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.

These days, social networking—through LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter—is how many people make and strengthen their connections. Maribeth Kuzmeski, author of The Connectors, says that using a few simple rules of thumb can help make your social networking more efficient.

Psychiatrist Judith Orloff describes intuition as “a still, small voice inside ... an unflinching truth-teller committed to our well-being.” Take this self-quiz to determine whether you have a connection with your intuitive voice:

Neither Predictably Irrational nor Blink is new, but both nonfiction tomes continue to sell like gangbusters. And with good reason: Both titles help illuminate the way we think about choices and make decisions.
Q. If one of our managers overhears an employee discussing his genetic information, is our company liable under GINA?

A workplace conflict that started with jewelry has escalated into a case of dueling lawsuits. On one side: Jamie Errico, former vice president of sales for Manhattan watch retailer Concepts in Time, who has filed a gender and religious discrimination suit against her former employer. On the other: The store’s owners, who are suing Errico for trying to poach customers.

Here’s an all-too-frequent scenario: Misconduct leads to discipline, perhaps even discharge. Then the employee sues, alleging that for years, he’s been subjected to harassment on account of a protected characteristic. Don’t let that happen to you.
One in six adults say they’d rather be working than be at home, according to a new CareerBuilder survey of 3,100 employees.
Set a goal by creating an image in your mind of what the achievement would look and feel like. Make it vivid with a vision board. If you can clearly see it, you can do it.

While some people feel “married” to their jobs, others may feel married to a colleague with whom they spend many long hours—or to the boss they support. A relationship with a “workplace spouse” can be an intense, intimate connection. A recent survey by Captive Networks reveals the nature of workplace “marriages.”

These days, tacked-on fees for airline travel can cost more than the actual ticket. But with planning, it’s possible to escape paying for checked bags. Here are a few strategies to consider.