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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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If you’re always setting goals you never seem to accomplish, the problem may be that you’re doing it wrong. Next time, try these tips from Ken Cheo, principal at Winfree Business Growth Advisors.

Your body language can often make a stronger impression than the words you say or the work you do, notes Caroline McMillan. This is true especially in the conference room. Here are a few tips.

Have you ever been blindsided by a comment that someone makes— particularly if it’s offensive or not true? How do you handle it? Do you react with a defensive explanation? There’s a better way: Ask a question. It will disarm the critic, give you time to think and allow you to better understand the accuser’s meaning.

Whether your employer is offering career-development opportunities or not, you need to make sure you’re always growing and sharpening your skills by doing three things each month, writes Heather R. Huhman.

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Maintaining your focus is hard enough when you’re speaking face-to-face. It’s even harder on the phone when distractions swirl around you. Five tips:
Many of the common excuses that people use to avoid networking don’t hold water, writes career ex­­pert Hannah Morgan.

Call it the “Facebookification” of the workplace—employees of all generations are sharing way too much personal information with their colleagues and superiors, writes author and executive coach Peggy Klaus.

At many organizations, it’s common practice to celebrate co-workers’ achievements with a drink after work or to band together for volunteer projects. But is it fair to penalize people who don’t want to participate in these after-hours activities?
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