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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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Giving feedback is an important management task but certainly not an easy one—especially when the feedback isn’t all sunshine. Fortunately, it’s a skill that can be learned. Follow this seven-step method whenever giving negative feedback:
When Gina Amaro Rudan quit her job to start her own business, she realized that she needed other risk-takers in her life. So she made a “genius wish list” of 25 people whose stories intrigued her. Then she asked each of them for a conversation. Each successful conversation built her confidence.
Whether you’re writing for a company blog, newsletter or e-newsletter, your goal is to keep readers coming back for more. Here's a short list of common mistakes people make when creating content:
The best managers aren’t just the ones who can extract the most productivity from their people, but the ones who produce great future managers.  How can you be sure that your best people will someday be top-notch leaders themselves?

How can someone convince her boss she deserves more money, without revealing that she knows she’s being underpaid? Three steps:

When romance blooms at work, trouble may lurk not far behind. That’s especially true when co-workers fight over the same love interest. A spurned employee may be out to get her rival, leading to all sorts of conflict. Fortunately, this isn’t the sort of thing that employers have to intervene in—as long as there’s no workplace violence.

“Presence.” You know it when you see it: Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan had it. Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter did not. Those who have it gain an advantage in winning over others.
Strengthen your sentences by us­­ing fewer words and getting rid of awk­ward or passive construction. Prac­­tice by rewriting these wordy sam­­­­ple sentences, in­­spired by the Pur­­due Online Writing Lab (OWL):
Colleagues may hesitate to share work if they’re not confident in your abilities. Here are some crafty ways to show ­others that you’re more than capable:
Job descriptions are the cornerstone of communication between managers and their employees. After all, it's hard for supervisors to measure job effectiveness during performance reviews unless they and the employee both know what's expected. Here's how to do job descriptions right.
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