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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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Women apologize too much in the workplace, even as they take on leadership roles, says author and speaker Amber Mac. Here are the three biggest reasons women apologize and what they can do to curb it:
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Most admins would probably agree that saying a friendly “hello” or “good morning” to co-workers and bosses is good office etiquette. So what do you do when your greetings fall on deaf ears?

Sometimes, when people comment on your clothing, they may be trying to give you a hint that what you’re wearing isn’t appropriate for the office, writes fashion blogger Kat Griffin.
The Associated Press Style­­book has given its blessing to using the adverb hopefully, meaning “it is hoped.”“This may not seem like a big deal, but to many linguistic sticklers it is the end of the world of correctness,” Lynn Gaertner-Johnston noted.

Does swearing energize ­employees and demonstrate passion? Or does it cast a manager as out-of-control and unprofessional? Generally, the answer is the latter, say executive coaches and recruiters. But it depends. Used at the right time, with the right crowd, profanity can put a fine point on things.

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