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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The slash or “/” is usually deployed when you need a quick and dirty way of saying “and” or “or.” Examples: “writer/director” and “and/or.” But, one reader asks, how do you make such phrases possessive?

Women turn to blogs nearly twice as often as social networking sites to find information and share opinions, according to PINK magazine. Here’s PINK’s list of the top business blogs for women, based on site traffic and know-how:

Whether you’re trying out a new routine or trying to shift to a new career path, you’ll need supporters. These are the people who can advise you or simply listen to you when you need it. According to Laura Goodrich, author of Seeing Red Cars, you need three types of supporters during your journey. And all three are useful in their own way.

Gap plans to hire 1,200 workers from community colleges this year, and it’s preparing them for those jobs by training them while they’re in school. The clothing chain has partnered with Atlanta Technical College in Gap for Community Colleges.
As the economy strengthens, many productive employees who feel overworked and undercompensated will seek jobs elsewhere. Don’t give your stars an excuse to jump ship. Keep them satisfied by implementing new benefits and reinstating those that you cut during the recession.
According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 49% of the people who skip breakfast are overweight or obese. Unfortunately, those individuals can grow accustomed to eating more as the day wears on.

The hug is gaining ground on the handshake. It’s becoming more acceptable even in the White House, where President Obama bestowed no fewer than nine hugs on senior male staffers in a single meeting. But what about your workplace?

It’s a horrible feeling—the sting of hot tears welling up. Here are five ways to rein in runaway emotions before you cry at work:

Research shows that, by May, most New Year's resolutions are gathering dust. If this has happened to you, resolve now to use the energy spring fever gives you to get back on track. Here's a step-by-step plan for turning those worthwhile resolutions you made back in January into your new habits of today.

As an admin, you may be tasked with helping to set agendas, scheduling and taking minutes. But how much power do you have to keep meetings productive? Plenty. Look for clues in the way meetings work at Google. You may find that not all of these tips are replicable at your office, but it’s a place to start.

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