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.
Q. My boss hates his job and his life. He’s cynical about everything, and no matter what I do he doesn’t seem to champion my cause. I’ll never move up with him in the way. Am I stuck?
Q. What’s the best way to make my boss aware of a colleague’s shoddy work? My boss seems oblivious, and it’s affecting my job.
Q. I moved into a new office two months ago. My company promised me all new furniture, but it hasn’t arrived yet. No one’s following up and I’m getting tired of waiting for decent furniture. I’m sick of nagging. What else can I do?
Tips for putting your best foot forward to get ahead
Advice on how to handle these sticky situations at work...
When giving a presentation, don’t show the same slide or overhead for more than a minute or two.
Before you take notes, draw a line down the middle of the page.
To learn how your peers or employees perceive you, ask them to pick one area in which you can improve.
You may have a high IQ, but that won’t lift the collective IQ of your colleagues. The best way to make everyone smarter is to let employees exchange ideas without fear.
You ask an employee to set aside 30 minutes next Friday for a private
meeting. Naturally, he wonders what’s up. Don’t keep him guessing.