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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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Does unethical behavior beget more unethical behavior? Author and professor Dan Ariely has seen how people are more likely to lie and cheat after seeing others behave dishonestly.
When you’re feeling overwhelmed by the enormity of the project in front of you, remind yourself that you need only do one small part of it at a time. If you can finish one small part, you can move on to the next small part.
Remember, any message can be forwarded. Tanya Battel, principal of Elite EAs, warns, “Never use email to complain about someone."

You’ve probably heard the one about Gen Y’ers wanting—and ex­­pect­­ing—constant feedback. Two things to know about that generational myth: First, it’s not ex­­actly true. Second, if you accept it at face value, it could get in the way of good intergenerational relationships.

Negative employee attitudes and less-than-professional behavior can poison the workplace atmosphere. Here are six solutions for real-life issues from subscribers on handling problem employees before morale suffers.

Office politics doesn’t have to be manipulative or sleazy. In fact, it’s one of the most direct, smart and savvy ways to make your mark with those that count. Here are three rules to win the game of office politics.

“The issues most people struggle with have little to do with our ability to do the work,” says Quint Studer, author of The Great Employee Handbook: Making Work and Life Better. “It’s all the things that happen around the work. ... It’s whether we make life easier for our co-workers or more difficult.” He offers these four workplace secrets:

Peter Hurley, headshot artist for celebrities and executives, tells The New York Times that the most important element of a good headshot is the eyes.
Whether you're stuck on the elevator with the CEO or meeting new people at a networking event, 'power chatting' can be your ticket to making a good impression. Here's how to make those conversations work in your favor.

How essential is the latest technology to today’s Gen Y workers, or those ages 18 to 29? In a recent Workplace Options survey, 92% of Gen Y respondents said that offering access to the latest technology makes employers more attractive than their competition.

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