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.
If you use e-mail to ask an employee to do something, begin by explaining why.
A slimy, no-good manager got promoted over me. It makes me question whether to stay.
You’ve earned a promotion or joined a new employer. In your first week,
you notice that your peers and bosses don’t head home until after 6
p.m., an hour later than in your old job.
If a top executive requests a reasonable favor, such as having you
attend a short conference and report on what’s said, say “yes” with
enthusiasm even if you privately dread doing it.
My neighbor got a mangy old dog, Jake, from a shelter. The poor thing
had been abused. Now Jake cringes whenever anyone walks in the room.
I know employees like that.
Exchanging small talk requires an etiquette all its own. By conveying
warmth and confidence in quick encounters with your employees,
colleagues and clients, you gain their trust.
If you’re happy telecommuting, don’t take it for granted.
You’ve probably seen surveys indicating that many employees are
motivated by job satisfaction more than money. So you adopt the “do
what you love” philosophy.
If you’re not getting ahead as quickly as you’d like, identify the bad habits or attitudes that inhibit your career growth.
Even if you’re nervous before walking into a big job interview, no one else has to know.