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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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While the quality of your work product clearly plays a role in your career advancement, there’s another, less obvious element to consider: attitude.
Even if you think getting calls from executive search consultants is a nuisance, don’t dismiss them as pests.
Approach your job like you’re the CEO.
When choosing color combinations for your next brochure or flier, choose black type on a yellow background.
Even if you’re not a professional trainer, you may have to stand in front of a group of employees on occasion and teach them a new skill.
One of the most subtle and overlooked obstacles to career advancement is applying the right thought process to your job.

The forgotten note

by on November 1, 1997 4:30pm
in Workplace Communication

When you meet an influential figure who can boost your career, send a handwritten letter on personal stationery.

Resign with care

by on November 1, 1997 4:30pm
in Workplace Communication

Never quit your job until you hold in your hand an official, written confirmation of a new job offer.

Adding value

by on November 1, 1997 4:30pm
in Workplace Communication

Irreplaceable managers are those who add value to the company.
An informal survey of Working Smart readers indicates that even the hardest workers with the best attitudes get tripped up by two poor work habits.
When concluding a phone conversation, wait an extra second before hanging up.
With all the mystery that surrounds getting ahead, there really are only five ingredients you need to accelerate onto the fast track, says Susan Marshall, a leadership development consultant based in West Bend, Wis.
If you’re selling yourself as a new hire (and it's a seller's market), you can put a gentle squeeze on employers to grant you the financial package you want.
Charismatic communicators don’t take talking for granted. Rather than relying on whatever words first pop into mind, enliven your comments with creative imagery.
Here’s a smart way to get ahead: Champion the cause of a hardworking, unheralded support staffer.
Like successful politicians, hard-charging managers curry favor by maintaining good relations with each of their constituencies.
Surveys show that having to give a speech is the No. 1 fear among Americans. That doesn’t mean you have to accept a dry mouth and a wet forehead.
You already know to think before you speak. But how should you think?
Products and services that add value get our attention
In a calm, unhurried moment—such as when you’re drifting off to sleep—visualize the perfect job.
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