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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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Semicolons are often misused, inspiring both love and hate from professional wordsmiths. But with a proper understanding of their purpose, they can be­­come one of your favorite punctuation marks.
You’re intelligent. You’re competent. You get the job done. But is anyone noticing your great qualities and skills? The quickest way to make sure they do is to speak up and share your ideas and opinions.
A solid majority of employers say they’d think less of workers who swear regularly, and almost as many say they’d be less likely to promote a potty mouth.

Even if you’re doing well in your career, getting good reviews and advancing at a solid clip, you may have times when you feel like you don’t really know what you’re doing and you’re just faking it, writes Jessica Stillman. If that sounds familiar, you’re not alone.

Getting promoted is tougher than it used to be, writes Anne Fisher. Researchers at leadership development and coaching firm PDI Ninth House set out to analyze exactly what leads to a successful upward move.

These days, professionals need to establish a personal brand and sell it the same way a company does with its corporate brand, says Jesse Gant. Here are tips to help you boost your brand:

If you find yourself losing control at work, it’s important to step back and see what’s really happening—as hard as that can be to do in the moment.

The sage advice to avoid political discussions at work has proven tough for many people to follow this year, writes Lynze Wardle Lenio at the Daily Muse. Keep the tone civil by remembering a few ground rules:
When someone comes to you charged with emotion over a workplace concern, you need to take a deep breath and avoid getting emotional yourself, Dan Rockwell writes on “BlogHer.”
Aspiring to do the best job possible makes you an asset to your com­pany and an inspiration to your team, but working to the point of burnout doesn’t do anybody any favors.
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