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’ve just taken a new job. My employer made lots of promises. The job isn’t great but if all these promises come true, I’ll be happier. What can I do to hold my boss accountable?
Q. I’ve worked here six years. After some quick promotions, I fear I’ve topped out as a senior manager with a staff of 26. I always viewed my career as a ladder, where I must position myself for the next move. Now the next step up may take a decade. Should I move on?
Q. It seems that the best employees wither on the vine and the brown-nosers get plum assignments. I’m fed up. Is there anything I can do?
Q. I have a longtime mentor who advises me on my career. He keeps telling me to give up my dream and be more practical. What should I do?
You already know that when a bigwig asks a question you can’t answer,
the best reply is, “I don’t know. I’ll find out.” Don’t stop there.
During a long day of job interviews, you may meet with five different interviewers.
List the top three anxieties you have about your career. Then ask
yourself, “To what extent can I control each of these problems?”
Some employees think like scientists. They process information by testing it. They like to graph data and diagram their theories. Hunches or unfounded assertions don’t hold water with them.
Advice on how to handle these sticky situations at work...
Kemmons Wilson, 86, still goes to his Memphis office every day. The founder of Holiday Inn now buys lodging properties and oversees his own hotels, time-shares and other businesses.