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.

Power listening is listening with empathy, putting yourself in the other person's shoes, and responding with what you understand the other person has said. The best way to become a power listener is to develop the specific skills of active listening, especially the "four R's":
"Working Wounded" columnist Bob Rosner, former Workforce editor Allan Halcrow and cartoonist John Lavin detail in their book Gray Matters: The Workplace Survival Guide "the seven deadly workplace sins" and practical ways to overcome them.
Problem: Patricia Cain, Philadelphia, asked whether to use “a” or “an” before the initialism SCSR, for senior customer service representative. Lesson: The key is whether the sound that follows the article is a consonant or a vowel sound. If you read SCSR aloud, the first sound you pronounce is a vowel sound, “ess.” Therefore, use […]

Your organization's employees are its strongest—but most frequently neglected—resource in the battle against theft and destruction of its valuable assets.

Just one hip-hopping employee downloading tunes all day can sap your computer resources and expose you to legal problems, not to mention kill that worker's productivity.

If you need to notify customers, employees or others quickly, check into services that make hundreds of phone calls in seconds.

Break times and meal times for hourly employees should be used for those purposes, not for work. And you should put that policy in writing.

Paying employees via direct deposit saves time and money. But can you mandate that all employees must receive their wages through direct deposit? The answer is "No," according to the U.S. Labor Department.

Small businesses often trade referrals among each other. It's a smart and easy way to attract new business.

A new OfficeTeam survey asked 613 workers what one thing would give them more job satisfaction. The runaway winner: more schedule flexibility (33 percent).