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.
Never use the surface area of your desk for storage.
When someone says something that ticks you off, don’t dwell on it.
If you want to convince someone to do something, give a reason. This sounds obvious, but many people neglect to attach a “because” to their request.
Never critique what cannot be changed.
Your secretary has started behaving strangely. You think she might be jealous of your recent promotion, but how do you get her back on track?
Stand out as the superstar job candidate by asking the kind of sophisticated question that no other applicant would ask, based on your thorough research into the organization.
If you’re worried about the threat of termination, try to relax.
Volunteer to give a talk at an elementary school about your job.
Managing ambitious staffers has its pros and cons. While they often bring talent and drive to the job, their arrogance and hunger for advancement may prove obnoxious.
If you’re called into the CEO’s office, keep quiet after you exchange pleasantries and the real business begins.