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.
Q. In a meeting with all 120 of our
employees, I complained about our poor working conditions. The CEO
seemed concerned. But then a few of my co-workers got up to contradict
me, claiming everything was fine. What should I do?
Q. I yawn too much and my bosses are starting to notice. How can I come across as more energetic?
Whether you’re job-hunting or you want to expand your circle of contacts, target the right group.
You should be expanding your skill set every 100 days or so.
Try to participate in meetings when your boss huddles with his boss.
Even if you’re smarter than your boss, don’t flaunt it.
Fred Abrew, 62, became CEO at Equitable Resources Inc., a Pennsylvania
utility company, after nearly 40 years of climbing the corporate
ladder. He served as CEO for three years, leaving in 1997 with a
“golden parachute” worth $1.35 million. We spoke with Abrew about his
steady ascent to the top:
You can’t teach courage. But you can set an example and support your employees’ efforts to succeed in the face of adversity.
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