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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When the job gets too far out of whack, it’s probably time for you to move on and even in this still-difficult economy, there are plenty of opportunities to do so, says Glassdoor career and workplace expert Heather Huhman. She offers 10 signs that it’s time for you to let your old job go and look for a new one.
Face it: Strong emotions can come into play when you negotiate. In 2011, the sale of a $3 million brownstone in New York’s Greenwich Village almost blew apart in a fight over a $300 washing machine. One of the buyers ripped up a seven-figure cashier’s check and stomped out to a bar. So what does this mean for you?
The “H” factor, missing from most models of personality such as Myers-Briggs, refers to honesty and humility. It’s part of a model developed more than a decade ago by two Canadian psychology professors immersed in the “Big Five” personality traits.
As Harvard Business School professor and researcher Amy Cuddy notes, “Our bodies change our minds, and our minds can change our behavior, and our behavior can change our outcomes.” It’s all based on body language.
The only true measure of your success is how happy you are, says sales expert Geoffrey James, who offers six simple habits that can help you be happier.

When you’re trying to persuade em­­ployees, you may figure if you cite enough evidence, you’ll break down others’ resistance and they’ll agree with you. But reason alone may not suffice. Use techniques that induce compliance.

While it could be bad for your career to point out every misstep your boss makes, you’re more likely to get a boost if you can kindly communicate constructive criticism when he really needs it, says writer and entrepreneur Jennifer Winter. She offers three tips to help you make sure any feedback you offer your boss is both diplomatic and productive.

You know how important a positive air is to success and happiness—to the point where, if you don’t feel it, manufacture it. Try these tactics.

High-functioning boards and executive teams don’t miraculously work just by focusing on common challenges. They spend a few hours once a year setting ground rules. You can use quips as reminders.

Every boss loves an efficient worker, says Adria Saracino, head of outreach at digital marketing agency Dis­­tilled. She has five tips to help you up your efficiency and impress your boss.
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