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 believe the workplace is no place to make friends, you’re not only wrong, but your delusion could be hurting your career, says corporate trainer Shola Richards.

While you may have to do some things you don’t love on the job, you shouldn’t have to continually operate outside your comfort zone, says Mike Figliuolo. Try to establish a line that you won’t cross or allow others to cross with you. 
Too often women hesitate to ask for what they want, need and deserve until given permission. Women are just as effective at negotiating—it’s simply a matter of choosing to do so.

Few people enjoy conflict, but it’s an inevitable part of life and ­business. So if you want to succeed, you need to become skilled in managing it. A few key phrases can help you to resolve conflicts when they arise, says author, speaker and consultant Barry Moltz.

Practicing tasks and skills isn’t commonplace in most workplaces, but it should be, says Doug Lemov, a managing director of Uncommon Schools. He recommends four steps.

Like it or not, people judge you by how you write. Strong writing skills will help you get noticed, earn your colleagues’ trust and move you up in your career, says author and writing coach Roger C. Parker. Five suggestions to help you improve your writing:

Effective communication takes de­­lib­­erate intention, so if you find yours lacking, it’s time to refocus and get down to work, says Jessica Edmonson of Bisk Education. She has six strategies to help you do just that.
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