Say one of your employees stops by your office with a troubled look on her face. She has a complaint, but wants to speak with you “off the record.” Can you comply with her request for confidentiality? Should you? It all depends on the content and context of the complaint.
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.
You’re giving a presentation to a group of fellow admins, and it’s going as smooth as butter. Now, fast forward to the next week. Once again, you’ve been asked to share your knowledge with a group. Only this time, you’re nervous. You’re convinced that you don’t have the ability to do it. Why?
Which are you more likely to write: “Do not waste energy” or “Conserve energy”? If your writing contains a lot of “no’s” and “not’s,” it’s a signal of negative writing. Using positive language is a better way to promote your ideas.
Are you eating out of the office on Wednesday? Emily Pines and Inna Kurbatsky, of the Take Back Your Lunch campaign, are pushing for workers to schedule lunch outside the office at least one day a week during summer.
Do you multitask while checking your BlackBerry? According to Ryan Hamilton, an assistant professor of marketing at Emory University, you may have a more difficult time controlling your temper or staying on a diet. A new study finds that frequently switching your mindset weakens your self-control.