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.
When staffers try to stall or delay making tough decisions, resist the urge to step in and make the hard call.
While managers with chronically short fuses rarely get ahead, you can still let your temper flare on occasion to send a message. The key is to control your emotions even when you’re angry, and to behave naturally so that you’re not performing an act.
Enforce a policy that all e-mail at work must relate to relevant business communication.
Q. I’m having trouble working with a colleague, who like me is a
project manager. I try to foster a good working relationship, but she
doesn’t try in return.
Q. I find that co-workers and even a few bosses are forming a negative
perception of my abilities, after a period when they seemed perfectly
happy with my contribution.
Advice on how to handle these sticky situations at work...
You cannot expect bosses, colleagues and staffers to give you a running
commentary on your performance. Asking them may be your only way to get
If you want a raise, ask yourself one question: Am I paid the market value for my work?
When your co-workers gossip about who’ll get the next big promotion, don’t join in.
Most bosses love to hear employees articulate their career goals in a clear, confident manner.