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.

You’re leading a staff meeting and you want to convey some important facts. Here’s how to ensure they sink in.
To stimulate your creativity, you need to propel yourself out of your comfort zone, take risks and free your mind to innovate. Use this test to measure your creativity quotient (CQ):

Rather than open your presentation with a tired joke or long anecdote, survey the audience.
When employees ask you for more money, reply consistently.
You go all out to impress, but your efforts go for naught if you devote too much time to pleasing the wrong people.
Improve your career planning by matching your interests and attitudes to the job.
Here’s a sure sign that you should quit your job: You’ve fallen into the “learned helplessness” trap.

Find a mighty mentor

by on September 1, 2000 8:00pm
in Workplace Communication

You’re on the prowl for a powerful, charismatic and supportive mentor. And you’ve spotted someone who fills the bill.
You need to get colleagues in other departments to help you tackle projects, but they rarely seem interested. It’s the same pattern: You ask for help and they either dither or refuse. Here’s how to guide them to become more willing team players.
New managers often regard the most talkative, confident employees as the most intelligent members of the team. That can be a faulty assumption.