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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"Imagine not being considered for a job as a result of failing to sit or stand up straight," says image management consultant Judith Rasband. "It happens. Poor posture .... can hinder the message that body image presents."

Before wrapping up your business tax return, rack your brain (and your records) to make sure you haven't missed any juicy write-offs.

Companies usually are liable for injuries caused by workers who are "acting within the scope of employment." You're not liable when they cause injuries on their own free time. But what about gray areas, when workers run personal errands while on company business?

The tidal wave of junk e-mail has prompted Internet service providers (ISP) and business owners to erect stronger spam filters, meant to block out spam and allow legitimate messages in.

The U.S. Labor Department published new rules last year saying that companies offering health insurance must give employees more specifics on their rights to COBRA continuing health coverage.

You know that some employees slack off at work by cruising the Web. But did you know that some Web sites actively encourage it—and give users ways to deceive their bosses?

Before employees begin leave for jury duty, ask them to show you a summons or other proof of service. Don't just take their word for it.

You read your trade journals. But do you also read the publications that your customers, suppliers and outsourcing vendors read?

Problem: Not all words carry equal weight in a sentence, and commas help make that distinction. Lesson: Set commas around: • Nonessential clauses (those that don’t alter the sentence meaning when omitted). Example: “Sally Soso, CEO of Widgets World-wide, joined the board of directors last month.” • Words or phrases that break up the sentence’s […]
It used to be that one of the easiest paths to career advancement was "picking the right boss." But today, it's hard for even the most brilliant and well-meaning managers to guarantee the success of their team members.
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