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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Our sedentary work lifestyle is part of the reason Americans have packed on so many pounds over the past 30 years. Some stats that bear witness to the problem:

Talk about timing. As the economy tanked, Ellen Kullman, long on the short list of possible chiefs at DuPont, became president on Oct. 1, 2008, and CEO a few months later. As the chemical company’s sales fell, Kullman had to decide what should and shouldn’t change. Organizing the company to respond to these trends, Kullman decided on four principles:

It doesn’t help anyone if you say “yes” to every project while knowing you can’t possibly complete all the work. How can you set boundaries more assertively with your boss, without coming across as incapable or rude, when you're asked to take on yet another assignment? 7 tips:
Winning at office politics could begin with this key question, “Who am I dependent on to get my job done?”
Imagine you've just opened an email, and you see that it's four lengthy paragraphs. Do you read it? Scan it? Close it quickly? Try these guidelines for writing short, effective email.
Three reasons to turn to pen and paper for capturing a burst of creative thoughts or a list of to-dos:

Don’t wait for someone to celebrate you this year on Administrative Professionals Day. Reward yourself—because you deserve it—by seeking out a growth opportunity.

LinkedIn recently came out with a list of the year’s most overused professional buzzwords. Comb through your LinkedIn page and résumé to see if they contain these words and phrases:

In the age of Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, the rules of social engagement have shifted ever so slightly. A few tips on building rapport online:
You may think you know what the following words mean, but is it possible you’re mistaken? Grammar.net’s list of “10 Com­monly Misunderstood Words in English” includes some real stumpers:
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