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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Do you remember your rookie days—the ones before any preconceived notions put limits on your career? The key to being successful now, may be to try and think like a rookie again, says Liz Wiseman, author of Rookie Smarts: Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work. Here’s how.
Julie Morgenstern, professional organizer and author of Time Man­­age­­ment from the Inside Out, offers these tips for getting rid of workplace distractions.
It’s hard to watch a new person struggling to fit in. What can an established employee do to help a new colleague become part of the team?

Great leaders tell great stories. They inspire, motivate and educate people with anecdotes, not lectures. Prepare by following a set of rules created by Emma Coats. She’s a former story artist at Pixar, the animated movie studio that made “Brave," "Monsters University” and other hits.

There’s an old adage, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” Researchers, along with the popular media, have given the attribute of mental toughness the catchier label “grit.” So how do we get more of it? I’ve found three things that help to strengthen this quality.

To prove that arguing can be positive if done in the right context, blog creator Shane Par­­rish shares some advice from Jona­­than Herring, author of How to Argue.
Surround yourself with plants for a happier work life ... Relax and relieve tension with a sports massage ... Get more done by tackling big tasks first.

Business cards are still an important networking accessory, so you’ll want to make sure yours stand out. A business card could lead to a great new job, a great business partnership or help your business make money. Lifehacker’s Patrick Allan offers tips for building a strong business card.

As you go through your career, you’ll learn that every workplace has its own set of characters. But some types are better than others—and some are so bad no one wants to work with them.
Executive assistants hold more sway than ever these days, particularly in Silicon Valley. Top assistants at major tech companies often have advanced degrees, many years of experience and earn a salary that matches their high qualifications. They’re shaking off the history of their titles, no longer viewed as mere secretaries, and instead are showing they are an integral part of the executive team.
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