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,
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?
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.
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.
“Know your place” can sound like an insult. But when you’re on a team, it’s excellent advice.