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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Kathleen Downs, a vice president at Robert Half Finance & Accounting, suggests administrative professionals take these steps to boost cross-departmental collaboration in their offices.
For some people, mingling with others is unbearable at worst, awkward at best. Follow the advice of Jeanne Martinet, author of The Art of Mingling, to ease your anxiety when you find yourself in social settings.
If you want a first aid kit to patch the pain and maybe bring just a little daylight through the window beside your lousy, stupid, awful desk, try these tips.

No workplace is perfect, and at times you are going to need to blow off steam by venting to trusted colleagues. That said, when the occasional venting turns into regular gripe fests, it becomes a drain on productivity and morale. Follow this advice when you feel the need to air your grievances.

Our award for Worst Communicator of October definitely goes to Gerod Roth, who made the unwise decision to take a selfie with a co-worker’s 3-year-old child—without the co-worker’s permission—and then post it on Facebook. What happened next was the true disgrace.

Taking a business trip with your boss can be a great opportunity to improve your relationship, but it can also be stressful if you aren’t prepared, says U.S. News & World Re­­port Careers Editor Laura McMullen. When you don’t plan ahead, you risk showing your boss you’re disorganized and may not be able to handle the responsibility of business travel.

Everyone—even your supervisor—becomes a little jealous and insecure at times. If you have been especially exceptional at a job, and received recognition from upper management, your boss may be worried that you’re vying for his or her job. If he or she begins treating you differently as a result, follow these steps to improve the relationship

The end of the year is approaching quickly, and you have much to do as 2015 winds down. Follow this advice to survive the busiest time of the year.
If you think you gaze morosely out your office window with a hangdog expression for hours on end now, you ain’t stared at nothing yet. The office life will soon hold far more possibilities for frustration and incremental depletion of the soul than you ever thought possible. The common thread among most of them? Why, it’s all the wonders that technology has given us! Here’s what we’re in for.
When someone from LinkedIn asks you to get coffee and talk about his new sales venture or business idea, it’s easy to write off the request because you’re too busy. But making the effort to oblige can benefit you, too, writes Wealthsimple CMO Jason Goldlist.