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.

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Only 3% of American office workers don’t care what their co-workers wear to work each day, according to a survey by Adecco. Everyone else is prepared to think less of people who commit office fashion faux pas.

When arguments arise, it’s tempting to make statements to assert your claims or defend yourself. But shrewd questions work better to calm the situation. Use these inquiries to extricate yourself from confrontational conversations:

When you, or your boss, have to give a presentation with a strict time limit, you need to have every word down pat to ensure you hit all the key points. The only way to do that is to practice—a lot.

We’re about to be inundated with “year-in-review” stories from nearly every media outlet. Follow their lead and conduct your own review for the previous 12 months.

The negativity that flows from workplace whiners can spread “kind of like a cancer,” says Jim Harter. If you’re struggling to remain an optimist in the midst of workplace whiners, try these tactics.
Are you trapped in the illusion that in order to achieve success you must take yourself seriously? Tactfully speaking, that’s just not the case.
Semicolons are often misused, inspiring both love and hate from professional wordsmiths. But with a proper understanding of their purpose, they can be­­come one of your favorite punctuation marks.
You’re intelligent. You’re competent. You get the job done. But is anyone noticing your great qualities and skills? The quickest way to make sure they do is to speak up and share your ideas and opinions.
A solid majority of employers say they’d think less of workers who swear regularly, and almost as many say they’d be less likely to promote a potty mouth.
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