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.
Diane started out as an administrative assistant at her current company, then applied as a client services coordinator. The good news is she got the job. The bad news is her admin tasks didn’t disappear. What should she do?
Reconnect with someone in your network with these two steps: 1. Don’t pretend that no time has passed. Instead of ignoring the elephant in the room, give the time lapse some rationale. 2. Explain the “why now?” Include the event that prompted you to get back in touch.
Do you tend to eschew the limelight, think before you speak or feel most energized by spending time alone? In a survey by TheLadders.com, 65% of senior managers said that introversion was an impediment to reaching higher management levels. That finding is easily debunkable.
Whenever possible, choose concrete words to express your ideas, says Deborah Dumaine, author of Write to the Top. “Abstract writing is open to many interpretations, all potentially inaccurate,” she says. “Make a real effort to clarify your ideas so that the reader understands your intention.”
The time to register for those fall-season administrative professional conferences is now. As appealing as they look, though, are they worth the cost and time investment?