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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.

Laptop users often dislike having to plant themselves in a space that’s only two feet or so from a phone jack.
Workers trained in teams perform 40 percent better on tasks than those who receive one-on-one instruction, according to a study by Richard Moreland, a psychology professor at the University of Pittsburgh.
You may already hook up new hires with “buddies,” experienced employees who can help them adjust to their new surroundings. But there’s a better way to make newcomers feel welcome: Give them two buddies.
f you hold regular staff meetings and distribute handouts, don’t assume your employees will save them.
You want to motivate your employees to adopt an ambitious action plan, but you’re greeted with apathy or resistance. Don’t give up.
A big part of managing people is retaining the information you’re fed all day. By remembering key facts, you increase your understanding.
Never ignore harassment in your workplace.
Are you networking to advance your career? Don’t just rely on setting up informational interviews, mingling at professional mixers and attending trade shows.
When you play referee among bickering employees, it’s easy to pick sides. But you’re better off remaining neutral and reminding everyone to work together professionally, even if personal animosity intrudes.
Q. I’ve learned that my company will shut down my unit. The firm claims it would like to keep me on in some other capacity, but there’s nothing available.