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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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Bad first impressions are hard to shake. Getting off on the wrong foot with a co-worker or a boss means it could take a while before they see you the way you want to be seen. Dorie Clark, writing in the Harvard Business Review, suggests ways to overcome a bad impression and change others’ perceptions of you.
Top marketing consultant, Yaro Starak, figured out a unique way to attack his fear of public speaking.
Leaders learn how to relate to people in diverse settings. From formal boardrooms to friendly chats with employees, they engage others well and listen attentively.
It is a big mistake not to use to-do lists—plural—to keep yourself focused and productive.

When trying to land a promotion, it is vital to watch all of your workplace habits. Your higher-ups notice what you do around the office, and bad work habits could cost you.

Here are three tips to keep it professional at work—and still maintain your workplace relationships.
The unemployment rate is down and employers have been hiring. But high workplace stress is still common.
If leadership aspirations are too lofty, they can lose all their meaning.
Determining when to use subjunctive verbs—“I was” or “I were” constructions—can be confusing.
To be an effective communicator, you need to do more than just say the right things at the right time.
Sometimes the email response you need is not the one you get.

The average member of the Class of 2016 left college $37,172 in debt—6% more than in 2015 and a new record.

Marie Boker is the director of first impressions at Phelps, an integrated marketing communications agency in Playa Vista, Calif. She was downsized from another agency almost 20 years ago, but when that company was acquired by Phelps soon after, she got a boost.

If you don’t think there’s much to those half-hearted questions about your co-workers’ Saturday and Sunday experiences, you might want to sit down. We’ve spotted four different levels of psychology going on there—all depending on how you phrase things.

A good night’s sleep is said to be essential for success, but sometimes it is difficult to obtain.
We all want to make a good impression at work. It’s paramount to our success that we give dedicated thinking time to how we are accomplishing that goal.
Keeping up a conversation comes naturally to some, but most people need to practice to be a good conversationalist.
Conducting tough conversations with employees and co-workers is inevitable. However, if you follow these guidelines, you can prevent arguments—and get the results you want.
There’s a considerable amount of science that suggests trying to escape from stress isn’t a beneficial tactic—and that some of it can even work to your advantage.

A new survey shows that most believe office politicking is alive and well in the workplace.

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