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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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How to react to a few uncomfortable situations in the workplace
Career advancers don’t let themselves get taken for granted. When they sense that their hard work isn’t appreciated, they take steps to gain the recognition they deserve.
Tired of leading Monday morning staff meetings? Take these steps to wake up drowsy attendees and turn them into energetic participants.
You have little or no background in technology. But you must still manage a range of projects that involve significant investments in computers and related high-tech tools. Don’t fret.

Talk up your goals

by on January 1, 1998 6:30pm
in Workplace Communication

As you compose personal and professional goals for this year, don’t keep them all to yourself.
So much for loyalty to a single employer.
If you manage someone who’s emotionally volatile and high strung, pay attention to how your personality reacts to theirs.
You probably know that you can benefit from more self-promotion. But then you start listing excuses: I’m shy, I’m modest, I don’t know how, etc. Raleigh Pinskey won’t hear any of it. Her book, 101 Ways to Promote Yourself (Avon Books, New York, 1997) tells how you can improve your name visibility by attracting media attention, leading community outreach efforts and networking with flair.
An interview with fitness legend Jack LaLanne
You want your résumé to stand out.
Figure out why people are resisting the changes you suggest
Reacting to the downright negative

Patience pays off

by on January 1, 1998 6:00pm
in Workplace Communication

Brief bursts of impatience not only create stress, they also undermine your effectiveness.
You're bothered by how directly people will approach the project of "networking"
Praise her sincerely for some aspect of her work that usually gets overlooked.
If you’re trying to communicate how much progress your company has made in achieving key goals, frame your remarks using the “then and now” technique.
On a new employee’s first day, don’t just shuffle him down a row of offices making quick introductions.
Here’s one question we often hear from readers: How do I get my employees to follow instructions without having to keep nagging them?
How to react to a number of uncomfortable situations in the workplace.

Copycats beware

by on December 1, 1997 12:30pm
in Workplace Communication

Some career advisers recommend that you try to model yourself after your organization’s star performer.
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