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.

Motivation comes in three flavors: power, affiliation and achievement. So do bosses. Know which motivator drives your boss—and what he or she really wants—to be more successful on the job.

A 64-year-old receptionist in a Chicago doctor’s office—we’ll call her Jane—recently received an ultimatum: Do something about your thinning hair or be transferred to a job with less patient contact. Jane says, “I was absolutely devastated.” How far would you go to stay competitive by improving your looks?

Few people are more closely asso­ciated with innovation than Apple co-founder, Steve Jobs. Through interviews with Apple employees, experts and analysts, as well as Jobs’ own words, I discovered seven principles largely responsible for Jobs’ breakthrough success.
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.