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. I finally quit my job. My last day is coming up, and I’m tempted to
tell my boss what I really think of him. (It’s not pretty.) Am I free to vent?
Q. About two months ago, my boss asked me to do a project. I’m too busy to get started, and he knows it. Is there a way out?
Q. A co-worker overheard me saying bad things about her to my boss. I thought she had left for the day,
but she was standing just outside the door. Now I’m mortified,
especially because this co-worker stands a good chance of becoming my
boss. Should I apologize?
Prepare for a meeting with a top exec by asking, “What does this person need from me?”
If you like to trade stocks online or you’re a baseball fan, don’t come across as one-dimensional.
If a beloved boss leaves and you now report to a newcomer, don’t sulk, praise the “old way of doing things” or resist reforms.
“Know your place” can sound like an insult. But when you’re on a team, it’s excellent advice.
Some managers communicate authority by displaying aggressive body
language, such as putting their arms on a desk and leaning into a
seated underling. But there are better ways to assert yourself than to
invade someone’s space.
Check in periodically with a busy or remote boss by preparing a short, numbered list of your top five priorities.
Smart managers flash their temper on occasion. But they never lose control.