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.
You might be making it easier for headhunters to steal your best
employees. If you allow your organizational charts and company
directories to get loaded onto the Web, you invite trouble.
Before you try to persuade people, you want them to respect you. Establishing rapport helps.
A dark past can come back to haunt you when you’re vying for a promotion. If you don’t get rid of the skeletons in your closet, you put your reputation on the line and risk exposure.
Some employees don’t buy into teams, but that doesn’t necessarily make them bad. You can turn these independent- minded staffers into valuable contributors by letting them produce results on their own terms.
You know you’re reliable. But that doesn’t count for much unless your boss and co-workers have faith in your follow-through. The more they perceive you as a rock-solid performer who stands by what he says, the more they’ll trust you to deliver on your promises.
Q. Almost two years ago, I was forced
by my boss to take a transfer employee from another department who I
knew was trouble. This person likes to pit employees against each other
by bad-mouthing them. She has managed to foster several allies among my
If you’re exploring the job market and wonder whether accepting a new
job will lead to burnout, ask an interviewer, “To what extent do the
best people here maintain active lives outside work?”
If you hate your job, keep it to yourself.
Q. In a recent meeting with my
company’s CEO, I was among the managers asked to make a five-minute
presentation on my unit’s progress. I was nervous and wound up talking
for about 15 minutes.
Michael Kinsley, the editor of Slate, an online magazine published by Microsoft Corp., has a formidable résumé. He joined Microsoft in January 1996 after serving as editor of The New Republic and co-host of CNN’s Crossfire. He’s also a contributing writer at Time and has written for publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair and Reader’s Digest. Based in Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, Wash., Kinsley manages people nationwide.