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.

Q. A week ago, I was interviewed for a job I really want. It went well, but I haven’t heard anything. I think I blew it when the interviewer asked, “What would it take for you to be happy here?” and I said, “I make $40,000 now, and I want $45,000.” Was that a bad move?
It was June 1993. President Clinton was weighing whether to bomb Iraq after it was caught planning to assassinate George Bush. Clinton turned to his advisor, George Stephanopoulos, for advice.
Q. During my first week at a new job, I made a colossal blunder: I gave what turned out to be terrible advice to my boss. Now it’ll be hard to regain my credibility.
Q. My bosses and colleagues are almost gushy when praising me for my work. It gets embarrassing. I don’t do anything exceptional here (and I’m not just being modest). My job isn’t challenging; I just go through the motions. The more others praise me, the less I respect them. Does this make sense?
When trying to impress a potential employer over the phone, do more than monitor your vocal pitch, volume and inflection.
When you’re sharing insights with a bigwig, be bold and brief.

Tit for tat

by on June 1, 1999 1:00am
in Workplace Communication

When you offer to do someone a favor, that person will feel an instinctive urge to help you in return.
Before you ask for a raise, write a one-page memo that summarizes why you’ve earned it.
During layoffs or a massive reorganization, resist distractions.
Q. When I returned from the Easter holiday, I learned that my colleague’s title was upgraded and mine wasn’t.