in the workplace if they want to get ahead.
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