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.
Most admins would probably agree that saying a friendly “hello” or “good morning” to co-workers and bosses is good office etiquette. So what do you do when your greetings fall on deaf ears?
Sometimes, when people comment on your clothing, they may be trying to give you a hint that what you’re wearing isn’t appropriate for the office, writes fashion blogger Kat Griffin.
The Associated Press Stylebook has given its blessing to using the adverb hopefully, meaning “it is hoped.”“This may not seem like a big deal, but to many linguistic sticklers it is the end of the world of correctness,” Lynn Gaertner-Johnston noted.
Does swearing energize employees and demonstrate passion? Or does it cast a manager as out-of-control and unprofessional? Generally, the answer is the latter, say executive coaches and recruiters. But it depends. Used at the right time, with the right crowd, profanity can put a fine point on things.
Beware the evil twin that’s lurking in your workplace. Your staffers will see this evil sibling when they misinterpret your good intentions as something nefarious.
You never know when you’re going to need some friendly help or support, writes J.T. O’Donnell, career strategist and workplace consultant. She suggests keeping the peace with your co-workers by avoiding these potentially offensive questions:
Networking is critical for building a great career, and there’s no better place to do it than a professional conference. A little preparation will help you get the most out of the experience. Tips from the pros:
Shut off the alerts on your phone to be more productive ... Use images and stories to improve your public speaking ... Set a social media policy you can memorize ... Make your boss feel appreciated ...
The next time you need a creative approach or solution, nix the disciplined mental focus and instead let your mind wander. In his new book, Imagine: How Creativity Works, Jonah Lehrer says that laser-like focus actually inhibits creative thinking.
Psychologists have shown how our minds often fail to see what’s right in front of us. That means any of us could fail to see the ethical big picture and almost unknowingly make an unethical choice. How to make sure you don’t fall into that trap?