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.

How well do you work with other team leaders in your organization? That's an important question, because without good peer relationships, it's very difficult to coordinate projects or work cooperatively across team lines.

If you're a "hyperhelper" or "give-aholic," ask yourself these questions, suggested by a psychologist, when someone asks you to do something:

Issue: You know how to help employees who are fired or laid off. But HR people often forget those principals when facing that
problem themselves.
Benefit: With proper planning ...
Even in workplaces where casual dress is the norm, managers and leaders wonder whether they should be dressing differently—that is, better—than their team members. Here are some points to consider:
Experts say that reports of conflict between older workers and younger managers are greatly exaggerated—but generation gaps do create issues that both sides need to address. Here are some questions to ask:

Problem: A case of "dangling modifier": when the subject of your sentence doesn't agree with the description that precedes it.

Problem: "I know to use the article 'an' before a vowel," writes Penny Perkins, Dayton, Ohio. "Do you use 'an' before a silent 'h,' as in 'an honor student?'"

Even if your co-workers are your only customers, applying the principles of great customer service will allow you to sell your skills at a premium price.

How do you use your skills and role as a manager to help the team achieve success? Well, it likely depends on how you, personally, define success.
Every leader absorbs important lessons that propel him or her from follower to leader. Here are nuggets of wisdom that several celebrities say helped them reach the top: