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.

If a great idea suddenly pops into your head while you're driving, playing golf or watching your kid's soccer game, capture it by using your cell phone to call your office voice mail.

Log the date, person and subject of your key telephone conversations in a notebook by your phone.

Need some quick info, but don't have time for a long phone conversation? Make your call just before lunch or just before closing time, when the other person isn't as likely to drag out the conversation.

Practice these three “higher ground” roads to success:

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