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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You wake up late, quarrel with your spouse, and a car cuts you off during your commute. When you get to work, you’re in a foul mood. Researchers have found a link be­­tween that morning mood and your performance during the workday. Stop a bad mood from hurting office productivity:

No matter what you do in life, you have to sell something, writes author Michael Ellsberg—selling your boss on why he should promote you, selling your brilliant idea, or selling co-workers on why they should donate to your cause. How to sell, in a nutshell:
Just knowing someone, or knowing how to reach someone, isn’t enough to impress anymore. “What you want to know now is whether I have anything compelling to say,” says Jason Seiden.
Thanks to Twitter, Facebook and ­LinkedIn, there are hardly any barriers to someone being included in one of your networks. How often have you received adulation through social media? Did you trust them?

Protect your job—or set yourself up for a promotion—by communicating your quantifiable on-the-job results at a moment’s notice. Warm up with this exercise:

If you're effective and execute work flawlessly with integrity and style, you might want to contact someone like Melba Duncan. Duncan, founder of the Duncan Group, specializes in finding top-notch assistants for top-level executives. Another reason you may need Duncan's help: "This is one of the most difficult jobs to put on paper," she says.
“What do you do?” Be prepared for this question before you head to any networking event because you’ll probably be asked dozens of times ... Need someone to make a decision? Approach him in the morning. “Decision fatigue” is a very real phenomenon affecting people who have to grapple with an ever-increasing number of choices.
You work like a dog for the organization every day. You stay up at night trying to keep pace with the constantly changing rules and regulations of employment law. You’re even called to put your own career on the line when the organization is hauled into court. Why is that?
There are times when a supervisor and a subordinate simply can’t get along. It’s important for HR to distinguish between a personality conflict and discrimination. The former is cause for concern because it is disruptive and counterproductive. But the latter must be dealt with immediately and firmly—because it’s illegal.
Each month, AdminProToday.com puts together a digestible collection of 1-minute strategies that help you save time and stress. Because we know they save you time and hassle, here are some of our best recent strategies:
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