After last year’s salmonella outbreak, in which thousands became ill after eating contaminated eggs, a billion of them were pulled from stores. Much of the blame was attributed to poor federal oversight and lack of coordination across federal agencies.
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.
Standing up—not only when you take a break but also while working—can keep you comfortable and energized throughout the day. Studies of people using sit/stand workstations in the past few years indicate that the ability to shift position easily several times a day can reap many benefits:
You’re expecting an afternoon meeting to be stressful and charged with emotion. Should you provide coffee for your boss and the other meeting attendees? Or is all that caffeine likely to do more harm than good?
You're a model of efficiency ... except when it comes to that one task you dread. Whether it's filing, completing an assignment for your "difficult" manager or approaching the boss about a raise, you fall prey to the procrastination monster. You know the answer is "Just do it," so push yourself along with these tactics:
The most important two minutes of your speech occur before you take the stage. Practicing nonverbal cues, or body language, will “optimally configure your brain to deal with a stressful situation," says Harvard Business School professor Amy Cuddy.
Judges don’t want your job. They don’t see courtrooms as publicly funded HR offices, and will often try to defer to employer decisions as much as possible. That’s a huge advantage for employers. Capitalize on that by giving the court something to hang a favorable decision on. That something is often a clear and fair disciplinary process.