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.
Like pesky ants, demotivators can infest your workplace and prove hard to eliminate. They rarely disappear on their own, which means you must take steps to root them out.
Get them thinking and contributing by asking, “Has anyone found a really effective way to...?”
When a snafu strikes, blame can take on a life all its own. Your job as manager is to redirect everyone’s attention away from pointing fingers so that employees can extract positive lessons from the experience.
How to react to a few uncomfortable situations in the workplace
Rather than complain repeatedly to anyone who’ll listen about how poorly you’re treated or how frustrated you feel, focus on upgrading your performance so that you can wield more influence over your career.
You never know when you’ll run into someone influential who might advance your career.
Determine how much you care about your current job.
An outstanding employee would like to supervise his own department. You feel this would interfere with the very structure of your company, but you don't want to lose this employee.
If you manage someone who’s emotionally volatile and high strung, pay attention to how your personality reacts to theirs.
You probably know that you can benefit from more self-promotion. But then you start listing excuses: I’m shy, I’m modest, I don’t know how, etc. Raleigh Pinskey won’t hear any of it. Her book, 101 Ways to Promote Yourself (Avon Books, New York, 1997) tells how you can improve your name visibility by attracting media attention, leading community outreach efforts and networking with flair.