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.

I knew a guy with a great résumé. He had technical expertise, a nice mix of job experiences and a steady work history. He interviewed well, too.
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.

Update the boss

by on October 1, 1999 10:00pm
in Workplace Communication

Check in periodically with a busy or remote boss by preparing a short, numbered list of your top five priorities.