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.

Every 18 seconds someone is injured at work, says the American Red Cross. So be prepared.
When star workers quit, don’t sever your relationship. Keep them apprised of the news at your company.
When preparing slides for a presentation, choose your colors with care.
On the first day that you assemble a new team, plan every detail of the meeting.
Make sure your new hires know you expect three core attributes.
For your next presentation, remember this: Your audience will judge you in the first minute. If you pass muster, they’ll listen to the rest of your talk.
Q. During my first week at a new job, I made a colossal blunder: I gave what turned out to be terrible advice to my boss. Now it’ll be hard to regain my credibility.
Q. A week ago, I was interviewed for a job I really want. It went well, but I haven’t heard anything. I think I blew it when the interviewer asked, “What would it take for you to be happy here?” and I said, “I make $40,000 now, and I want $45,000.” Was that a bad move?
It was June 1993. President Clinton was weighing whether to bomb Iraq after it was caught planning to assassinate George Bush. Clinton turned to his advisor, George Stephanopoulos, for advice.
Q. My bosses and colleagues are almost gushy when praising me for my work. It gets embarrassing. I don’t do anything exceptional here (and I’m not just being modest). My job isn’t challenging; I just go through the motions. The more others praise me, the less I respect them. Does this make sense?