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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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.
While these phrases aren’t grammatically incorrect, they tend to be used in all the wrong places: “With all due respect, ...” “Does that make sense?” ... “I hear what you’re saying, but ...”
The latest technology trend? Going low-tech and “un­­plug­­ging” to get our most meaningful work done. Many are realizing we may need to take drastic mea­­sures to “switch off.” Here are some low-tech suggestions:

In some offices, you might kick-start relationships between older and younger workers with these tips:Try reverse-mentoring ... Go out of your way to collaborate with different generations ... Don’t get hung up on office eti­­quette you think everyone should be following.

“Decades of research have consistently shown that brainstorming groups think of far fewer ideas than the same number of people who work alone and later pool their ideas,” says Keith Sawyer, a psychologist.
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