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.

As a small business owner, you may give good clients gifts during the course of the year to reward them for their loyalty. But deductions for business gifts are limited to a paltry $25 annually per recipient. Strategy: Know all the “ins” and “outs” of the tax rules. With some careful planning, you may be able to maximize the deductions for your business.

Individual differences in our preferences for certain kinds of outcomes when we interact with other people strongly affect how we approach negotiation, according to Carnegie Mellon University professor Laurie Weingart. Weingart and other psychologists have pinpointed four basic negotiating personalities:
Check your writing twice for misuse of these easy-to-miss homonyms, which a spell-checker won’t catch:

It’s no laughing matter when your credibility plummets because you use the wrong word in a critical communication, and habitual errors can hobble your career. Here are some commonly misused words and how to use them:

It's time to ban unproductive meetings! Ensure the success of your next meeting by asking these five questions. They’ll set the stage for participants to make the most of the time they spend in the conference room. Feel free to pass along these suggestions to everyone in your workplace who organizes meetings.
It's time to ban unproductive meetings! Ensure the success of your next meeting by asking these five questions. They’ll set the stage for participants to make the most of the time they spend in the conference room. Feel free to pass along these suggestions to everyone in your workplace who organizes meetings.
It's time to ban unproductive meetings! Ensure the success of your next meeting by asking these five questions. They’ll set the stage for participants to make the most of the time they spend in the conference room. Feel free to pass along these suggestions to everyone in your workplace who organizes meetings.
It's time to ban unproductive meetings! Ensure the success of your next meeting by asking these five questions. They’ll set the stage for participants to make the most of the time they spend in the conference room. Feel free to pass along these suggestions to everyone in your workplace who organizes meetings.
If you're managing an office, chances are that you're the kind of person everyone's always looking to for help. From your boss to your colleagues ... your kids to your spouse ... you're the "go-to" person to solve problems, answer questions and get things done. But there's one problem with this situation: When you need a problem solved or a question answered, who's there to help you?

That colleague looking intently into your eyes as he answers your questions may be telling you a fib. Pamela Meyer, author of Liespotting: Proven Techniques to Detect Deception, says to look for these common tip-offs that someone is lying: